Naturally festive cupcakes
This time of year sees lots of beautifully coloured cakes and treats, bringing a bit of festive brightness into the shorter chilly days. But how can we go about recreating these bakes without the need for synthetic food colourings? Here at Skinny Bakery we are constantly on the look out for ways to add something a bit more natural and healthy into our tasty goodness, so we have come up with a few suggestions for how to get those Christmassy colours without the need for anything artificial.
For a frosty blue/green colour – try a teeny bit of blue spirulina powder
For a festive red – a pinch of beetroot powder works really well and is also great added to a stew or homemade pie
For a yuletide green – go for a little healthy addition of matcha green tea powder
For a healthy Christmas treat start with our Chocolate cupcake from our S’mores Cupcake recipe – which can be found here https://skinnybakery.co.uk/smores-cupcakes/ (with or without the marshmallows of course)
Then try adding one of the above natural colouring alternatives to this lower fat greek yogurt frosting.
Frosting recipe :
- 60g of vegan cream cheese (we used Tofutti plain cream cheese)
- 55g of vegan greek yogurt (Oatly greek style yogurt worked well)
- Around 4tbsp of icing sugar
- A dash of vanilla extract
Blend the yogurt and cream cheese together till smooth. Gradually add in the icing sugar till you get to a good frosting consistency then mix in the vanilla extract at the end.
Share your creations on our Facebook group Skinny Recipes and let us know what other alternative natural food colourings you have tried.