Chocolate Beet Mini Cupcakes, a delicious one bite of chocolate delight, with a healthy root vegetable hidden inside, giving the cupcakes an incredible moisture, lovely flavour and reddish hue. Two kinds of frosting adorn the mini cupcakes: a luscious buttercream, and a vibrant raspberry buttercream.
Song of the day: Everything Now, by Arcade Fire.
Loreto's birthday arrived and we were on Salt Spring Island, on a little retreat. It was Sunday, April 30th, a gorgeous sunny day that I tried to fill, to celebrate him, with love, laughter and relaxation, some fun things to do and good eats. It was actually the only sunny day of the three we were there, so we spent most of the day outside. In the morning we went for a nice breakfast on a bench overlooking the ocean, I bought him flowers at a cute flower stand on the side of the road, and then we walked to a bakery to see what we could find for a small birthday cake.
Not very many cakes on display and the few that they had were huge, not good for the two of us, considering also that we had to leave the next day. But smiling at us, from the lower shelf, there were two lines of cupcakes, a chocolate one, and one with cheerful sprinkles on top. There you go, Loreto, for your birthday, this year, we're going to have birthday cupcakes! We bought the two flavours because you know, birthday boy's wife, she is a chocolate addict, lol.
Anyway, the whole day was lovely, but you're going to read more of it in the post that Loreto's writing dedicated to our trip to Salt Spring Island, soon to come.
When back home, in Edmonton, I really wanted to bake a cake for him to celebrate his birthday properly, but many things got in the way, read life of a blogger, and many posts got on the front line before this very post. Because at some point, I did bake for him these Chocolate Beet Mini Cupcakes, with buttercream frosting and raspberry frosting.
I guess it was a cupcake kind of birthday because when I asked him what dessert he would like for his birthday, he told me to use up the beets we had in the fridge and bake some delectable chocolate beet cupcakes. I was surprised, but pleased, it is a great recipe and makes for a delicious, healthier dessert. My only change was to bake them in mini cupcakes form.
Chocolate Beet Mini Cupcakes, here we go.
Beets are a root vegetable that accompanied us from winter to spring and they were the ingredient of many of our recipes. Whenever we can find them, we like to buy Chioggia beets, with their peculiar marbleization and mild flavour. They gave the cupcakes a less pronounced red hue but are nonetheless amazing. We peeled, boiled and pureed them, before starting the preparation, since they also need to cool off. When all the ingredients were ready to be assembled, the rest is a "piece of cake".
I'm always enthralled at the look of these beets, the beautiful marbleization of red to white and the intricate pattern almost labyrinth-like fascinates me.
The batter comes together quickly and easily. There is sunflower oil, vanilla, cocoa, eggs, sugar (I used granulated suagr and maple sugar), flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt and, of course, the beet purée.
I don't know what it is with miniature things, but it always makes you smile and brings you back to childhood. The Chocolate Beet Mini Cupcakes look adorable out of the oven, and onto a cooling rack, waiting to be iced.
Loreto and I were excited to get that piping bag full and start icing these little gems. We both came up with two strategies. One would be a plain buttercream in a soft ice cream pattern and the other, a more detailed and colourful raspberry buttercream in a star pattern. They were both equally delicious as we did not wait to pop one of each in our mouths. After all, we had to make sure that the flavours melded together well, lol.
The icing was way more work than baking these Chocolate Beet Mini Cupcakes. One might think that since they are miniature there is less work involved, but in reality, detail and quantity equal WORK!
Truth be told, really a labour of love. After all, it's Loreto's birthday! In the picture below, in a small dish behind the mini cupcakes, you will see what looks like raspberries, and you're right, only one detail, they are dehydrated. We found these at our local Farmers Market and they starred in many of our desserts.
The texture of these cupcakes come in first with their moisture and decadence, followed by the incredible richness of the beet/chocolate combination. The darkness of the cocoa tinted slightly with a reddish hue of the beets, and that buttercream icing just awakening us to a delightful contrast of colour. The buttercream offers a nice slightly sweet flavour subduing the earthiness of the beets and enhancing the flavour of the chocolate. As for the raspberry buttercream, those little specks of dehydrated raspberry and raspberry syrup just explode in your mouth awakening both your sense of smell and taste. Miniature in size, but huge in flavour they are.
These wonderful, joyful, Chocolate Beet Mini Cupcakes were shared at Loreto's parents after a nice dinner and also gifted to friends and neighbours, always appreciative.
Hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Song of the day: Everything Now, by Arcade Fire.Print
- 2 cups (250 g) cake flour (00)
- ½ cup (45 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- pinch salt
- 3 large, organic free range eggs
- ¾ cup (132 ml) sunflower oil
- 1 cup (150 g) maple sugar (or natural cane sugar)
- ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
- 1½ cups fresh beets (about 3 small/medium), cooked and pureed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 Tbsp salted butter, softened
- 1 cup icing sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp half & half cream
- add 1 tsp crushed dehydrated raspberry
- ½ tsp raspberry syrup
- Preheat oven to 375º F. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
- In a large bowl sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Add cane sugar.
- In another bowl, or in a stand mixer beat the oil, eggs, granulated sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add beet mixture and mix well.
- Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix just to combine.
- Fill cupcake liners until almost full.
- Bake in the pre heated oven for approximately 13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool for 5 minutes, then remove from pan to wire rack to cool.
- In a stand mixer beat the butter with the icing sugar, vanilla, until smooth.
- Add the half & half and beat at high speed just until smooth; do not over beat.
- Fill a piping bag with the round tip with the buttercream and pipe the cupcakes starting from the outer edge.
- For the raspberry buttercream add the dehydrated raspberry and raspberry syrup to the regular buttercream and use the star tip to decorate.
The cooking time does not include the cooking of the beets.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 13 minutes
- Serving Size: 48 mini cupcakes
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