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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Ingredients

1 h 18 m servings 246 cals
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Nutrition

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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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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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...

Most helpful critical review

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

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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...

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

Did not like this recipe at all.

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 instea...

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

Liked the cake but not the frosting.

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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