Baby Shower Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes and Lemon Velvet Cake with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

Baking date: July 21, 2017

A friend commissioned me to make 60 cupcakes for her daughter’s baby shower. I had made cupcakes for her bridal shower two years earlier, and a gender “reveal” cake when her daughter became pregnant. The the mom-to-be again requested the fresh strawberry cupcakes with buttercream frosting for her baby shower.

I told them I would make a cake as my gift to the bride. We decided on a lemon velvet cake with raspberry buttercream frosting.

The theme of the shower included elephants and the colors pink and grey. The grandma-to-be purchased pink polka dot cupcake liners, elephant cupcake toppers in pink/grey and pink/grey zigzag, and other shapes, as well as a cake topper. Links included to show samples; I can’t vouch for the vendors since I do not know where grandma-to-be purchased them.

The website for this cake topper wouldn’t load, so here’s a picture:

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For the cupcakes, I pulled out my big gun of a cupcake pan. This was the last of the batter going into the oven:

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The cupcakes were topped with a swirl of buttercream frosting. I then added pink and silver sugar pearls around the cupcake, and then topped them with the cupcake toppers that had been hot glued onto toothpicks.

Here are the cupcakes:

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Then it was on to the cake. I will say that I tasted the batter before I cooked it. It didn’t taste real lemony to me, so I squeezed some fresh lemon juice into the batter, in addition to the lemon zest and the lemon extract.

The raspberry buttercream recipe — holy cow — it makes a ton! This was the cake and the frosting before I got started:

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I tried a buttercream smoothing technique I saw on YouTube. I had placed the cake in the frig, so it took a bit longer and I never did get it completely smooth. In the future, I’d ice the cake and let it “crust” at room temperature, and then do this technique with the Viva paper towel and the fondant smoother.  I should have taken a before and after picture because it did help smooth out the frosting. Here’s the after:

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Around the base of the cake, I piped on bursts, and added a large white sugar pearl in the center of each burst. Finally, I spelled the baby’s name with raspberry buttercream piped on candy melt circles in bright white that I added some black color to in order to get a grey.

Here’s all of the sugar, ready to be delivered to the party:

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Here’s the table full of goodies:
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Congrats Kaitlyn and Kevin – we can’t wait to meet baby Hannah!

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Photo courtesy of Lidia Miller Photography.

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Stars and Stripes Cupcakes

Baking date: July 4, 2015

I subscribe to Food Network magazine. In the July issue, there were a number of red, white, and blue dessert inspiration recipes. One that caught my eye was a photo and recipe for Stars and Stripes cupcakes. Here’s the inspiration photo:

Inspiration photo from Food Network

Inspiration photo from Food Network

I decided I wanted to try the cupcakes. The only drawback – with raspberry flavor in the icing, I knew my boys wouldn’t eat them. No worries — I have plenty of taste testers in my community who are happy to try new recipes for me!

I made the candy melt stars first. I used wax paper instead of parchment paper, but that worked just fine. Here are the stars:

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To give them some extra pizzazz, I brushed on edible white shimmer dust. I used the extra stars on a July 4 cake I made.

I bought the Wilton ColorSwirl 3-Color Coupler to be able to easily swirl on the two colors. I added red and white sugar sprinkles on my cupcakes for some extra sparkle. Then, I placed a candy melt star on the side of each cupcake.

This is what my cupcakes looked like:IMG_0173

Here’s a view up close:

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I delivered the cupcakes to a couple who we are friends with through baseball. Both of their teenage kids are in Arizona visiting their grandmother for a month, so I thought something sweet would help with the “empty nester” syndrome they have been experiencing.

One of my husband’s cousins and I always joke around about those “nailed it” memes out there when it comes to desserts. But for this one, I feel like I can safely say I definitely nailed it!

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