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.
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.
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.