A nutty beetroot and carrot cake that is earthy, sweet and delicious with a scoop of ice cream! Try it with seasonal beets and carrots.
Prep Time20 minutesmins
Cook Time50 minutesmins
Total Time1 hourhr10 minutesmins
Keyword: baking, beetroot cake, cake, carrot cake
Author: Kanika Samra
1 9 inch cake pan or Bundt pan
Measuring cups and spoons
2CupShredded carrots and chopped beets boiled/steamed beets
4 TbspOlive oil or unsalted buttermost mild cooking oils will do, such as canola or sunflower
1CupAll purpose flour
1/2 to 1Tsp Nutmeggrated
1/2 Cup Assorted nutstoasted and chopped
Additional oil and flour for preparing cake pan
Steam and prepare beets
Thoroughly wash beets and trim the ends. Steam in a pressure cooker or instant pot. Detailed instructions here.
Once the beets are cool enough to handle, peel and finely chop them. Use enough to get 1 cup chopped beets.
Clean and grate carrots and soak in milk with beets
Wash, peel and grate carrots. I used 3 to get 1 cup grated carrots. In a separate bowl soak beets and carrots in 1 cup milk.
Preheat oven to 350 F ~ 177 C
Roast and chop nuts
Toast nuts in a pan or oven toaster grill. Then roughly chop into fine pieces.
Cream sugar, eggs and oil
In a large mixing bowl, big enough to combine all batter ingredients, measure sugar and oil and mix well until crumbly. Then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Beat until smooth and shiny ~ 5 minutes. Do not overheat. Add vanilla essence and stir in.
Measure all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl
In a medium bowl measure dry ingredients - APF, salt, baking powder and baking soda as well as spices - cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well to evenly distribute all raising agents or sieve them. Add in all the chopped nuts.
Combine the batter
Now, in the bowl with creamed sugar and eggs, add all the soaked carrots and beets and dry ingredients. Mix in well with a whisk, fork or spatula. Fold and turn to mix well, do not beat or whisk too hard.
Bake in a 350 F oven for up to 1 hour
Pour the batter in a prepared 9 inch cake tin or Bundt pan. Prepare the inside by adding a small amount of oil followed by a dusting of flour. Make sure you remove any extra flour.
Place pan in the center of the middle rack in a 350 F oven. Bake for 50 minutes or until a tester/toothpick comes out clean.
Cool before slicing and serve warmed with ice cream.