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Baking with Beets…Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

These Chocolate Beet Cupcakes are rich, moist and full of chocolate flavour!

Baking with beets?  YES.

I love beets, so when I saw this recipe in the magazine, Chatelaine, I knew I had to try it.  I needed to know what beets in a chocolate cupcake would be like…and also I love the idea of disguising superfoods in desserts.  If my kids love them and they don’t know there are beets in the cupcake they’re eating, I’m all for it! 

Chocolate Beet Cupcakes
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Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

Seriously, look at the colour of this batter!  So pretty.

Chocolate Beet Cupcakes
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These cupcakes are rich, moist and full of delicious chocolate flavour!


Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x


  • 1398 mL can rosebud beets (or fresh – see tips)
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 container vanilla icing


  1. Drain beets. Rinse and pat dry. Puree in a blender or food processor. Set aside.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat sugar and oil for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add egg. Beat.
  5. Then add beets and vanilla.
  6. Gradually beat in 1/3 of the flour mix, then 1/2 buttermilk. Repeat until all combined.
  7. Divide batter into 12 muffin cups (filling each cup about 3/4 full).
  8. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes.
  9. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely before icing.
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Chocolate Beet Cupcake Recipe Tips!

  • You can use fresh beets too!  Just cook them, but let them cool before you use them.
  • We found these cupcakes tasted better after they sat for a couple of hours.
  • And they need icing.  Without a doubt, icing is a must!

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Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

Have a delicious day!


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  • Reply
    Ali Richardson
    January 24, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Not so much loving beets, but I LOVE the way you frosted them. SO pretty!

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    January 24, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    ok.. so they look gorgeous, but I am afraid, very very afraid. : )

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    Flower Patch Farmgirl
    January 25, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    I just so happen to adore beets! And the cakes look magnificent. 🙂

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    January 25, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    They sound good to me, but they were worth it even just for the photography!

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    January 25, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    i think that sounds like a good combination actually! i agree- great photos!

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    January 26, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    these are beet-u-tiful… i am so into beets and i am so making these! thanks,

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    January 27, 2011 at 6:35 AM

    The look wonderful, the icing is really beautiful! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    Jeanne fron Siberia

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    January 29, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    You definitely did a great job decorating these cupcakes, that’s for sure! 😉

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    Little Brick Ranch
    April 15, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    What a great idea and you’re right, the color is pretty!! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you at Blue Cricket Design. 🙂

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    August 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    I had a chocolate beet cake that was out of this world, but a bakery made it. I think I would try this with fresh beets which might make a difference. They look so pretty! A new follower & added you to Google+ Theresa @

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