Place the beets in a small saucepan, add water to cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook the beets until tender, about 35 minutes. Drain in a colander and let cool.
When beets are cool enough to handle, grate them on the large holes of a box grater. You should have a total of 1 cup grated beets. (Be careful, as the middle of the beets will be hotter than the outside.)
Place a bowl over simmering water in a small saucepan. Stir chocolate until it is melted and smooth, then let it cool slightly.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line muffin tin.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with a standing mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Add the grated beets and beat until the mixture is smooth and evenly bright magenta. Beat in the melted chocolate and cocoa powder. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until fully combined. Spoon the batter into the lined muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
Bake until the tops spring back when touched and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 23 minutes.
For the Chocolate Topping
Place chocolate in a shallow bowl over a saucepan with simmering water. Stir untill the chocolate is melted and smooth, then remove from heat. Dip cupcakes into the melted chocolate and wait for the chocolate to harden before serving.
Even though the beets stain, dont worry. You can easily wash the red off of everything, including your hands.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (115g)|
|Recipe Makes: 12 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 310 (71%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 34.5g||46 %|
|Saturated Fat 20.7g||104 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 9.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.5g|
|Cholesterol 149.9mg||46 %|
|Sodium 166.6mg||6 %|
|Potassium 241.4mg||6 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 30.7g||9 %|
|Dietary Fiber 2.8g||11 %|
|Sugars, other 27.9g|
|Protein 5.7g||8 %|
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Calories per serving: 435
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