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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes

Yes, You read that right. Red velvet cake made with beets.

I love, love, (did I mention love?) red velvet anything and when I saw this recipe a few weeks ago, I've been dying to try it. I love sneaking giving Ewan and Alan veggies and this was a perfect way to do it. 
Now, if you're anything like me, you've probably never had beets before, much less roasted them. So, here's the recipe I followed to roast the beets. Roasting them is surprisingly easy, but if you use a magic bullet to puree them like I did, you're going to want to use the flat blade. Much, much faster!
Red Velvet Cake with Beets

¾ c. pureed beets 
½ c. oil
¼ c. milk
1 tsp. plain yogurt
½ tsp. balsamic vinegar
2 eggs
¾ c. flour
c. sugar (or Splenda)
½ c. dutch cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Whisk together all of the dry ingredients and set aside. Blend
the wet ingredients until uniform.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir until combined.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick in the center of the center comes out clean. Cool before icing.

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 blocks cream cheese (8 oz each)
2 sticks unsalted butter
¼ tsp. salt
16 oz confectioners sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste!)
Cream together the cream cheese and butter at room temperature. Add the salt and sugar and whip until light and fluffy.  Stir in the vanilla. Frost your cooled cupcakes.
Ewan approved!


  1. I too LOVE anything red velvet! I actually hate cake but red velvet is the one and only exception so I will definitely be trying these!
    Thanks, Shannon [ ]

    1. It's really good! Artifical food coloring is so awful for you. I've started finding ways to make my own. So far everything has turned out well!

  2. Ahhhh! I love beets! And I have been wanting to find a recipe for red velvet without so much red food coloring. That stuff just isn't good for ya. But with beets! Ah! This is so awesome! Like two of my favorite things! I have roasted beets and used them as a side dish. They are prefect! Thank you for sharing this!

    1. You're welcome! I was so excited that they turned out well!

  3. Hmm. This is interesting. I don't particularly case for beets but this just may be a way for me to sneak some into my system lol.

  4. This looks really yummy! I wouldn't never thought using beets for a red velvet cake!

  5. I love red velvet and these sound delicious! More and more people are using fruits and veggies As a way to color food nowadays with all of the information about food dyes being awful for you.

    1. I know! It was actually a bad reaction to blue food coloring that inspired me to look for ways to make natural food dye.

  6. Yum!


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