Luck Of The Irish! St. Patty's Day Cupcake Triumph

At 9:15am I received an email from the director of my son’s preschool. She wrote that another parent brought in some Irish Soda Bread for the class to share at snack time, around 10:30. The bread most certainly had eggs and dairy, which meant my son wouldn’t be able to have any.

using liquid chlorophyll as a natural food dye

Natural Green Food Dye For Cupcake Frosting

What’s a dairy-free mom to do? Necessity is the mother of invention, and this mama sprung into action. I took one of the cupcakes I had frozen from the Valentine’s Day batch and set it on the counter to warm up to room temperature.

I had experimented last week with making a quick frosting from warmed coconut butter and a little brown rice syrup, so I knew I had a good base to work with.

Green….green…where was I going to get green food coloring that’s non-toxic and fast?

I opened my refrigerator door and scanned its contents. Should I try to juice some parsley or a kale leaf? Those might taste too strong and ruin the cupcake-effect I was going for. Then, I looked at my condiments shelf and spotted my savior, in the form of a dark glass bottle…Liquid Chorophyll!

I usually take liquid chlorophyll for it’s blood building and cleansing effects, and I knew that green color was a powerful dye – I’ve spilled enough drops on my kitchen towels over the years to know! You can buy liquid chlorophyll at your local health food store in the supplements aisle, or online for less than $6 a bottle here:

So here’s how I made the perfect, healthy green icing in no time:

2 Tablespoons warmed coconut butter

(I put it in a small container and set that in a larger bowl, then added some hot water to surround the smaller container to warm up and soften the coconut butter)

5 drops liquid chlorophyll

1/2 teaspoon brown rice syrup

I used the back of a curved rubber spatula (AKA spoon-ula) to cream the ingredients together. You can add more drops of liquid chlorophyll to get the color just right. Once it was mixed I spread it on top of the cupcake – easy!

I remembered that I had some St. Patty’s Day stickers in my son’s art box, and whipped up a little shamrock-on-a-toothpick for decoration. I carefully tucked the cupcake into a food container and high-tailed it up the hill to the preschool. The class was just finishing their art projects before snack time, and I had about 10 minutes to spare. Whew! My son looked thrilled with his surprise snack, and I got an extra 30 minutes of power walking into my day.

All in a days work for a super-mom….


  1. Kelly says:


    In addition to being a vegan-health encyclopedia..sounds like you are a pretty good mom!


  2. veganforlifelucy says:

    VERY creative! Spirulina powder too is another “colorful” additive. A little goes a long way!

  3. This is awesome! Thanks for the great tip!

  4. Krista says:

    This comment is completely unrelated to pretty much everything said in your post. I just had to comment on the picture in your email newsletter. In every picture I see you in, your skin is absolutely flawless and radiant. Just the vibrant glow you emit alone is a great testimony to the healthy diet you promote.

  5. Stefanie says:

    What mothers do to please their children. That is a great tip. Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. amanda says:

    Wow, I really admire the great lengths to which some vegan mothers go to help their kids feel included… I hope that the world is more vegan-friendly by the time I have kids because I don’t know if I would have the patience to bring in a snack every time another parent brings one!

  7. Leslie Elia says:

    You are genius! I love following you, your recipes and tips on healthy living. Rock On!

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