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Treats for a Baby Shower

Treats for a Baby Shower

Over the weekend I was hired to make treats for a baby shower! This was my first “real” baking job:) It was tons of fun!

I made little lemon cakes for everyone to sample at the shower. I used my mini cake pan with fun shapes from Williams Sonoma. The cakes were adorable, and really tasty too! I snuck a sample:) I think mini desserts are perfect for showers and parties.

I also made three kinds of cookies to put in treat bags for everyone to take home. I decided on chocolate chip cookies with pink M&M’s (she is having a girl), chewy chocolate cookies with white chocolate chunks, and my lime coconut snowballs. I packaged them in cute little bags, with pink ribbon, and threw in some pink caramel kisses for color and fun!

I had a blast baking for this shower!! Click on the cookies above for the recipes and the lemon cake recipe is below. You can make this in a loaf pan, but the minis were so cute!! You can use a mini muffin pan if you don’t have a fancy shaped mini pan, both will work wonders!

Lemon Loaf Cake or Mini Cakes

Adapted From Barefoot Contessa


1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 C. plain whole-milk yogurt (I used sour cream)
1 1/3 C. sugar, divided
3 extra-large eggs
2 tsp. grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 C. vegetable oil ( I used canola oil)
1/3 C. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 C. confectioners’ sugar
2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan or mini muffin pan, or mini shaped cake pan! You can use any pan for this cake!

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes for the loaf cake or about 20 minutes for the mini muffin cakes. Test with a tooth pick. If it comes out clean, they are done! If you are doing the minis it makes a ton. I baked one pan and then another. So I got about 60 mini cakes!

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 C. lemon juice and remaining 1/3 C. sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake or mini cakes are done, allow them to cool for about ten minutes. I poke little holes in the cake or mini cakes with a toothpick so the juice can be soaked up. Next, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake or minis and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake or mini cakes. Serve!

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50 Responses to “Treats for a Baby Shower”

  1. Culinarywannabe — January 26, 2009 @ 9:29 am

    What precious little baby cakes!! They really turned out great! I’m sure the mom-to-be was just thrilled!

  2. Erica — January 26, 2009 @ 9:39 am

    Great work! We are having my sisters baby showers soon and you may have inspired me to make all of the favors!

  3. Amy Beatty — January 26, 2009 @ 9:44 am

    Fun. that is the perfect job for you .

  4. Rachel — January 26, 2009 @ 9:45 am

    They look adorable!!!

    The cookies are making me so hungry…for sweets! I haven’t had any in over a week; I love losing weight but I hate this part of it!

  5. Colleen — January 26, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    These are adorable – great job! This is my favorite lemon cake recipe from Ina and I love your idea to make them into smaller portions!

  6. Aggie — January 26, 2009 @ 9:55 am

    Oh I love those little baby cakes!! And all those cookies, especially those snowballs!! What fun, great job Maria!

  7. Deborah — January 26, 2009 @ 10:15 am

    How fun! They are adorable!

  8. Barbara Bakes — January 26, 2009 @ 10:22 am

    Congratulations – looks like you did a fabulous job! I love lemon cake. I’ll have to try this version!

  9. Kelley Flint — January 26, 2009 @ 10:43 am

    Looks way cute. I”m sure they were a hit.

  10. Meg — January 26, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    What a fabulous job! All the treats look amazing!

  11. Beth — January 26, 2009 @ 11:19 am

    They all sound yummy

  12. Cathy — January 26, 2009 @ 11:33 am

    Oh, lucky mommy-to-be to have you be the one to bake for her shower! Your treats are just precious, and I have no doubt that they were delicious, too! I love the idea of doing minis for a baby shower. I wish that most of my friends weren’t done having babies. I’m going to have to go looking for some friends about 10 years younger than me so that I can do some baby shower baking :-)

  13. Navita — January 26, 2009 @ 11:43 am

    I like everything mini..n this seems like a great gift idea.

    will try these for sure Maria. :)

  14. Reeni♥ — January 26, 2009 @ 11:48 am

    How cute!!! You did an awesome job with it!

  15. Nicole — January 26, 2009 @ 11:56 am

    those are so cute…. you really need to start your own little business or something and do this full time. you are an amazing cook!!! Love ya and miss you!

  16. Pam — January 26, 2009 @ 12:02 pm

    What cute and tasty cakes. The cookies are also looking delicious.

    I love the new layout.

  17. Mary — January 26, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

    What a fabulous job! I’m sure the mom-to-be was thrilled.

  18. Rosa's Yummy Yums — January 26, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

    Pretty! These cookies look perfect and so dainty!



  19. tiff snedaker — January 26, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

    Yum! I am totally going to have to try those lemon loaf cakes! They look delicious

  20. Gabe's Girl — January 26, 2009 @ 12:46 pm


  21. Grace — January 26, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

    good stuff, maria! you’ll be a hot commodity now. :)
    i particularly love the mini cakes–the easier they are to eat, the better. :)

  22. Liz — January 26, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

    Your blog is so refreshing, I have given you the Lemonade Award! See my blog for details!

  23. ttfn300 — January 26, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

    how lovely!!

  24. Usha — January 26, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

    Wow, everything looks awesome !

  25. Jinii — January 26, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

    I was at the shower and got your card from Jami. I have to say it was all so yummy! I can’t wait to try so of your recipes!

  26. Allie — January 26, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

    Super cute!

  27. Maria — January 26, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

    Thanks for the comments! I too loved the mini cakes!!

    I wish I could bake full time, but I do have a job that takes up most of my time, bummer! Maybe someday:)

    Jinni-Thanks for visiting our blog. I am glad you enjoyed the treats and had fun at the shower!

  28. Natashya — January 26, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

    Awesome! Congratulations.
    Love the mini cakes – is that the petit fours or the tea cakes pan?

  29. Maria — January 26, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

    I used the tea cake pan from WS, but I am sure you could use the petit four..or a mini muffin pan!

  30. Annie — January 26, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

    Congratulations on your first baking job!! Sounds like you had a lot of fun. The cakes are adorable and the cookies are a perfect idea for treats to bring home.
    If I ever have a baby, I’m hiring you! 😉

  31. Jan — January 26, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

    Your little gift bags look lovely, Maria. Great job!

  32. Lucy — January 26, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

    Oh Maria, these treats look so good!! We’ll be having my DIL’s BS next month and I’ll be baking up some goodies too, thanks for the inspiration 😉

  33. Girl Japan — January 26, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

    YAY! Congrats on your first paid baking job, and those chookies (the dark chewy) are my fav and the little petite cakes… adorable..

    I have a question though.. can you help point me to where I can find those cake pans and the damask bags for baked goodies?

  34. Priscilla — January 26, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

    I am going to try your lemon cakes for sure, they look sooo good!

  35. Maria — January 26, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

    Girl japan- the pan is from Williams somoma and the bags are from a paper/party store! I hope you can find them!

  36. Sara — January 26, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

    Everything looks beautiful, I have that same cake pan!

  37. Bridgett — January 26, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

    Those turned out beautifully! I love being hired to do fun jobs like that.

  38. Bunny — January 26, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

    Everything looks so good, you’re gonna be very busy baking with treats that look this good!

  39. Dee — January 26, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

    Oh, these look great! Wish we could find pink M&Ms here.

  40. Kathy_in_Colorado — January 26, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

    Wonderful treats! Great choices – I appreciate the recipes and want to make them all and definitely the lime snowballs


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