My Best Red Velvet Beetroot Rice Cake

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Beautiful red velvet beetroot rice pudding

Beautiful red velvet beetroot rice pudding

I have aways been most intrigued by red velvet cake. It looks like one of the most popular cakes. I love the colour but not the taste as I can taste the strong red colouring. There is as much as 2 tablespoons of red colouring used!! 2 TABLESPOONS!! No, I do not want so much artificial red colouring inside me.

I tried using beetroot to get the red colouring but have not been 100% successful yet, but not a failure either. I think my latest red velvet cake using steaming method was really good. I love the soft, moist texture and taste. But I wish the colour is more intense. If you are interested, you can check it out at
Healthy Steamed White Chocolate Beetroot Cake
Healthy Chocolate Beetroot Cake (Dairy Free)
White Chocolate Beetroot Cake

My craze for red velvet cake hasn’t died yet. Every now and then it tickles my mind………how to get that red velvet colour without using artificial red colouring. A dear friend sent me an article recently about making own natural colouring. I learned that baking soda will kill the natural colour in food. That’s it!!! I found the trick. I can make rice cake, without baking soda…..yippeee. I got a radish recipe and I substituted the radish with the beetroot. The outcome………awesome, beautiful red velvet beetroot rice cake! So happy and proud of myself…..*BIG smiles*. This cake is savoury. Next I have to try a sweet one again. Will try one day.

Lately I have also tried to bake or cook more non gluten and non dairy cakes. I have been taking much joy in experimenting. Will blog about it. There are many people who can’t take gluten or dairy food so these cakes will be beneficial to them. This red velvet beetroot rice cake definitely falls in this category except that it’s savoury and not sweet. It’s one that even vegetarians and enjoy.

Here’s my simple and easy Red Velvet Beetroot Rice Cake recipe.

Ingredients A
550g beetroot (peeled and grated)
1/2C water

Boil the grated beetroot

Boil the grated beetroot

Put Ingredients A into a fairly big pot. Boil on medium heat for about 10 minutes.

Ingredients B
1t salt
1T sugar
1t pepper powder
4T oil

Add all the seasonings of Ingredients B to the beetroot. Mix well. Turn off fire. Let it cool down a while.

Ingredients C
300g rice flour
50g tapioca flour
650g water

Add flour mixture to beetroot

Add flour mixture to beetroot

Mix all of Ingredients C in a mixing bowl. Add to the beetroot above. Mix well.

Half cooked thick batter

Half cooked thick batter

Turn on the fire and cook. Keep stirring until it thickens.

Hot from the steamer

Hot from the steamer

Oil a big tin. Pour the beetroot batter into the tin and steam on medium heat for about 40 minutes until it is cooked. Remove and let it cool.

Beautiful red velvet beetroot rice pudding

Beautiful red velvet beetroot rice pudding

You can eat it as it is, cut into thin slices and go with your favourite dipping sauce. You can also pan fry it and then go with dipping sauce or cut it up into smaller pieces to fry with vegetables and meat if you like. I’ll share more in another post how I enjoy it.

For your info, beetroot comes with loads of health benefits. It is high in antioxidants, powerful in detoxification, a great blood tonic and loads of other benefits. I think the colour explains it all!

Oh, it’s Halloween today. You can even splash beetroot juice on your body and pretend dead…..haha.

Hope you have a wonderful week. Till then see you in my next post!

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Stella  on October 31st, 2012

Beetroot is awesome .. did u wear gloves when making this to prevent staining or is it ok without gloves throughout the process?

Mary  on October 31st, 2012

@Stella - No, I didn’t wear gloves. It stained my hands a little but after some washing, they went off quite fast. Maybe if it stains more, you can try washing it with a little baking soda. I haven’t tried it though. Have fun cooking :D

Belinda @zomppa  on October 31st, 2012

Great idea! I love red velvet too but always a bit nervous about the food coloring - this is a great alternative.

