We decided a week out from my daughter's birthday that we were going to do a little party with two of her friends. The problem is that I don't know how to do anything 'little'. Our playdate turned in to a full fledged Pinterest inspired party complete with tissue poms, tulle chairs, a Barbie 'theater', yummy food, and a Barbie cake!
I struggled with the cake at first. We try to keep our treats naturally sweetened, usually with honey or maple syrup. I knew that I wanted her cake homemade and I found a lot of recipe possibilities. The problem was that I didn't have a lot of time to experiment and see what would or wouldn't work in terms of baking it in to a tall Barbie cake. I ended up making the King Arthur's Tender White Cake recipe using all organic ingredients.
The one thing I didn't want to compromise on was our desire to keep artificial food dyes out of our food. We've witnessed first hand in our family how Red-40 can affect a child's behavior and it was not pretty. How would Barbie's skirt be pink though?! Easy. Beet juice! I made a basic buttercream frosting out of butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract (soooo much sugar, eek!). After it was all blended together I added in 1 tsp of beet juice from a freshly juiced beet. It worked perfectly! Thank goodness too since I finished frosting it 10 minutes before the party started. Once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator...
With Valentine's Day coming up this would be a perfect way to tint frosting without using artificial food dyes!
My cake decorating skills might need a little work but my now 5 year old thought it was the best thing ever and that's the opinion that matters most!
Pink Buttercream Frosting
Naturally Dyed Pink Frosting
A super sweet special treat using beets to naturally tint the frosting
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- 8 Cups Sifted Organic Powdered Sugar
- 1 Pound Organic Unsalted Butter (4 sticks), softened to room temperature
- 2 Teaspoons Organic Vanilla Extract (check that the ingredients are only alcohol & vanilla beans)
- 1 Teaspoon Beet Juice (I used our Jack LaLanne juicer to juice one peeled beet and it was plenty)
- Add butter to stand mixer and beat on medium speed for a 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy
- Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing on low speed until incorporated. Scrape down sides after each addition.
- Add in vanilla extract and beat on medium-high speed for a few minutes.
- Add in beet juice 1 teaspoon at a time until desired color is achieved. I wanted a light pink so 1 teaspoon worked perfect. Scrape down sides and mix well.
- If you’re frosting is too thick for your needs you can add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is achieved.
- This recipe makes a lot. I had some left over after giving Barbie a thick coating to even out her skirt. If you’re doing a smaller cake or cupcakes you could probably get by with half of the recipe above.
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