Natural Red Velvet Cake

Ingredients
  • 2.5 cups cake flour (300 g)
  • 3 T cocoa powder (20 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 2.5 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt 
  • 1 cup beet puree*
  • 2 T white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup raspberry puree**

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift all dry ingredients into medium size bowl. Whisk to combine together and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla, and sugar until light and fluffy. Then add in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg addition. 

In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, greek yogurt, beet puree, vinegar, and raspberry puree. 

In three different additions, add in 1/3 of the buttermilk mixture, followed by 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter, mixing briefly after each addition. When the final additions have been added, mix everything just until all flour has been incorporated. Be certain to not over-mix.

Pour batter into buttered cupcakes pans. Bake for 20 minutes for standard size cupcakes, or 10 - 12 minutes for mini cupcakes. 

Allow to cool and frost with cream cheese frosting. 

*To make beet puree:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove green tops and stems from about 4 - 5 small beets, and wash to remove any excess dirt. Wrap washed beets in aluminum foil and place on a cookie sheet. Roast beets in oven for 50 - 60 minutes, or until a fork pierces flesh easily. Remove from oven, allow to cool. Using a paper towel, gently rub the outside of each beet to remove the skins. Place peeled beets in a high speed blender with about 1/4 cup water. Blend for a solid 4 - 5 minutes, or until extremely smooth, adding 1 - 2 tablespoons of extra water if necessary. 

**To make raspberry puree:
Place 1/2 cup thawed raspberries and 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice together in a high speed blender. Puree until smooth and strain to remove seeds. 

Adapted from Little House Living
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