From the laundry basket of The Homegrown Mama
My baby girl turns 1 on Sunday. I take the first birthday cake very seriously. I've tested several recipes and settled on a Green tea cupcake with cream cheese icing. I want yellow icing, but I don't yellow #5. I also didn't want to pay 34 dollars for a teeny little bottle of organic, all natural food coloring. I'm here to tell you that in case you didn't already know, turmeric is an excellent food colorant. In the test batch of icing, I used a lot of the spice and couldn't taste it at all... and I knew it was there. I lined up 3 families to test the cupcakes and again, no comments on taste alterations.
And there you have it. No chemicals, no cheap, synthetic colors, no hyperactivity. Turmeric. It's not just for pickles and curry.