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I enjoy baking, and this fact alone means that I get tasked with making desserts WAY more often than most of the ladies I know. Luckily, I don't really mind, because watching the excitement people express when they eat something sweet makes it worth all the work.
So maybe you've been in my situation: someone is having a baby, thus a baby shower must be thrown and sweets must be served! If it's a do-it-yourself type affair, then people like me (who love to bake), get to deal with dessert. Maybe it's just because I've had some practice, but I don't think dessert for 40 is such a huge feat, and it's fun making mini-sized desserts. Plus babies give you the excuse to be as cheesy, over-the-top and adorably cute as possible.
Three types of dessert and baby shower favors? Ok, I'm set. I've done the online research and got the recipes collected (Tastespotting, Smitten Kitchen, and Joy the Baker), grocery list is made, plus the cute touches. Smooth sailing, right?
The single biggest disaster that could strike while prepping for a baking extravaganza is an oven break-down. Of course, my oven decided to lose its ability to judge temperature the week of the baby shower. And let me tell you, the weather that week was making it a little less pleasant to live in a non-air conditioned apartment. While I never exactly look forward to spending a few days of quality time in my very warm kitchen, oven blazing, sans dishwasher (with the shortest, least useful counters known to man or baker) .... not having an oven is a whole different ball game!
I can't make the best, fudgiest, brownies. I can't bake my famous smore's pie. I can't even think of baking the little almond meringues I wanted to try!
Time to get creative. I spent valuable hours searching for some fun alternatives that wouldn't embarrass me or make me shudder at the thought of something "semi-homemade." I hate that term. Even if the premise is oh-so valuable. Baby shower worthy desserts generally include cupcakes, tarts, fluffy moussey things, basically - that require baking.
So just in case you ever need some no-bake desserts, here's my modified menu:
Best of all, I can happily report that the baby shower went off without a hitch!