Susan Heuser is such a good little cupcake orderer! Her boyfriend’s daughters were turning 7 and they wanted to throw the girls a luau party.
We thought about flip-flops and hibiscus flowers and somehow the idea turned to exploding cupcakes. I had to gently explain that I couldn’t do that entirely with the cake, but the frosting could be molded in different ways.
Susan had one more little request… no Red Dye #40.
Now, how was I going to do that? It was Wednesday before their Saturday party… I tried to order through a few vendors on Amazon, but no one could guarantee delivery by Friday night. I spent hours on Thursday looking for all-natural food dyes… Whole Foods, Earth Fare, Walmart, Harris Teeter, Fresh Market… so, my last resort was to start researching other ways to dye the lava (aka marshmallow creme).
Beet juice! I’m not going to lie, I threw away my first batch of marshmallow creme when I dyed it with the beet juice. People on the internet are liars. You can definitely taste the beets in the creme and I put WAY to much in my batch thinking that it didn’t have much flavor.
With my 2nd batch, I cautiously added a few drops of beet juice at a time until I had a slightly orange-red color without compromising the taste.
I added little blossoms to the volcanos for the girls… and shaped the frosting like volcano peaks.
The classic chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream looked amazing with its chocolate ganache pouring out of the top. Almost like an ice cream sundae!
Get in my belly! I’m obsessed with ganache these days… I put that SH*T on everything.
Thank you Susan for all of the support! Hope the girls had the best birthday!
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