Chocolate beetroot cupcakes recipe

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makes: 10
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 30 min
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  • If you fancy something a ‘little’ healthier than your usual chocolate bar then try incorporating some vegetables into your chocolate cupcake with these delicious chocolate beetroot cupcakes.

    These chocolate beetroot cupcakes may not sound too tasty but actually the addition of beetroot in the recipe just gives real additional moisture and depth to the chocolatey flavours rather than tasting of veggies! In fact you won’t taste the beetroot at all. Perfect for any fussy eaters you might have in your household!

    These chocolate beetroot cupcakes are so moist and simple and have a lovely rich flavour, no one will ever know what you’ve hidden inside them!


    • For the cakes:
    • 120g plain flour
    • 60g cocoa powder (the best you can afford)
    • 170g golden caster sugar
    • 170g vacuum-packed cooked beetroot
    • 2 eggs
    • 140ml light olive oil/vegetable oil
    • 1tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
    • 1½tsps baking powder
    • For the icing:
    • 200g tub full-fat cream cheese
    • 100g softened unsalted butter
    • 250g icing sugar
    • 1tsp vanilla extract
    • You will also need:
    • Piping bag with a Wilton 2A nozzle (optional)


    • For the cakes:

      1. To make this cupcake recipe, preheat 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3 and place 10 cases in a muffin tray.
      2. Sieve all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
      3. Add the beetroot, eggs, oil and vanilla to a blender and blend until smooth.
      4. Add the beetroot mix to the flour mix and combine with an electric whisk on a low setting until just combined.
      5. Divide the mixture between the 10 cases. Fill the cases to ¾ full and bake in the oven for 30 mins. Remove and cool in the tins for 10 mins before popping onto a cooling rack.

      For the icing:

      1. Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and beat on a low setting until just combined. Don’t over beat or the icing will become runny.
      2. Spread or pipe onto the tops of the cupcakes and decorate with ruby sanding sugar. To pipe a swirl, apply pressure and starting in the centre, work your way to the edge of the paper, pipe around and up into a swirl, stopping at your desired height.

    Top tip for making Chocolate beetroot cupcakes

    If you want to add a deep beetroot colour to your buttercream, grate a beetroot into the buttercream and mix well.

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