Sunday, March 4, 2012
The Irish girl that I am, I love St. Patrick's Day. I really love all holidays to be honest, but I am Irish and I do love St. Patrick's Day. Having 3 girls, however, there is always some pink somewhere to be found...even for a holiday that is dedicated to being Green! So, my girls and I created these Preppy Leprechaun Cupcakes. Made with a brownie cupcake, we topped them with pink icing and some cute little Leprechaun decorations from Meri Meri that my mom sent to us. I have this thing against red food coloring because once upon a time I told the Dr. that the Benadryl that he clearly said would cause drowsiness in my 2 year old caused my child to be more energetic than a bouncy ball. When I brought this to his attention, he told me that sometimes the red dye in medicines has that effect on children so I needed to only buy grape flavor medicine from now on. I have no idea if there is any truth to that, but I do know that I only buy dye free, completely colorless medicine to this day...7 years later. So when it comes to baking, I steer clear of red dye because I have decided that anything with red dye causes craziness in children. So, to make our icing pink, we pureed strawberries and then put the puree thru a seive. We then added the now seedless smooth strawberry puree to our icing and whala....The Preppy Leprechaun Cupcakes are ready for St. Patrick's Day! My poor husband who is a complete baseball guy just sort of shakes his head as once again, even on a day when he might have a chance to exchange his pink desserts for something green, we serve him some Pink!