How To Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Birthday Recipes, Books, Cakes and Cupcakes, Candies, Dessert | 72 comments

When I realized that Dr. Seuss’s Birthday was coming up, I knew that we had to do something to celebrate! His books are some of our most often read in our house at bedtime. Madeline is especially fond of them. She often requests Fox in Socks which still leaves me tongue tied!

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Right now my favorite is There’s a Wocket in My Pocket. I’ve always been especially fond of Mr. Brown Can Moo as well. Just when I think we’ve read them all (which we really haven’t) I find another book to add to our collection.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
— Theodor Geisel

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Dr. Seuss Fun Facts

(source: Wikipedia)

celebrate dr seuss birthday cat in the hat marshmallow pops

Unfortunately the craft store was all cleaned out of red candy melts due to Valentine’s day so I had to improvise with light blue melts. I think you get the idea though.

How To Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

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1. With your local library – many libraries offer activities to honor his birthday.

2. With PBS Kids – watch the 2-hour marathon of The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That! on your local PBS channel. PBS will also air two brand new episodes of The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That! on what would have been Theodor Geisel’s 107th birthday.

3. Host a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Playdate:

  • Read some of your favorite books
  • Serve treats inspired by his books.
  • Offer simple Dr. Seuss Crafts
  • Watch Cat in the Hat Video on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!
  • Color a few Dr. Seuss Coloring Pages
  • Dress up as your favorite book character
  • Or try these FREE Dr. Seuss PRINTABLES: Dr. Seuss Character Match and Dr. Seuss Word Search.

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Fun Dr. Seuss Treats

  • Pink Yink Ink Smoothies
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish…Goldfish Crackers
  • Cat in the Hat Marshmallow Pops
  • Thing One and Thing Two Cupcakes
  • or try a recipe from the Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook

And in honor of the late Theodor Geisel, a little clip from the Cat in the Hat video for your viewing pleasure:

Cat: So Kiddo, whaddya wanna do for fun?
Sally: I wanna make cupcakes!
Cat: Cupcakes! Oh yeaaaah!

I think Logan would most definitely agree with Sally and The Cat! Too bad we don’t have Cat in the Hat’s amazing kupkake-inator so we can make cupcakes out of anything we have in the kitchen!

What are your favorite Dr. Seuss books?

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Fun Treats to Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday

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For Pink Yink Ink Drink
adapted from Raspberry Sweetheart Smoothie

1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup plain or vanilla Greek Yogurt
10 oz frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon milled flax
1 teaspoon honey

For Cat in the Hat Marshmallow Pops

Jet Puffed Marshmallows
Wilton Lollipop Sticks
Red Candy Melts
Blue Candy Melts
White Candy Melts

For Thing One and Thing Two Cupcakes

Red Cupcake Liners
Blue Food Coloring
Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes
Vanilla Almond Buttercream - you will need at least 3 batches for a whole recipe of the cupcakes
Wilton #12 Tip
Wilton #2D Tip


For Pink Yink Ink Drink

Put all the ingredients, in the order listed, into the jar of your blender. Cover and run on the Smoothie function (if applicable, otherwise puree on high for about a minute). Once the program is complete, turn the power off and serve.

For Cat in the Hat Marshmallow Pops

Insert lollipop sticks into the bottom of the marshmallow. Melt the white candy melts in the microwave or on the stove top per package instructions. Using a deep cup works best for dipping. Dip the marshmallows into the melted white candy melts. Shake gently to remove excess.

Stick the lollipops into Styrofoam or something else to hold them upright white they dry. After dry, melt the red and blue colored melts. Pour each into a small decorators squeeze bottle. Drizzle the colors on the dried white dipped marshmallows to resemble stripes from the Cat's hat. Let dry before serving.

Note: Candy Melts and Lollipop sticks are available at many craft stores, such as Micheal's.

For Thing One and Thing Two Cupcakes

Bake Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes in red cupcake liners. Prepare Vanilla Almond Buttercream without any food coloring.

When cupcakes have completely cooled. Frost a layer of white buttercream on top of the cupcakes - I used a Wilton #12 Round tip. This will be the Things' face.

Dye the remaining buttercream blue and pipe stars layered on top of one another in a pyramid like shape to resemble Thing One and Thing Two's crazy hair. I used a #2D Wilton tip.

Then just cut out some small circles and write "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" with black marker. Tape to the cupcake liner.

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    Aimee @ Simple Bites - February 24, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    What a creative idea!
    Our copies of ‘Wocket’ and “Mr. Brown” are so tattered, they’ve been read so many times.


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    Blog is the New Black - February 24, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    These are all such fun, creative ideas! :)


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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} - February 24, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    Such cute ideas! Thank you! :-)


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    Amanda - February 24, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    Great ideas and pics!


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    Brian @ A Thought For Food - February 24, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    You and BunkyCooks.com need to get together. She’s a big Dr. Seuss fan.

    These cupcakes look fantastic… brings the child out in everyone!


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    Jan @ Family Bites - February 24, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    So fun! I love the idea of having a party for no reason other than it’s fun.


