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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate cupcakes that are bursting with nutrients!? I know it sounds weird, but the hidden beetroot adds an unmistakably deliciously earthy flavour, complimenting the cacao perfectly. Divinely sweet and satisfying, these cupcakes will be gracing your healthy afternoon tea party more than once! Skip the bottles of red food colouring and sneak some veggies in at the same time.



SERVES: 12 cupcakes


For the cupcakes

  • 2 small beetroots (uncooked), finely grated
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup rice malt or coconut syrup
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 cup almond meal

For the frosting

  • 3 tablespoons plain greek yoghurt or  warmed coconut butter
  • 3 teaspoons raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon rice malt / coconut syrup (to taste)

To garnish (optional)

  • Goji berries
  • Crushed peanuts
  • Sugar-free rainbow sprinkles




  1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC.
  2. Combine dry cupcake mixture in a large bowl, then add wet ingredients and stir well.
  3. Pour batter into 12 cupcake cases and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, mix the frosting ingredients together until smooth and check for sweetness.
  6. Frost the cooled cupcakes using the back of a teaspoon, garnish as desired and serve.

Make a delicious vanilla frosting by mixing plain greek yoghurt with 8-10 drops of liquid vanilla stevia.
If you can’t get your hands on the sugar-free drinking chocolate, try plain stevia instead (I like Natvia), mixed with additional cacao powder.

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

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