I haven’t officially announced on my blog yet that my bestie Liz (the beautiful, red-head that is so often my workout partner and bargain shopping-trip partner) is pregnant too and expecting her baby just eight weeks after me! I’ve been waiting for our belly-bump photo shoot, but we haven’t had the chance to do that quite yet. So here’s the official announcement… 😉 My bestie Liz (the beautiful, red-head that is so often my workout partner and bargain shopping-trip partner) is pregnant and expecting her baby just eight weeks after me!!! 🙂
(Since we haven’t done a bump photo-shoot yet, here’s a pic we took during one of our shopping trips last year).
I was thrilled from the onset to be pregnant with my first child. But expecting a baby at the same time as such a close friend has made being pregnant so much more exciting, precious, and hilarious. We talk almost every day on the phone, comparing food cravings, baby kicks, or nursery plans. We encourage each other after a long night of little sleep and laugh when pregnancy brain kicks in and leaves us quite embarrassed… but with a good story to tell.
The simple truth is that being pregnant together has made pregnancy extra fun!
So when Liz’s family threw her a gender-reveal party, and I was asked to bake the gender-reveal cupcakes, I instantly said “yes”! Baking is my passion; and I’m pretty sure that (other than getting paid to write) being paid to bake would be my favorite job ever. AND it was such an honor to be a part of Liz’s special day!!
Granted, as much as I adore cupcakes, I didn’t have a ton of experience baking or decorating them, so a trip to Michael’s craft store for inspiration was a must.
(Which reminds me, I need to add “Take a cake decorating class” to my ‘bucket list’, if it’s not already on there)!
I picked up a few cake decorating tips (the large-mouthed ones that would make for easy piping of frosting), fun cupcake tins, chocolate for melting, a few chocolate molds, and mini Oreo’s.
Then, this past Saturday morning, my kitchen was transformed into a bakery, complete with flour-coated floor and deliciously-sweet smells. After mixing, blending, beating, and baking, I soon had 70 cupcakes cooling on my kitchen table, just waiting for a gender reveal party (and a church outdoor picnic). Seventy, gently-mounded, little cakes just waiting to be nibbled on and devoured. Thirty pieces of molded chocolate, now shaped like hearts and swirls, waiting to add a special touch to a frosted cupcake. 🙂
Oh such sweet, sweet fun!
Liz had given me the top-secret, doctor’s note that revealed whether she was having a boy or a girl, and the plan was to fill the cupcakes with blue frosting (for boy) or pink frosting (for girl). Using a sharp knife, I carefully whittled out a small piece from the top and center of each cupcake and then filled it with the colored frosting. Then, to make sure the surprise wasn’t discovered until the first bite, I replaced the cake ‘cap’ and covered the top of the cupcakes with buttercream frosting.
The note from the doctor said “Girl”, so the frosting was pink! 🙂 YAY!!!
I made three types of frosting (from scratch) and three types of cupcakes (one from scratch, while two were box mixes that I doctored up a bit).
Soooooo, it may be awhile before Nikki’s Cupcakes is taking orders, but you can be sure that I already have a list of must-try cupcakes for the near future! 😉
I think it’d be fun to make a new cupcake every couple of months, at least!!! 🙂
Oh, how I love cupcakes!
And, oh, how I love my friend Liz! I’m soooooo excited for you, Girl!!!!