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How to make cupcakes with baby faces – perfect for a baby shower!


Baby Shower Cupcakes on www.tasteandtellblog.com

Everyone out there in blog land is bringing you all kinds of holiday goodies, but I have to be honest – I’m having a hard time getting into the kitchen this year. It’s enough to get dinner on the table. And although I’d love to take wonderful cookie or candy baskets to all of the neighbors, I just don’t think it’s going to happen. And I’m blaming this baby. 8 months pregnant at Christmas time = no energy for all of the fun cooking. I’m really sad about it, and I get jealous reading about all of the goodies on other blogs.

And because I’ve had several inquiries about the pregnancy, and since I don’t have any Christmas cookies to share with you, I’ll talk about baby and these cupcakes I made for my baby shower a few weeks back!!

I officially have 7 weeks to go. But as of my last doctor’s appointment, I was measuring about 2 weeks ahead, so I’m really hoping to have her 2 weeks early. And yes, I’m realizing I always just refer to her as “the baby” but I am having a girl! We couldn’t be more excited – and shopping for little girl clothes is so much fun! But I’m aiming for the 11th of January and sending out all kinds of positive thoughts that she will come those 2 weeks early, because I’m getting quite uncomfortable!!

Everything has been really good. Really, an uneventful pregnancy, which is always a good thing. And thank you for all of your well wishes and inquiries. Right now, I’m just trying to finish up her room and take it easy until she arrives sometime in January.

My family threw me a baby shower a few weeks back, and I volunteered to make cupcakes. My mom thought I was crazy, volunteering to bring something to my own shower, but I really wanted to, so they let me. I originally wanted to make something really fancy and elegant, but then I saw these online and thought they were really cute. Of course, mine didn’t turn out as cute as the ones I saw, but I was still pretty happy with them.

I actually took pictures along the way, which I don’t usually do – and you can probably tell why. The pictures aren’t that great, but if you are ever looking for something for a baby shower, here’s the step by step!

Baby Shower Cupcakes How To on www.tasteandtellblog.com

1 – Make your favorite cupcake and buttercream recipe. I just made a plain vanilla cupcake, and for the frosting just did butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until it came to the consistency I wanted.

2 – Dye the frosting. I used the Wilton paste in “copper” which gave it just the color I was looking for. Frost the cupcakes with the buttercream, reserving a little for the noses.

3 – Pipe on the noses using a small round tip.

4 – To make the base of the pacifiers, melt candy coating in a piping bag. Pipe ovals onto a piece of parchment paper. I did this the night before to give them time to dry. Mine didn’t come out as smooth as I hoped they would, so I actually ended up flipping them over and using the flat side to show, which worked out!
5 – To make the “handle” on the pacifier, you’ll need LifeSavers, or something similar. Since I’m having a girl and wanted pink, I got lucky and was able to find these pink LifeSavers.
6 – Using a bit of melted candy coating, connect the candy to the earlier prepared oval. You can see here how I used the flat back side instead of the top side. They don’t sit flat right now, but you’ll be able to press them into the cupcake.

7 – Melt some chocolate (I used more candy coating) and with a small round tip, pipe on the eyes and mouth. I found it was easier to leave a space in the middle to put in the pacifier. If I made the smile all the way across, the chocolate would break and crack while I was pressing in the pacifier.

8 – Press the pacifier into each of the cupcakes.

9 – On a sheet of parchment paper, pipe the little hair curls. It took me a few to get the hang of this!

10 – Once dry, attach the hair curl by pressing it into the cupcake. And you’re done!!

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53 Responses to Baby Shower Cupcakes

  1. Maria says:

    Those are the cutest cupcakes ever!! So creative!!

  2. Sharon says:

    Those are adorable! Way cute!

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    So cute! You are very creative!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. kat says:

    Those are super cute. I hope all continues well with the baby. Two of my best friends here are due Jan 9th & 14th

  5. Colleen says:

    These are adorable! Best of luck to you in your last several weeks!

