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.
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
3c shredded beets
Top with cream cheese frosting.
Mix sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a large mixing bowl.
- Melt white chocolate in a microwave (be careful, don’t burn it as I had.
- Beat together the melted chocolate, eggs, oil, and fudge.
- Combine chocolate mix with sugar mix and add the beets.
- Mix well and pour into a greased lasagna pan.
- Bake at 350F for 50 minutes.
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.
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.