I made a few substitutions, 1 cup white all-purpose flour, used organic sugar and reduced it to 2/3, subbed kefir for buttermilk. I think I reduced the sugar too much, ha ha, but the cupcakes turned out great. They were so fluffy and the earthiness of the beet/cocoa combo was delightful. My 8-year-old wanted to eat them all up.
I did use gluten free flour, and they came out delicious. I ended up forgetting to save some of the beet puree for the icing, so we went with a buttercream frosting instead. Still yummy. Well written recipe - very easy to follow. Thank you. Oh yeah, and my three-year-old loved them!
I would probably eat these for breakfast... They weren't sweet enough to call them a cupcake, more like muffin territory for me. Maybe with some chocolate chips thrown in it would be more sweet, but this just wasn't quite there for me.
This is a fabulous yummy moist cupcake, and the icing is to-die-for, just fabulous!!
I was given these cupcakes last year by a friend and decided to give them a try this year. The first time, I made cupcakes. The second time, I put the batter in a bread pan. It made an amazing loaf of quick bread. It is extremely moist and earthy. But if you are used to things with a more natural flavour you want to be offended by it at all. My 10-year-old loves them, so I wouldn't think children would be turned off by the flavor, either.
Title was appropriate and describes the cupcake well. I'll admit I don't have a very clean palette yet. I do think this is a good recipe, probably better for adults than for children that are used to grocery store cupcakes. It went over well with the group of adults I served it to and they were surprised that beets were the main ingredient. It wasn't very red though. The icing was nice and sweet. I made these as mini cupcakes and used my all purpose gluten free flour mix. I might experiment with this a bit and try adding some Stevia to the batter and maybe some coffee or mini chocolate chips to drown out the musty root vibe. Pros: Good texture, not too heavy. Cons: Cupcakes had an earthy taste. Not sweet enough for me.
Used 1pkg Love pre-cooked beets shredded...1-3/4c. Also forgot to separate sugar...all went into batter. Don't think it mattered. I don't use frosting on cakes anyway so the cake was a little sweeter. Beautiful shaped cakes...Highest I have ever made... Reminded me of how Devil Dogs used to taste in the old days.....