Breakfast/ Cake and Cupcakes/ Desserts and Sweets




  1. All purpose flour-1 1/4 cup
  2. Baking powder-1 1/4 tsp
  3. Salt-1 pinch
  4. Butter-1/2 cup
  5. Caster sugar-2/3 cup
  6. Egg- 2 nos
  7. Vanilla extract-1 tsp
  8. Butter milk-1/2 cup
  9. Fresh beetroot juice- 3to 3 1/2 tbsp ( Or use beetroot powder or fresh beetroot puree)
  10. Cocoa powder-2 ts
  11. Vinegar-2 tsp(see note)


  • Preheat oven at 180 deg C.
  • Sift all purpose flour,baking powder and salt together.Keep aside.
  • Cream butter ,vanilla extract and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Fold in the dry ingredients into the butter mixture in 3 batches,alternating with the milk.
  • Spoon 1/3 rd of the batter into another mixing bowl and add food color,cocoa powder and vinegar and mix well.(Keep the remaining 2/3 rd covered)
  • Pour this batter on a baking tray lined with parchment paper .(it must be about 1/2 inch thick).Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean,
  • Using a small heart shaped cookie cutter cut out heart shapes from the cake.Allow it to cool.(pop it in the fridge to speed up the process)
  • Line the muffin tins with paper cases,spoon a dollop of the remaining 2/3 rd batter into each paper case.Place each heart vertically onto the batter(point side down)in each paper case.Now carefully spoon a dollop of the batter around the heart until it is almost covered.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until  a cake tester inserted into the side of a cupcake comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before frosting cupcakes.
  • For frosting, tint whipped cream with fresh beetroot juice.

 Note : while using fresh beetroot juice as  food color ,the batter should be a few shades darker to the shade you actually require because the natural pigment  (betatin) may turn lighter during baking  due to the addition of baking powder  /baking soda.Adding vinegar helps to retain the color to an extend in this recipe.( When i tried this recipe for the first time ,i got a pale pink color  ,as you can see in  the  5th picture  .So the second time  i added  2 tsp vinegar and the result was much better.) You can read more about the use of  beetroot juice in baking here.If you are using beetroot powder ,follow the instructions given here.
 Important:Keep track of which direction the heart in the cupcake is facing.You can make small cut on the side of the frosting ,that way you can figure out which direction to cut or just bite into  the cupcake


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    February 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    lovely gift on valentines day

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    February 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Wow… cupcakes looks super good..:)) The pink heart in the centre is awesome..:))

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    February 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    wow…i love the interior..awesome job dear

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    February 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Extremely gorgeous cupcakes!! Pink heart in the center of the cupcake looks grand!! Marvelous Clicks!!

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    farah saleem
    February 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    My My!!! what a piece of art!! looks so lovely!…dont have the heart to eat it tho!!

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    February 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Holy Moly – those clicks are a killer and you are so talented. I would have never thought of this!!!

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    Helene Dsouza
    February 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    oh they look so adorable with the heart inside and the pink spiral effect on top. very creative and I love it! happy valentines day (a bit early)!

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    February 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    So beautiful cupcakes!

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    February 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Lovely looking cupcakes…

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    February 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Lovely cute cakes with an heart inside.

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    February 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    looks wonderful lovely cupcakes

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    February 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Wonderful and tasteful baking, love your perfection and love these cuties..

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    February 12, 2012 at 2:40 am

    i heart these cup cakes.. so cute and natural colors! perfect.. i love the pictures on the glasses:)

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    February 12, 2012 at 2:54 am

    lovely idea!! wonderful cupcakes

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    February 12, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Thank you for sharing the "secret"!

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    Ganga Sreekanth
    February 12, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Really looks tempting .. .

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    Reshmi Mahesh
    February 12, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I am in love with these cute cupcakes…esp the heart..

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    February 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

    wow delicious cup cakes,luks so beautiful…

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    February 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    fantastic idea…..yummy cup cakes….

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    February 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Beautiful cupcakes!
    I looooove the colors and your idea is great!!

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    February 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Love the idea of hearts in the middle..looks so cute

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    February 13, 2012 at 12:34 am

    What a great idea! 😉

    hope you have a great week!


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    February 13, 2012 at 2:27 am

    speechless… I want to be your valentine!

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    Vimitha Durai
    February 13, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Thats a great idea. Looks so lovely and yummy.
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    February 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Cute idea 🙂 Loving it.

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    February 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Such a great idea.:)

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    March 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    how adorable they look!!

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    March 8, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Love them! great job! How many does the recipe yield, though?

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