Today marks the fourth year of Pro Bono Baker. Through a pleasant path of various apartments, relationships, jobs and adventures, I can't think of anything in my adult life that I've stuck with quite as long -- except perhaps college -- and even then I transferred. I've gushed about all the wonderful friends, recipes and stories this site has provided me with on previous birthdays. This year, I'll leave it at a simple thank you to everyone who visits, both quietly and conversationally. This wouldn't be nearly as fun without your company.
To celebrate, I made a recipe that I've been mulling over for the past month or two: Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting. This treat is seasonal and packed with antioxidants. Not a bad way to enjoy the new year.
Chocolate Beet Cupcakes
1 C roasted beet puree (about two medium beets)*
.5 C unsalted butter, melted
1 C sugar
.25 C brown sugar
.25 C milk
.75 C flour
.5 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
.25 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F
In a large bowl mix together the beet puree, butter, sugars, eggs and milk. In a medium bowl mix together the remaining ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine until you have a smooth batter. Fill muffin cups two-thirds full and bake for 25 minutes at 350F, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
*Roasting makes the beets sweeter. To roast, rinse the beets and cover with foil. Roast in the oven at 375F for about an hour, or until easily pierced with a fork. Let cool slightly and chop off the root end. Rub with your hands to remove the skins. Roughly chop and puree in a food processor. It's okay if the puree is slightly chunky.
Makes about 12 cupcakes. They will stay moist over-night.
Goat Cheese Frosting
Adapted from the gorgeous Harvest Cake at The Kitchn.
5 oz goat cheese, at room temperature
3 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
.5 C powdered sugar
.25 C pure maple syrup
Beat together the cheeses until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Finally, add the syrup and mix until blended evenly.