This past Sunday I was honoured to do another catering gig. This time it was for a friend’s bridal shower! Knowing how much I love to cook and bake, my friend got me in touch with her mom and arranged for me to cater her bridal shower desserts. There were about 30 guests, and there was fruit & veggie platters, as well as samosas & spring rolls in addition to my desserts!

Bridal Shower Desserts | A Taste of Trace

Bridal Shower Desserts

I made 3 bite-sized treats: chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, banana bread blondies with a salted caramel drizzle, and coconut macaroons.

Bridal Shower Desserts | A Taste of Trace

Bridal Shower Desserts | A Taste of Trace

Bridal Shower Desserts | A Taste of Trace

Everything turned out wonderfully and I was to thrilled to hear that everyone loved them!

I had so much fun making (and okay, eating!) these bridal shower desserts. I’m so thankful to Jesse and her mom for letting me be a part of the day.

Bridal Shower Desserts | A Taste of Trace

Behind The Scenes | Insider Secrets

Here’s a bit of information to give you an idea of what my process was for this catering gig!

Recipes

The recipes I used for all the desserts are easily found online, so if you’d like to make them yourselves, here ya go!

Process

I roasted the sweet potatoes and made the frosting & caramel on Thursday to save time before the big day. On Saturday afternoon/evening, I went straight to the kitchen and began my baking extravaganza! I started with the macaroons because they were baked at the lowest temperature and needed the longest time to cool. The original recipe calls for almonds, but because I generally bake nut free (see below) I used ground sunflower seeds instead of almonds. The finished macaroons went into the freezer to cool before I coated them in chocolate.

Next up was the sweet potato cake. This cake became a fast favourite of my mom & dad, and you’d never know the main ingredient is sweet potato! This cake is so moist and light and I love making it for others.

Lastly, I made the banana bread blondies. The original recipe calls for chocolate chips, but I opted to use chopped dates to give a bit of variety (and an option for the chocolate haters).

I arrived to the bridal shower 1.5 hours early. This allowed me enough time to pipe the frosting and caramel then plate the desserts. After that, I could sit back and enjoy watching Jesse be showered with love!

Kitchen Notes

As I mentioned above, I tend to bake nut free. This is for two reasons. 1) I work in a nut free facility and I tend to bring my baked treats into work for my lunchtime snack. 2) Nuts are expensive! I find sunflower seeds to be a great replacement for most recipes that call for ground almonds or similar.

Additionally, all of these desserts were vegan and oil free! (I modified the blondie recipe to make it oil free.) The macaroons and blondies were also gluten free. Vegan/gluten free baking doesn’t have to be sub-par, and the positive reviews I received for these bridal shower desserts is proof of that!

I hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look at my catering process! Tell me, what is your favourite dessert??