Babyshower cupcakes

I helped to organise a babyshower for my friend Dewi this weekend, well, set up an FB group and volunteered to make the cupcakes. Apart from stupidly parking my bike right outside her apartment which she recognised as she came back home (doh!), the whole thing went very well indeed and we had a great time. Dewi’s baby is a girl so I had to go with the pink theme and decided to make Strawberry Cheesecake, Raspberry Trifle and Rose cupcakes. Of course, I was decorating right up to the wire, and learned a lot about transporting cupcakes in a bakfiets(!) but I was very pleased with how they turned out.

The Strawberry Cheesecake has fresh chopped strawberries baked into the vanilla-flavoured base and is then topped with a cream cheese frosting and decorated with digestive biscuit crumbs (and I added a sliced strawberry for extra colour). Next time, I’ll make them a tad deeper and give them two more minutes in the oven, but they all went fast and I was very pleased with the overall flavour.


Strawberry Cheesecake, Rose, Raspberry Trifle Cupcakes

It's a girl, right?

The Raspberry Trifle was another winner although (sigh) I still have to work out how to thicken the custard more so it stays on the top of the cake. As I was cycling to Dewi’s, I watched several raspberries slide slowly to the edge, so whilst the cupcakes were really delicious, Houston, we have some appearance and transportation problems. The Raspberry Trifle cupcake has a vanilla base which is stuffed with a fresh raspberry, a spoonful of raspberry jam and a squirt of fresh cream custard, and is topped with more custard and a raspberry (note to self, lay the raspberries on their sides next time). They all went very quickly as well…

But, the Rose cupcakes, although looking spectacular with their pink rice-paper rose decorations proved much less popular. I happen to love the taste of Turkish Delight which uses the same rosewater flavouring, but I’m beginning to realise that it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. This is the interesting part of business, no matter how much you might personally like something, if the customers are voting with their feet (and not buying it), then you’d be a fool not to take notice.

So this week I’ll be reviewing the menu and replacing some of the more eclectic flavours (after all, is anyone’s favourite cupcake flavour really Jasmine?), with some more mainstream varieties, but always with a little extra special something I hope…