The idea of a beet cake may strike you as strange. I know -- it sounded a bit odd to me, too, at first. But I have taken the plunge and made a cake whose featured ingredient is grated beet root.
Let me tell you how I lost my mind one morning and created what I thought was a novel idea and how it led me to discover that even our most creative ideas are often not all that unique at all.
It began on Valentine's Day morning a couple of years ago. My husband is a registered nurse and so has an erratic schedule. He works twelve hour shifts, sometimes during the day and sometimes all night long. This particular Valentine's Day he was due home after an all night hospital shift and would be off for a few days before his next series of shifts would resume.
Now we all have favorite breakfast treats. My husband's happens to be pancakes. I thought I would surprise him on Valentine's morning with hot pancakes when he came though the door. But how was I to make them extra special for Valentine's Day? I would try to make them in the shape of a heart, of course, but I wanted to do something more than that. Why, I thought, I'll make them red, or at least pink! I had no berries in the house, so I used what I had on hand, which happened to be a couple of beets. I grated a beet into the pancake batter, and presto -- pink pancakes!
My husband was so delighted with his pink pancakes, and with their interesting flavor, that when his next birthday came around, he asked if I would make him a beet birthday cake.