We hosted a couple’s baby shower on Saturday for some friend’s in our Bible Study and it was so much fun. Very different to ladies only, but so much fun. When it’s just ladies, the Mama-to-be opens the gifts while the seasoned moms chime in about each product and it’s different uses along with tips and tricks. I think it is great to include the dads although, some of the advice (like how to make padsickles) that other mom’s share when it’s just ladies are really good to know but they keep quiet when the guys are around.
As you know by now, I had all the plans to make muffins, scones and cupcakes, but I only managed to do the cupcakes. We woke up on the Saturday morning and all the balloons had gone flat, which I paid waaaay too much for, so Daniel went on a mission to try to get the store to give me some replacements (they didn’t), as they didn’t mention they only last for 6-8 hours. I probably should have known that fact, but it’s one of the rare things I haven’t actually Googled. Anyway, two of the other ladies from our Bible Study helped host by bringing food, helping set up and organizing the games.
We played an Emoji children’s book guessing game and it was much harder than I thought! We also played a baby link pick up game with chop sticks and it was hilarious. You had to see how many links you could pick up in a minute and the mama-to-be ended up winning, getting down on her knees with her baby bump!
I was a little concerned about Ollie’s nap as it was going to be right in the middle of the shower and you know he makes it known that he is not going down without a fight, but he was so tired from all the business of the morning that Daniel put him down no problem. There may have been extra singing, rocking and patting but it was a special case so you do what you have to do.
I made the cupcakes and was very happy with them but the vanilla icing was a little too drippy to make nice swirls with that icing bag thingy-ma-jig. I decided to do some vanilla and some chocolate icing, and I think the chocolate icing with the cocoa was a little thicker and would have done better in the icing bag to make the nice swirl, but I was out of time so I just slapped it on and added a cute white flower for decoration.
The Joy Of Vegan Baking's Vanilla Cupcakes
- 1 ½ tsp Ener-G egg replacer powder
- 2 TBSP lukewarm water
- 1 ¼ cups non-dairy milk I used unsweetened vanilla almond
- ½ cup water divided
- ½ vegan butter softened (I use Earth Balance)
- 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar (original recipe calls for 1 ½)
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups all purpose flour sifted
- 2 ½ tsp baking powder I use extra strength
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup non-dairy butter at room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 TBSP non-dairy milk or more as needed
- ¼ cup cocoa optional for chocolate frosting
Preheat the oven at 375℉/190℃. Grease the muffin tins lightly or line it with paper liners. I greased the paper liners lightly.
Whip the egg replacer powder and 2 tablespoons of water, preferably in a blender or with an electric mixer. The mixture should be frothy.
Add the non-dairy milk and ¼ cup of water to the egg replacer mixture and stir it well. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and remaining ¼ cup of water to the butter and sugar mixture, and beat well.
Combine the egg replacer mixture and butter + sugar mixture together and mix just until combined. Set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Slowly add the flour mixture little by little to the wet mixture as you mix with an electric beater until combined.
Fill the cupcake cups with the batter and bake for 20-30 minutes (mine took about 25 minutes) or until a toothpick or thin knife comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and place them on a wire rack to cool. Frost after cupcakes have completely cooled.
Buttercream or Chocolate Frosting
Cream the butter with an electric hand mixer until smooth. Add the powdered sugar slowly with the mixer on low speed.
Add the vanilla, milk and cocoa (if using) and beat well. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy.
*The frosting can be stored in the fridge until you need it. Just re-whip before using.
Enjoy these, they are delicious!
What was your baby shower like? Ladies only or couple’s?
Are you team vanilla or chocolate frosting?