James & Julie’s Baby Shower

Congratulations to my friends James & Julie and to their soon-to-be baby boy, Oliver. Last weekend they have a wonderful coed baby shower. Loved the decor and the amazing food and treats put together by their family and friends. They had fresh spring flowers in clear mason jars filled with some lemons for the center pieces on the tables out in their yard.

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They also had a photo booth with fun props courtesy of LA & OC Photobooth. For food there was meatball sliders, mini croissant sandwiches, and mimosas.Their delicious dessert bar had a centerpiece which was an adorable turtle themed layered cake composed of diapers.

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I was in charge of bringing 2 flavors of macarons and cupcakes for about 50 people. I threw out a few flavors ideas that I was familiar with and James picked out pineapple upside down & vanilla chai cupcakes. For the macarons, I personally love pistachio and for a fruity flavor I thought of doing raspberry. I’ve previously made 100 macarons for another friend’s birthday party so I was confident in completing these 100 mini macarons. However I’ve never made 100 cupcakes prior to this event, but it was a challenge I was willing to accept.

Weeks prior to the event, I went ahead and tested out some different recipes for the vanilla chai cupcakes and gravitated to this one recipe I found, added some of my personal tweaks, and created my own recipe for the frosting. The results turned out to be one of my new personal favorite cupcakes. They were soft and moist and had the perfect amount of spices and sweetness, giving them a nice balance. The smell of these cupcakes filled my apartment and reminded me of Autumn.

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As for the pineapple upside down cupcakes, I had made this flavor before, but wanted to make it better. I based it off of this recipe I found on the web but changed the amount of sugar, added pecans, and some caramel brulee topping. The final product was beautiful and tasted amazing. I love pineapples and the crunch that the caramel brulee added was just right. My boyfriend’s mom was at our apartment at the time and giving me the saddest puppy face until I handed her a couple of these bad boys. How could I leave her hanging?

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The macarons were no trouble this time around for me. I made 50 of each flavor, pistachio and raspberry. As far as the fillings were concerned, I love using a Swiss meringue buttercream due to the delicate flavor it brings to the macarons. The problem with using it is it tends to soften and melt over time in room temperature. Therefore I wanted to be on the safe side and make sure I used a chocolate ganache for at least one of the macarons. So I paired up the raspberry with some raspberry jam infused white chocolate ganache and the pistachio with a pistachio flavored buttercream. I just had to make sure to tell the hostess of the party that they should keep the macarons in the fridge/freezer prior to serving. I think these were the only dessert on the table that were completely devoured. No, macaron left behind.

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The rest of the day was fun filled with such clever games inspired from The Price is Right, real life simulation of feeding a baby, diaper raffles, baby themed crossword puzzles, a turtle pinata for the kids, and so much more. Whew, what a great baby shower! After the event was over I received and email from one of the hostesses saying, “Your macarons were great. Can’t wait to order from you again! They were a hit and the most popular dessert!” That alone made my week. I’m so glad I could have been a part of such an ocassion and I can’t wait to meet little Oliver in person. Congrats again guys! =D

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