Bespoke Red Velvet Cupcakes from Sweet Pea Baking, Paris

Red Velvet Cupcakes from Sweet Pea Baking - Not Just Another Milla Red Velvet Cupcakes from Sweet Pea Baking - Not Just Another Milla


A close friend of my mine is expecting her first child, which is so ridiculously exciting! So off I went to Paris for her baby shower thrown by a mutual friend, who we’ve renamed ‘The hostess with the mostest’ after the incredible afternoon she put together. A wonderful shower filled with good friends, cute baby items and oh so delicious food. In the UK, baby showers are still quite a novelty and this was my first.

Red Velvet Cupcakes from Sweet Pea Baking - Not Just Another Milla

I offered to bring cupcakes with the view of baking myself but given that I had a 06h18 train departure from London, that was a wee bit ambitious. Luckily enough, I know the lovely Alisa Morov, domestic goddess & owner of Sweet Pea Baking and author of numerous baking books. I’ve sampled Alisa cakes at friends’ parties and picnics, and there may have been an evening when I ate three-quarters of a large cake… I blame the icing. Anyhow, I sent Alisa my ideas and we emailed a couple of times with the particulars (date, price, quantity etc) and so on et voilà, this is what she came up with. Look at those cupcakes, rainbow sprinkles et al! Beautiful and very professional.

Red Velvet Cupcakes from Sweet Pea Baking - Not Just Another Milla

I love red velvet cupcakes and they went so well with the rainbow-themed shower. To be honest, I’m still dreaming about the cream cheese icing: it was so light and mousse-like with a very delicate sweetness. Who knew cream cheese could be as light as air! I’ve never had icing like that before and I feel no shame in admitting that yes, I ate two. I would have easily eaten another two but my fellow guests selfishly wanted to try as well… We may not know Baby T’s gender, but I think we can all agree that he or she has amazing taste in cupcakes!

The only downside is that Alisa is based in Paris and I am not. Clearly this needs to be rectified. 

Alisa Morov
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  1. 23 July 2012 / 09:45

    Aaw you were an amazingly generous guest, and earned eleventy billion extra points for bringing those DELICIOUS cupcakes!! I’m with you about the icing, it was extraordinary to put it mildly.

    • Not Just Another Milla
      23 July 2012 / 20:42

      Well, Made Mostest, I’m glad you liked the cupcakes. Thanks again for an amazing afternoon. x

  2. 23 July 2012 / 11:03

    Those cupcakes look absolutley divine. One to track down when next in Paris!

    • Not Just Another Milla
      23 July 2012 / 20:41

      Definitely put Sweet Pea Baking on your Paris list!

    • Not Just Another Milla
      23 July 2012 / 20:41

      Thanks for your comment! I’m determined to get my hands on some more! x

  3. 23 July 2012 / 13:06

    Two things I took from this post: baby showers aren’t common in England and the word bespoke. I thought baby showers were a common thing in Western countries…good to know! The word bespoke amuses me to no end. I don’t know why but it does. I only just learned it and have been wondering for ages what it meant! Custom made for those North Americans out there!
    These sound amazing-I adore a cream cheese frosting AND red velvet cupcakes. Unfortunately I’m allergic to dairy and both the red colouring of the cupcakes. So worth the trouble though!
    As I won’t be able to attend my best friend’s baby shower, I’ll take tips on how to help from afar because obviously you know what you’re doing!

    • Not Just Another Milla
      23 July 2012 / 20:39

      Baby showers are even rarer in France than in the UK. In the UK, we give presents when the baby is born – almost like an unveiling of the baby. We need to change that ‘learned’ into ‘learnt’ and then I’ll be super happy :-)! And what is all this talk about ‘frosting’?! Ha, British English baby!

      Sorry you’ll miss your best friend’s shower. Send her a bespoke present!

      PS – I want to make you my famous (not really but play along) cheesecake though given that we both have dairy issues, maybe not…

      • 23 July 2012 / 22:34

        Crap I originally had “learnt” but then changed it! Couldn’t remember which one and didn’t want to have it wrong-should have googled it!
        Don’t worry I have her bespoke present already planned! Just waiting to hear if girl or boy.
        I am in for this cheesecake! Screw the consequences!

        • Not Just Another Milla
          24 July 2012 / 08:36

          The fact that you even know that ‘learnt’ is a word is good enough for me. Yay, cheesecake for everybody!

  4. 23 July 2012 / 18:45

    Did Alisa make her chocolate cookies? Those are just lovely!

    • Not Just Another Milla
      23 July 2012 / 20:02

      No, I only ordered cupcakes. They were so good!

  5. 24 July 2012 / 05:32

    Your photography has improved tremendously! So proud :’) Isnt natural light wonderful?

    And icing that is light as air? I must try Alisa’s cupcakes.

    PS: Not a really smart idea to read this before lunch. I need food now.

    • Not Just Another Milla
      24 July 2012 / 08:32

      What a compliment coming from you, thank you Aggie! I’m trying to get the best out of my camera… When you visit Paris, I have an idea of what we’ll be eating… 🙂

  6. 24 July 2012 / 07:49

    Wow it looks so yummy and also so pretty! Sounds like a great shower and I’m sure your cupcakes makes everyone happier 🙂 xo akiko
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    • Not Just Another Milla
      24 July 2012 / 08:33

      They were so delicious. I’m scared to buy cupcakes anywhere in London now because I don’t think they’ll measure up. x

  7. 24 July 2012 / 19:58

    What a sweet and thoughtful friend you are .. and those look not only pretty but I bet they melt on the tongue the moment they hit! Again, you travelista who’s seen the world, filled us in on once more something new … like the difference in the giving of baby showers! Who knew? Now I do! Thanks for your sweet words this week, Milla ~ always a treat.

    ~ Illustrator Sandy M

  8. 25 July 2012 / 21:57

    I looove cupcakes! That reminds me that here is a shop in Covent Garden that is supposed to have really nice ones, can’t remember the name of it…need to check that some day 🙂

    • Not Just Another Milla
      6 August 2012 / 11:04

      I have yet to have amazing cupcakes in London so if you remember the name, please let me know! Some times, I’m craving a sweet treat but have no idea where to find a good bakery.

  9. mpchouchou
    27 July 2012 / 22:56

    It’s so interesting that baby showers aren’t international- I just assumed they were, haha. I was at one recently with someone from Israel and she was full of questions about the traditions and gift process. I have heard tale of people here even having multiple showers for multiple babies which sounds like a major faux pas to me. Any who, thanks for your sweet comments as always, and those cupcakes look killer! They are my go-to purchase when I don’t have time to bake too. Luckily there is a cute shop up the street from the new house!

    • Not Just Another Milla
      6 August 2012 / 12:29

      Collectively being able to share in our friends joy was worth breaking tradition for. She is so ridiculously wonderful and it was worth breaking British tradition for.

      Multiple showers? My goodness, have people no shame. I was talking to friends about baby showers following my new experience. All of them found the very notion quite offensive and one friend point blank refuses to go to them. In the UK, the only time you have a registry is for a wedding and even then, it is (sort of) frowned upon, even though many shops provide the service. The very idea of asking for presents just doesn’t sit well with us. Post-birth, we meet the baby and bring presents for the little one and his/her parents. I will never buy anything from a registry – I choose something I think my friends will like and appreciate as I did with the presents I gave at this shower.

  10. 21 December 2012 / 18:24

    I am so so pleased that you liked the cupcakes and so so flattered and touched by your gorgeous blog post. xoxoxo

    • Not Just Another Milla
      14 January 2013 / 14:51

      Like them? I still dream of those cupcakes. xx

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