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Wendi Peters' beetroot and vanilla cupcakes

26 April 2017

Colourful little cupcakes from Coronation Street star Wendi Peters to support Great Ormond Street Hospital's Bake it Better fundraising campaign.

Wendi Peters' vanilla and beetroot cupcakes
Wendi Peters' vanilla and beetroot cupcakes

Cooking time

20 minutes




For the cupcakes

  • 250g caster sugar
  • 250g soft butter
  • 4 large eggs (separated)
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 250g plain cooked (vacuum packed) beetroot, drained (keep the juice back for colouring icing) and pureed
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

For the icing

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 150g soft unsalted butter
  • A few drops of roseflower water (to taste)
  • A few drops of beetroot juice, to colour


Preheat oven to 180c.

Beat together the sugar and butter until light and creamy.

Add egg yolks, flour, pureed beetroot and vanilla, and beat until smooth.

In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until fairly stiff.

Take a large spoonful of the egg whites and beat into the cupcake mix to loosen it a little.

Using a metal spoon, fold the remaining egg white gently through the mix, taking care not to over beat.

Spoon mix into 15 large cupcake cases and bake for around 20 mins until firm to touch.

Cool on a wire rack.

To make the icing

Beat the icing sugar and butter together.

Add a few drops of rose flower water and beetroot juice to colour.

Spread or pipe onto cakes and decorate with glitter.

Bake it Better for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Wendi Peters has provided this recipe to support Great Ormond Street Hospital's Bake it Better - an annual event to help raise money for the famous children's hospital. Host a charity cake sale at home, work or in a community space to help fund life-saving research, fund new equipment and provide important support for families.

Bake it Better takes place from May 22-28. For more information, and to sign up and request a Bake it Better fundraising kit, visit

Find out how to host a charity baking sale

Visit our baking section for more delicious cakes, biscuits and bread recipes


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