For a baby shower dessert to be a hit it needs two things: great taste and clever presentation, neither of which needs to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are five desserts sure to please your guests.
1. Hand-dipped Graham Cracker Presents
You might think that hand-dipping graham crackers is hard, but it really isn’t. For a perfectly dipped graham cracker, place it on the inner side of a potato masher and dip into colored white chocolate. Allow it to drip momentarily before sliding it onto wax paper. Once the chocolate has set, add ribbon and a bow with fondant, candy ribbon, piped icing or an actual ribbon and bow.
2. Fruit Pacifier Tarts
Simply use tart shells, vanilla or lemon pudding, kiwi and cantaloupe. After filling the shells with pudding, add a slice of kiwi with a small cantaloupe ball in the center to resemble a pacifier. Hold the pieces together by brushing on a glaze made from apple jelly warmed until fluid. This will harden and give the tart a glossy appearance.
3. Banana Cream Baby Food Parfait
This easy and cute dessert is accomplished by layering banana pudding and whipped cream in clear baby food jars. For a light, airy pudding, whip in your best commercial blender. Decorate with a printed adhesive label and a vanilla wafer with a baby’s face and curlicue piped in dark chocolate. Complete the look with a spoon tied to the side of the jar with ribbon.
4. Fudge Rattle Pops
Use a cookie-cutter to create fudge circles and then insert a lollipop stick. Dip the fudge circle into colored white chocolate and place on a paper cupcake sleeve. You can then pipe designs with more colored white chocolate or baby-theme candy pieces. Put in the fridge to set and just before serving, tie a ribbon bow to the stick and pop a gumdrop on the end.
5. Ring-Stacking Toy Cupcake Croquembouche
A traditional croquembouche is a cone-shaped dessert made using puff pastries, but cupcakes are just more fun. You will need a Styrofoam cone from the flower section of the craft store and wooden dowels. Once you have made your cupcakes, frost them in five separate primary colors to resemble a baby’s ring-stacking toy. Working from the bottom, insert a dowel into the underside of the cupcake and insert it into the cone, bunching them to hide the Styrofoam. Your guests can then pull off a cupcake and enjoy.