You probably saw my ‘preview’ on my Facebook page last night…
I seriously had been wanting to make this for a long, long time. First of all, I was curious. I’ve never eaten a Red Velvet cupcake before. The red colour was never really appealing to me, and more recently of course, the thought of eating toxic synthetic red dye just repulsed me completely.
But I see them often, so they must be popular, right? So, I went online to find a classic recipe and changed everything about it to make it healthy, because my inspiration (a recipe from Martha Stewart) was far from being healthy! Yikes! All white flour and a ton of sugar!
I’ve eaten 4 of them in 24 hours, so I guess they must be good. haha Not my favourite though, but yummy nonetheless.
So, what did I use? Well, instead of using red dye, I used fresh red beet juice. The cupcakes don’t taste like beet at all, no worries! haha It’s really just for the colour.
So, here you go, another classic recipe easily transformed into a healthy one that you can make for your next special occasion, and mostly enjoy a treat that won’t leave you feeling guilty or feeling like crap! 🙂
I did use a little bit of stone-ground unbleached white pastry flour in this as a treat (cupcakes are a treat after all), but that can easily be switched to spelt or whole-wheat if you prefer to stay away from “white” flour completely. Pastry flour is made using soft wheat, instead of the traditional hard wheat variety; soft wheat has much less gluten then hard, so if you have a mild gluten sensitivity, you should be ok with that.
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Classic Red Velvet Cupcakes (no synthetic dye, dairy-free) approx. 18 cupcakes
- 1/2 cup unbleached white pastry flour
- 1 1/2 cup spelt flour
- 1/2 cup rye flour
- 1 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
- 1/2 tsp unrefined grey sea salt
- 3 Tbsp organic unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/3 cup whole organic cane sugar (Sucanat)
- 2 large free-range eggs, at room temperature — (Vegan Option: mix 2 Tbsp chia seeds in 1/4 cup warm water, wait for 5-10 minutes and use instead of eggs + add 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar)
- 1/2 cup high quality extra-virgin cold pressed organic olive oil
- 1 cup almond milk or rice milk
- 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup fresh organic red beet juice (you could go up to 1/3 cup for deeper red)
- Icing (I used some simple organic vegan buttery spread mixed with organic icing sugar and 2 tsp of vanilla)
Mix all the dry ingredients (except the sugars) in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, mix the eggs and the sugars using a whisk, then add the rest of the wet ingredients, one at a time.
Combine the dry mix into the wet ingredient bowl, using a rubber spatula. If the batter is too liquid, you can add a tablespoon of extra flour, or if it’s too dry, you can add a bit more milk, and wait a minute or two to thicken.
Equally distribute the batter into lined muffin pans. It should give you about 18 cupcakes.
Bake at 350F for 22 minutes or so, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Don’t overcook them or it’ll be too dry.
Make sure you cool completely before icing, at least a few hours. You can speed this up by putting them in the fridge in the 2nd hour.