Catherine McCord is the founder of the popular website Weelicious.com, a 2010 Babble Blog of the Year. She attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, has worked in several high-end restaurants, and has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, and The Doctors, and in People, Parents, Lucky, and Every Day with Rachael Ray. A former model and television host, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
I’ve tried many cupcake recipes for birthday parties over the years, and I have decided that I love making miniature cupcakes for kids’ birthday parties. They’re the perfect size for small hands, and even if your little one goes back for seconds (or even thirds), it still won’t equal the amount of one regular size cupcake. When you’re looking for an unforgettable cupcake recipe that will only add to the magic of your little one’s special day, try these cupcake recipes, baked in mini muffin tins, lined with your favorite liners, and experience maximum deliciousness.
Wether you’re hosting a color-themed party, grilling up some burgers, or serving pizza, you’ll find something in this set to go with your menu. Click through this slideshow for everything from naturally colored icing to cupcakes using beets for color! Yes, beets! Just try it, I promise you’ll like it!
What is your favorite birthday party dessert to serve?
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Red Beet Cupcakes
We have an awesome cupcake store in our neighborhood and every now and then we take the kids by to enjoy a special treat. Without fail, their eyes are always drawn to the most colorful cupcakes in the display case. My kids may have no idea how a red velvet cupcake
made with crimson food dye actually tastes, but put something like it in front of them and their immediate response is, “that one”.
My take on these cupcakes have a rich flavor, and while they aren’t as artificially red as the red velvet cupcakes which use chemical food dyes (and of course chocolate which this one doesn't include), they (and their icing) get their bright, reddish-pink color from a surprising, delicious and 100% natural guest, roasted beets. Especially given the never-ending speculation about the connection between food dyes and hyperactivity in children, having smart alternatives for the artificially colored food that kids crave means I don't have to deprive my little ones.
This doesn't mean we're not frequenting our local cupcake store any less often, but I always like reminding myself that whenever there's something out there I may not be thrilled about my kids eating, figuring out how to make a healthier version is not at all impossible.
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