Homemade Fresh Beet and Apple Cake

Fresh Beet & Apple Cake l mum-bo-jumbo.comBeing relatively new to baking, I was scared of stepping out of my comfort zone and baking a cake with, GASP, both a fruit and a vegetable in it! However after tasting the end result, let me assure you, my reservations were completely unnecessary.

I recently read some beetroot (beet) recipes on Nanna’s Wisdom, including a Chocolate Beetroot Cake recipe and this inspired me to try baking something new and a little different. I purchased some fresh beets (I am not as garden savvy as Jennifer!) and although I didn’t test out the Chocolate Beetroot Cake, I am thrilled Jennifer inspired me to try something new that actually turned out!!

Laden with my fresh beets, I thought about what I could cook. I remembered I had some apples that needed using. They were beginning to go a little soft. Normally I use the soft ones to make apple sauce but in the midst of an Australian summer heatwave, pork roast is the last thing on the menu.

After a little research, I was rather surprised to discover that Beet and Apple Cake was a reasonably common mix for a cake. So that was that. It was decided. Fresh Beet and Apple Cake it would be. As an optional extra, you can drizzle a citrus syrup over the finished product like I did. The cake was so moist and tasty, my husband was shocked! To be honest, he thought it sounded disgusting.

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This cake will stay very moist for about 3 days as long it is kept in an airtight container in the fridge.

Here is how I made it from scratch (and trust me, it is really easy!!).

Homemade Fresh Beet and Apple Cake

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Homemade Fresh Beet and Apple Cake
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Servings Prep Time
12 slices 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
12 slices 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Fresh Beet & Apple Cake l mum-bo-jumbo.com
Homemade Fresh Beet and Apple Cake
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 slices 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
12 slices 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Cake Ingredients
Citrus Syrup Ingredients
Servings: slices
Fresh Beet and Apple Cake Method
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease 25cm round cake tin.
  2. Melt the butter in a hot pan and mix in coconut oil. Stir ingredients together and set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk eggs and soft brown sugar together until sugar is completely dissolved. Slowly add the butter and oil mixture while continuing to whisk. The mixture will become thick.
  4. Add sifted self raising flour and baking powder to the wet ingredients. Fold ingredients until combined.
  5. Add grated beets, apple and nuts / seeds to cake mixture. Combine thoroughly. Transfer ingredients to greased cake tin.
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  6. Bake in moderate oven for about one hour until cooked all the way through. Remove from the oven.
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Citrus Syrup Method
  1. Add citrus zest, water and caster sugar to a sauce pan.
  2. Heat the ingredients and stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Use a fork to randomly prick holes across the top of the cooked cake and drizzle the citrus syrup over the top.
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  4. Cake can be sliced and served immediately warm or later when cooled.
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Recipe Notes

All measurements are in Australian metric.

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What unusual fruit and/or vegetable combinations have you baked in a cake?

I would love to get some inspiration from you!

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  1. Kelly you have made my day knowing that I have inspired you. You cake looks awesome, well done.
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  2. I’ve never thought of using beets. I’ve never even tried to cook normal beetroot I think something about the potential for staining worries me! Great way to get veggies and fruit in though
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    • Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by. My hands were only slightly stained but as I washed them with soapy water immediately, they didn’t stay that way for long…Thank goodness! Haha

  3. I would have never thought of using beets in a cake. I love the swirled colors of the cake. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty :)

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  4. I think my traditional use of fruit and veg in a cake is carrots and pineapple. I am now seeing so many combinations and for nutrition it is great!!
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  5. Looks really interesting. Can you taste the beetroot?
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    • Hi Michal, thanks for stopping by! Yes you can taste the beetroot. It is a little stronger than the apple flavour so I think next time I will use more apple to balance it out a little better. In saying that, the cake really was delicious though!

  6. Kelly, this is such a pretty color- just perfect for Valentine’s!! I’ve never had a beet cake, but it sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing it with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned to try! :)

    • Hi Joy, thanks for checking out my recipe. It is an unusual combination but is so tasty! The cake also stays moist for quite a long time, it was a hit with the kids. Cakes are a great way to “hide” vegetables! Thanks for hosting Treasure Box Tuesday

  7. I have never used beetroot for cooking in cakes either. Looks like I need to be more adventurous in the kitchen!

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  8. Love the combination! So healthy Pinned and hope to see you on Saturday!

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