These healthier red velvet cupcakes are a dreamy treat and you wouldn’t know that they are loaded with beetroot. Using both cocoa powder and melted dark chocolate, they have a soft fine crumb and deep chocolate flavour. The chocolate intensity is further amplified with the smoothest and creamiest chocolate buttercream frosting.

Beetroot red velvet chocolate cupcake recipe

I adapted this recipe from the beetroot chocolate loaf cake I made last year for the Food24 Made with McCain Family Cookbook Campaign where it was such a hit. I increased the icing quantity from the cake quantity because you need a bit more for cupcakes especially if you are piping it on. 

Beetroot red velvet chocolate cupcake recipe

Refer back to my loaf cake recipe if you would prefer to make it into a loaf or bundt cake here.

Beetroot red velvet chocolate cupcake recipe


Beetroot red velvet chocolate cupcakes recipe

delicious and indulgent rich chocolate & beetroot red velvet cupcakes with a fluffy chocolate butter cream frosting. 

  • Author: Sam Linsell
  • Yield: 16-18 1x



300gms McCain frozen beetroot

200gms good quality dark chocolate with 70% cocoa solids

3 free-range eggs, separated

200gms brown sugar (muscovado or demerara)

165ml sunflower oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

100gms almond flour

150gms flour

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

Chocolate buttercream icing:

100gms 70% chocolate, melted and then cooled

200gms butter (room temperature)

155gms icing sugar

45gms cocoa powder

1 Tbs very strong coffee or espresso

½ tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate shavings or walnuts to decorate


Place the frozen beetroot into a microwave container with ½ cup of water and cook on high for 8 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.

Heat the chocolate in a bowl of a double boiler and then allow to cool.

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F and line +-16 -18 muffin cups with cupcake paper liners.

Process the beetroot in a food processor with the sunflower oil until a smooth consistency (there might still be a few very small chunks), about 3 – 4 minutes.

Separate the eggs and using an electric mixer, whip the whites until stiff peaks. Remove from the bowl and set aside. In the same mixing bowl, add the egg yolks, sugars, beetroot and oil mixture, vanilla, salt, chocolate and almond flour and mix until well combined for about a minute.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and add it the wet batter and briefly mix until incorporated.

By hand, gently fold through the whisked egg whites.

Using a medium ice cream scoop,  fill the lined muffin cups with batter ensuring it comes ¾ of the way up the liner. Bake for 23 – 25 minutes and until springy to the touch and baked through. Cool on a cooling rack and then remove to further cool out of the tins. Once the cupcakes are fully cooled, make the buttercream frosting.

Make the icing sugar by melting the chocolate in a double boiler and then allowing to cool to room temperature.

Whip all the other ingredients together for a few minutes until fluffy. Ice the cupcakes and decorate with chocolate shavings, walnuts or anything you like. To give these cupcakes and Easter theme top with colourful mini eggs.



Keywords: beetroot, chocolate, cupcakes, buttercream, frosting, fluffy, red velvet

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  1. Just Yammy Sam! The taste might be too good, I think. You are the real food warrior. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Sam

    Hi Nelsea, so glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

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