Saturday, October 22, 2011

Several of my expat friends here in Istanbul are pregnant.

Of course that means baby showers are happening in all their pink, blue, yellow and green glory!

And that’s what I’ve been up to this week in the kitchen as well - the reason for my blog absence. I've been mixing cake batters, baking cakes, whipping up frostings and perfecting the decorations - and then all the dishes!

For two of my girlfriends, I made a large, round cake - vanilla sponge cake with Meyer Lemon curd and vanilla bean buttercream icing.
Pink fondant hearts for the baby girl and blue ones for the baby boy.
Vanilla sponge cake filled with Meyer Lemon curd and vanilla bean buttercream icing.
Then, for my French friends, today I made happy and sleeping baby boys and girls out of vanilla cupcakes filled with the same tangy lemon curd. Aren’t they just the cutest?
Happy and sleepy baby boys and girls cupcakes.
Sleepy baby girl cupcakes
Happy baby boy cupcakes
It’s been fun to celebrate my friends’ happiness, and I can’t wait to meet their new bundle of joys soon!

Congrats to all the moms-to-be out there!

After all this baking, I think I deserve a weekend break. 

Here's my tangy lemon curd recipe I used in the cakes for my friends.

The decorated table at one of the baby showers complete with the cupcakes as the centerpieces.

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Cuisine de Provence said...

How lovely, those cakes are adorable!

Joy said...

Thank you! Happy to share my love of baking with my friends. =)

Kim, Living to Seas the Moment said...

So original! I am sure your friends loved their shower(s) and appreciated all of your labor of love!

Ellyce said...

A "labor" of love.

Terry (Adventures in Ankara) said...

Hi Joy! I was just researching Turkish baby showers, and came across you! Oh, how I wish you were here! I would love one of your cakes for an upcoming shower!

Joy said...

@Terry, thank you! Sorry the cakes won't ship that well to Ankara. ;-) I also make some evil eye cupcakes (with fondant) for my friend's daughter's 1st birthday this summer. Super cute!