April 8, 2010

Announcing the winner of the giveaway & Red Velvet Cupcake ~ an e-treat for all participants -

After running a promotional giveaway for 10 days and now its time to announce the lucky winner. Thank you readers for your wishes and comments on that post. And Lady Luck has cast her smile on

Shoba of Anubhavati, Tastes from my kitchen. I am sure the gift will delight your daughter who loves waffles. Please mail me your address to claim your gift. Thank you CSN team at counter stools for the opportunity.

For all those who participated., here is a virtual treat for you. Hope you enjoy it. The recipe I follow is from Vcuisine(private blog). I have tried it twice following the recipe to T but have skipped the frosting both the times. This time I have made some changes like substituting part All purpose flour with multi grain, butter with oil etc. Beets puree is used as the coloring agent.


All purpose flour - 1 cup
Multigrain flour - 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder  - 1 1/2 tblspn
Baking powder - 1 tspn
Vanilla essence - 1 tspn
Salt - 1/4 tspn

Sugar -1 cup
Oil - 1/3 cup

Buttermilk - 1 cup
Beetroot puree - 1 cup (I used only 1/2 cup)

Cooking soda - 1/2 tspn

Lime juice - 1/2 tspn


Steam cook beets and grate it finely. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Mix oil and sugar and whisk till sugar is fully dissolved. Mix grated beet and buttermilk in a separate bowl. Add flour mix and buttermilk alternatively to the oil-sugar combo. Finally add vanilla essence, cooking soda and lime juice. Mix well.

Grease muffin pan and fill 2/3 full. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 35 minutes.

Maida - 2 tblspn
Sugar - 4 tblspn
Butter - 1 tblspn
Milk - 20ml
Vanilla essence - 2 drops

Mix flour in milk without forming lumps and cook till they form a pouring consistency. Cream sugar, butter and vanilla till fluffy. Add the cooked maida mix to the cream and frost the cake. The maida mix turned very thick for me and added few drops of milk to it. But the end mixture turned to be slightly runny and when I piped the frosting it started spreading. It didnot affect the taste though.


  1. Such a gorgeous cupcakes, love the addition of beetroot puree instead of food colour..Looks awesome..

    Congrats to Shoba for winning the giveaway..

  2. yummy and mouthwatering cupcakes! congrats to Shobha..

  3. Congrats to the winner! The red velvet cupcake looks fabulous! The all-natural coloring agent is great! Looks awesome!

  4. Congrats 2 the winner! I ve seen this natural way of staining in few blogs. Looks very pretty!

  5. Beautiful, vibrantly coloured muffin.

  6. the colour itself is so tempting...looks yumm,..

  7. Those RVC look beautiful and red. I made some using beet puree as well and they were quite good.

  8. Lovely cupcakes jayasree..been missing in action..hope things are fine..

  9. hey..missing for sometime...where r u ? Busy with work? Take Care

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  11. HI jayashree...the cupcakes are yummy........first time here...
    would love to follow your blog:)

  12. Thanks Jaya, great to see my blogs are working perfectly now. I see you are on break too. Enjoy and come back when you feel like it, no problem.

    Happy Mother's day!:)

  13. I used food colouring for the RVC that i made.. beets sound like a nice alternative.

  14. lovely color...liked the beetroot us e in a cupcake...great...
    first time here...u have a lovely space...just started blogging..and love to add u in my list..
    ur comments/suggestions r highly appreciated..happy blogging...following u>>>>>>



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