  6. Chocolate Shavings says:

    Congratulations on the little girl to come! I made the ricotta cookies after seeing them on your blog (http://ourchocolateshavings.blogspot.com/2008/12/ricotta-and-lemon-cookies-with-lemon.html)
    They were delicious, so thank you! I’m sure you can catch up on all your baking fairly soon, and wish you all the best. Jenn

  7. Kristen says:

    Yay – a girl!! My first was born Jan 8th and was 3 weeks early. All of my kids have been early and at that point I was already impatient! I can’t imagine going full term or over..blargh.
    Those cupcakes are the single most cutest thing I have seen in a very long time! You could sell those! I love them! Great job.

  8. Joy says:

    That’s just super adorable!

  9. RecipeGirl says:

    Great job on these. They’re darling! Best of luck w/ your remaining weeks. You must be terribly excited!

  10. Cassie says:

    Those are absolutely adorable. I’m sending vibes to baby girl telling her to come on 1/11!

  11. Manue says:

    Très très sympa !

  12. mojoann says:

    VERY cute! It’s such a clever idea and yet so simple. Now I just need one of my friends to have a baby so I can use this neat little trick.

  13. Jamie @ Baldwin Bungalow says:

    Those are SO cute! Great job! And congrats on your little girl! I can’t wait to find out what we’re having in a month or two!

  14. Ingrid says:

    Aawww, those are darling!

    Best wishes for a healthy baby girl!
    ~ingrid

  15. Melanie says:

    Ok, those cupcakes are really, really cute! I’m glad your pregnancy is going well…it’s fun that we are due at the exact same time, although you’ll be having a girl and I’ll be having a boy! Good luck with the next few weeks! I know what you mean about low motivation and feeling uncomfortable.

  16. sunita says:

    Those are such cute cupcakes, Deb. All the best for the last few weeks of your pregnancy :-)

  17. Paula says:

    Oooooh, a baby girl!!! What a great way to start of the new year!!! Your cupcakes are darling to behold! Best wishes for a smooth couple of weeks. Just think, this time next year your daughter (doesn’t it sound cool to hear the word “daughter”!) will be getting ready for her first birthday! Hope you and your hubby enjoy your holiday season before your best present ever arrives!

  18. Court says:

    Precious! What a great idea!

  19. Steph says:

    Take it easy girl! Enjoy every second to yourself while you can, because before you know it, your life will be turned upside down. In a good way of course, but just be prepared! That is awesome it has been an uneventful pregnancy, I have been sick for 2 months straight and hoping the end is near soon. I can’t stand it anymore! Good luck with everything!

  20. Sarah says:

    what great shower cupcakes! i will have to file that idea away to use in the future. and so excited for you and your upcoming addition! hope she comes 2 weeks early for you!

  21. glamah16 says:

    You made your shower cupcakes? They ae the most adorable cupcakes I have ever seen.

  22. Joy the Baker says:

    Cutest cupcakes EVER! I haven’t been by in a while. Congratulations on your baby girl!I hope she comes early for you, just as you hope! Happy Holidays!

  23. Abby says:

    They’re adorable and you’re amazing. I wasn’t doing much of anything in June so I admire you! But now? TAKE IT EASY AND REST. You won’t be able to for a looooong time after your little bean gets here! (Trust me.)

  24. noble pig says:

    These are so cute! A girl, yeah! However, I have a Jan 3 rd baby, he was due around the 20th…even though I DID not want to be prego anymore, now I soooo wished he was a Jan 20th baby…the further from the holidays AS POSSIBLE. Everyone is so done with parties and then here I come with another birthday party and more gifts enter the house. I know you want it to be over but I promise you it will be good if it’s not.

  25. Nazarina A says:

    I saw the Wilton ones and let me tell you that you should e-mail them the picture of your attempt. Wilton should put your cute rendition of the cupcakes on their site. I am telling you that they will sell those cupcake pans out so fast or whatever it is they are selling, they will have to pay you! Hope all goes well with you and the baby!

  26. ovenhaven says:

    These are absolutely adorable! I’m sure everyone enjoyed them at the baby shower. Best of luck with the remaining 7 weeks!

  27. Darius T. Williams says:

    LOL – so creative. I’d like to come just to eat some cuppy cakes – lol.

