You won’t find any artificial colors or flavors in these Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes with Strawberry Coconut Whipped Cream. No one will suspect that the deep red color of these cupcakes actually comes from beets!
Valentine’s Day is less than a week away and I’m sure many of you are celebrating this weekend since it falls on a Tuesday this year. We’ll be going out for a nice dinner on Saturday, but other than that there isn’t much of anything else planned.
I’ll be honest, Valentine’s Day doesn’t rank very high on my list of holidays I love. I’m not the most romantic person. I can’t sit through a sappy movie without rolling my eyes or making some kind of snarky sarcastic comment. Romantic cards are not my thing at all, I prefer to give and receive the humorous ones. Public displays of affection, nope.
I prefer to show a loving or romantic gesture not by buying overpriced chocolates, teddy bears and heart shaped balloons, but by planning a fun outing, making a special meal or surprising someone with their favorite dessert.
Luckily I married a man who is on the same page as me when it comes to romance. The way to my guy’s heart is giving him control of the TV so he can watch sports all day, a steak and bowl of mac and cheese for dinner and anything that involves chocolate for dessert. He’s a simple guy and I love it!
When I made these Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes with Strawberry Coconut Whipped Cream I had serious doubts that he would like them. He absolutely hates beets and he’s not a fan of vegan recipes either. I was both surprised and thrilled the next day when he told me how much he loved them! He didn’t even know that I had used beets to give them that deep, rich red color.
I am not a fan of red food coloring anymore. I used to be ok with it, but now it just freaks me out. The bonus to adding beet purée to the cupcakes is that it makes them incredibly moist. Since the cupcakes were already vegan I figured I might as well make the frosting vegan as well.
I went with a coconut whipped cream and added freeze dried strawberries that I blended into a powder consistency. The frosting has a wonderful strawberry flavor that goes great with the red velvet, plus it holds up well and is the prettiest rosy pink color, perfect for Valentine’s Day! Bake a batch of these naturally red colored cupcakes for your loved one(s) this year and skip the cheesy overpriced gifts. XOXO!