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Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 10 oz red beets, (scrubbed)
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup whole buttermilk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tbs unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tps fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 8 oz. package softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 16 oz package powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup toasted pecans (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Wrap beets in parchment paper. Microwave on high until tender, 8-10 min.
  • Cool beets wrapped in paper until just warm to the touch.
  • Peel beets, and coarsely chop. Process chopped beets and lemon juice in a food processor until finely chopped, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Add oil and buttermilk. Process until smooth.
  • Add eggs. Process until completely combined.
  • Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Add beet mixture and whisk just until combined.
  • Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with baking liners.
  • Using an ice-cream scoop, a spoon, or a liquid measuring cup, fill liners two- thirds full with batter.
  • Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15 to 18 minutes.
  • Cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove from pans to racks, and cool completely.
  • Beat cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or with a handheld mixer on medium speed until very smooth.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, beating on low speed until blended and light and fluffy.
  • Beat in vanilla.
  • Spread frosting on cupcakes with spatula, spoon, or ziplock freezer bag (cut 1 corner of bag to make small hole and pipe frosting on cupcakes).
  • Sprinkle with pecans, if desired.
Keyword eggless red velvet cake with beetroot, natural red velvet cake, red velvet cupcakes
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