A buddy of mine is preggers and she asked me if I could bake something for her baby shower. She and her baby daddy are some of the coolest and sweetest folks I know, which coincidentally makes them the best people to bake for! They were open to anything and even suggested we hide a baby figurine in the treats. We came to a consensus with cupcakes. In my experience, people are more likely to pop a cupcake than wait through the whole production of slicing and dishing up a more traditional cake. We decided to do a low sugar carrot cupcake with cream cheese frosting and a full blown cracked out sugary lemon cupcake with raspberry curd and lemon butter-cream frosting. I don’t usually bake anything with low sugar or low fat for that matter so I was a little nervous about the carrot cupcakes.
I ran the carrot cupcakes through a test drive a few days before the shower. I found a recipe online that uses canned crushed pineapple to sweeten the cupcakes but I adapted it by using applesauce in it’s place. The test run came out great, maybe more like a muffin but once frosted no one would be the wiser.
The shower was on a Sunday so I did the bulk of my baking on Saturday in case anything went terribly awry. Things went smoothly on day 1. The cupcakes baked up nicely and the raspberry curd came out smooth and tart.
Sunday morning, I didn’t wake up quite as early as I had hoped (hungover) and was a little rushed in the kitchen. After a small bout with the cream cheese frosting, I was able to pull it together and frost up nearly 4 dozen cupcakes. The tiny plastic babies came in a 3 pack so I hid one in each kind of cupcake and used the third as a visual for a choking hazard warning sign. Once the babies were tucked away safely, I sealed up the cupcakes and let them rest until it was time to deliver those babies.
Baby 1 getting buried in the Carrot Cupcakes. He looks a little worried.
Baby 2 soaking up some raspberry curd. She seems relaxed.
This is me at my craftiest. A rare moment, indeed.
Signage for the party. I was really concerned someone might choke on a baby.
My husband helped me load them up in the car and we prepared to make like babies. Unfortunately, the car didn’t cooperate. Someone (Dayn) accidentally left a light on in the car overnight and drained the battery. After a quick jump, we were off to make the delivery. Dayn drove and while trying to make up for some of the time we lost due to the battery incident he proceeded to take a corner too quickly and dump a couple of the cupcake boxes over on their sides. We arrived safely but I can’t say the same for all of the cupcakes. A handful of them were as smashed as I had been the night before. He insists he wasn’t sabotaging me but preparing me for the unexpected (bygones). It all worked out in the end and we were able to camouflage the blemished cupcakes with their prettier companions.
The sun came out for the shower and the soon to be parents had a lovely time with family and friends. The best news, nobody choked on a baby!