Red Velvet Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Beet purée adds the subtle red hue to this better-for-you red velvet cake smothered in a layer of irresistible chocolate frosting.

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Prep Time
30 min
95 min



  • 5 small beets
  • 2 1/2 cups whole spelt flour + additional for dusting
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup grape seed oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract


  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil


1. Prepare beet purée: Preheat oven to 400°F. Wrap beets individually in foil and place in a baking pan. Bake until fork-tender, about 45 minutes. Cool slightly, then carefully unwrap and slip off peels. Transfer beets to a food processor and process until smooth (you should have about 2 cups).

2. Reduce oven to 350°F. Mist a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray then dust with flour.

3. To a large bowl, combine flour, 1 cup cocoa powder, flaxseed, baking soda and salt. To a medium bowl, add 2 cups beet purée, 1 cup water, maple syrup, grape seed oil, vinegar and vanilla.

4. Add wet mixture to dry mixture. Using a spatula, mix until fully incorporated; pour into prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely.

5. Meanwhile, to a food processor, add all icing ingredients and process until smooth, scraping down sides as needed, about 7 minutes. Spread icing over cake. Cut into 12 squares.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 square
  • Calories 395
  • Carbohydrate Content 56 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 18 g
  • Fiber Content 11 g
  • Protein Content 7 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 7 g
  • Sodium Content 180 mg
  • Sugar Content 27 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 8 g