Serious Eats: Recipes
Johnny Iuzzini's Chocolate Beet Cupcakes
This is very lightly adapted from pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini's Scharffen Berger recipe.
This cake turns out deliciously chocolatey and moist, with the beets imparting a subtle, earthy undertone. As Iuzzini put it, "It doesn't taste like beets; but if the beet puree wasn't there, you'd miss it." To make the beet puree, quarter the beets—four large ones will be more than enough—and boil them until tender and the skin slips off easily, about 20 minutes (depending on the size). Puree with a standard or stick blender, and strain to get the big chunks out.