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How to Naturally Color Red Velvet Cupcakes

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You might never expect a root vegetable show up in kids’ party food. But these red velvet cupcakes get their all natural coloring from one.

All Natural Red Velvet Cupcakes Made With Beets

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A few clues:

  • It was featured in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world
  • It has been used as medicine as well as food
  • It has been used as dye…even hair dye!
  • It was served to the Apollo 18 astronauts
  • It is a member of the same plant family as bougainvillea, amaranth, carnations, cacti, spinach and venus fly traps
  • It has a good reputation: nutritional benefits include fiber, B-complex vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants, low in calories, zero cholesterol, plus the pectin in this item helps bind excess hormones, heavy metals and toxins, and it helps promote healthy LDL cholesterol levels

Who is this marvel? Behold the beet!

red velvet cupcakes made with beets

Cooked beets impart a rich creaminess to baked goods, plus it gives my red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting a lovely color — without artificial anything.

Unique red velvet cupcake recipe made with beets

Baking with beets is a sneaky way to slip more nutrition into something kids want to eat. Did you ever think you’d be telling your kids to “eat your cupcake; it’s good for you”?

All natural red velvet cupcake recipe

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Beets Recipe

+ 3/4 cup cooked and pureed beets
+ 1/4 cup grape seed (or any vegetable) oil
+ 1 cup sugar
+ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
+ 1 3/4 cups of flour
+ 1.5 teaspoons cocoa
+ 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
+ 1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Puree cooked beets once they have cooled. Blend with oil, sugar and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients and fold into beet mixture. Fold in milk. Fill cupcake baking cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Easy Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

+ 1/3 cup light cream cheese
+ 1 teaspoon vanilla
+ 2 1/4 cup icing sugar
+ 1 tablespoon lowfat milk

Beat cream cheese and vanilla till fluffy. Slowly beat in in icing sugar, 1/2 cup at a time until fully blended. Ice cupcakes once cooled.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.