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I’ve been pretty big into making desserts with vegetables as the late summer harvest goes into overdrive — making a beet cake to use up those prolific, purple roots appearing in my CSA order seemed a no-brainer.

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This is a slightly altered recipe, found to use up the rest of the squash and sweet potato from yesterday’s custard. It’s baking in the oven right now and, hopefully, will be another place I can use mashed veggies in a manner the kids will accept and enjoy.

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Here is a family recipe — the version I share here is my slight variation on my Great-Aunt’s traditional cake. I can’t stress enough how important it is for the raisin mixture to be fully cooled before mixing the batter — the cake simply will not work if the liquid is warm.

The cake is dark and moist and reminiscent of a heavy gingerbread. It is wonderful warm with whipped cream and it only gets better as it ages. The exterior hardens slightly to create a sweet “crust”, while the inside becomes chewier and more moist. It’s typically baked in a bundt or tube pan, but I’ve also divided it between three loaf pans or baked it in muffin trays (adjusting the time accordingly).

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