Baby Cakes

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Pick a cake, any cake.


Nicole took me out on a cupcake tasting date today to choose a flavor for my baby shower.  So sweet (both literally and figuratively!).  We went to Polka Dot, which offers many gluten-free varieties. 


We had four flavors to choose from:

Vanilla with vanilla icing

Chocolate with chocolate icing

Red velvet with cream cheese icing

Banana with vanilla icing


So good. So hard to decide.


After much debate, we decided that the most-consumed cupcake had to be the winner.  And that was the red velvet.  The other icing were a bit too sweet – hurt-your-teeth-sweet.  BabyHTP started to jump around five minutes into cupcake tasting… LOTS of sugar (I think it’s so crazy that sugar impacts a baby that quickly).


Speaking of the shower, how beautiful are the invitations that Nicole designed?  She is so crafty.  One of the craftiest people that I’ve ever met in real life.  Nicole is the kind of person who tackles craft projects over the weekend.  And has an actual craft box.  I want to be like that one day.

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A really wonderful date with a wonderful friend. <3


Today has been so awesome overall – there’s only one downside.  I didn’t make it to the gym!  I really wanted this to be an active weekend.  I haven’t been blogging too much about my schedule, but I have been totally slammed with work and personal stuff, and it’s been really hard to squeeze in my workouts. I need to stop making excuses – and stop leaving it until the last moment of the day – and just do it!  Because I really, really want to do it.  Tomorrow is another day, right?  (Arg – yesterday, I said, “Tomorrow!”  But today, I really mean it.)  Just putting this out there to the universe; it helps so much to make a commitment public.


Anyway – back to the cupcakes. Smile Which flavor would you have chosen?  Vanilla, chocolate, banana, or red velvet?



  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 17, 2012, 7:27 pm

    Those are the cutest invitations ever! I always strive to be crafty, but I’m just not. It’s upsetting.

    I would have chosen red velvet.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 17, 2012, 7:33 pm

    I want the banana but with chocolate frosting…mmm!! 😉

  • Laura @ She Eats Well March 17, 2012, 7:34 pm

    Vanilla with chocolate frosting. Classic, in my book. And those invites are so cute…and look quite professional!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats March 17, 2012, 7:36 pm

    Banana! Haha okay I just would want to try it, I’d probably pick vanilla

  • Luv What You Do March 17, 2012, 7:43 pm

    What a fun friend and a fun day!
    I would have got with banana and chocolate frosting. It’s an old favorite of mine!

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 17, 2012, 7:56 pm

    Oh my gosh, those invitations are amazing! I love the stars, the font, and especially the little onesie-like sleeve! Those cupcakes look delicious – I’m pretty sure I would have gone with red velvet, too. I love cream cheese frosting!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery March 17, 2012, 8:32 pm

    Which flavor would I have chosen? All of them. Variety is the spice of life! But if they had vegan cupcakes I’d go with that one 🙂

  • Erin March 17, 2012, 8:36 pm

    I think the banana cupcake sounds amazing! However I’m partial to cupcakes that have something in the center…a nice surprise if you will.

  • Jen @nutcaseinpoint March 17, 2012, 8:43 pm

    Red velvet, hands down! I read this post on the way home from a VERY filling dinner, and I made my boyfriend detour to the nearby cupcake shop. Unfortunately, they were closed! 🙁

  • Tammy Root March 17, 2012, 9:01 pm

    VANILLA! My friend is making me a white cake with coconut layers and vanilla frosting for my shower. I am so excited! I love cake so much. If that is all I have and receive at my shower I will be one happy girl. 😉

    P.S. I love the invitations your friend made.

  • Christin March 17, 2012, 9:02 pm

    I love those invitations!! I want to know how she did that – I have some baby shower invitations to put in the mail this week, myself! Is Nicole a graphic designer?

    I had a similar experience with my workout intention today – I was SO going to run but somehow I ended up watching DVRed shows and Pinterest-ing on the back porch for most of the day. Laziness!!

    • CaitlinHTP March 18, 2012, 11:21 am

      I think she did it on Photoshop? I bet you could hop over to her blog ( and get her to do a tutorial?

  • Colleen March 17, 2012, 9:17 pm

    Love the invite. So cute! Completely understand about being slammed and trying to workout. My morning workout has been neglected all week. Need to snip that in the bud tomorrow too. As for the cupcakes, I would go with banana. It sounds very interesting and different.

  • allpointswhole March 17, 2012, 9:28 pm

    How fun is that?! Such a memorable time in your life

  • Kath March 17, 2012, 9:29 pm

    Love the invites!!!

    I’m a vanilla on vanilla girl, as evidenced by the 3 nights in a row I’ve devoured it!

  • Rebecca March 17, 2012, 9:42 pm

    I would have chosen red velvet! I am obsessed with red velvet!

