Rich Chocolate and Beetroot Cupcakes

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
15 min
makes 24 regular sized cupcakes


For the cupcakes

250 g good quality dark chocolate
250 g unsalted butter
3 medium eggs
250 g dark muscovado sugar
150 g self-raising flour
250 g cooked beetroot, grated, (not preserved in vinegar)

For the chocolate ganache:

300 g good quality dark chocolate, finely chopped
300 ml double cream


1. For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Chop 150g of the chocolate very finely and break the remaining 100g into small chunks and put to one side.

2. Melt the butter and the very finely chopped chocolate together in a heatproof bowl sat over gently simmering water. Make sure the water beneath does not touch the bottom of the bowl.

3. Whisk the 3 eggs together with the sugar. Add the melted chocolate and butter and mix until smooth. Add the remaining chocolate chunks and mix thoroughly.

4. Sift the flour and salt over the mixture and fold it together. Carefully fold the grated beetroot into the mixture being careful not to over mix.

5. Spoon the mixture into paper cases sat in an appropriate cupcake tray and bake for 15 minutes. Don’t be tempted to over bake the cupcakes, part of their charm is to have a moist fudgy brownie like centre.

6. For the chocolate ganache: Add the chocolate to the double cream and melt in a heatproof bowl sat over gently simmering water. Once the chocolate is melted and the ganache is smooth put to one side to cool. Once cool and beginning to firm up, pipe or spoon the ganache onto the cupcakes.


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