Are you still with me?
Ok ready, promise not to leave as soon as you see what I’m messing with now…
Come on you promised! Actually I am thrilled with the way these came out! Red Velvet cake is all rage these days but have you any idea how much gross red food dye it takes to make it?? The recipes I saw called for 1/2 a cup+ of the stuff-that’s an entire large bottle–me no likey. Soooo into the kitchen I went with the most natural and intensely red-colored item I could think of and out came these moist, delicious, chocolaty babies! Granted they’re not as day-glo red as food dye ones are but they’re exponentially better for you and fantastic tasting! The kiddos loved them, the most veggiephobic person on the planet, my brother loved them and nobody ever tasted any beets!
Red Velvet Cupcakes
adapted from Beetnik Cake by Diana Rattray
2C all-purpose flour
1-1/2t baking soda
1/2t salt1-1/2C sugar1/2C cocoa powder3 lg. eggs, beaten1C+2T canola oil1-1/2C grated, cooked beets2t vanilla
Combine dry ingredients, set aside. Combine eggs and oil. Beat in vanilla. Slowly add in dry ingredients; stir in beets. Pour into greased 13×9 baking pan. Bake 25-35 minutes. Or this makes 18 cupcakes. Bake those approx 20 minutes. Cool completely then frost with vanilla buttercream, sprinkle with powder sugar, or if you want to be fancy use coconut cream frosting. I added a few drops of beet juice to make pink icing.
First I cut the beets in chunks and boiled them until soft, much like you would potatoes. Then I grated them.
Mix together the ingredients. See the beautiful red beet flecks?
Pour batter in cupcake tins, bake, cool, frost if you want and enjoy!
How can one have the worst run of one’s life and one of the best runs within 48 hours of each other?
That’s the question I am pondering deeply here. I’ll be back to discuss this phenomenon further.
Meanwhile, TODAY IS A GOOD DAY!
As I was walking Thing 2 down the hallway to her preschool class, in front of us was a woman in a black, sleeveless unitard. This unitard caught my attention because it featured a 12″ thick fishnet panel that circled the abdominal area all the way around. And of course, because this is how my life goes, the top of her butt crack was winking out the mesh ‘window’ above the solid black part that thankfully concealed the remainder of her rear view. Apparently it is my station in life to be behind people like these.
Just as I noticed this, um unitard malfunction, Thing 2 points at the woman and exclaims: “Mom LOOK!”
Warning alerts, bells and whistles sound in my head as I consider for a nanosecond, clapping my hand over her mouth but know darn well any attempt at shutting her up will be in vain. I brace for code red calibur embarrassment and humiliation. Thing 2 continues on: “that lady is going to be very cold with no sleeves today!”
Like I said, a good day! What’s good in your life today?