One last try at non-artificial red velvet cakes!! I decided to take the Smitten Kitchen recipe I'd done so well with and add lots of beetroot puree. 2 whole cups of beetroot later, crazy purple cake batter, and baking produced brown cupcakes. Oh dear! At least I finally got to the bottom of the whole beet/velvet cake thing, I also was very happy with the way the frosting came out, and I got some very healthy cakes. I would add much more cocoa another time and just make them full on chocolate cakes.
As mentioned, I kept the recipe, halved the oil, and added 2 cups of cooked and pureed beetroot.