My Beetroot Red Velvet Heart

Beetroot Red Velvet Cake

Ok, so maybe I celebrated Valentine’s Day twice this year, kind of compensating for the last years 😉 No, joking. Although I had made like tons of Valentine’s Day Cookies I suddenly though hmmm but what about dessert? Cookies for dessert could work no question about that. But I wanted something more… Cake! Red Cake. Red Velvet Cake! An idea was born. I already did some Red Velvet Cupcakes last year, from one of my favorite cooking books by Nigella Lawson (whom I absolutely adore). However, I felt it was time for a new approach, my own approach. Mostly because I just didn’t really like the red food coloring, too artificial. I wanted to get back to the roots of Red Velvet Cake, which literally let me to Beetroots 😛  So I came up with this little recipe, which is really super moist thanks to the beetroot and some Greek Yogurt. Maybe it could have a little more chocolate in it, but as a whole it is a pretty nice cake. It almost reminds me of a really rich, soft, moist and dense brownie, really. But than with the freshness of yogurt and the savory of beetroots.


Obviously I made a heart shaped cake as I am not already surrounded by enough heart-shaped food already… During the process I suddenly though about my left-over white fondant which I have used for my Winter Cupcake Snowflakes and my new embossing mats I recently got myself 😉 So, happily I could try many new things in one cake again!

Saying that, I have to add that my cake didn’t quite turn out as I had visioned… or didn’t turn out at all as I had visioned 😛 My experience with covering cake in fondant is very limited (in numbers this would be two cakes so far, and that’s quite some while ago… just to have an excuse). So plainly my cake isn’t perfect, but neither am I – a match made in heaven I would say 😛

I want to share it with you anyway, as the recipe itself really is delicious, and if you wish you could add a little more cacao to it to get just more bitterness and depth. As there was already some Greek Yogurt inside the cake, I also wanted to cover it with it, so I made a Greek Yogurt Frosting. Saying that, here comes the next bump, as this also wasn’t perfect 😛 Sorry to disappoint you… It is a good tasting frosting, don’t get me wrong, but it was just a bit too runny for this cake. I guess there is a reason why everybody makes cream-cheese frosting along with Red Velvet Cake after all… I assume Greek Yogurt Frosting would be just perfect to go on top of cupcakes, so that’s why I will share this recipe anyway. I will definitely try it once more with Cupcakes (maybe Blueberry, hmmm).


I guess that was all the bad news I had to say, let’s get to the recipe of this really good and moist cake.

  1. I bought some pre-boiled beetroot and chopped it finely in my food processor. 
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together, being flour, good quality dark cacao (of course I used Dutch Cacao ;)), some salt and baking powder
  3. Cream the butter with the Greek Yogurt, than add the sugar and mix until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in 2 eggs, one at a time and mix thoroughly between each addition. Add some Vanilla.
  5. Mix in the chopped Beetroot.
  6. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients until well combined.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes at 180°C (or 160°C in a fan oven).

Just a brief word of attention: The mixture looked a bit lumpy for me, but after adding the dry ingredients it looked smooth and well combined and the cake in the end baked evenly and well. But make sure that all your ingredients are at room temperature, especially the eggs and mix well between each step to avoid a “lumpy” looking batter.

Red Velvet Heart Cake - How To

For the Greek Yogurt Frosting:

  1. Mix 100g of Yogurt with 60g sifted Icing Sugar.
  2. Add 1 Tsp of Vanilla and mix well.
  3. Cool everything for at least half an hour, as it will help to thicken the frosting.


Once your cake and frosting is cooled, start to cut out the heart. I therefore made a paper pattern and laid it on top of the cake and using a sharp knife cut out two cake hearts. There are quite some left-overs, once you cut out the hearts. I was thinking about trying out some cake-pops, but while thinking I nibbled already quite some cake, so there wasn’t that much left to make cake-pops… well, maybe the next time 😉  I assembled the two hearts together with the frosting in the middle and on top of the cake before I covered it with the ready-to-roll white fondant (and where things started to get wrong). I had this great embossing mats that I had never used before, and I decided to go with the sweet swirls one. Unfortunately, it is a bit hard to see, so the next time I will lay the mat on top of the icing and roll, instead of the other way around 😛 (hey, I am not a professional you remember? ;)). To decorate the heart even more (and to distract a bit from the ugly fondant) I sprinkled some red sugar hearts on top and around. But did I mention that it is a really yummie cake? 😉

Beetroot Red Velvet Cake


Makes 1 Heart Cake (Ø 12 cm) and some left-overs to nibble in between 😉

  • 100g Flour
  • 25g Cacao
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 150g Beetroot (cooked)
  • 125g Butter
  • 50g Greek Yogurt
  • 150g Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs

For the Greek Yogurt Frosting:

  • 100g Greek Yogurt
  • 60g Icing Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
My Beetroot Red Velvet Heart was featured at the Sugar and Slice Sunday Link Party. Thanks a lot Lisa!