We had a lot of babies popping out this last month from co-workers. I did my cute baby gifts and office door decorations which is always a blast. One of our groups wanted to do a baby shower for their guy who just had a beautiful little girl. It wasn’t going to be anything fancy and at the office but still wanted to make some fun goodies.
I made 3 flavors of cupcakes; strawberry, white cake and carrot cake. Of course, I needed to add some chocolate decorations to the top. I made a pacifier, a baby bottle and pink teddy bear. The easiest way to do this is to find cute baby things (Google.com – Baby Stuff) and copy to PowerPoint or Word or just print. Stretch out to the size you want to do and repeat to get about 8 – 10 on one sheet.
I put my patterns below but you can do just about anything. If your plates and napkins have a certain design then use those. You can make a copy on your printer and put your wax paper on top (use some double sided tape to keep it from slipping). When you are ready to apply your chocolate, tape some wax paper on top of your print-out pattern and draw with your chocolate. Microwave your chocolate in a Ziplock bag for 1 minute, knead the bag and microwave for another 30 seconds. Cut a small tip off one corner and start piping. Be sure to do each part separately then let set before moving onto the next or your chocolate will run into each other. If you are going to add sugar sprinkles you’ll need to do that with each section before the chocolate sets.
Another thing that is really fun to do and not that hard is to make baby faces. You can make these out of cake balls but I like making them out of candies since my group likes those best. I made half cookie dough candy and half out of maple/walnut fudge (recipes below). I used mini cupcake wrappers as the caps using the pink for the cookie dough and purple for the maple/walnut fudge. I wanted to make different faces for these instead of the same face. It helped to Google “baby faces” so I could get a variety of looks. If you have the time and like making pastries, I’ve made eclairs and iced them (like a folded blanket) with pink and blue icing then put one of the candy baby heads on the top/end. They came out so cute! Looked like a baby bundled in a blanket. I don’t have pictures (darn it!) since that was quite a few years ago. I’ll have to do those again one day and post them!!
And, since there are usually several choices, and I have to repeat myself over and over, I made a little flyer so everyone can tell what is what. I took some pictures of my finished cupcakes and a few each of the baby faces candies and downloaded them to my computer. Of course, that doesn’t always work since I still ended up telling everyone anyway. The new Mommy and Daddy did take the flyer to put in their baby book so it still worked out!!
It’s always fun to add little touches to make something special to and bring on a smile. Sometimes it’s the smallest thing that makes the biggest difference.
Cookie Dough Candy
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar till light and fluffy. Add the flour, milk and vanilla; mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans. Shape into 1-inch balls (or your desired shape or size); place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet or plate. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm. Use your desired melting chocolates, melt and dip balls into chocolate and let set. Decorate!!
Easy Maple/Walnut Microwave Fudge
1 (16 oz) package powder sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon maple extract
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup walnuts
- Sift the powdered sugar into a large, microwave-safe bowl. Add the milk, maple extract, and butter to the bowl, but do not stir.
- Heat in microwave on full power for 3 minutes.
- Stir to mix. Add the walnuts and continue to stir to thicken a bit more; shape into balls and set on wax paper. You can chill these for 30 mins then dip in melted chocolate!!