Beet Mash Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes

For the cupcakes

One 14.5 oz. can Del Monte® Fresh Cut® Sliced Beets, drained
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
½ cup vegetable oil
2 ½ cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
½ cup warm water
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup sweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
For the Icing
2 sticks unsalted butter
Approx. ½ a can of Del Monte® Fresh Cut® Sliced Beets, drained
1 pound confectioners sugar
For Cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
For Cake: Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
In a small bowl, mash the drained can of beets finely with a potato masher and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, granulated sugar, oil, eggs, and water. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Fold in the mashed beets and mix well.
For Cupcakes: Pour the batter into greased cupcake tins. Bake about 15-20 minutes, until set but moist. (Or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean)
For Cake: Pour the batter into a greased 10-inch Bundt pan. Bake about 70 minutes, until set but moist. Let cool, and turn out onto a large serving plate.
Make the Icing: Mash the ½ can of beets finely with a potato masher. Melt 1 stick of butter in a saucepan and add mashed beets. Simmer on very low heat for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cream the second stick of butter with a mixer in a bowl. Mix in the melted butter and beet mixture until fully incorporated. Gradually beat in the confectioners sugar.
Ice the cupcakes with a thick layer of icing.
The cupcakes and cake serve 12-15.

Recipe courtesy of: Dave Lieberman, campaign spokesperson for the Del Monte “Value without Sacrifice,” Chef and Author of The 10 Things You Need To Eat

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah February 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Have you actually tried these? It looks like something out of the Sneaky Chef books. I might have to try them out 🙂


2 LittlePeopleWealth February 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I haven't yet – but I probably will. I actually really like beets (have you ever had pickled beets, mmm). I don't have any in the house right now though or I would make them.


3 CastoCreations February 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I definitely want to know how they taste!!!


4 LittlePeopleWealth February 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm

I definitely need to get some beets!


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