Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lori's Cupcakes (All-Natural Coloring)

Lori was recently(ish) commissioned to do cupcakes for a church event. Because of some of the research on dyes and their impact on some children (including observed behavioral changes in our daughter when she's had red dye #40), Lori's been only using natural colorings. Because this was a children's event, she saw it as the perfect opportunity to expand her available color palette of natural colors with the goal of also being tasty as frosting.  I think it was incredibly successful.  (See the Flickr collection.)

Here's what her research yielded:

  • Pink: beet powder + strawberry purée
  • Magenta: blackberry purée with powdered freeze-dried blueberries
  • Purple: purple yam with natural cherry extract
  • Green: fresh spinach with lime juice
  • Orange: sweet potato with powdered freeze-dried oranges
  • Yellow: mango in both powdered and reduced purée forms
We hope to someday turn her creative genius into a business.
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