(Almost) UnBeetable Chili Chocolate Birthday Cake

 How are marathons better than birthdays?

  • You are able to share them with hundreds of people all in one spot.
  • They last longer.  (At least it seems that way, especially the final hour).
  • You feel like you’ve earned it.
  • There’s more Gatorade.
  • There is more cowbell.
  • Sweaty hugs are not only acceptable, they’re mandated.

 

Today’s offering is beet chili chocolate birthday cake.

Ingredients:

2c sugar

2c flour

½ t salt

2t baking powder

1t baking soda

1 T chili powder

1 t paprika

½ t cinnamon

¼ c oil

4 oz white chocolate

3 T fudge ice cream topping

4 eggs

3c shredded beets

Optional:

Top with cream cheese frosting.

Directions:

Mix sugar, flour, salt,  baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a large mixing bowl.

  1. Melt white chocolate in a microwave (be careful, don’t burn it as I had.
  2. Beat together the melted chocolate, eggs, oil, and fudge.
  3. Combine chocolate mix with sugar mix and add the beets.
  4. Mix well and pour into a greased lasagna pan.
  5. Bake at 350F for 50 minutes.

(Almost) UnBeetable Chili Chocolate Birthday Cake

(Almost) UnBeetable Chili Chocolate Birthday Cake

Those hills had my legs felling like this during the final 10 miles.  (They're beets)

Those hills had my legs felling like this during the final 10 miles. (They’re beets)

Tasting Notes:

The cake was terrific, with enough chili zest to remain interesting on the palate.  The beet and chocolate made a moist and dense cake.  The ITP gave it positive reviews.  Even my uncle who dislikes chili (he apparently didn’t inherit the all-important chili gene) liked it.

Racing notes:

Today marathon was a terrific event with great organization, great support, and great people.  Though I didn’t finish overall first, I was fortunate to come away with the age group victory.   It was a nice way to spend a birthday. A big thank you to the RD and the all of the volunteers for a first class race.  Oh, and the post race chili?  It was fantastic.

 

Obviously, this is the best post race marathon I've had.

Obviously, this is the best post  marathon meal I’ve eaten.

 

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One Response to (Almost) UnBeetable Chili Chocolate Birthday Cake

  1. LJP says:

    It was a great cake and a wonderful day!

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