Friday, March 10, 2017

Plush Provisions: Red Velvet Cupcakes

My #1 way to use those local Farmers Market Beets-these Red Velvet Cupcakes with Mascarpone and yogurt frosting are so moist and delicious.  The cake recipe was inspired by Southern Living Magazine.  I developed the frosting recipe after searching the internet for a mascarpone-yogurt combination.  Like most recipes I make, I reduce the added sugar, use 1/2 whole wheat flour and use good fats.

When beets were rationed during World War II, cooks used beet juices to enhance the color of their cakes.  The lemon juice enhances the color even more.  

Red Velvet Cupcakes

(Serves 15)

Microwave beets in a dark microwave container for 8-10 minutes.  Cool.
10 ounce red beets, peeled and cut in 1 inch chunks

In bowl of electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar.
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar

Process beets and lemon juice in food processor.
2 tablespoon lemon juice
Add milk and oil.
3/4 cup cup skim milk
3/4 cup oil

In a separate bowl, mix flours, cocoa, baking powder, salt and soda.
1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa (100% cacao, not Dutch processed)
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Alternately add dry ingredients with beet-liquid ingredients to egg-sugar mix.  Stir just until combined.

Portion 1/4 cup batter into each greased muffin tin section.
Bake at 350F. for 20-25 minutes, until pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes.  Remove cakes to rack and cool completely. 

In electric mixer with whip attachment in place, beat cheese, yogurt, evaporated milk, sugar and honey for about 5 minutes until soft peaks form.
8 ounce Mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1/4 cup nonfat evaporated milk
2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon honey

I stored the frosting in the refrigerator and frosted each cupcake at serving.

Wednesday was my birthday and I made these cupcakes.  My husband takes most of the cupcakes and a container of the frosting to his friends at the shop.  I now have the reputation there of helping the guys to lower their triglycerides!  

My most special treat was that my 92 year old mother arranged for my sister to buy cupcakes to take to the senior center in her hometown, where they sang Happy Birthday and enjoy an assortment of delicious mini cupcakes!  

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