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Chocolate & Beetroot Cupcakes

Moist chocolatey cupcakes made with freshly grated beetroot takes these tasty treats up a notch.

Keyword Chocolate cupcakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 18 cupcakes


  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste Use vanilla extract if you wish
  • 1 cup freshly brewed strong coffee
  • 1 cup grated fresh beetroot, pressed down in a sieve, reserving juice
  • 1/2 cup milk, extra, if needed Use this if mixture is too thick.
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 1/2 cups castor sugar
  • 3/4 cup pure cocoa powder

Beet glaze

  • 1 cup icing sugar You may need more if you want a thicker glaze or richer colour
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tblsp reserved beet juice You may need more to get a richer colour


  1. Preheat oven to 180C 

  2. Line two muffin trays with cupcake papers.

  3. In a bowl using a hand whisk, beat together eggs, oil and vanilla.

  4. Add coffee mixture and stir carefully until well combined.

  5. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, bicarb soda, baking powder and sugar. Hand whisk until well combined.

  6. Add cocoa powder and whisk dry mixture well.

  7. Add grated beetroot and stir carefully with a spatula until well combined.

  8. Carefully pour wet mixture into dry mix and stir gently until well combined. 

  9. * If the mixture is too thick, slowly add the extra milk a little at a time. Mixture should be smooth but not runny.

  10. Using an ice cream scoop, carefully place equal amounts into cupcake liners until each is 2/3 full.

  11. Bake in a moderate oven for 18 - 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave on a wire rack to cool. When completely cool, drizzle with beet glaze.

Beetroot glaze

  1. Sift icing sugar into a clean bowl. Add lemon juice. Stir with a spatula to combine.

  2. Slowly add reserved beetroot juice into icing mixture, a little at a time until the mixture forms a thin paste that coats the back of a spoon. You may need to add extra icing sugar or juice to get the desired colour or a thicker consistency. Decorate with edible flowers if you wish.