Kitchen Fail + A Baby Shower

by Heather on September 26, 2010

It seemed simple enough.  Just follow the instructions.

I mean, I was using a candy thermometer for crying out loud.  But I suppose a candy thermometer is only really good if it measures temperatures accurately.

I used Jenna’s Brown Sugar Buttercream recipe, and followed it step by step.  But the syrup hardened too fast, leaving half of it out of the egg whites.  And therefore the buttercream was bland and not sweet.

I freaked out and put it in the freezer just to get away from it.  At least it looked pretty though!

Why was I making Italian buttercream you ask?  I was in charge of cupcakes for the first baby shower I’ve ever hosted, and I had visions of wowing the crowd with my fancy shmancy frosting.  But you know what I found out?  Although I prefer to make my own stuff, canned frosting piped out of a baggie and topped with animal crackers works great too.

Especially when you have both chocolate and cream cheese frosting.  These guys went fast!

The baby shower itself was a blast!  I got to hang out with great friends and celebrate a new life coming into this world very soon…what more could you wish for on a Saturday?

There were beautiful gifts…

Beautiful flowers…

Biscuits (and an egg casserole and hashbrown casserole I made but botched the pictures on…oops…)

Gorgeous fresh fruit…

Baby stuff galore…

But most of we all got to do a little bit to bless one of our beautiful friends with love, laughter, food, and gifts as she and her husband prepare to bring their second baby boy into this world.  And that alone how you make for a perfect Saturday!

I’ll be back later to share my ethnic dish with y’all for the next Foodbuzz Next Food Blog Star challenge!  Stay tuned!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Natalia - a side of simple September 26, 2010

This sounds like a perfect way to spend a Saturday. And those cupcakes are the “icing on the cake!” They’re precious, Heather.


2 Tabitha (From Single to Married) September 26, 2010

oh – I love baby showers!

I know how you feel too. Last night I tried a new recipe and I made sugar cookies and some frosting. The frosting, however, was cream cheese which I normally LOVE but it just didn’t taste right with the sugar cookies. And the sugar cookies were a bit bland. We still ate them. But I didn’t feel bad throwing the rest away (so that I didn’t have temptation lying around the house since I’m trying to lose some baby weight). :)


3 salah@myhealthiestlifestyle September 26, 2010

well, its going to be a looooooooooong while before I have a baby, but I can’t wait for you to throw my baby shower! hahahaha


4 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 26, 2010

Animal crackers on cupcakes is such a cute idea for a babyshower! They look so adorable =)


5 Jessica @ How Sweet September 26, 2010

Oh my gosh I can’t believe that happened…! The cupcakes look super cute though! There have been many times when I’ve destroyed my frosting and piped it out from a can!


6 Matt September 26, 2010

At least it looked good ;)


7 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum September 26, 2010

What a cute idea for the baby shower cupcakes – I love those animal crackers on there! Now I just need to find a friend to throw a baby shower for!


8 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 26, 2010

How cute are those cupcakes! The animal crackers are such a great idea.


9 Mads September 26, 2010

I’m glad to know that even food bloggers have kitchen fails.
I made bison steak last week and promptly threw it in the garbage…Fail!


10 Amy @ Second City Randomness September 26, 2010

I was asked once to do italian buttercream. The cupcake order ended up not working out, but I was looking through recipes and it’s really intimidating!!! I give you points for attempting it!


11 Nienke at Revel September 26, 2010

The cupcakes turned out so darn cute! And I’m sure they still tasted pretty good.

I love showers too – it feels so good to love on a friend. Glad you had a fun Saturday :)


12 bridget September 27, 2010

love it- the bananas still in their peels look so cool- good idea.


13 Judith T. Ayers September 27, 2010

I so enjoy each and every one of your blogs, pictures,
recipes etc. You have a special gift in writing, in that you make your reader feel very connected by your surprises,that bring us into with your stories. I especially enjoyed this one about the shower. Great way to spend a Sat. afternoon.


14 Mary September 28, 2010

You remind me of my husband on the golf course. Sometimes his shots don’t look pretty, but he still shoots par. You botch the frosting, but still make the cupcakes adorable and everything turned out great. You have a gift…keep using it! :)


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