> m.e: September 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

Natural Red Velvet Cupcakes with beetroot

I get asked a lot at markets what a red velvet cake is and despite what many people think, it’s not just a vanilla cake with red food colouring.

Red velvet cakes contain buttermilk and a small amount of cocoa powder. These ingredients give the cake a subtle and very distinctive flavour which makes it different to a chocolate or vanilla cake.

The original red velvet cake is said to have had a reddish hue that was caused by the reaction between natural cocoa powder and an acidic ingredient, like buttermilk.

Nowadays the intense red hue mostly comes from red food colouring.

If you have been following on instagram you would have noticed a few trials for natural red velvet cupcakes with beetroot.
Good news, the kids loved them and even though they know they contain beetroot they don't seem to mind. 

Here's the recipe:

Natural Red Velvet Cupcakes
Makes about 12 Cupcakes


  • 100g self raising flour 
  • 30g almond meal* 
  • 20g beetroot powder ***
  • 15g natural cocoa 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 100g pureed raw beetroot 
  • ½ teaspoon vinegar 
  • ½ cup buttermilk** 
  • 110g sugar 
  • 150ml vegetable oil 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan. Line a 12 cup cupcake pan with cupcake papers 
  • Sift dry ingredients together and set aside 
  • Grate peeled raw beetroot and puree it in food processor or use a hand held blender, combined with the vinegar and buttermilk so it becomes a fine texture 
  • Using an electric mixer, cream the oil, sugar and vanilla for a few minutes then beat in eggs one at a time, mixing until combined 
  • Alternate adding dry and wet ingredients to the creamed mixture, mix until combined 
  • Spoon batter into cupcake papers, about 2/3 filled. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Test with a skewer 
  • Remove from oven and cool completely before icing

Cream Cheese Icing
  • 150g butter, room temperature
  • 250g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 350g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Beat butter and cream cheese until well combined 
  •  Add vanilla and sift in 1 cup of icing mixture and beat until combined. Then sift in the remaining sugar and mix until smooth and thick, about 8 minutes.

* If you don’t want to add nuts then just replace the almond meal amount with self raising flour
**How to make buttermilk: Pour 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a cup and then fill up to 1 cup with milk, set aside for about 10 minutes at room temperature. For this recipe use ½ a tablespoon of vinegar to make ½ cup. You will notice curdled looking milk, that's your buttermilk
*** Beetroot powder available from health food stores or online

The colour in these isn't as vibrant as the food colouring ones, but that doesn't matter does it, they are natural!

Have you made any with beetroot, did you like them.

Have you got any tips?

What are you having for dinner tonight...just curious :P

Have a super week ♥ 
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Sunday, September 2, 2012


Sometimes I feel down, I think about lots of things, I question things, I question why some people do certain things, I wonder why some things are the way they are and then I stop.

Sometimes I need to be reminded of what makes me smile, what makes my heart skip a beat, what makes me shed a tear of joy, what makes every day worthwhile.

Sometimes I need to remember a few of the moments that make me love life

this guy is my everything, my partner in life, father of my little beings, my support, my heart, my family, the love of my life, the calm in my life and many a times my personal navigation system

 drinking yummy tea makes me feel warm and nurtured from the inside

baking yummy bread for my family, here's the recipe


 watching my little girl try and style her own hair

receiving beautiful flowers on sad days

What do you do when you feel down?

How do you, as Amelie says, "turn that frown upside down"? 

Have you had one of those moments today? 

Hugs for a wonderful September ♥

* t shirt design by me and screen printed at the Olive Grove Studio screen printing class, just in time for father's day

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