Esther 4:14b

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Healthy Cupcakes?

Today was yet another birthday at work. This being the month of going back to school and all, I decided to make cupcakes that looked like apples. I think I saw a similar idea on Martha Stewart's website and modified it. And, because they look like apples, that means they're healthy, right?

I used a box white cake mix and instead of using the three egg whites it called for, I used the equivalent of three eggs worth of egg beaters. So, in a way they are slightly healthier. The frosting was a can of white frosting that I added about a 1/3 of a jar of red food coloring (the gel kind you get at craft stores). I've realized that no matter how much I try to be neat when working with this stuff, my fingers will inevitably end up dyed the color of the frosting for at least a day. The stems were pretzel sticks broken in half; the leaves were fruit gellies that I cut into leaf shapes. I also tried to make them a little more realistic for when you bite into them by adding miniature chocolate chips to serve as the seeds. I just mixed them in to the batter before spooning into the muffin cups, but in hindsight I should have just dropped about 6 in the middle of each cupcake before baking so that they'd stay in the "core".

They were a big hit at work and I think I'll keep this idea for when I have kids and they're heading off to school.


  1. Plastic baby spoons! You can buy them at target or walmart, anywhere. (In the baby feeding supply aisle, the brand I use is First Years!) The small multi colored packs of plastic baby spoons are the PERFECT size to get the gel color out of the tub and into the iceing without a mess, and they are inexpensive enough to be disposable!

  2. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to try it out for sure!


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