Naturally Colored Frosting

Not having bright pink sprinkles or deep blue frosting swirled about a birthday cake makes you feel like big party pooper. And sometimes you just throw caution to the wind, and eat up the red dye 40 coated donut. It's cool. But sometimes you don't want to be a party pooper and you want to have the pretty colored icing without the artificial junk. Enter freeze dried fruit. God gave us all the colors we could ever need to party. 

Making your own food coloring sounds incredibly 'superstar homemaker' but it's truly easier than driving to the store to buy the fake stuff.  Trader Joe's sells bags of freeze dried blueberries, mango, pineapple, strawberries, and raspberries. Simply take a handful of freeze dried fruit and pulse it in your blender until it turns to dust. Add a few drops of water and mix. Ta-da! Any color frosting you could want. 

Reagan wanted a Trolls birthday party this year. She turned four and it was as magical as that tiny little girl is.  I knew a Trolls party meant RAINBOW EVERYTHING was in store. Grandma ordered some beautiful Trolls decorated cookies that were unbelievable. Reagan loved them! But I wanted to have a naturally colored option also. She equally loved her vanilla Simple Mills cake with naturally colored frosting. We used mango for the soft yellow, strawberries for the pink and blueberries for the purple.  She thought having the rainbow banner and cute Poppy atop was just as fun. Kids are magical enough all by themselves and need very little extravagancy to feel celebrated. They learn to appreciate simple and real just like adults do. 

-xo, Chels