I love cupcakes… I love color… And what I really love is making colorful icing without artificial colors and with fruit and veggie juices!  Does the spinach juice outweigh the sugar?  Probably not… But less artificial stuff is always something to celebrate, right?


I was inspired to do this by the roll-out of the new HP Pavilion 17-inch notebooks, which go on sale this Friday on HSN (yup, the shopping channel).  These notebooks come in bright pops of color (bold red, blue, silver, purple, and white) and feature a very cool gradient design on the keyboard.  I love that the notebook is so wide that it includes a numeric keypad – that’s missing from a lot of laptops!  AND these babies come with the new Windows 10.  Happy Birthday, Windows 10!



So back to those colorful cupcakes.   Would you believe I created those colors with beets, carrots, blueberries, and spinach?  Yup.  And here’s the best part – although the juices give the icing a bit of a flavor, it doesn’t taste like spinach cupcakes or anything like that. 

natural dyed icing

Honestly – a kid would never, ever guess that her pink cupcakes were made from beets or his orange ones contained a bunch of carrots.   It is really nice to be able to serve a colorful treat that doesn’t contain artificial colors.  Nature is colorful enough!


Here’s how to make the icing…

colorful natural icing

Basic Buttercream Icing + Colorful Juice


  • 1 stick unsalted butter. room temperature
  • 1 pound confectioner’s sugar (about 3.5 – 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup juice (beet, spinach, carrot, or blueberries work well)




  • In a mixing bowl, beat butter until smooth and fluffy.
  • Add in sugar and beat for another minute.
  • Extract fruit or veggie juice using a juicer.  Add in 1/4 cup juice of your choice to the frosting.  Mix well.  If too thick and stiff, add a small amount of juice and re-blend.  Don’t add too much at a time unless, of course, you kind of like drippy icing (which I do and created for the yellow and purple cupcakes, as you can see in some of the pictures).  You can also create drippy icing by adding it to a warmed cupcake.
  • To pipe the icing onto the cupcakes (like the pink and green ones), scoop the icing into a small plastic bag, cut the corner off, and swirl onto the top of a cooled cupcake.


If you’re looking for a good gluten-free cake recipe, here’s one.  But I really like Betty Crocker’s GF box mix!


And don’t forget to tune into HSN on Friday for the sale of these awesome HSN-exclusive HP notebooks.  You can even do HSN’s Flex Pay to purchase one (it’s like layaway but nicer because you get the product straight away).  You can browse other HP products available on HSN right here


What’s your favorite kind of cake?  I’m all for colorful icing, but my favorite of all-time is probably yellow cake with chocolate icing.  Yum.


This post is sponsored by HP.  Thanks, as always, for reading sponsored content. I appreciate it a lot!



  • Jessica July 15, 2015, 8:03 am

    My favorite cake would have to be anything dark chocolate. /swoon

    How amazing are these cupcakes! I am notorious for sneaking fruits and veggies into dessert. I can’t wait to try these!

  • Catherine July 15, 2015, 8:33 am

    What a great idea! I never really liked cupcakes you buy from the bakery in the supermarket because the frosting is often way too sugary and sweet. I’ll have to try this icing idea! I always love me some chocolate cake with chocolate icing.

  • Beks July 15, 2015, 8:36 am

    I love when computers come in pretty colors. I came thisclose to buying a Dell laptop that was a candy-coated blue, but my dad convinced me to go with a black Toshiba (It had pinstripes, but it still wasn’t that pretty blue). My sister later got the blue computer (without our computer nerd dad there to guide her), and it kept dying on her. I currently have an HP, but it’s old. I might need to save up for one of those pretty things. 🙂

  • Elizabeth Beil July 15, 2015, 9:19 am

    Loving these colors! So colorful and joyful! My favorite cake is yellow cake with chocolate icing as well. So yummy.

  • Sagan July 15, 2015, 9:31 am

    Love it! PINNING. Natural food dyes FTW!

    (Also that notebook is super cute with the color!)

  • Amanda July 15, 2015, 9:51 am

    Hmm, we’re in the market for another laptop… definitely going to check this out!

    • Caitlin July 15, 2015, 9:54 am

      Yes, I really like it! It’s large thanks to the 17-inch screen, but that’s kind of nice, you know? I hate tiny laptops.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul July 15, 2015, 10:58 am

    These cupcakes are beautiful! And I love that they’re naturally dyed!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine July 15, 2015, 11:00 am

    Carrot cake 😛
    I love beets and turmeric for my natural colorings! Nature is so great, hahaha 😉

  • Danielle @ The Soul Simple Life July 15, 2015, 2:19 pm

    I LOVE this idea! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • Kathy July 15, 2015, 9:16 pm

    Those look pretty and delicious! I’m a sucker for a good carrot cake and my Mom’s German Chocolate cake

  • Katie July 16, 2015, 11:20 am

    Where did you get your table runner and napkins? Super cute!

    • Caitlin July 16, 2015, 12:12 pm

      Bed Bath and Beyond. They are Kate Spade

  • Clare July 17, 2015, 4:26 am

    This is a fantastic idea and will come in really useful. Kids love colored icing but I hate using shop bought icing coloring because you just know it can’t be good. Will definitely be trying some of these.

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