December 4, 2011

Nicole's Baby Shower

Over the weekend I was one of three co-hosts for my good friend Nicole's baby shower (longtime readers should know this is the same Nicole of birthday cake fame and a regular taster of BlB food).

We held the shower at a restaurant in the Ballston area of Arlington, called Rustico, but of course I couldn't help making some baked goods for all our guests.

For favors, I made a gingerbread mama and baby:

Gingerbread Mama and Baby
I used King Arthur Flour's gingerbread cookie recipe, and I don't think I will ever look for another gingerbread recipe in my life. These have just the right amount of spice, the center stays chewy and the edges are crisp. I used KAF's royal icing recipe as well. Meringue powder is really easy to find. I bought mine off of Amazon, but you can find it at AC Moore, or other craft stores that carry Wilton products.

I found the adorable gingerbread cookie cutters at The mama is 4 1/2 inches and the baby is their mini size.

For our dessert I made red velvet cupcakes.

Red Velvet Cupcake
I used the same red velvet cupcake and cream cheese frosting recipe that I used for my friend Amy's bridal shower last year. (If you don't want to click through, the recipe can be found on Simply Recipes.) They were delicious!

Brunch menu and favor
Tower 'o' Cupcakes
Our crafty friend, Michelle, made this adorable diaper cake snowman. Nicole said she doesn't think she can stand to take it apart!

Diaper Snowman
Michelle also made these great, simple centerpieces.

She spraypainted branches silver and hung a couple small ornaments from them. They were pretty and festive!


  1. Enjoyed seeing pics of the baby shower and the creative use of necessary items.Very nice favors and edible too--love those red velvet cupcakes.
    Good work Elisa

  2. A little disappointed the first gingerbread recipe you tried was the best one, I would have liked to dispose of the rejects.

    Everything looks awesome!


  3. Great pictures. Hope the event was enjoyable. I’m going to borrow the idea of your tower of cupcakes for my friend’s wedding reception. The reception party will be held at one of the romantic wedding venues and I’m in charge of bakeries. Cupcakes are my specialty and your tower will make my baking game go a notch higher.