I decided to repost this December blog for Valentine’s Day. If you’re planning on baking a special sweet for your sweetie, this is perfect. It is only a little more time and a couple more steps to show your Valentine how much you love them. I hope you try it. Please, post photos of your finished cupcake on my Facebook page.
I love red velvet. I think it’s a beautiful cake and cupcake, but I feel guilty eating it, or making it for my family. Why? Because it is loaded with red food coloring, which has a nasty reputation of causing behavioral problems in people, usually children, sensitive to the chemical. I have also tried to reduce the chemical exposure for myself and my family over the last 10 years.
I decided I needed to find a red velvet recipe made with beets as the natural food color. I spent some time online hunting down recipes to try. I came across this blog for All Natural Red Velvet Cupcakes by Sophistimom. She has a red velvet cake and a red velvet cupcake recipe. I decided on the cupcakes because I was taking them to share with some classmates.
Sophistimom is obviously a great baker and does not shy away from experimentation. I am grateful to her for her persistence. I am a so-so baker, but by no means am I an avid one, nor am I up for baking experiments.
I followed Sophistimom’s directions very carefully. I have to say I had a very successful first try at her dye-free red velvet cupcakes. Now, mine do not look as pretty as hers, but they are tasty. I did not pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, I’m just too lazy. My cupcakes are also a bit small, because I needed to stretch the recipe.
I did use organic ingredients, except the buttermilk. I usually get organic buttermilk, but my store was out of it at the time.
I had looked at recipes that used raw beets to keep the red brighter and more vibrant, but I decided I really wanted my beets to be cooked. I had very small beets, so I needed about five of them.
I highly recommend Sophistimom’s recipe. I plan on following her blog to see what other yummy and natural recipes she comes up with. Please check her site out.
I’m posting pictures I took of the process. Sorry if they leave you needing a red velvet fix.