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    Ali - February 24, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    I just wanted to take a quick moment to tell you that I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now…even tried the veggie fajitas, and I think you do a lovely job.


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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - February 24, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    Those cupcakes are SO cute. Love the ideas. I really need to increase our supply of books… as in start a big kid collection that hopefully won’t get ruined like the baby book collection oy!


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — February 24th, 2011 @ 8:34 AM

      We’ve purchase a lot of Seuss books at Costco. They often have a set of 3 or 4 together for nice prices. Also got a set of Seuss board books there for my daughter since she still has a hard time turning the thing pages without accidentally ripping.

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    EatLiveRun - February 24, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    these are great! Love the colors!


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    Jamie - February 24, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    Katie, your pics turned out darling! You are so creative and your treats are so yummy!


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    Kristen - February 24, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    So cute! We just made cat in the hat hats this week. Fun times!


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    Megan - February 24, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    One of our favorite movies! The cupcakes look delicious, we may have to give those a try!


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    Shaina - February 24, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    So cute, Katie!


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    Jennifer - February 24, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    I cannot read Oh the places you’ll go! without crying. I love that book. I love Dr Suess. Target has an event from 9-11 this Saturday. The craft at Lakeshore Learning is also Dr Suess inspired.


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    Tracy - February 24, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    What a fun party idea! I love the Thing cupcakes! :-)


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - February 24, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    Oh, I just love all of these ideas… And those Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes are one of the cutest things I have seen in a very long time!


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    Saunya - February 24, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    I absolutely love love LOVE this idea!! My boyfriend is actually one of the animators that makes The Cat In The Hat Knows a lot About That, and I think I just might have to make some of these cupcakes for his studio :) thanks for the idea!


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    Victoria S. - February 24, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    So festive. There are so many fun ideas to celebrate. I love the turquoise frosting for hair. You packed a lot of info and fun facts into this post. I’m adding a link to this on my blog where I collect Dr. Seuss ideas.


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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - February 24, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    So adorable! I just love the color of that blue frosting. Really creative, Katie!


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    Chris - February 24, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    Love these ideas! The Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes are fantastic, but the pops are darling! I went with savory ideas in my Patch article…




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    Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) - February 24, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    What fun!


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    Rachel: Teacher by Day - Chef by Night - February 24, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing these adorable treats as well as your love for Seuss! He (and my parents) taught me how to read & as an upper-elementary teacher Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America week is one of my favorite times to celebrate reading & remember that we are never too old to be a kid!


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    Nina - February 24, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    Thanks for this! My littlest son will be celebrating his first birthday in April and the theme Dr. Seuss! Those cupcakes will be there!


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    Shannon - February 24, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    I love those cupcakes! Dr. Seuss is such an inspiration.

    One of my favorite quotes:

    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
    -Dr Seuss


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    Michaela - February 24, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    The first book I read was a Dr. Seuss!! My sister used to request Oh The Places You’ll Go almost every night, and we used to spent like 5 minutes tracing the zebra tail. I love the cupcakes. Super clever!!


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    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen - February 24, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    I love these cupcakes!! We have a Dr. Seuss day at my school every year..I bet my students would just love these! :)


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    Food Frenzy - February 24, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

    Very creative. Great job!


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - February 24, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

    I love that quote! I haven’t read any Seuss in years but I remember those books always made me happy when I was a kid.


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    Stephanie - February 24, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    Love it! I wanna try these cupcakes and marshmallows!!! So cute!


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    Laurel - February 24, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    Oh this is just too fun! Great ideas! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight


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    Sharlene - February 24, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    You’re killing me with the cuteness here.


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    naomi - February 24, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

    I love your Dr. Seuss post! So many cute ideas!!!!


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    Damaris @Kitchen Corners - February 25, 2011 @ 12:35 am

    A couple things. First did you know there is a Dr. Suess cookbook http://www.amazon.com/Green-Eggs-Cookbook-Georgeanne-Brennan/dp/0679884408 It’s awesome. Second, can you believe March 2nd is my birthday too? I was so happy when I found out we shared a birthday.


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    Katrina (gluten free gidget) - February 25, 2011 @ 4:32 am

    How did I miss Dr Seuss’ b-day? My fav book was always Yertle the Turtle!


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    Peggy - February 25, 2011 @ 6:50 am

    Oh how fun! I remember reading all of the Dr. Seuss books when I was a kid! It’s great that those books can transcend generations and are still around today!


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    Ashley - February 25, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    Oh no- I would have forgotten his birthday! Thanks for reminding us! My favourite Seuss books have always been The Lorax and Oh The Places You’ll Go. :) I love those Thing cupcakes, though! I don’t have kids…think they’d work for grown-ups? ;)


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles - February 25, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    I love all the Dr. Suess books! They are my favorite reads with our kids. Your edible creations are so much FUN!!


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    Trysha - February 25, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    I love those Cat In The Hat marshmallows! My kids think marshmallows are the best thing since…well, anything! I will be making these for sure.


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    Emily@SoDomesticated - February 25, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    Love all the ideas! Stopping by from Tidy Mom… I linked up some Dr. Seuss Cupcake Toppers… love Dr. Seuss!


