{i am baby} cakes

Today we are celebrating BABIES!

Amanda, the very funny and uber talented cake and cookie creator from i am baker and i am mommy, is expecting a sweet new addition to her family. And he will be arriving very, very soon, all dressed in blue. Yes, a sweet little baby boy.

And because we’re just not able to meet and do this properly in the same room (ohhhh, wouldn’t that be a blast?!), we’re throwing Amanda a virtual baby shower. To show her how much her friendship means to each of us. To give back to Amanda, in appreciation for all she does for others. And to celebrate BABIES!

I love most anything “mini”, and can’t think of anything sweeter than a mini Amanda. So I created these {i am baby} cakes in honor of this baby boy’s birth. Using Amanda’s own homemade cake mix recipe, and the silicone mini cupcake pans that I’m so very fond of when I want the simplicity of no paper cupcake liners, I baked a bunch of miniature cakes. With a swirl of cream cheese frosting tinted blue, and a sprinkling of  pretties over the top by my little girl, our kitchen was happily filled with the soft almond aroma of these little blue baby cakes.

Please JOIN US in celebrating Amanda’s upcoming baby!  All of these blogging friends are sharing something at this virtual baby shower. Just click on their links to see what they’ve created!

Drinks

Add a Pinch – i am baby Shower Punch
TidyMom  – Ducky Bath Blue Punch

Savory Bites

Dine and Dish – Stuffed Mushrooms
GoodLife Eats – Cucumber Sandwich Recipe
My Baking Addiction – Crab Rangoons
Simple Bites – Spring Crudité, Buttermilk-Black Pepper Dip

Desserts

A Farmgirl’s Dabbles – {i am baby} cakes
Bake at 350 – Baby on Board Cookies
Bakers Royale – Baby Shower Cupcakes
Bluebonnets and Brownies – Mini Fruit Pizzas
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen – Homemade Butter Mints
Food for My Family – Baby Shower Macarons
Gourmande in the Kitchen – Chocolate Blueberry Truffles
My Kitchen Addiction – Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
She Wears Many Hats – “B” is for Boy – Itty Bitty Baby Cupcakes
Smith Bites – Strawberries with Brown Sugar Dip
What’s Cooking with Kids – Hamentashen cookies

Last But Not Least

Wenderly – Baby Cards

Amanda’s Homemade White Cake Mix
(print recipe)

2-3/4 c. flour
1-3/4 c. super fine sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 egg whites
1 c. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Preheat oven to 350°.

Prepare mini cupcake pans by lining with paper liners or spraying with cooking spray. If using mini silicone cupcake pans, like I did, be sure to also spray the pans. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, super fine sugar, baking powder, and salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the egg whites, one at a time, until mixed. Add milk, vanilla, and almond extract. A bit at a time, add the sifted dry ingredients, until just mixed.

Fill mini cupcake cups 2/3 full. The silicone mini cupcake pans that I used have a larger cupcake area than my metal mini cupcake pans, and I made some of each. The baking time varied quite a bit, with the larger ones taking 20 minutes and the smaller ones taking 12 minutes to bake.  Just be careful to not overbake, or they will lose their delicious moistness. Keep an eye on them and bake just until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool a minute or so in the pans and then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Source:  i am baker‘s Homemade Cake Mix, adapted with instructions for how I made the mini cupcakes. For Amanda’s full tutorial on storing this recipe as a cake mix (how cool is that?!), and for instructions on baking this in round cake pans, please see her original post titled “Homemade Cake Mix”.

Cream Cheese Frosting
(print recipe)

8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. powdered sugar, sifted
blue food coloring
small white nonpareils
blue sugar pearls

Using an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat just to combine.

Slowly add the sifted powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add food coloring, a bit at a time, until you reach your desired color.

Using a pastry bag fitted with a medium plain round tip (I used Wilton No. 12), pipe frosting on each cupcake. Immediately finish by sprinkling with small white nonpareils and blue sugar pearls.

Source:  a farmgirl’s dabbles

I’m linking up with:

Robyn at Add a Pinch for “Mingle Monday”
Rachel at A Southern Fairytale for “Mouthwatering Monday”
Cindy at Skip to my Lou for “Made By You Monday”
Allison at Alli ‘n Son for “Sweet Tooth Friday”