A Red Velvet Fairy Birthday
It started with the cake. For her little sissy's 2nd birthday, Selby thought we should have red velvet birthday cake. So I set out to find a recipe for an all-natural, red-dye-free red velvet cake. To me, the alternatives to Red #40 were grim - they involved using some form of beets or spending an unnatural amount on an all-natural food coloring. In the end, I gave in completely and bought a Duncan Hines box cake, full of red dye, hydrogenated oils and lots of sugar. Oh, the shame!
So, I distracted myself - and everyone else - from the cake's origins with fancy decorating. Fairies are BIG around my nest these days, so a fairy ring seemed perfect. A little icing, green sprinkles and a ring of Choco Boy chocolate mushrooms (from our local Oriental Market) did the trick. Plus, a fairy of course.
My little fairy was enchanted. (Fair warning, if you make a fairy ring cake, be sure to buy two boxes of chocolate mushrooms as they tend to magically disappear from the cake!)
The red velvet didn't stop with the cake. Selby & I found this sweet little red fairy costume at a local children's consignment shop for $1.99... the smile says it all!
*Note: The sugar and red food coloring appeared to have no effect on the three kiddos who ate it until hands and mouths were bright red! A confirmation that no child should have to eat beet cake on their birthday!