Sneaky Chocolate Cake Recipe

Sneaky Chocolate Cake Recipe

After watching Lisa Lillien from Hungry Girl make cupcakes using only a boxed cake mix and canned pumpkin (, I had to try it! It was delicious and super easy! Since then, I’ve played with other variations. In an attempt to see what other ingredients a boxed cake mix can hide, I tried black beans and beets. Guess what? No one noticed, and it was delicious! It was such a hit with my kids that I had to share it here. Also, I think it’s worth noting that my kids generally spit out beets in disgust, and two of them are not at all fond of beans. However, each of them scarfed down two helpings of this cake! They were shocked when I told them what was in it. Then my son said, “so this is healthy?!”



1 box devil’s food cake mix

15 oz. can of black beans, drained

15 oz. can of beets, drained

2-3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder


1 generous cup dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter


chopped peanuts

chocolate sprinkes



1. Using a food processor, pulse the beans and beets until smooth.

2. Empty the contents of 1 box of devil’s food cake mix into a large bowl.

3. Add the pureed beans and beets and the cocoa powder to the cake mix.

4. Mix with a whisk or wooden spoon until well combined and there are no more lumps.

5. Pour into muffin tin or greased cake pan.

6. Bake according to the directions on the cake mix box.


1. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate, stirring continuously.

2. Once the chocolate has melted, remove the pot from the heat and add the peanut butter, stirring until it has melted into the chocolate.

3. Pour over the top of your cooled cake. Or if you made cupcakes, dip each into the glaze. (You could go a step further and roll the dipped cupcakes in chocolate sprinkles, or chopped peanuts!)

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The final step: ENJOY!!!

Thanks for stopping by.


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