Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

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Homemade chocolate cupcakes with beets folded into the frosting and batter.

Adapted from a Joy the Baker cake recipe.



3/4 cup unsalted butter, soft
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup roasted, shredded red beets (about 4 small beets)
1 1/4 cup buttermilk


1 cup unsalted butter
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup roasted, shredded beets (about 1 small beet)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon milk
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Pinch of salt
4-5 cups powdered sugar


1) Cut off stems for beets and lay them out on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F. until they are tender, about an hour for small beets. If you get larger ones you’ll have to add on 15-20 minutes.

2) Let beets cool slightly, then peel them and grate them using either a box grater or food processor. The want the beet shreds to be very fine for the batter and somewhat fine for the frosting.

3) Stir together dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder). Sift cocoa powder to remove clumps.

4) In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment or with a hand mixer, beat together butter and sugars until they are soft and light. Then add in one egg at a time and stir in vanilla. Finally, mix in shredded beets.

5) Add half of the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix until just combined. Then add buttermilk and mix. Then add the last half of the dry ingredients and mix until you can see no flour. Try not to over mix it.

6) Spoon batter out in 1/4 cup cupcakes into a prepared tin. Then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 17-18 minutes until a tester comes out clean from the center. Let cupcakes cool before frosting.

7) For frosting, beat together butter, cream cheese, vanilla, milk, a pinch of salt, and shredded beets. When it’s smooth, starting adding powdered sugar until it reaches the thickness you want. You’ll need 4-5 cups of powdered sugar.

8) When cupcakes are cool, frost them and serve!