Sunday, October 04, 2009

Chocolate Beetroot Cupcakes

Photo of Chocolate Beetroot Cupcakes

These were supposed to be red velvet cupcakes, but the beetroot colour clearly wasn't strong enough to permeate the darker cocoa. Nevertheless, these were excellent both in texture (fluffy and deliciously moist at the same time) and in taste (chocolatey with a hint of sweetness from the beetroot). The creamcheese frosting complemented these perfectly. I don't think you could ask for a happier accident! 

Chocolate Beetroot Cupcakes

Adapted from Coconut & Lime
Makes 12 cupcakes

3/4 cup beet puree (yield from about 500g cooked beets)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup cake-flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
a pinch of salt

1. Mix all the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl - beetroot, eggs, milk, yoghurt and vinegar.
2. Add sugar, stir and then add flour, cocoa, baking powder, bicarb and salt. Mix well to get rid of any lumps and to ensure that everything is combined.
3. Divide batter evenly amongst 12 cupcake molds (it will be about 3/4 full). Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool down before icing.

For the icing:

57g (1/4 container) plain creamcheese
67g (1/4 container) low-fat cottage cheese
1 1/4 cups icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)

Beat everything together for a minute or two until thick and creamy. Place in refrigerator to thicken further for about 30 minutes. Use to frost cupcakes.


nina on October 05, 2009 8:24 am said...

Would you suggest we use more beetroot then? I would love to make these for my children!!!

The Woman on October 05, 2009 9:27 am said...

Nina, I think you might have to reduce the cocoa to redden these. (so that the beetroot has a chance to shine through) Not sure how that would affect the wet/dry ingredient ratio though... But if you're not worried about the colour you can make these as is - they are super yummy!

Jeanne on October 08, 2009 3:16 pm said...

Now THAT'S a form in which I could see myself eating beetroot!

Jessica "Su Good Sweets" on November 19, 2009 3:27 am said...

What a great idea. Balsamic vinegar goes very well with chocolate. You should try them in these chewy chocolate wafers! They made a convert out of me.

Marisa on November 19, 2009 8:34 am said...

Thanks for the link Jessica, I will be sure to check those wafers out!

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