Mary  on October 31st, 2012

@Belinda @zomppa - Beetroot is a good alternative. Give a try. Have fun :D

suituapui  on October 31st, 2012

Looks good. Usually they are layered with cream in between, right?

somewhere in singapore  on October 31st, 2012

I have not did anything before using beetroot…

Blackswan  on October 31st, 2012

Amazing, Mary! U seem to like beetroot a lot. Hahaha! I like red velvet cakes too :)

Von  on October 31st, 2012

Wow! I would not have thought that beetroot could make a cake so red! haha…..I’ve always thought of beetroot foods as being a darker red, perhaps more on the purple side- I’ll definitely keep this in mind if I ever want to make something red! Love your idea of splashing beetroot juice for Halloween ;)

claire  on October 31st, 2012

Yes, beetroots are very good for our bodies! I used to boil them for soup, that reminds me, I must do that again this weekend for my girl… add in some dates and some red meat, and the soup will be sweet and nutritious, right? :))

Mich - Piece of Cake  on October 31st, 2012

This reminds me of the typical chinese carrot cake except this one is made of beet root… love the gorgeous red colour!

Cheah ~ No-Frills Recipes  on October 31st, 2012

Hey, this is very original, Mary. Lovely natural red colour and the rice cake looks good too!

TasteHongKong  on November 1st, 2012

Mary, I adore your idea as food coloring is what I have tried to avoid. I too like steaming cakes with rice flour, how could I resist such a healthy and vibrant version!

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on November 1st, 2012

Awesome beetroot rice cake, Mary.

faye  on November 1st, 2012

Dear MARY,
I am asking you for a favour. Do you know of anything that could help cure UTI (Urinary tract infection)?
The symptoms are very frequent (hourly or more), painful & itchy, needless to say not much sleep. 5 treatments of anti-biotics helped to mask the symptoms, but came back, and the last batch, nothing happens. Now on Chinese medication, but besides lowering the high blood pressure, the UTI persists. I was wondering if you can help. Thanks a million, it is for someone very dear to me.

Priya  on November 1st, 2012

Woww wat a super catchy and incredible rice cake,loving it.

Mary  on November 1st, 2012

@suituapui - Layered with cream? never thought of that. I only know that if it’s a sweet cake, then cream is used to layer it. Arthur, you are giving me more work now……haha :D

@somewhere in singapore - Time to try, Sharon! :D

@Blackswan - Haha….yes, quite like beetroot. Actually more for the sexy colour and it’s health benefits rather than the taste. But so far the beetroot cakes that I make and this one are delicious…. :D

@Von - Me, too, never thought it would come out so red and beautiful….so happy! I need to try more recipes with it….so fun :D

@claire - I have never boiled them for soup….red soup huh…..haha. I got to try that one day. Bet I will be the only one to drink it :D Like you said, good for health.

@Mich - Piece of Cake - Yes, you are very right, Mich. It works. I’m sure if you use carrots, it will work too. It will be orange rice cake! :D Must try one day.

@Cheah ~ No-Frills Recipes - Yes, my first ever success in getting such a bright natural red colour….so happy! :D

TasteHongKong - I don’t steam a lot of cakes but I think I am going to try more. It’s so delicious. Now with the natural colours, cooking would be even more fun :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@faye - So sorry to hear that your close friend suffers from UTI :( Will email you.

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

cikmanggis  on November 3rd, 2012

terima kasih mary..anda menyedarkan saya tentang betapa pentingnya makanan yang tidak ada pewarna tiruan.ya..saya pun rasa bersalah pada diri sendiri jika makan red velvet kek

Fanny  on November 4th, 2012

FAYE - for urinary trait infection try D-mannose (you can goggle for more information on the product). Also take cranberry tablets.

Beet root is great for pickles, makes beautiful sweet soup and also roast them whole inside aluminium jackets until they come out sweet and succulent….non fattening.

Ann@Anncoo Journal  on November 5th, 2012

Oops! I’m late for this. Must be all gone by now. I love this natural red color from beetroot and healthy too. :)

Sophie  on November 5th, 2012

A gluten-free & vegan beetroot cake! It surely looks very tasty! I love all things beetroot! Yes!

Mistletoe  on November 8th, 2012

I agree with Shirley, you DO seem to like beet roots! Haha. Glad you were able to gain some useful info from that article about making your own food colouring. The colour of your beet root rice cake looks quite vibrant indeed. Am interested in how you ate it now. Guess I’ll have to wait for your next post. How’s your leg doing, btw? Haven’t spoken to you in a while. Hope all is well! Hugs!!

lena  on November 11th, 2012

that’s really red and so far i think you’re doing great to replace the artifical colouring. so this is kueh beetroot? hehe..

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