Sugar and Spice Baby Shower

My baby shower was held last weekend and the theme was Sugar and Spice (and Everything Nice cos that’s what little girls are made of).

I couldn’t help myself and had to make some of the treats for the celebration. The rest was made by my mum, my sister and my friend. They did such a great job!

I made the Curried Almonds from the Cooking for Me and You recipe chip and the Cinnamon Donut Cupcakes from the Quirky Cooking cookbook. That was it for my ‘spice’ and everything else I made was all ‘sugar’!

img_0493I also made sugar cookies and used my onesie cookie cutter to match the baby theme. I love this sugar cookie recipe from the Recipe Community. The sugar glaze was the recipe in the Basic Cookbook and I just added pink food colouring powder 🙂

img_0496One of the show stoppers were these Red Velvet mini cupcakes. A colleague actually converted a recipe and replaced the red food colouring with beetroot and raspberries. You can find the recipe on her blog here.

But for the frosting I needed something a bit more stable to pipe with so I converted this recipe and it worked a treat. For the Thermomix conversion I melted the white chocolate for 5min/50C/speed 2. I switched bowls and mixed the cream cheese and butter for 20 sec/speed 5 and then added in the lukewarm chocolate. I then added in the icing sugar gradually on speed 4 and the frosting was done. I spooned it into my Thermomix piping bag (which I am so in love with) and piped my swirls on the cupcakes.

img_0058And the final delight I made was macarons. It was my first time making them since pre-Thermie days and back then it had been a disaster. I found this recipe online by googling ‘Thermomix macarons’ and even read through all the comments which had some handy tips. This recipe is super easy to follow and it is important to keep the macaron shells smalls when you first pipe them out. My trial batch had some mixed sizes and the smaller ones were perfect.

For the ganache filling I found this recipe, again thanks to Google. I was a bit hesitant to try it because of the olive oil but it came out perfectly in the end and you couldn’t even taste the oil.

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I was  tired after making all of these great recipes. Being 35 weeks pregnant will do that. But there is no way I would have even attempted to make so much if I didn’t have a Thermomix. And a big oven!

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