As the wife of a Beetroot mad husband, and don’t under estimate how much my husband loves beetroot, can you imagine my delight when my chum at the Frugal Feeding Blog posted a recipe for Beetroot Cupcakes?
This was two firsts for me, number one was the method of cooking the beetroot, I have only ever known beetroot to be boiled in a pan, this recipe’s method introduced me to baking the beetroot, and it worked well with no steamed up kitchen windows. Number two was the use of beetroot in a sweet cake.
When I showed Hubby the recipe he was enthusiastic about trying these unusual cakes. So into the kitchen I went.
The recipe was pretty simple, and the only variation I made was in the preparation. I blended the cooked beetroots, the leaving them in the blender, I added all the wet ingredients and gave it a good blend until completely smooth. The colour of the wet mix was a beautiful vivid pink, and I was hoping this will result in a pink cake.
When I folded the wet into the dry ingredients the batter mix seemed a little too runny, so I just added a little self raising flour to thicken it to a drop consistency.
As they baked, the cakes rose nicely, but I have to say the aroma of earthy beetroot that greeted me when I opened the oven door was a little bizarre.
The cream cheese topping is what makes this unusual cake work. My first bite had me wondering if you needed to be a beetroot fanatic, like the man sat next to me making all the noises of someone enjoying their grub. But once my head and taste buds were aligned I have to say these cakes are delightful.
The cake is moist, rather like carrot cake, but it has a great texture too. They are filling, so they are a good choice if you don’t want the temptation to be greedy.
“So, did the cake stay as pink as the batter?” I hear you ask.
Sadly, no. There was a pink colour at the very top, but the inside would fool you to think I had added turmeric, which I promise I didn’t.
There is only one thing to do with this recipe…. that is to give it a go and try the flavour for yourself.
Go ahead head on over to Frugal Feeding, go get you fingers pink!