sadly, I neglected to take a photo of the finished product. they were very pretty. something like this:
but more golden than orange this time, and piped in a swirl (not very well). sigh… it was K’s birthday, and I was somewhat focused on getting out the door than documenting my brilliance.
this one just about nails them all on the head:
✔ vegan (well, the cupcakes are, if not the frosting; that could likely be made vegan)
✔ wheat free (can be gluten free with appropriate sourdough starter)
✔ sourdough (nourishing traditions)
✔ no artificial colours
✔ natural sweeteners (other than whatever’s in the cream cheese! – will try home-made next time!)
sourdough beetroot cocoa cupcakes with carrot cream cheese frosting
carrot reduction 4 – 5 carrots blendered with juice of one valencia orange, filter through nut mylk bag, reduce until thickened like light syrup
roasted 3 medium beets (from Makaria Farm’s CSA), combined with some of carrot reduction as it cooked, and carrot pulp, used stick blender to puree; use 1/2 cup for recipe, reserve rest (freeze in 1/2 cup batches for future cupcakes!)
wish I could show you the final results, but they looked good, and tasted great. yay, me!
yes, this is at least a week late, but I wanted to show off the great treats everyone contributed.
from the top: piped chocolate webs & pumpkins decorated with dried fruits, pumpkin cupcakes with carrot juice coloured coconut oil frosting, home made Jell-O & cream gummy worms and gelatin & black cherry juice gummy worms.
the party was a hit, the kids had a great time, and I didn’t feel bad about the treat options available that K could eat. score!
I’m used to avoiding additives, wheat, dairy, eggs, etc. but it gets challenging with a little girl once she’s got friends coming over expecting “normal”.
I don’t do “normal” very well.
nevertheless, this time, I think I did almost normal pretty darned well (even the sugar content was off the chart on these babies – gotta try a vegan confectioner’s sugar-free frosting, now!). the one thing I’m the most “attagirl” pleased with was the frosting.
ok, hyper-carrot juice: I blendered three carrots with just enough water to pulpify them not too bad (no, I haven’t got a Blendtec or Vitamix, pity me), I pressed the results through a nut mylk bag, and reduced the juice on the stove until I didn’t dare go any further. the results were a little off-putting visually (slightly burnt orange separated out like flakes of very old paint floating on the carrier medium), but tasted amazing: super, super sweet & carroty. I added what probably was just shy of 1 tbsp of this carrot reduction to the coconut frosting and zammy! look at that gorgeous colour!! and no weird flavour profile. beautiful!
and the kids gobbled them up (well, they were still full of sugar…)
- A HEALTHIER CHILDREN’S PARTY: free of additives, tantrums and meltdowns. (renlikesred.wordpress.com)
multiple allergies, plus trying to heal “leaky gut” and reduce possibilities for problems down the road = very challenging at candy season. hard enough for us adults; try explaining to a 3 year old why she can’t have that cupcake, or those candies, or… and explaining to friends and family why it’s not “oh just a little treat, it won’t matter”.
what to do?
here are some stellar suggestions/recipes for families in similar situations – I’m so going to try some of these!
20somethingallergies’ a few really awesome non-candy sweet tooth alternatives
homemademommy’s three ingredient maple pecan candies (I’ll try with coconut oil & almonds)
and my personal favourite: glow sticks!
desperate to come up with something to help K with a cold that went straight to her lungs (of course)
been working on potent acupressure points thanks to recent shiatsu sessions (when K will let me – she’s been so hyped with this cold that any touching in those points results in instant withdrawal reaction – I could manage some while she slept fitfully)
finally, last night, she was struggling with breathing & fighting a low fever, I found GOOT. slathered that on her feet, chest & back a couple of times, and she’s almost totally back to normal today.
this is amazing. this kind of thing (especially once in her lungs) usually takes K a week or more to get over to this point. one night of the GOOT. well, let’s see if it’s repeatable… you know it, I know it, we’ll get more opportunities to test it.