Red Velvet Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Recipe

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream
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  1. Make cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°. Wrap each beet in foil, put on a rimmed baking sheet, and roast until tender when pierced, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Let cool. Peel, cut into chunks, and purée in a food processor. Measure 1 1/4 cups purée.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin pan (1/2-cup size) with paper liners. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together beet purée, granulated sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla in a large bowl. With a plastic spatula, stir in flour mixture one-third at a time just until smooth.
  4. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling each almost to the top of the liner. Bake until cupcakes spring back when gently pressed and a toothpick inserted in center of one comes out with a couple of moist crumbs clinging, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool completely.
  5. Make buttercream: Beat butter with a mixer on high speed until very smooth. Add powdered sugar, orange oil, and vanilla; beat on low speed to blend, then on medium until fluffy and smooth.
  6. Spread a thick layer of buttercream on cupcakes, swirling it decoratively. Or pipe frosting from a pastry bag, using a star tip.
  7. Make ahead: Up to 1 day, chilled.
  8. *Find pure orange oil, an essential oil pressed from orange rind (and different from orange extract),
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 10164.58 Kcal (42557 kJ)
Calories from fat 5689.68 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 632.19g 973%
Cholesterol 1048.34mg 349%
Sodium 7556mg 315%
Potassium 17025.85mg 362%
Total Carbs 1073.56g 358%
Sugars 756.37g 3025%
Dietary Fiber 13.88g 56%
Protein 93.93g 188%
Vitamin C 22.7mg 38%
Vitamin A 2.3mg 76%
Iron 8mg 44%
Calcium 882.7mg 88%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 416.99 Kcal (1746 kJ)
Calories from fat 233.41 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25.93g 973%
Cholesterol 43.01mg 349%
Sodium 309.98mg 315%
Potassium 698.47mg 362%
Total Carbs 44.04g 358%
Sugars 31.03g 3025%
Dietary Fiber 0.57g 56%
Protein 3.85g 188%
Vitamin C 0.9mg 38%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 76%
Iron 0.3mg 44%
Calcium 36.2mg 88%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 255.2
  • 287

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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