These cupcakes are organic and no artificial colorings were used for the sprinkles or frosting!
Every year, 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes are used in U.S. food manufacturing plants. Let’s get real, if I can make my own food coloring from scratch at home these big food companies can certainly find a way to get it done at their state-of-the-art plants without breaking the bank. Artificial dyes have been linked to numerous health issues. In animal studies dyes have caused tumors and cancer, and it is said that yellow #5 causes hyperactivity in children. So, we made our own coloring using safe and organic products.
My two-year-old saw the new minions movie this week, so this recipe was a direct request from him. I’m a cook not a baker, so with that said, I think we did an okay job
1 1/2 cup almond flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp pink salt
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup or organic, grass fed or plant-based butter
2 large organic/cage-free eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk
Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Frosting
1 tsp turmeric powder
Handful of yellow carrots
1 bag of mini organic dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup water
Combine cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Stir with an electronic mixer or by hand until batter is thick and there are no clumps. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and full cupcake pan with cupcake wrappers of your choice. Fill holders 2/3 of the way with batter using a spatula or spoon. Wipe any excess batter off the pan and place in oven for 14-18 minutes. Let cupcakes cook until golden…stick a toothpick in to check if done, if it comes out clean you’re good to go!
In a food processor or small blender add 1/2 cup of water, handful of yellow carrots and 1 tsp of turmeric powder. Blend until smooth. Add mixture to stove top in small pan and cook on low for 10 minutes. Pour the juice from the pan and TBS of the mixture into a bowl with the vanilla frosting. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool for several minutes before frosting.
To add the minion facial features use two dark chocolate chips as the eyes along with vanilla frosting, and you can melt a handful of chips in the microwave for about 2 minutes and use a toothpick to draw on the rest of the face. All of the sprinkles shown are from the Miss Jones Vanilla Frosting pack and are made with natural colors (turmeric, beet root, spirulina and paprika).