Nutella Glazed Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

Okay, okay, before I have you running for the hills.  Let me just explain that this is more of a hidden ingredient recipe.  I am not claiming that beets and chocolate are a perfect flavor combination.  The addition of pureed beets make these cupcakes insanely moist and also add some nutritional value!  Get your veggies and dessert in one bite!

Nutella Glazed Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

I eat my beets boiled or roasted then tossed with a simple glaze.  But, I wanted to get out of my rut and try something completely different.  I decided to adapt the Minimalist Baker’s recipe for Fudgy Vegan Beet Cupcakes.

My cupcakes are neither fudgy nor vegan.  These cupcakes have a moist cake texture with a slightly springier consistency than regular chocolate cupcakes.  As I mentioned, the beets are a secret ingredient.  You really have to be searching for the beet flavor to detect even the slightest hint.

I gave these cupcakes to couple of my family members that hate beets and they gobbled them down!  Muahahah … I am one of those cooks that you never can tell what might be hiding inside a perfectly normal looking treat.  I get very suspicious looks from my niece and nephew when I offer them food.  My daughter doesn’t know any different.

Nutella Glazed Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

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Nutella Glazed Chocolate Beet Cupcakes
Author: Nicole Harris
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 Tb Melted Coconut Oil
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Paste
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Pureed Beet 1 large beet, cooked & pureed
  • 2 Tb Nutella
  • 1 Tb Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 Tb Hot Water depending on desired consistency, I used 1.5 Tb
  1. Wash beet and remove the greens and long stringy tip.
  2. Place into a small sauce pan and cover with water.
  3. Boil over medium heat until a fork can be inserted without resistance.
  4. Remove from pan and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Once beet has cooled, rub the outside with a paper towel to remove the skin.
  6. Puree in a blender or processor and measure 1/2 cup puree.
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Using a hand mixer; beat the sugar, beet puree, melted coconut oil and vanilla paste until combined.
  3. Add the buttermilk and egg. Mix.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients. (flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt)
  5. Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients with the wet while mixing.
  6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full with batter.
  7. Bake cupcakes for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean.
  8. Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool completely.
Nutella Glaze
  1. Mix together Nutella, powdered sugar and hot water until completely smooth.
  2. Once the cupcakes have cooled, drizzle or smear the glaze over the tops.
Recipe Notes
This recipe yields 9 cupcakes.

Adapted from Minimalist Baker

 Breathe properly. Stay curious. And eat your beets.    – Tom Robbins

Nutella Glazed Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

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Want more Nutella Deliciousness? Check out these Nutella Glazed Donuts or this Creamy Nutella Fruit Dip!

 I love a good party!  I’ve been known to share my delicious creations at THESE awesome parties!



  1. I like veggies in chocolate cake I use zucchini or pumpkin but I had glut of beets last Summer this would have been great. I also cleaned the pantry today and found various 1/2 jars of Nutella my lot obviously were hoarding. If the beets do well next year ill try this (hard to get in winter) nice one:) I love that your nieces and nephews are suss on your food I swear some kids sniff out veggies.

    • Nicole says:

      Oh good, I’m not the only Nutella hoarder! I hope you enjoy. This is definitely a new and interesting way to use up your beets!

  2. Beets and chocolate sound awesome together! I will definitely be trying these!

    • Nicole says:

      Yes, the beets really add a lot of moisture to the cupcakes. I hope you enjoy!

  3. Love it! What kind I use in place of Nutella…maybe almond butter? I think I’ll be adding these as a special treat to my weekly meal plans in the near future! Thank you!

    • could, not kind ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nicole says:

      Yes, I think that you could substitute a different nut butter for the Nutella. The original recipe just called for dusting a light coating of cocoa powder over the tops. That would be yummy too. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. YUMMO! I love sneaking veggies into stuff ๐Ÿ™‚ Makes me feel healthier! I swear I put spinach and sweet potatoes in everything!These look amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow, I need to try this. Beets make them healthy!!!

  6. What a great way to get kids to eat beets!:) We would love for you to share with our Kitchen Fun & Crafty Friday link party!:) Just put it up!

  7. I don’t like beets but I’d sure as heck eat these cupcakes! They look so good, Nicole!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Julie! If you don’t like beets, this is definitely the way to eat them!

  8. how fun that you put beets in there. I’m all about veggies in desserts… one of my favs is zucchini chocolate cake… so moist! Would love for you to come over and share these at my Tasteful Tuesday party… it opens Monday night..Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I’ve heard of the zucchini chocolate cakes, I’m sure it would taste delicious! Thanks for visiting and for the party invite ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. What a clever idea! I can’t wait to make them for the kids. I do this all the time and they always ask “what’s hidden in it?” I love hiding veggies any way I can! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Oh good, I’m not the only cook that gets suspicious looks! Thanks for the party ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I used veggies in some of my treats. This one doesn’t call for much so I can understand when you say it would be hard to detect. A brilliant idea, thanks fr sharing. Cheers Mr.CBB…. Hope you can pop round my FB page and say hi… every Sunday is Frugal Food Sunday so come share a frugal recipe!! You can also share each night during my What’s For Dinner post! Mr.CBB

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks for stopping by, I’m glad you like the cupcakes! I’ll definitely go check out your page ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. These look delicious!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. Hope you will join us!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  12. JoAnn Dalton says:

    Baby food beets are perfect for this when not readily available. For ex husband #2, I used to sneak chopped mushrooms in white/wild rice mix I use with Cornish game hens. I don’t think that is the reason he is an x, but then… never knows,does one?

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