Baby Shower Cakes Fit for a Prince or Princess
Ruffle Tower Cake
This cake is covered with frilly rows of frosting that can be tinted any shade you wish. Three tender lemon layers make the cake tall enough to show off the ribbon-candy effect of the frosting and ensure there is plenty for everyone.
Letters found in vintage books or print shops can inspire beautiful cakes. This royal-icing monogram is surrounded by a rolled-fondant flower garland on the background color of your choice.
Pastel Layer Cake
Five pastel layers form this colorful ombre creation. Tint the batter in shades of pink, blue, or any combination of sweet, baby-worthy hues.
After passing along a sealed doctor's note to their (royal) baker, couples cut into celebratory cakes, which "reveal" layers of either pink or blue filling indicating their baby's gender. Make your own sweet version using this recipe and share the big news at your shower.
Brown-Sugar Layer Cake with Caramel Buttercream Frosting
These marvelous creations are adorned with sweet marzipan animals: monkeys, lions, giraffes, elephants, and snakes on a jungle-themed cake; polar bears, penguins, seals, turtles, and foxes on a polar cake; and deer, owls, bears, bunnies, snails, mice, hedgehogs, and squirrels on a woodland cake.
This noble beast is more friendly than fierce, a perfect welcome for a baby Leo, or any newborn royalty. Caramel buttercream tinted in various shades is swirled into shape with a few open-star tips to produce his glorious mane.
Teddy Bear Cake
Made from chocolate sheet cakes, our bear gets its soft and fuzzy look from icing piped with a grass tip. With his chubby belly, constructed from a mound of cake, he's almost too cute to eat.
Cherry-Blossom Princess Cake
Cloak a dome-shaped cake in pink fondant and top it with a smattering of real cherry blossoms, some of which have been coated with sugar. Inside, luscious layers of almond-flavored genoise, cherry-jam pastry cream, and whipped cream in -- what else? -- pink await guests.
Striped gelatin, known traditionally in Britain as "ribband jelly," tastes as good as it looks with a mix of raspberry and blancmange flavors. This dessert makes a fun and memorable alternative to a regular cake.
Chiffon Cakes with Violet Dipping Icing
Whipped egg whites lighten the batter used to create these dainty confections, baked in an oversized muffin tin. Each cake is dipped in a boiled icing that's tinted the palest purple and perfumed with violets.
Stenciled Sparkle Cakes
Do-it-yourself stencils make it a cinch to create graphic patterns on a cake -- or several. These four-inch versions look great as a group.
Sugar-and-Spice Layer Cake
Tiers of moist spice cake, rich mascarpone frosting, and blackberry jam fill this dessert with everything nice.
Triple-Tier Flower Cakes
Three piped-chrysanthemum cupcakes stacked atop one another make a super-sweet display for a shower. Just as the cupcakes are graduated in size, from jumbo to mini, the buttercream is tinted in varying degrees of the same shade to create this budding beauty.
Mocha Majolica Cake
The decoration for this cake was inspired by the majolica porcelain stand on which it's placed. The mocha genoise is soaked with coffee syrup and iced lavishly with mocha buttercream tinted shades of blue, green, rose, and violet.