Cocoa Beet Cupcakes

Hey Lori, or should I say the Beet Queen. That Cocoa Beet Cake you found at the farmer’s market is brilliant, just like the black bean brownies I made, makes you feel a little less guilty about eating cake right? Cocoa powder is very rich and goes well with the beets. Last night I tried my hands at making a batch and they turned out really good – moist, chocolatey and a hint of beets and cinnamon. Thought I’d pass on the recipe, would be fun to experiment some more with this.

Quarter and steam 3 beets in a sauce pan with water halfway covered, simmer covered for about 15 minutes till fork tender.

Drain water from beets.

Puree in blender with 1 cup of canola or olive oil.

In a bowl, add to beet and oil mixture:

1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup cocoa powder (gradually)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 and 3/4 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. The cupcakes have a red tinge to them that looks like a Red Velvet cake.

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