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Can’t Beet Red Velvet

Posted by Amanda on Jun 18, 2012

Before becoming a mother, I really didn’t put too much thought into what I ate. Instead of being conscious of where my food came from and what it was made out of I focused on how it tasted. Now I must admit I am obsessed with ingredients. One of my main concerns these days is what my son is putting in his body, especially for the first time.

Yet, I have become more relaxed, as he gets older. His first birthday, I didn’t let him have any sugar. His birthday cupcakes were vegan made from avocados and maple syrup, and I must admit that is still a good recipe. This year, I found myself becoming wrapped up in his party theme more than his sugar intake. Mario’s 2nd birthday party was a pirate theme so I decided red velvet cupcakes were one kind that would look festive.

Red velvet cake is something I have never given much thought to or was ever really a fan of. It isn’t exactly chocolate so I figured what is the point. After reading many other blogs and cooking sites, I do realize it is quite a contentious subject, which I won’t pretend to have insight on. My main concern when studying red velvet was not to use red food coloring. It seems that a lot of kids have allergies these days, so I didn’t want serve something and inadvertently discover someone’s allergy.

So I Googled “Red velvet without food coloring”. My first hit was for a blog called Sophistimom. It sounded promising, but of course, I had to read a billion other recipes before I decided on this one. It doesn’t use the traditional buttermilk but rather cream cheese and gets it red color from roasted beets. Also, it is a cake recipe, but I found it made about 24 cupcakes and I halved the frosting recipe.

To my shock, these cupcakes were the belle of the birthday party. Self-proclaimed “Red Velvet Lovers” said they were some of the best they've had and had no idea there were roasted beets hiding inside. Score one for the natural ingredients team!

Topics: sugar, cream cheese, chocolate, birthday, buttermilk, food coloring, food, cupcakes, red velvet, Ingredients, beets