Double Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

  • Prep Time: 55 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x


Moist, fluffy double chocolate beet cupcakes with naturally colored buttercream icing.




  • 23 medium beets, peeled and halved (3/4 cup puree)
  • 3 tbsp water
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup cold coffee
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips

Buttercream Icing

  • 1 cup of salted butter
  • 3 tsp of vanilla
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp of  coffee cream (18% and up)
  • 1 tbsp reserved beet liquid



  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Place the peeled beets into a small casserole dish with the water and cover the dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until the beets are tender. Allow the beets to cool
  3. Reserving the remaining liquid, transfer the cooled beets into a blender or use an immersion blender to create a smooth puree.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 F and line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a bowl using an electric hand blender, beat together the butter with the granulated sugar.
  6. Beat in the egg and then the vanilla.
  7. Add ¾ cup of beet puree and beat until mixture is thoroughly combined.
  8. Slowly pour in the cold coffee and mix for about a minute.
  9. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  10. Add half the dry mixture to the liquid, and beat well. Follow with the second half of the mixture, beating well again.
  11. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  12. Divide cupcake batter evenly among the muffin tin and bake in the oven for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  13. Cool the cupcakes for a few minutes in the pan, and then completely cool on a wire rack before icing.

Buttercream Icing

  1. Whip the butter using a handheld electric mixer or a stand mixer. Add in the powdered sugar and 1 tbsp of the reserved beet liquid (more or less depending on how pink you want it).
  2. Add the vanilla extract, and 3 tbsp of cream, adding more or less depending on how stiff you’d like the icing to be.
  3. Ice the cupcakes using a piping bag or spatula.

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