Secret Chocolate Cake

From Simply in Season

2 cups beets (cooked, peeled and chopped)
1/2 cup applesauce

Puree in blender until smooth

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup plain yogourt
3 eggs

Combine in a large mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer 2 minutes.

1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Add along with pureed beets. Beat another 90 seconds.

1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Gradually sift into the batter, mixing it in with a spoon but stirring only until blended.

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Stir in. Pour into greased 9×13″ pan. Bake in preheated oven at 350F until knife inserted comes out clean, 40-50 mins.

*You can sub 2-3 cups of shredded raw zucchini or summer squash for the cooked, pureed beets. In this case, add 1/2 tsp. ground allspice.

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