Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting

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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.

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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

Ingredients

1 C roasted beet puree (about two medium beets)*

.5 C unsalted butter, melted

1 C sugar

.25 C brown sugar

2 eggs

.25 C milk

.75 C flour

.5 C unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

.25 tsp salt

Method

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.

Ingredients

5 oz goat cheese, at room temperature

3 oz cream cheese, at room temperature

.5 C powdered sugar

.25 C pure maple syrup

Method

Beat together the cheeses until smooth.  Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.  Finally, add the syrup and mix until blended evenly.

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Joelen - Congrats and wishes for many more years to come! I love the creativity of flavors and ingredients here!

Joelen - Congrats and wishes for many more years to come! I love the creativity of flavors and ingredients here!

Evan Petrie - Congratulations on entering your fourth year with Pro Bono Baker! You’ve posted a lot of great recipes and beautiful photos. Keep posting, I definitely enjoy it!

Evan Petrie - Congratulations on entering your fourth year with Pro Bono Baker! You’ve posted a lot of great recipes and beautiful photos. Keep posting, I definitely enjoy it!

Joanna - This looks delicious! Congrats on another year!

Joanna - This looks delicious! Congrats on another year!

Genevieve - congratulations on 4 years! the beet cupcakes look fantastic.
i wanted to let you know that the URL for my food blog – Bribe Me with a Muffin – has recently changed. the new address is http://www.BribeMewithaMuffin.blogspot.com
do you mind updating your side bar when you have a chance?
and i am still linked to you from my blog.
thank you! :)

Genevieve - congratulations on 4 years! the beet cupcakes look fantastic.
i wanted to let you know that the URL for my food blog – Bribe Me with a Muffin – has recently changed. the new address is http://www.BribeMewithaMuffin.blogspot.com
do you mind updating your side bar when you have a chance?
and i am still linked to you from my blog.
thank you! :)

Lizzie - this sounds so interesting and delicious! and the first photo is just darling. congrats on your blog turning 4, too!

Lizzie - this sounds so interesting and delicious! and the first photo is just darling. congrats on your blog turning 4, too!

Rita - Congratulations! Four years and I just found out your site! Love it.

Rita - Congratulations! Four years and I just found out your site! Love it.

Gemma - Thank you for the kind words Joelen, Evan, Joanna, Genevieve, Lizzie and Rita!

Gemma - Thank you for the kind words Joelen, Evan, Joanna, Genevieve, Lizzie and Rita!

Zarah Maria - No longer a baby, your blog, but still as lovely as ever to follow. Congrats Gemma :)

Zarah Maria - No longer a baby, your blog, but still as lovely as ever to follow. Congrats Gemma :)

Gemma - Thank you Zarah!

Gemma - Thank you Zarah!

Corrinne - This is amazing! So unique, I love it!.. I work with Chavrie (the pyramid shaped goat cheese) and I love to see recipes like this! I was looking for dessert recipes that incorporate goat cheese and this is at my top of the list. Thanks for the post!

Corrinne - This is amazing! So unique, I love it!.. I work with Chavrie (the pyramid shaped goat cheese) and I love to see recipes like this! I was looking for dessert recipes that incorporate goat cheese and this is at my top of the list. Thanks for the post!

Gemma - Hi Corrinne,
What a lovely job! I hope you enjoy the recipe.
Thanks,
Gemma

Gemma - Hi Corrinne,
What a lovely job! I hope you enjoy the recipe.
Thanks,
Gemma

Jane - I can always depend on you for recipes that will make me look good. I’m adapting this one for a “Cake of the Proletariat” contest at a party tonight. You are the rockstarriest person I know.

Jane - I can always depend on you for recipes that will make me look good. I’m adapting this one for a “Cake of the Proletariat” contest at a party tonight. You are the rockstarriest person I know.

Gemma - So glad to hear it worked out well for you. I miss you Jane!

Gemma - So glad to hear it worked out well for you. I miss you Jane!

Gen - Is it possible to make a goat cheese frosting without actually putting any regular cream cheese in it? I’m basically looking for a recipe that doesn’t contain any cow’s milk products.
Many thanks. Beautiful photography by the way!

Gen - Is it possible to make a goat cheese frosting without actually putting any regular cream cheese in it? I’m basically looking for a recipe that doesn’t contain any cow’s milk products.
Many thanks. Beautiful photography by the way!

gemma - Gen, I think that would work fine. Just be sure to balance as needed with the sweet flavors, perhaps even adding more maple syrup rather than powdered sugar to make sure the texture is still creamy. Good luck and thanks for the nice comment!

gemma - Gen, I think that would work fine. Just be sure to balance as needed with the sweet flavors, perhaps even adding more maple syrup rather than powdered sugar to make sure the texture is still creamy. Good luck and thanks for the nice comment!

Faith - I love your blog-so cute.
I recently used this recipe, and while I forgot/traded a few ingredients, it was AWESOME.
http://happylifewithfood.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/peaches-beets/
Thank you!

Faith - I love your blog-so cute.
I recently used this recipe, and while I forgot/traded a few ingredients, it was AWESOME.
http://happylifewithfood.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/peaches-beets/
Thank you!

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