Healthy Red Velvet- Vanilla Beetroot Tea Cake


I always wondered what the hype was about ‘red velvet cakes’. I happened to taste a really good one sometime back. And here’s how I would describe it- A red/reddish brown, moist, soft, vanilla cake with a hint of cocoa . I have been trying to make a healthier version for quite sometime and this one is definitely close. Though the cake isn’t all ‘coloured’ , I think the pinkish red top gives it quite an edge.

Using beetroot powder doesn’t make the cake taste like beetroot like a lot of people may assume. The hint of cocoa and pure vanilla extract definitely take care of that. Let’s get started with our healthy red velvet cake then shall we?



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Healthy Red Velvet- Vanilla Beetroot Tea Cake
Healthy red velvet cake made with wholewheat flour and beetroot powder
Course dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes.
  2. Sift the wholewheat, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt together. [Seive 5-6 times to get a lighter cake]
  3. Beat the buttermilk, sugar, oil, vanilla extract and beetroot powder together until well combined.
  4. Pour into the sifted flour and fold in the mixture gently until no lumps remain.
  5. Mix the baking soda and apple cider vinegar separately and pour into the cake batter.
  6. Use a balloon whisk and beat for exactly 30 seconds.
  7. Pour into a greased 8 inch round baking dish.
  8. Bake in the pre heated oven at 180 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  9. Invert over a wire rack after 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing.
Recipe Notes
  • Oven temperature and time may vary.
  • I have tried this cake with all purpose flour too. The cake turns a lovely shade of pink . But I really do prefer the whole wheat version.
  • I used the buttermilk left after churning butter from cream. It definitely played a role to give my cake a super moist and soft texture. You can also use the whey left after preparing cheese. I have found that buttermilk and whey give excellent results.
  • You can substitute the buttermilk with -plain milk, a combination of milk and curd or diluted curd .
  • The apple cider vinegar can be replaced with white vinegar. The baking soda and the vinegar must be mixed just before adding it to the cake batter.
  • I have used both home made beetroot powder and a ready made one I found in an organic store. Both work fine. In case you don't get beetroot powder- No worries , skipping it won't spoil your cake. You would still have a super tasty cake , just without that red top .
  • You can find the homemade beetroot powder recipe here.
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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Indu says:

    Can I use brown sugar instead of regular sugar.if so how much becos brown sugar has less sweet

  2. Akila Subramanian says:

    Yes you can Indu. I usually use the same amount to substitute if i have to. [brown sugar is just as sweet, sometimes sweeter. But ofcourse you can add a couple of tsps more if you like it sweeter]

  3. Indu says:

    Thanx Akila and one more doubt if I have to use beetroot paste how much do I have to use

  4. Akila Subramanian says:

    Hmm I think you can definitely use it. Probably the same amount but reduce the liquid ingredients by a tbsp or so. Should work.

  5. Akila Subramanian says:

    I hope you are not talking of pureed beetroots though? Because that would completely change the taste and look of the cake [though it would still be nice]

  6. Indu says:

    Yes pureed beets only I hv tried once but tht was with maida so want to know if I can do the same with puree don’t know the measure for puree also

  7. Akila Subramanian says:

    hmm the thing with puree is that you will have to make changes in the liquid ingredient quantity. Plus to get a good colour you need to add a decent amount. You can try the beetroot chocolate cupcakes , I have used beetroot juice there.

    1. Indu says:

      Yeah Akila ur right my son loves red velvet te cakes that’s y I asked will
      try ur beetroot cakes and red velvet te with beets powder thanx a lot for
      replying promptly

  8. Akila Subramanian says:

    You are welcome. happy baking

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