Chocolate beetroot cupcakes, a healthier Valentine treat

This is a quick, nearly all in one healthy, guilt-free treat to celebrate Valentines Day.

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Cup cakes should be fluffy and light. The bulk of processed sugar and the flavour and consistency of butter is often needed to achieve the right consistency in cakes. The recipe can also be used to make a whole cake.

The big secret to achieving that light and fluffy texture is not to overmix. You will not need any electric mixers or gadgets. Simply sift the flour and dry ingredients into a large bowl and the liquid ingredients into another bowl. Then, gently fold in the liquids into the dry mix and fold in firmly, yet gently, as though handling something very fragile, until the batter is barely mixed.

Then just pour the batter into your cake tin and place in the middle shelf of a preheated oven immediately. I use a 23cm cake tin. I have included some recipes using cup measurements… it speeds up preparation and it is a great investment to your baking equipment at home.

You will need:

250g self-raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
150g Novi Nero Nero dark chocolate [75%],grated
1 level tsp baking powder
1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp oats
1 tsp corn flour
A few drops vanilla essence

You do not need a mixer for this cake, gently fold in the dry ingredients into the liquids and, after baking it, pierce all over with a skewer and sprinkle with rosewater.

Sieve the flour and mix all the dry ingredients together until the appearance is consistent.

In another bowl mix:
4 eggs
1 tbsp apple organic vinegar
250ml Greek Yoghurt
1 medium, cooked beetroot, peeled and chopped

200g dates chopped into small pieces

Use a hand blender or liquidiser to bring the mixture to a very smooth paste. Fold in the dry mix into the liquid mix, gently, a little at a time and work fast.

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Pour the cake batter into a prepared cake tin. Bake in a preheated oven ay 160ºC for 35 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing from the cake tin.

For a chance to win the Valentine hamper by Novi in collaboration with Pedrini, SHARE this recipe on your social media page [facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest or linkedin] and leave a comment below. The winner will be notified on 13 February 2019.

Novi Chocolate is imported, distributed and marketed by M&Z (Marketing) Ltd and is available in all leading supermarkets and stores.

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Lea thanks Maria Bonavia at Ange Paola, Geraldine Agius at Screen Fgura, Annalise Micallef and Flormar Photo: Rachel Muscat

For more recipes using Novi chocolate:

Carrot, Oat and Chocolate Bars

Sicilian Cuccidati Cookies

Orange Almond Chocolate Gluten Free Cakes

Maltese Easter Vegan Figolli

Thick old fashioned hot chocolate

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