OK I didn't believe it at first, but these cupcakes are REALLY good!
food coloring because of the negative effects it has on my son's behavior, I searched for a good recipe that would allow me to make yummy cupcakes, and even some pink frosting, but would be food-coloring FREE!
I found this yummy recipe for beet and chocolate cupcakes and follwed it with a few minor adjustments.
I used Nestle Dark chocolate morsels instead of the dark chocolate shown, and it worked fine - I melted the chips and butter together in the microwave (don't over-cook! stir for a little while right before they are completely melted).
I also used canned beets instead of cooking and prepping fresh ones. I used a 15 oz can, juices and all, and just pure'ed (sp?) it in my blender. I had also reserved a bit of the juice, thinking I would make home-made frosting and use it for pink color, but ran out of time! (My only concern...although Beets are supposed to be rich in vitamins and nutrients, the label claimed 0% for most...does canning eliminate the good stuff?!?) The recipe suggests beet powder to color the frosting, which you'd probably have to hunt down WAY ahead of time! Some day I will try making frosting with the juice.
I also added some dark chocolate chips into the batter for a bit of extra chocolate, and I loved it...although Ari picked each one out of her cupcake like a treasure hunt! If I make these again, I may use an extra ounce of chocolate melted into the mix rather than the solid chips.
Happy Birthday Ari! Love you :)