Thursday, April 5, 2012

BUNNY CUPCAKES (naturally colored)

Natural Beauties, aren't they? Pink Banana Cupcakes are colored with beets! This recipe is for a cake that I've used for all of the kid's first birthdays. In it's original form, it's not pink but a banana cream colored layer cake which is perfect with cream cheese frosting (recipe here).I've dared to experiment with beets for this and am so happy to share these results with you, today. Conscientious about sugar and additives, I love these for toddlers and kids alike. Naturally colored

Pink Banana Cupcakes (with beet coloring)

2 1/4 cups cake flour
3/4 t baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (I omit when serving children under 3)
1 cup mashed bananas -- about 2 ripe
1/4 C Beet juice or 1/4 cup beet puree
1/4 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 C cup sugar (depending on taste, I use only 1/2 C)
2 large eggs
Preheat cover to 350F. Line cupcake tins.

In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another small bowl, mix the banana, beet juice, yogurt and vanilla.
In larger bowl with electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy and then, beat in the eggs 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the flour and banana mixtures alternately, beginning with the flour. Do not over mix. Fill cupcake tins with the batter and bake 15 minutes or until cupcakes are springy to the touch and a tester comes out clean. These can be made a head of time, but cover them and store at room temperature.

Tape (double sided)
Pink Paper
Small Marshmallows

HOW TO ASSEMBLE:Ears: Cut bunny ears out of the pink paper. Cut 4 for each cupcake. Place ears on table and place one piece of double sided tape in the middle. Place toothpick on the tape and cover with a second ear, so that the toothpick is hidden. (You may use glue instead, if you prefer) Place two ears on each cupcake in a bunny like fashion. Tail: Cut toothpicks in half. Secure the toothpick and attach to cupcake like a tail.*

*NOTE: With small children, I prefer to omit toothpicks (hazardous) with the marshmallows: Omit tail or simply attach tail with frosting. I use toothpicks in this version to minimize sugar.

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  1. this is great! i grew up with dyes, sodas, ect. my husband and i are trying to improve our habits and I really like this idea. can you buy beet juice? or do you make it?

    1. I am so happy that you took the time to comment! I think this is such a conversation to have!
      Thank you for asking: There are several substitutes for beet juice:
      1) Baby food: substitute one small jar of the baby food beets.
      2) Juicer: squeeze the juice from approximately 1/2 of a beet
      3) Food processor: cook or bake beets & finely puree them in a food processor
      I've been adding vegetable purees from the beginning, to the children's food but, recently started to experiment with the coloring and wish I had done so earlier!
      (I agree.... although I don't like be to fanatic with everything, I really do think natural is best and as a general rule, try to live by that. I, too, remember loving "TANG" when I was the kid's age! Does that still exist?!)

  2. I LOVE this! I am totally freaked out by artificial color (at least for eating). We have this on the list for later in the day . Too cute.

    1. Melissa, I'm so happy you came by! I just wrote, above, a few beet color alternatives -- all of these work! I agree with you about this.
      I was talking to my mother this morning who was completely shocked when this pink image came up on her screen while we were talking, before she read that this was 100% natural. (She knows I prefer natural, when possible.) I'm really happy to hear these will make another family happy. I met my kids with them after school, today and they were a real hit!

  3. I just had to link this on our Facebook page as exactly what we are going to do with all of our leftover beet juice from egg coloring. Perfect, and yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I'm so glad! Just make sure that there's no vinegar in the mix! So fun to discover one another! In Sweden, the kids are now sleeping after another dozen egg day! Wishing you the same inspiration!


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