Girl eating a chocolate cupcake
Recipe from The 10 Things You Need to Eat by Dave Lieberman
These cakes are light, moist and delicious. Using high-quality Dutch-process cocoa will give you a dark, rich and chocolaty cupcake. Though you won't be able to tell that beets are even in the mix, a mere 1/2 pound in each batch makes the cupcakes extra-moist. And if you're trying to sneak beets into every aspect of your family's diet without causing a stir, this is definitely the way to go!
Servings: Makes 18 mini-cakes
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. fine salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 pound red beets , boiled, peeled and finely grated
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
Preheat the oven to 325° and line an 18-muffin tin with foil cups.

Whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in one bowl and the remaining ingredients in another. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. Fill each muffin cup half full with the mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a mini-cake comes out clean and the mini-cakes start to pull away from the sides of the tin. Cool before serving.

Muffins will keep for two days in an airtight container at room temperature.


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