Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes

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Kristianne

I'm a San Francisco city girl who loves to cook and enjoy the outdoors. My cooking style focuses on healthy recipes, but I have a huge sweet tooth that I am constantly fighting! When I'm not cooking/eating/photographing/writing about food, I'm at the hospital full-time or running. I'm addicted to blogging about food - www.mysanfranciscokitchen.com

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Red velvet cupcakes are my weakness. Especially with cream cheese frosting. February is the perfect month to bake red velvet cupcakes in order to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This year, I give you a healthier version, using fresh beets in this cupcake recipe. The beets give the cupcakes a beautiful, natural color and moist texture. We don’t need to use any artificial food dyes or a lot of butter in this recipe, which makes it much healthier! Go ahead and eat your heart out.
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Red Velvet Beet Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 beets, boiled, peeled and chopped
  • ⅔ cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with liners.
  3. Add the beets, buttermilk, and vanilla to a Magic Bullet cup can blend.
  4. Combine the butter, oil, sugar and salt in a stand mixer (or bowl with electric beaters) and add the beet mixture.
  5. Whisk the flour, salt and baking powder in a separate bowl and slow add to the mixer.
  6. Fill the liners 3/4 full and bake for 18 minutes.

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Makes 1 dozen cupcakes

 

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