UPDATE: I initially created this cake for my twin sister and I’s birthday. I wanted to make a healthier version of one of our favorite cakes – red velvet – using beets instead of artificial food colouring and making it vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free so that we would both feel less guilty having a piece or two or three. I was very pleased with how the cake first came out (the one you see on the photos). Everyone at our dining table loved it and couldn’t believe it was made of beets and was totally guilt-free. I was so happy with the result that I chose to post the recipe here on the blog.
Then a few readers reached out to mention that the recipe didn’t turn out for them. So I decided to get back into the kitchen to test it again. I made it again in my own oven and in my sister’s oven too. And the truth is the results were inconsistent. I started tweaking the recipe, changing ratios, ingredients and techniques here and there, trying to improve it and make the recipe totally foolproof. I’ve lost count of how many cakes I’ve baked. As much as I wanted to share the perfect vegan gluten-free red velvet cake recipe with you here, at this point I know I’ll never achieve a recipe I’ll be completely satisfied with. I’ve made it so many times that it killed all the magic and I’m just not excited by the idea of a beet cake anymore. Baking, cooking and sharing recipes here with you is something I cherish and am passionate about. It should be fun and exciting, and the truth is this cake is not for me anymore. So I’ve decided to delete the recipe.
I know how important making a birthday cake is – it’s all about making a delicious, perfect, memorable cake for the one your love. And because I can’t guarantee that at this point anymore, I prefer deleting it. I apologize to anyone who might have been disappointed by the recipe. Who knows, I might try my hand at another natural red velvet cake recipe one day, but for now I’ll focus on bringing you many other delicious recipes that I’m proud of and that I know you’ll love.
Being honest may not get you a lot of friends, but it will get you the right ones.