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American Beauty Cake with Deanna's Frosting

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"This is an old family recipe. Don't tell your kids the secret ingredient, or they'll make oogy faces. This is a very moist rich cake with a lovely color, and the frosting is wonderful."

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Original recipe makes 1 9x13-inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    48 mins

    1 hr 18 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix 1 3/4 cup flour, 1 1/2 sugar, cocoa, baking powder and soda.
  3. Whisk in buttermilk, 1/2 cup butter, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in shredded beets and pour batter into cake pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean.
  5. For the frosting: Combine milk and 5 tablespoons flour in a small saucepan, heat to a boil. Stir constantly for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup butter and shortening. Cool resulting mixture to room temperature and beat for 10 to 12 minutes until light and fluffy. Spread on cooled cake. This frosting is also excellent on spice or applesauce cake.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 04, 2005

This was a recipe I'd been trying to track down for awhile (so happy to find it) You MUST use raw beets or the cake turns into muck. Excellent cake, very moist. Goes great with coffee. Served at a bridal shower and got rave reviews.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 14, 2003

The cake is ok but diffently not my favorite chocolate cake! Did not like the frosting recipe at all...


9 Ratings

Sep 14, 2003

Did not like this recipe at all.

Aug 10, 2008

I found this cake to be very moist and tasty. My kids and husband all loved it. I have passed along this recipe to a few people and have good reviews as well. I used a cream cheese icing instead of this one though and it's good with or without icing.

Jan 26, 2004

Sadly, I was dissapointed. The ingrediants did NOT flatter each other very well, and moisture was lacked in this crummy recipe!

Sep 16, 2008

Liked the cake but not the frosting.

May 17, 2005

Sadly,I was dissapointed with this one.It sounded so promising and didn't turn out at all the way I hoped.


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  • Calories
  • 246 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.9 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 12.1 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 3.5 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 149 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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