So my little boy who is not so little anymore is turning 10 on Monday. Over the weekend we'll be making him a homemade cake, either out of spelt or gluten free flour. Here is the difficult part, he wants a lightsaber cake. Now the color of the light saber won't be too difficult, he wants Mace Windoo's light saber, which is purple. I was considering blueberry juice for that. The difficult part will be making the handle for the lightsaber. For those of you Mommies that have to endure Star Wars as well you know that the handle of all of the lightsabers are gray.
I don't know if anyone has ever priced all natural food coloring, but it is extremely expensive. I suppose a good place to start would be making black, and then mixing it with white icing. I'm not sure how to go about making black though. One person online said to mix all of the primaries until you get a dark enough shade. I made wind up doing that if need be. I really wanted to avoid buying the natural food coloring though. I will not use regular food coloring.
Artificial Colorings May Be Harmful (http://organic.lovetoknow.com/Natural_Food_Coloring)
Scientists have determined a link between artificial food coloring and cancer. Other studies have linked artificial food coloring with brain tumors, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and other disruptive behavior, especially in children. It’s believed that the tar and hydrocarbon derivatives as well as petrochemicals used to manufacture artificial food coloring are the culprits to these diseases and disorders.
None of these additives have any beneficial or nutritional value to the human body. The concern is so great that the FDA (Food and Drug Association) has ordered warning labels be placed on foods containing artificial dyes and coloring. There’s pressure from advocacy groups to ban the sale and use of some of the most common dyes and colorings:
Blue #1 and #2
Red #40 and #3
Yellow #5 and #6
So, if anyone has any ideas please post comments below :)