Cakes are a very important part of a baby shower. Not only is it tradition, but it’s a nice treat to offer your guests. There are many different ways you can choose to approach the cake design, and this page will hopefully give you some ideas and really get your wheels turning on the endless ways you can do it. Whether you make it yourself or buy it, the ideas are endless.
First, let’s start off by saying you don’t actually have to have a CAKE. No one says it has to actually be the traditional sheet cake with chocolate or vanilla icing. Why not try cupcakes? They seem to be trending lately.
There are a lot of different things you could do with cupcakes. Decorating them individually could be a lot of fun (and very cute), or you could stack them to resemble a center piece tower.
One idea I really like in particular is making a cupcake pull-apart cake. It’s simple to do – just put cupcake liners into a shaped cake pan (that’s the key – the cake pan has to have a shape to it, otherwise they’ll just look like a bunch of smooshed together cupcakes) and pour the batter directly into the liners. The cupcakes will bake and naturally form the shape of the pan. Icing and decorations make this type of baby shower “cake” really stand out. Serving is a piece of cake (ha, no pun intended!) because your guests only have to “pull apart” their piece.
Another cute idea for baby shower cakes is to fill the cake (or cupcake) with frosting – but depending on if the mother to be is having a girl or boy can determine the color/flavor of frosting. For example, if the baby is going to be a boy, fill the cake with blue frosting, and pink if she’s having a girl. It’s the little things that make the difference.
Extravagant or Simple – Homemade or Bought?
This can really go any way you want. You can get really fancy with the cake or you can decide to just keep it simple. Remember it’s not a wedding – so it doesn’t have to be over the top (unless you want it to be – which, in that case it’s fine.) There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting the traditional sheet cake.
Whether you make the cake or have a bakery do it, the absolute must is making sure there is enough cake for all the guests. There is no right or wrong way to go about it. The main “course” of the shower is meant to be the gifts the mother-to-be will receive. That’s the whole reason for having the shower in the first place!
One thing worth mentioning is it is nice to stick to a theme. Does your cake need to completely match the decorations? No, not entirely. But if you have blue and yellow decorations, it’s a nice touch to have blue and yellow on the cake.