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XOXO Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe by the Cake Blog

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I cringe every year when I see the red colored cakes and cupcakes shared on Pinterest. Artificial colors add no nutrition and studies show they’re harmful. That doesn’t mean a dye-free holiday has to mean a blah Valentine’s Day. You can use natural food coloring available online and in stores like Whole Foods. Or use colorful paper, packaging, and toppers instead of nasty food coloring.

Here are my picks of the best dye-free Valentine’s Day goodies I could find on the web. Click on any of the photos to be taken directly to the creator’s website and the recipe and/or instructions. I’ve included Martha Stewart‘s brilliant DIY crafting wax paper tutorial because it turns any baked good into a Valentine’s Day Treat.

See! Your holiday can be cute, fun, and colorful without the harmful synthetic dyes found in most kitchen cupboards. So next time you think about adding red dye to something, remember there are better ways and try beets or natural food coloring instead!



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24 comments

  1. Connie,
    good post here. from what I understand, a lot of the dyes are VERY bad for us all. I personally have had trouble with maraschino cherries because of the chemicals. beet juice is a great idea!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Chad

  2. Mel

    You certainly shouldn’t be eating the color, it’s nice to look at but I prefer my health over anything else.

  3. Kathy Smith

    Thanks for info on the dyes, I didn’t know they were that harmful. These recipes look great. I enjoy baking and thanks for sharing the recipes.

    • Connie

      Dangerous especially in children.

  4. ANN*H

    Thanks so much for all the information on these recipes. We try to live healthier and watch what is in the things we eat that is harmful to us. I appeciate anything I can read up on .

  5. Peggy Greco

    goodies sound yummy!!