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    Marie - February 25, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    Oh my goodness. Those Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes could not possibly be any cuter! What a great way to celebrate Seuss’ birthday.


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    Happy When Not Hungry - February 25, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    Love this post! Those cupcakes are too cute! Love love Dr. Seuss!


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    Catherine - February 25, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    We’re planning on celebrating his birthday on Wednesday too! But I’m nowhere NEAR this creative… We’re just going to do green ham & cheese omelets for Green Eggs & Ham with short stacks of red & white pancakes for the Cat in the Hat.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — February 25th, 2011 @ 6:50 PM

      I LOVE the pancake idea! That’s adorable and I never would have thought of that.

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    Nancy-The Sensitive Pantry - February 25, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    So much fun, Katie! Really cute and what a way to inspire kids to read…celebrate their favorite authors. Love it.

    “”If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” -Dr. Seuss


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    Stephanie - February 25, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    I love all these ideas! I want to do a Seuss-themed party for one of my daughter’s parties and this is so inspiring!


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    Cheryl - February 26, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    Inspiring creations! YUM! Thanks so much for posting them!

    Here is a craft idea… jumping THINGS made from paper, based on the classic string pull toys, with template.


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    Kerstin - February 27, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    Awww, so cute, I’m so impressed :)


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    Jess - February 27, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    Oh my gosh, those are sooo adorable! What tip did you use??
    Jess : )


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — February 27th, 2011 @ 4:09 PM

      Wilton #12 Tip
      Wilton #2D Tip

      I mention in the big blue block area where the recipes are which tips I used for what color and the technique.

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    Jan - February 27, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    Great post! I actually quoted Dr. Seuss in a few CV cover letters…. I’m pretty sure a Dr. Seuss quote will one day land me a job (one day…)!


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    Eric VanRaepenbusch - February 28, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    These cupcakes look awesome! I am going to add a link to my blog about Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Thanks for sharing.


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    Alison - February 28, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    Hello! I featured your cupcakes today. They look adorable!


    Thanks for sharing!


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    Beth - March 01, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    Love the designs. I also love that the cupcakes are adorable without being overly ” touched” the way most fondant designs are. Buttercream at it’s best! Thanks for the photos.


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    Carrie - March 01, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    So creative Katie. Love all of your ideas!


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    Elise @ The Foodie Forkful - March 01, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    Thanks for the ideas – I’m headed to a Dr Seuss themed playgroup tomorrow and now I think I need to do some baking for it!


    • Carole replied: — February 26th, 2012 @ 10:11 PM

      Just posted some fun ideas for Dr. Seuss treats for kiddos on my blog. Planning to make some Red Fish, Blue Fish for a playgroup myself!

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    Polly @ Helping Little Hands - March 01, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    Love the cupcake idea! They’d be so easy to put together.


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    Stacie - March 01, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    Thank you SO much for this idea! It is beyond adorable, and as I type, there are 24 waiting to be delivered to my son’s kindy class!


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    Katie @ This Chick Cooks - March 02, 2011 @ 4:51 am

    Katie, These cupcakes are simply adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipe. I’m featuring it today. I’d love for you to stop by :)


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    Melanie - March 07, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    Such a perfect way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday!


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    Carole - February 26, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    I just posted a dinner party I hosted with a Dr. Seuss theme, and I included your cupcakes as another idea. I did a similar cupcake for my party, but LOVE yours!! I’d love to invite you to stop by check out my blog!


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    Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons - February 29, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    I just love your cupcakes…so cute! We have a Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party that opens tomorrow night and would love for you to stop by and share this!


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    Zina :: Let's Lasso the Moon - February 29, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    These are soooo sweet. I saw your pin-it button up there so I assume you approve of readers pinning your work over on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/zina/fun-with-dr-seuss/

    *Thanks for taking the time to share this adorable idea with us. :-)


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    Ann - March 02, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    You have some adorable and unique ideas to celebrate this body of children’s literature. Well done and thank you for sharing!


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    Vy Barto - March 02, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    What great ideas to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Had I known earlier, I would have tried to make those too cute desserts! :) I mentioned your blog on my blog tonight! :)
    Thanks for the great ideas! Love your blog!


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    Julia - March 03, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    Hi, These are sooooo cute–thank you so much for sharing. Could you please tell me what type and color of food coloring did you use to make the blue–I need it to be as close to the color of the hair on Thing 1 and Thing 2. Thanks so much for your help and for sharing your wonderful talent. Blessing


    • Julia replied: — March 4th, 2012 @ 10:36 AM

      Thank you so much for your reply!!!!

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    Carrie - March 27, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    I give a copy of Oh The Places You’ll Go!! to every high school and college graduate I know. I think there’s more good advice in that book than anything I’ve read!!!


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    Theresa - February 11, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    Hi..What color dye did you use for your thing 1 thing 2 cupcakes?



    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — February 11th, 2013 @ 6:08 PM

      I believe it was Americolor Sky Blue. I like Americolor gel food colorings because they don’t have a nasty taste and the colors are really concentrated.

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