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Perfect For Valentine’s Day – Organic Red Velvet Cupcakes (With Natural Beet Coloring)

What I hear the most when it comes to red velvet cake is that everyone wishes there were natural coloring options. There is, a little extra work goes a long way and I promise you’ll love these cupcakes just as much as anything else! On Valentine’s Day we don’t usually go out but I always want to make some sweet treats and a good dinner for my family. What’s better than a day of showing the ones you love the most just how much you love them and I often do that with food.

Organic Red Velvet Cupcakes (With Natural Beet Coloring)
  • 6 organic beets, boiled for 40 minutes, and then cooled, peeled, and chopped coarsely
  • 1/2 cup organic applesauce
  • 1/2 cup organic butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups organic sugar
  • 2 eggs, preferably organic and free-range
  • 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
  • 1 Tb. vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 cup organic plain yogurt
  • 2 Tb. organic cocoa powder or organic raw chocolate powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups organic spelt flour or all purpose flour or cake flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. Himalayan or sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine chopped cooked beets and applesauce in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. In a large mixing bowl in an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla, and then add the beet mixture, mixing well. Add the vinegar and the yogurt and mix well again.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the cocoa or chocolate powder, baking soda, flour, and salt together. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until well blended.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes
  5. Frosting: Use your favorite cream cheese frosting. I used both organic powdered sugar, butter and cream cheese.




  1. Car Parts Wholesale on February 24, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Thank you for sharing, looks good

  2. Sylvia Ortiz on February 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    These cupcakes look delicious!! Can’t wait to try out this recipe.

  3. Justine on February 11, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Yumm! How many does this yield?

  4. Cat Davis on January 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Wow, look at you … a creative little baker! I’ve never thought to use natural food coloring like that. It’s so red too!

  5. Crystal Mexico on January 18, 2012 at 6:46 am

    OH these look heavenly! Thank you for sharing, Will be taking this recipe to the folder with me LOL.

  6. Doreen Riopel on January 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Oh my gosh. I really have to try this recipe. They look so scrumptous. Thanks for the share. 🙂