Sunday, October 19, 2014

Eggless no food colour red velvet cupcakes

Red velvet cakes and cupcakes, with their bright red color and cream cheese frosting on top are stunning to look at and popular with adults and kids alike. I have shied away from making these because of the huge amount of artificial food coloring that is used to give the cake its vibrant red hue. In my search for alternatives to artificial food color, I stumbled upon this recipe which I recreated in my kitchen. Pureed beets are used in this recipe to give the cupcakes a natural red color.

What you need:
Whole wheat flour - 1.5 cups
Beet - 1 (medium sized, boiled with skin, cooled, peeled and pureed)
Sugar - 1 cup
Oil - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1.5 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Cocoa powder - 4 tsp
Curd - 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp

In a large mixing bowl, take the oil, sugar, beet puree, curd and vanilla extract. Mix well until sugar dissolves. Stir in the remaining ingredients and mix. Spoon the batter into a lined muffin pan and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degree F for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool completely and frost, if desired.

While the color of the cupcakes was gorgeous,(The photo doesn't reflect how beautiful the color is as I used my mobile camera) there was a slight smell and taste of beets in them and though the spouse and I didn't mind that too much, the child was put off by it. The quantity of beets and using other ingredients that would probably mask its smell is something I am planning to experiment with and will update on this post.


Priya Suresh said...

Wow, those cuppies looks fantastic and eye catching.

Srivalli said...

When I had something something similar with loads of chocolates my kids didn't even know..:)..very nice one..

Manjula Bharath said...

The natural red velevet cake with beet is looking fabulous and souper moist one :)

Manjula Bharath said...

The natural red velevet cake with beet is looking fabulous and souper moist one :)

Pavani N said...

Wow, those cupcakes turned out great -- that too without the food coloring.. Perfect.

Srividhya said...

Adding beets for the color is very innovative yaar. yum

Harini-Jaya R said...

Very nice idea to use beets for the color. I also stay away from artificial colors and so havent tried the velvet cakes yet!

Chef Mireille said...

the color is beautiful and vibrant although I have to say I probably would be with the kid and wouldnt be liking it as a red velvet sub either

Kalyani said...

RVC are yet to be made on my blog.. Incidentally I have bookmarked the same source recipe :))

Riya Singh said...

Looks amazing - love the simple eggless recipe., Thanks for sharing....!