Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Rainy Day Cupcakes

Monday was wonderful! We were trapped inside our house while the sky cried for hours on end, and the clouds remained gray. What better activity to do than bake! My daughter Mallory, now three, loves the color pink. I think that Disney movies reinforce this passion with all the grand princess attire. Anyways, she insisted that the frosting be pink.

I think Red #5 or any other numeric is nothing but a shame to the world of food. Food coloring is simply NOT a food ingredient!

Mallory and I gleefully danced to, "Who Can It Be Now?" by Men At Work, while we hunted and gathered our ingredients. Meanwhile, my sixth month old daughter Margeux peacefully slept. Our recipe for the day: Maple Sweetened Vanilla Cupcakes with Rose Painted Frosting.

How did we get that pink color you ask? There is a wonderful alternative to food dye. A company called SE'ELECT, sold at Health Food stores, created coloring made by 100% natural food ingredients. The company has developed a handful of colors. Their Red/Pink is made from beet juice.

My daughter was estactic when I produced pink frosting, and equally enjoyed using my pastry bag/ tips for the first time to decorate her beloved cupcake! Thank you SE'ELECT!

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