Veggies in Dessert – Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes

Did you know it’s “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters” month?

I’m doing a media spot this month and decided to focus on sneaking in more vegetables by using them to create desserts. My first adventure in the kitchen was red velvet cupcakes made with beets. I’m happy to report no red stains anywhere in my kitchen from the beets!

The recipe is from: http://www.dominosugar.com/recipe/beet-red-velvet-cake-7560 with no alterations. I did add store-bought cream cheese icing because making these cupcakes – which is more like making cake than muffins – was enough for one day.

Lab coat, check. Hair back, check. Hands washed, check. All ingredients on hand and measured, check. And we are ready to go!

Ready to Bake!

Ready to Bake!

 

Step 1: Cream sugar and butter. Note that a husband with strong hands is helpful for this step!

Creamed Butter and Sugar

Creaming Butter and Sugar is Easiest with a Fork

 

Step 2: Add eggs

Egg in Creamed Butter and Sugar

Egg in Creamed Butter and Sugar

Other bowls of goodness ready. Note that if you don’t have a sifter, you can use a wire mesh strainer. I did this and it sifted beautifully. Top left: flour mixture. Top right: sugar, butter, eggs mixture. Bottom left: buttermilk mixture. Bottom right: pureed beets – pretty!

Ingredients for Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes Ready for Mixing!

Ingredients for Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes Ready for Mixing!

 

Once mixed together = big bowl of batter and a wooden spoon that will probably always be slightly reddish…

Red Velvet Beet Cupcake Batter

Red Velvet Beet Cupcake Batter

 

The recipe does indeed make 24 cupcakes

Ready to go in the oven

Ready to go in the oven

These have a nice moistness and grain but are not as red as conventional red velvet cake (even with sneaking a few drops of red food coloring in the batter…shhh!)

Cooked Cupcake - Look at that Grain!!

Cooked Cupcake – Look at that Grain!!

And the final product with the icing, which I will be bringing into work tomorrow to share!

Red Velvet Beet Cupcake with Icing

Red Velvet Beet Cupcake with Icing

 

These are husband-approved, so you know they must be good, and they sneak in a vegetable that many people dislike in it’s pure form. Simply by making the vegetable into a puree, you can add beets to your diet! Next is the nutrition information as compared to a store-bought mix for red velvet cupcakes. The rows in pink are where the biggest nutritional changes are seen.

Red Velvet Beet Cupcake Nutrition Info

Red Velvet Beet Cupcake Nutrition Info

Original publication date: September 16, 2012 at http://newmotivationcoaching.blogspot.com.

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