I love incorporating a vegetable into my cakes and was trying to figure out a way to make red velvet cupcakes without any food colouring. After reading about the negativity surrounding food colouring, I don't really use it much while baking. Of course once in a  while I succumb and make a colourful cake or icing but in general I prefer to avoid using it. So when I stumbled upon some recipes which used beetroot to colour cakes, I was thrilled! I did expect beetroot to lend its bright red hue but I definitely did not expect it to make the cupcakes so much softer! When these beauties came out of the oven and I took my first bite, I was surprised at their fudginess.

I was also surprised that the beetroot along with the yogurt was a perfect egg substitute. You do not even realise that eggs are missing from this recipe. Beetroots are lovely and sweet so this means that you need to add less sugar than you would in a normal cake. I have used a blend of white and brown sugar. These cupcakes are not overly sweet but I love that about them.

Beetroot cupcakes may not sound very appetising but they really add moisture and depth. In fact you won't even taste the beetroot at all. It is perfect for any fussy eaters you may have in your household!

AuthorAditiCategory, , , DifficultyBeginner

These eggless red velvet beetroot cupcakes are super fudgey and extremely scrumptious.

Yields11 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 15 mins

 ½ cup pureed beetroot
 1 cup or 125 grams whole wheat flour or all purpose flour
 2 ½ tbsp or 15 grams cocoa powder
 1 ¼ tsp baking powder
 ¼ tsp salt
 80 g greek yogurt
 ½ cup + 2 tablespoons white sugar + 1/4 cup brown sugar
or
 ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
 ¼ cup neutral flavoured oil
 1 tsp vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
 1 tbsp vanilla extract
 chocolate chips to decorate (optional)

1

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Make your beetroot puree. Boil the beetroots until soft. Then puree them in a blender/food processor.

2

Measure out all your ingredients. Sift your flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa.

3

In another bowl, start mixing the yogurt and sugars together with a hand held whisk till both types of sugars have dissolved.

4

Add in the oil and vanilla extract. Whisk till the oil has totally emulsified into the yogurt/sugar mixture.

5

Add in your beetroot puree & vinegar. Mix till well blended.

6

In batches of 3, add in the flour mixture into the beetroot mixture. Fold till JUST combined. Do not over-mix at this stage.

7

Line your cupcake tin and then fill them till they are 3/4 full with the beetroot cupcake batter. Scatter over some chocolate chips if you feel inclined.

8

Bake for around 20 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the cake, comes out clean. Your cake is done!

Ingredients

 ½ cup pureed beetroot
 1 cup or 125 grams whole wheat flour or all purpose flour
 2 ½ tbsp or 15 grams cocoa powder
 1 ¼ tsp baking powder
 ¼ tsp salt
 80 g greek yogurt
 ½ cup + 2 tablespoons white sugar + 1/4 cup brown sugar
or
 ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
 ¼ cup neutral flavoured oil
 1 tsp vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
 1 tbsp vanilla extract
 chocolate chips to decorate (optional)

Directions

1

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Make your beetroot puree. Boil the beetroots until soft. Then puree them in a blender/food processor.

2

Measure out all your ingredients. Sift your flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa.

3

In another bowl, start mixing the yogurt and sugars together with a hand held whisk till both types of sugars have dissolved.

4

Add in the oil and vanilla extract. Whisk till the oil has totally emulsified into the yogurt/sugar mixture.

5

Add in your beetroot puree & vinegar. Mix till well blended.

6

In batches of 3, add in the flour mixture into the beetroot mixture. Fold till JUST combined. Do not over-mix at this stage.

7

Line your cupcake tin and then fill them till they are 3/4 full with the beetroot cupcake batter. Scatter over some chocolate chips if you feel inclined.

8

Bake for around 20 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the cake, comes out clean. Your cake is done!

Fudgey Eggless Red Velvet Beetroot Cupcakes

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