    -DTW
    http://www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

  28. Jenny says:

    Absolutely adorable! Totally have to try these!

  29. LaDue & Crew says:

    Now those are so cute! Great job! Just enjoy what you can of what you have left of your pregnancy… those midnight feedings and diaper changes non-stop don’t allow for coffee breaks!

  30. LaDue & Crew says:

    Now those are so cute! Great job! Just enjoy what you can of what you have left of your pregnancy… those midnight feedings and diaper changes non-stop don’t allow for coffee breaks!

  31. MeetaK says:

    oh these are the cutest cupcakes i have ever seen. a girl – lovely. looking forward to seeing her when she arrives!

  32. Katie says:

    These are so cute!

  33. April says:

    Deborah, these are precious!

  34. Indigo says:

    These are too cute to eat!

  35. Mary says:

    These are just beautiful. You have so much to look forward to. Christmas will happen even if you can’t bake and you’ll get back to the kitchen next year. Just keep thinking about that sweet baby girl soon to come.

  36. Happy cook says:

    I do think they look really beautiful.
    I am so happy to hear that you are going to have a little girl.
    O love girls. When i was pregnant i was praying 24 hrs saying i hope it will be a girl.
    And yes i have a daughter and she is 16 now :-)

  37. Bellini Valli says:

    These are just too sweet for words. A daughter is a precious gift. Mine is 21 now and I couldn’t be happier or prouder than I am still:D

  38. Grace says:

    and what a lucky little girl she’ll be. :)
    great cupcakes, obviously. my favorite part is the little lock of hair. :)

  39. Hillary says:

    Aww so cute! Very creative idea to make the pacifiers. Love these!

  40. Psychgrad says:

    You’re getting close! Very exciting.

    The cupcakes are very cute. Looks like we’ve both got baby showers on the brain.

  41. Sophie says:

    I’m so happy for you! A little girl! Yay! Think of all the cute cupcake outfits you’ll be able to put on her :D. The cupcakes are toooo cute! I’ll have to hold on to this one for when I get around to having a little one :).

  42. Elle says:

    Such darling cupcakes…and perfect for the coming baby girl! Congrats…girls are fun. Hope your cutie comes early. Do rest as much as you can…it is amazing how tired you often get with a newborn…happy, but tired.

  43. Megan says:

    Very very cute!!!

  44. Jennifer says:

    These are absolutely adorable!!!!!!

  45. Kevin says:

    Those cupcakes look great! Nice pacifiers!

  46. Mary says:

    These cupcakes are so cute! I’ll be making them for my sister-in-law’s baby shower in february! They’re having a boy, but I’m sure it can be modified appropriately.

    And hooray for girls born in January! :) I was born on the 20th. I’m glad you’re having a happy and uneventful pregnancy!

  47. Emily says:

    These cupcakes are so cute! You did a great job.

    I can’t believe your eight months pregnant! Wow! Where did the time go? Congrats on the girl.
    I don’t know if congrats is the right thing to say, but, you know what I mean.

  48. shweetpotato says:

    omgosh those are just the cutest lil things hehe :D

  49. kellypea says:

    Starting my much belated trawl through what I’ve missed here. So glad to hear you’re doing well! My oldest was born in Feb, so I understand the discomfort at this time of year. Jan 11 is around the corner. Your cupcakes are beyond darling and so cute in the pink and brown…Love those colors together!

  50. Lynnylu says:

    Lovely cupcakes! Congratulations on your baby girl coming soon.

  51. Stephanie says:

    was the candy coating you used for the mouth/eyes almond bark? or somthing else? i’ve had problems using just melted chocolate… it re-melts and doesn’t stay in its shape!

  52. Talia says:

    Yours are much more beautiful then the ones you found online! I think the beautiful pink musks are the perfect dummies!! (or pacifiers as you call them…!)

  53. Sprinkles says:

    I know this is an old post of yours, but I just wanted to let you know that we loved it and have featured it in our 25 Baby Boy cupcake post, on http://www.partycupcakeideas.com
    Cheers

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