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Dark Chocolate Red Velvet Cupcakes

Published in Recipes, Desserts Author: CentraCare

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)

Nutritional Information Per Serving
  • Calories: 151
  • Fat: 4 g.
  • Sat. Fat: 0.5 g.
  • Trans Fat: 0 g.
  • Sodium: 121 mg
  • Carbs: 27.5 g.
  • Fiber: 2.5 g.
  • Protein: 2.5 g.