As one of her birthday gifts, my sister Kelly sent Hana Kate an adorable cupcake set, complete with an apron, child-size utensils, and a tiny cupcake pan and tiny cupcake cups. It was a perfect gift for her, because Hana Kate loves to bake and she loves “real” stuff. Thanks, Aunt Kelly! (Now, how to keep her from asking to make them every day. :))
We made our first batch of cupcakes within hours of opening the package: spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Food dyes (particularly red dyes) do definitely seem to impact our kids’ behavior, so we use only natural coloring. I’d read elsewhere that sometimes you can ask at the bakery counter at Whole Foods if you can buy their natural food colorings (they’re $17 where I found them in the store, and I’m told they’re not so great). So I did, and they gave it to us for free! (We also got the natural colorings for our Christmas cookies this way.) However, I put in a little tooo much coloring in this batch of icing. (And really, I think cream cheese icing has a hint of strawberry taste to it already, so eating it pink played some mind games with my tongue!)
They were very tiny, though…about the size of a quarter!.