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Tiny Cupcakes

February 23, 2011

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!.

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  • Kristen February 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Aw, I loved seeing Hana Kate baking – nothing like that look of childhood glee in a little one’s eyes. And what a perfect birthday gift for her! Timothy would have been a big fun if he had been there watching her bake. Just last night during our prayer time I asked him if he wanted to thank for for something. “What do you want to thank God for?” “Cupcakes!” was the immediate reply. We’ve had cupcakes given to us several times recently and they make him very happy. 🙂

  • Kristen February 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Oops – I meant to say “Timothy would have been a big FAN” of Hana Kate (not that he isn’t already. 🙂

  • Keren February 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Ha! Well, sometime when you can come over here I’m sure she’d be glad to bake some cupcakes. That’s her number one request of foods to make. (It includes muffins, particularly blueberry muffins.) Let me know when your cupcake supply gets low. 😉

    “big fun” sounds like something our oldest kids might call something anyway.