Good Morning America Recipes

Elmo's Red Velvet Cupcakes

Kid-Friendly Dessert from Sesame Street's Kitchen

"Sesame Street" stars share their favorite baking recipes with "GMA."
Servings:Over 8
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

These are Elmo's favorite cupcakes because the batter turns slightly red, like him! Your children will love stirring the hot pink beet puree into the yogurt mixture and then mixing it into the batter.


  • For the Cake:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 can (15 oz) sliced, no-salt-added beets, drained and pureed with 1/4 cup of their liquid until almost smooth
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • For the Whipped Cream Topping
  • 1/2 pint heavy or whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

    Line 36 muffin pan cups with cupcake liners.

    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, with a rubber spatula, stir together the yogurt, beet puree, oil and vanilla until smooth.

    In another large bowl, with an electric mixer at medium-high speed, cream teh butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add the flour mixture alternately with the yogurt mixture.

    Use a 1/4 cup dry measure to fill the cupcake liners half-full with batter.

    Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer pans to racks to cool for 10 minutes. Transfer cupcakes from pans to rack to cool completely before frosting.

    Shortly before serving, in a medium bowl with an electic mixer on medium-high speed, beat the heavy cream and confectioner's sugar until stiff peaks just form.

    Use a spoon to put a small dollop of whipped cream topping on each cupcake just before serving.

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: eggs, cream, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, butter, beets, yogurt, vegetable oil

    Course: Dessert

    More Info: Kids Friendly

    Other Recipes That You Might Like
    B Is For 'Baking': Elmo, Cookie Monster on 'GMA'
    "Sesame Street" stars share their favorite baking recipes with "GMA."
    'Hungry Girl' Red Velvet Insanity Cupcakes
    From the Book 'Hungry Girl Chew the Right Thing'
    Elmo's Chicken Pot Pie
    Kid-Friendly Meal from Elmo's Kitchen
    Bert's Favorite Lemony Oat Sugar Cookies
    Kid-Friendly Snack from Sesame Street's Kitchen
    'Hungry Girl' Red Velvet Insanity Cupcakes
    From the Book 'Hungry Girl Chew the Right Thing'
    Red Velvet Coconut Cake
    A Combination of Two Popular Cake Originals
    Spike's Red Velvet Brownies
    Too Delicious To Have Just One!
    Red Velvet Chocolate Squares
    Healthy Twist on a Signature Dessert
    Ayesha Curry's red velvet mug cake with cream cheese frosting
    A sweet dessert you can make in the microwave
    Marcus Samuelsson's Red Velvet Cake
    Rich Cream Cheese Frosting, Perfect for a Party
    Latest Recipes on 'GMA'
    VIDEO: The Ramen Burger
    VIDEO: Rays & Stark Bar in LA employs an expert to help you choose from 20 brands of water.
    VIDEO: Haylee Nelson reveals all the delicious flavors that make up the new "Sunrise Sundae."
    VIDEO: Ladies and Gentlemen... The Crookie
    VIDEO: World, meet The Cronut
    Food Tips: How To...
    Karen's Kitchen
    Check out "GMA's" chef/food stylist's blog here.
    Karen's Cordon Bleu
    Check out "GMA's" chef/food stylist's delicious and celebratory chicken dish.
    PHOTO: Karen Pickus cherry galette is shown here.
    Karen's Cherry Galette Check out "GMA's" chef/food stylist's recipe for a tasty dessert.
    Connect with GMA
    Social Tools Facebook Twitter Twitter Connect with GMA YouTube RSS