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Dark Chocolate Red Velvet Cupcakes

Recipe adapted from


  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs plus 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 5 beets cooked, peeled and pureed (1 lb. or 2-1/2 cups chopped=1-1/3 cup pureed beets)*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup white flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

* You can use canned no salt added beets.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixer bowl, beat the sugar, applesauce, eggs and egg whites until creamy. Add cocoa and oil, red beet puree and vanilla. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, stir together the flour and baking soda. Add to the creamy chocolate mixture and continue mixing on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

Pour the batter into cupcake papers. Bake cupcakes for about 15 minutes.

Cool and frost with icing, if desired.

Yield: 18 regular size cupcakes (1 cupcake = 1 serving)

Nutrition Information Per Serving
CaloriesFatSat. FatTrans FatSodiumCarb.FiberProtein
Dark Chocolate Red Velvet Cupcakes 151 4 g. 0.5 g. 0 g. 121 mg.   27.5 g. 2.5 g. 2.5 g.