I mentioned before that I'm sorta in a Halloween rut. Usually by now I've pulled a billion spooky recipes out of my butt and shared them all with you. But not this year. Nothing inspired me. Until I went to the farmers market and got a load of those Giant. Red. Beets.
adapted from No Recipes
4 small red beets, or 2 medium ones (roasted and peeled)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup and 2 Tablespoons warm butter (cut into small cubes)
1 cup + 1 Tablespoon flour
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
2) Take out your blender or food processor and pop your roasted beets. Whirl for a bit so their texture is that of chunky hummus. Add the two eggs and process for another minute or so, until pretty light and fluffy. Add the brown sugar and butter to your food process and whirl until there are no bitties of butter left in your mixture (this should take at least two minutes).
3) Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is incorporated. Scoop into cupcake liners (should make just under a dozen cupcakes) and bake 17-20 minute, or until your cake tester comes out clean. Set out to cool.
Simple Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Icing
1/4 cup of butter
4 ounces of cream cheese
1 can of condensed milk turned dulce de leche (you can find directions here)
confectioner's sugar (a cup or more)
a couple pinches of sea salt
roasted yellow beets, for decoration
1) With an electric mixer, mix up your butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the homemade dulce de leche and a couple pinches of sea salt. Continue mixing. Slowly add the confectioner's sugar - adding more will make it sweeter and thicker. I usually just add a cup, because I don't like how sweet it gets, but you can add more depending on your taste.
2) Take the roasted yellow beets and cut out decorations for the top of your cupcake - I used a linzer cookie bat cutter. Frost to cupcakes with a small off-set knife and top with your yellow beet. Enjoy and spook out your friends a bit.