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The mother of all baby showers

kitchengoddess's picture

The mother of all baby showers (post #71640)

At last I am sitting down to report back.  It feels like eons since I posted.  I threw a baby shower for my best friend and of course made everything from scratch.  We had about 30 ppl and it was busy prep but it all turned out beautifully.

I decided to make the croquembouche.  I didn't cook the puffs long enough so most of them didn't puff as much as they should but it still turned out beautifully and they tasted really good.  I know now for next time that the puffs need to cook a bit longer.

My good friend helped me make signs for the food and it all looked really pretty.

Will try to get back into the swing of things and post more often.

Here is the menu:

Lemon Dill Dip

White Bean Dip

Cheddar Cayenne Coins

Parmesan Cayenne Coins



Savoury cheesecake puffs


Cocoa Canoli Cake (no picture, sorry :( )




Pielove's picture

hello baby! (post #71640, reply #1 of 8)

Hey, that sounds great!  I love those cheese coins-- they are like grown-up cheezits.  So, that cocoa cannoli cake... sounds amazing!

I was supposed to make carrot cake cupcakes for a baby shower last weekend, but the baby came 5 weeks early!  Mom and baby are home and healthy, so I will bring them some soup and cornbread tomorrow. Mom is vegetarian, so I was thinking black bean soup. She would've loved your baby shower!

It's great to "see" you-- things do get busy though! I have a sore tooth that is making it hard to chew, so I haven't been in the mood to cook-- dentist can't find anything wrong.  Maybe some soft food...

Cheers, Jen

kitchengoddess's picture

Cake Recipe (post #71640, reply #2 of 8)

Here is the recipe for the cake

I liked that it was make ahead.  One thing I'll say is once you make the filling chill it for at least 1hr.  It is very, very runny when you make it and it says to fill the cake right away!! I started to pour it and then half way decided to chill it. It spilt all over the sides, it still looked good though.

Oh my! 5 weeks early.  I am so glad that didn't happen to my friend because I precisely held off until she was 35 weeks along to throw her the shower.

Cornbread and black bean soup sounds like nice comfort food.

You have a sore tooth, I have a sore throat...let's just call it a day and go back to bed, shall we? :P

PS. Could you see these pictures?

Pielove's picture

cake (post #71640, reply #3 of 8)

Thanks for the cake recipe!  

5 weeks early was a surprise, but the baby was over 6 pounds and 20 inches long, so he was pretty well ready! I saw him today and he is the most beautiful little thing! We will do the shower as a "meet the baby" party in a couple of weeks. Should be jolly-- maybe I should try out the cupcake recipe.

Ha, I hope your sore throat feels better!  My tooth is doing better, so I am eyeing FC for some inspiration.  The weather here is perfect for cooking too! 

Cheers, Jen

P.S. No, I couldn't see these photos, but the ones in the other thread did come through.

rickymartin's picture

cheese cake puffs (post #71640, reply #4 of 8)

Your cheese cake puffs looks awesome. I'll also show it to my  friend ,not only show i'll give them treet.



ICDOCEAN1's picture

Fantastic! (post #71640, reply #5 of 8)

I really need to find the savory cheese puff recipes, great job on the shower.

I forgot to add that since the great cream puff episode from cook the issue, I've not made them again, but did notice in some store or other that ready made puffs are available...might try that next time less work.

kitchengoddess's picture

Recipe? (post #71640, reply #6 of 8)

Do you want me to post the recipe I used? it was really easy and I have to admit that hot from the oven were way better than room temperature.

Yeah, pre-made puffs would certainly be easier...I think I will give just the puff recipe another try and serve with ice cream this summer...let's see if I get around to it.

ICDOCEAN1's picture

Puffs (post #71640, reply #7 of 8)

Yes, absolutely...I have been eyeballing all kinds of miniature things made in muffin tines etc.  My last success was a crab rangoon that was not fried and I baked them in mini tins.

Sorry can't post pictures, will try later...

kitchengoddess's picture

here you go! (post #71640, reply #8 of 8)

Here it is. They were really easy to make. The only thing was that I used muffin liners to make clean up easier but they did stick to the liners a bit. :(