Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

Cost Per Serving: $0.32
Yields 16 Servings

Ingredients for Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup (can substitute equal amount vanilla extract)

Ingredients for Cupcakes:

  • 1 roasted or steamed beet, diced
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup + 1 heaping Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup (can substitute equal amount vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl, whip heavy cream until stiff peaks are just about to form.
  2. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like. Cover and place in refrigerator.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  4. Place beets in a blender and pulverize. Measure out a 1/2 cup of the beet puree and set it aside.
  5. Pour milk into a small bowl and whisk in vinegar. Let the milk curdle slightly, about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Line 2 muffin pans with paper liners.
  7. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl.
  8. Add sugar, butter, maple syrup, and pureed beets to the curdled milk and beat with an electric beater until it’s fomy.
  9. Gently and slowly, add the sifted ingredients to the wet ingredients and continue to beat the cupcake mix until it is smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  10. Pour the batter into the muffin liners, filling each halfway. Bake for 18-25 minutes on the center rack. Test by inserting a toothpick into 2 separate spots in a cupcake. When it comes out clean, your cupcakes are done.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool.
  12. Top each cupcake with a dollop of your homemade whipped cream. Enjoy!

**Recipe adapted from Real Mom Nutrition.

Published by Hays County Food Bank

We are passionately committed to improving lives through food assistance programs, nutrition education, and advocacy.

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