Baby Shower Party Recipes

Planning a baby shower party for a friend? Don't miss these cute cake and cupcake ideas, appetizers, finger food, and more delicious recipes!

Staff Picks

Lemony Angel Food Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 136
Remember Mom's heavenly angel food cake? Ours has the same ethereal texture (due to egg whites) but with a bright burst of lemon flavor, thanks to fresh juice and zest. Fluffy citrus cream frosting and pretty candied lemon "daffodils" make it an even more memorable dessert.

Raisin Bran Muffins

Rating: 3.5 stars 353
Stir up this batch of hearty, low-fat morning treats. Kissed with brown sugar, they're moist and taste more indulgent than they are.

Creamy Lemon Squares

Rating: 3.5 stars 376
The creamy lemon squares of your dreams take just 15 minutes of prep: Stir together a mere three ingredients to create a sunny, puckery filling for the buttery shortbread crust in this dessert.

Elephant Ear Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 52
Making elephant ear cookies is easier than their coiled design might suggest. Spread the pecan-cinnamon mixture on store-bought puff pastry, and then roll, slice, flatten, and coat with sugar. They emerge from the oven crisp and caramelized.

Simple Layer Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Rating: 3.5 stars 600
This easy all-purpose yellow cake takes just a bit longer to make than one from a packaged mix, but it's worth it.

Angel Food Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 623
There's a reason angel food cake is a favorite dessert—it's tender, light as air, and tastes, well, divine. What's more, it's virtually fat-free and uses just six ingredients.

Baked Cake Donuts

While cake donuts are traditionally fried, they're just as delicious baked in the oven, with far less cleanup. Toss in powdered sugar or finish with a simple glaze and sprinkles or toasted coconut -- you can't go wrong!

Coconut-Sugar Hummingbird Cake

This classic southern cake can be over-the-top sweet. Enter coconut sugar, a sweetener from the sap of the coconut tree's flower buds. While it has no coconut flavor, it does bring a caramelized, almost savory complexity to baked goods. It's perfect in a cake that's plenty sweet (as well as moist), thanks to the fresh banana and pineapple. This recipe appears in our cookbook, "A New Way to Bake" (Clarkson Potter).

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 1078
Pull a fast one on the kids: In just 10 minutes, whip up the dough for these sweet, crunchy treats made with whole-wheat flour. Many recipes for baked goods can be tweaked to use equal parts whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, without losing flavor or texture.

Bacon and Spinach Quiche

Can't decide between a quiche Lorraine or Florentine for your next brunch? Add bacon and spinach to the basic filling for the best of both worlds.

Apple-Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 678
This classic, moist Bundt cake will fill your home with the scent of comfort food.

Lemon-Olive Oil Cake

Lemon zest and juice add sunny flavor to this moist olive-oil cake. A slice is lovely as is, but a topping of fresh berries and whipped mascarpone cream really makes it sing.

Inspiration and Ideas

15 Cupcake Recipes That Are Just Right for a Baby Shower
Whether topped with swirls of frosting or a shiny glaze, decorated with flowers or piped lettering, cupcakes are the ultimate dessert for a party to celebrate a mom-to-be.
The Most Elegant and Delicious Baby Shower Appetizers
Our favorite appetizer recipes that are just right for a baby shower include crostini, deviled eggs, dips, meatballs, and more.
Banana Muffins
Rating: 3.5 stars 421

These banana muffins are moist and delicious and take only a half hour to bake in the oven—making them ideal for breakfast.