Before you think “ew, beetroot in cupcakes”, please read this! I’m going to try and convince you that these adorable little suckers deserve a place in your heart AND your baked goods.
I love a good adventure. Every now and then, something in my brain just clicks and I feel the need for a change. The last time it happened, I ended up in Europe on a whim (which was a completely magical result that I still need to post blogs about). My little brain snaps usually happen on a smaller scale, though. They’re not usually as costly as last-minute flights!
Sometimes it’s a desire for a new language (German, I’m coming for you), or books on a certain subject (neuroplasticity was a great reading phase), or a hobby… Baking with Gab is one of my best brain snap results to date. It’s also one that has outlasted most others!
I’m the first person to admit that I have a bit of an obsessive personality. So when I get one idea in my mind, I think about it a lot.
And when the lovely people at Love Beets asked me to put together a recipe, I couldn’t get baby beetroots off my brain! I love the idea of putting something a little out of the ordinary in food. I tried to reason with friends and family that beetroot desserts should be viewed no differently to carrot cakes or avocado cheesecakes. I just don’t see why they’re so maligned when it comes to sweet things! Baby beets are deliciously sweet and provide an amazing natural colour.
So go on, be a little adventurous. Grab some little beets and get them into your baking – I’d love to hear how you go!
Chocolate beetroot cupcakes
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 250g baby beetroots (I used Love Beets, which are pre-cooked)
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarb
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 tbsp cocoa
- 130g milk chocolate chunks
- 90ml thickened cream
- 85g milk chocolate
11 thoughts on “Chocolate beetroot cupcakes and adventure”
Oh my goodness – I’m always looking for ways to use beets – I can’t wait to try this unique recipe. Thanks for sharing this!
I’m so glad you took the time to check it out 🙂 you must have a lot of spare beets in your house!
I love beets in chocolate cake. 🙂
I’d far rather have one of those than anything made with cochineal (do people realise what’s in it??). And those flowers are stunners!
BTW, have you mentioned how much beet to use?
Oops – what an oversight! I left out the ingredient that I talked about the most!! Thanks for the reminder 😛
Haha! I don’t think people want to know that there are bugs in their food colouring, I think it’s one of those secrets that people choose not to acknowlegde! Peonies and hydrangeas – my absolute favourites 😀
Love these beetroot cakes! Beets always work amazingly in chocolate cakes. These cupcakes are beautiful, Gab! 🙂
Aw thanks Jess! Yes, beets are such a great addition, I’m so glad you’re on my side 😜
Works perfect for me- i love bertroot with almost everything and with chocolate even more! 👍👍👍
I’m only a recent Beetroot convert, Eve, but I definitely think it has a place alongside chocolate 😊