Dave Lieberman's Beet Mash Chocolate Cupcakes with Beet Frosting

If you're looking to sneak more vegetables into your family's diet, you can't beet this chocolate cupcake recipe by celebrity chef Dave Lieberman.

Dave Lieberman’s Beet Mash Chocolate Cupcakes with Beet Frosting

If you’re looking to sneak more vegetables into your family’s diet, you can’t beet this chocolate cupcake recipe by celebrity chef Dave Lieberman.

-Recipe courtesy of Dave Lieberman and Del Monte

Dave Lieberman

Although you won’t be able to tell that beets are even in this recipe, the result of mixing them in creates an extra moist cupcake that both adults and kids will love.

Makes 10-12 cupcakes

Ingredients for the cake:

One 14.5 oz. Beet Cupcakescan Del Monte® Fresh Cut® Sliced Beets, drained

2 sticks unsalted butter, melted

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups granulated sugar

3 eggs

1 cup warm water

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sweetened cocoa

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for the icing:

2 sticks unsalted butter

Approx. 1 can of Del Monte® Fresh Cut® Sliced Beets, drained

1 pound confectioners sugar

Preparation: 
 
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
 
2. In a small bowl, mash the drained can of beets finely with a potato masher and set aside.
 
3. 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.
 
4. Pour the batter in greased cupcake tins. Bake about 15-20 minutes, until set but moist. (Or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean)
 
5.
To make the icing: Mash the 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.
 
6. Ice the cupcakes with a thick layer of icing.

Turn your beet cupcakes into beet flowers with this cute Dainty Daisy cupcake pan ($17.99, amazon.com).

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4 thoughts on “Dave Lieberman's Beet Mash Chocolate Cupcakes with Beet Frosting

  1. annyk says:

    Are you kidding. This recipe, which only makes 10 to 12 cupcakes uses the following. A half lb. of butter PLUS 1 cup of oil and 2 cups of sugar. THEN the icing uses another Half lb. of butter. The calorie count of each cup cake must be enormous. These very few cupcakes uses ONE lb of BUTTER, plus 1 cup (the equivalent of 1 lb) of oil. Are you trying to kill us. I’m really surprised. I’ve enjoyed many of Dave’s recipes on the Foodnetwork but here he’s trying to kill us.

  2. mk_ultra says:

    Obviously, you shouldn’t eat cupcakes every day, but as a once in a while splurge!

  3. blondeelicious says:

    I agree AnnyK… I noticed that also. Betty Confidential should start listing the nutritional value for their recipes. The fact that beets are in this may throw people off into thinking they’re healthy.

  4. blondeelicious says:

    I agree AnnyK… I noticed that also. Betty Confidential should start listing the nutritional value for their recipes. The fact that beets are in this may throw people off into thinking they're healthy.

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