  • Kamaile March 17, 2012, 10:06 pm

    Red velvet for sure! Nicole is a sweet & talented friend. 🙂

  • Amanda March 17, 2012, 10:09 pm

    As soon as I saw those cupcakes I was like “OHMYGODPICKREDVELVET!!!” Obviously I really like red velvet. There’s a place up here that makes legendary red velvet cupcakes, they have chocolate chips in them with cream cheese icing!

    Those are the cutest invitations ever and very unique : )

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 17, 2012, 10:09 pm

    Chocolate or vanilla is what I would’ve chosen–but it’s your baby shower!! What a lovely invitation and such a nice friend 🙂 WOW.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 17, 2012, 10:20 pm

    Better be careful. Too much sugar and BabyHTP will be born bouncing off the walls! 😉

  • Christie March 17, 2012, 10:27 pm

    I totally would pick red velvet too! Its the best! 🙂

  • Heather March 17, 2012, 10:42 pm

    Red Velvet all the way! Love, love, love those invites- and the envelopes, so cute!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 17, 2012, 10:56 pm

    Those are super cute invites. I will never be that crafty person. I have not a crafty bone in my body but I really, really wish I did!

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 17, 2012, 10:58 pm

    oh man, that would be a tough decision! i still think i’d have to go with the red velvet & cream cheese frosting. good choice on that. 😉 red velvet + cream cheese frosting was actually our wedding cake flavors! so good!

  • March 17, 2012, 11:30 pm

    Definitely would have chosen the red velvet! Looks heavenly 😉

  • Shannon March 17, 2012, 11:40 pm

    such cute gender neutral invitations!!!

    Ps those cupcakes made me hungry

  • Rebecca March 17, 2012, 11:52 pm

    Those are adorable shower invites!!

    My sister made vanilla cupcakes and filled them with a mixture of cream cheese, strawberry jam (? strawberry something), and sour cream. They turned out okay, and I didn’t know there was sour cream in them until she mentioned it today. I still prefer just regular vanilla or chocolate, though.
    I can’t find a difference between red velvet and vanilla other than the coloring, honestly. And I guess the frosting. They just don’t seem all that special to me for some reason… Oh well. 🙂

  • Linz @ Itz Linz March 18, 2012, 12:04 am

    i would have chosen red velvet purely for the cream cheese icing! vanilla and vanilla would have been my runner up!

  • Chelsea March 18, 2012, 12:19 am

    Oh my dear you invites are adorable! Something I would find on like pintrest haha ;D

  • Corrie Anne March 18, 2012, 12:21 am

    Love the invitations! And the cupcakes!! So fun!! I’d probably go red velvet too!!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 18, 2012, 8:19 am

    Those invitations are so cute! Nicole is really talented. 😀

    I’ve actually never had red velvet cake before but I think I would choose that flavour just based on the fact that it has cream cheese icing. Mmm!

  • Tricia March 18, 2012, 8:43 am

    Ooo the banana sounds awesome!

  • Life's a Bowl March 18, 2012, 8:43 am

    ADORABLE invitations! The banana cupcake sounds tasty, although I’m more traditional and love vanilla cake with chocolate frosting…

    P.S. Have to admit, I’ve never tried red velvet and don’t really understand why there’s so much hype about them… Are they chocolate or vanilla? Dyed red?

    • CaitlinHTP March 18, 2012, 11:20 am

      That is an excellent question… Now I must google.

      From wikipedia: “A red velvet cake is a popular cake with a dark red, bright red or red-brown color. It is usually prepared as a layer cake topped with a creamy vanilla icing or most popularly, cream cheese icing. The reddish-brown color of the cake was originally from a reaction of the cocoa powder with an acidic ingredient such as buttermilk; however, red food coloring is often added.”

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 18, 2012, 9:17 am

    How those invitations are beautiful! She did such a great job!
    I usually opt for vanilla cupcakes but banana sounds good too!

  • Hillary March 18, 2012, 9:24 am

    All of them?
    No? Too greedy?

  • Amber K March 18, 2012, 1:52 pm

    I don’t like chocolate (ok I like actual chocolate, just not chocolate versions of things like pudding, ice cream, frosting, or cake). But choosing between banana and vanilla? Ooh that’d be a tough one!

  • Reenie March 18, 2012, 3:21 pm

    I prob would have done the vanilla….but with cream cheese icing =)

  • Reenie March 18, 2012, 3:22 pm

    Cute invites too!

  • Socal Rachel March 18, 2012, 3:45 pm

    My vote would have been for Red Velvet although Banana is tempting. I love all banana deserts.

  • Rob Runs to Remember March 19, 2012, 10:36 am

    I would have gone with red velvet too. My husband’s cousin is a baker at that very Polka Dot so she naturally had four flavors of their cupcakes at her wedding last year, they were all divine!

  • Johanna B March 19, 2012, 10:41 am

    Red velvet all the way. Excellent choice!

  • becca @ bellebottoms March 19, 2012, 1:35 pm

    Red Velvet for sure! Unless there was a carrot cake option…hmmmmm…

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 19, 2012, 1:56 pm

    Red velvet! ALWAYS red velvet.

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