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Healthy Chocolate, Beetroot And Orange Cupcakes

Healthy Chocolate, Beetroot And Orange Cupcakes

These chocolate cupcakes are super moist and chocolaty. If you feel like adding a pink tinge to the topping, squeeze a little bit of juice from the grated beetroot (beet) and stir it into the topping mixture. Soak and cook your own cannellini (lima) beans if you have the forethought – you’ll need 240 g (8½ oz) cooked beans.

INGREDIENTS
400 g (14 oz) tin cannellini (lima) beans, rinsed and drained
3 eggs
½ teaspoon liquid stevia
80 g (2¾ oz) butter, softened
85 g (3 oz/¼ cup) rice malt syrup
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
50 g (1¾ oz/½ cup) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 beetroot (beet) (about 175 g/6 oz), peeled and finely grated

Orange mascarpone topping
120 g (4½ oz/½ cup) mascarpone
2 tablespoons thickened (double/heavy) cream
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest, plus extra shredded zest to garnish
a few drops beetroot (beet) juice (optional)

METHOD
1 Preheat the oven to 160°C/320°F (fan-forced) and line a 9-hole 80 ml (2½ fl oz/¹⁄³ cup capacity) muffin tin with paper cases.
2 Whiz the beans, one of the eggs and the stevia in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
3 Without cleaning the bowl, process the butter, rice malt syrup and zest until smooth and creamy. Add the remaining eggs one at a time, processing well between each addition. Return the bean mixture to the bowl and sift in the cocoa, baking powder and salt, and then process until combined. Stir in the beetroot.
4 Spoon the mixture into the prepared cases and bake for 20–25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes in the tin before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
5 Meanwhile, for the orange and mascarpone topping, whisk the mascarpone, cream and zest until slightly thickened. Stir in the beetroot juice (if using). Refrigerate until required.
6 Spread the cooled cupcakes with the topping and garnish with extra zest. These cupcakes will keep, un-topped, for 2–3 days in an airtight container. Spread with the topping just before serving.

Healthy Chocolate, Beetroot And Orange Cupcakes book ocverExtract from Incredible Bakes by Caroline Griffiths, published by Smith Street Books, RRP $39.99

Written by TheCarousel

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