5 musts to make your baby shower cake stand out

by

Melissa Byers

posted in Tips & Tricks

You’ve got two choices when it comes to the cake at your baby shower or the party you’re planning for an expectant mom. It’s either simply a sweet treat for your guests to enjoy or a showpiece that brings the whole theme together. As more reality television shows feature elaborate examples of confectionery art, our ideas get bigger and bigger!

BabyCenter moms shared photos and thoughts about the cakes at their baby showers and I’ve pulled out five tips that will make your cake a hit!

1. Start with your guest list. How many people will the cake need to feed?
A cake is meant to be eaten and unless you have an unlimited budget, getting a huge creation for an intimate gathering doesn’t make sense. Small doesn’t make a cake less special.

2. Go with an experienced baker.
I know Aunt Molly loves baking and is dying to make the cake for your big day, but be realistic about her abilities. If you’ve got dreams of sculpted layers and fine piping work, is she up to the task? If you can’t confidently say yes, then leave it up to the pros.

3. Get creative!
Things to consider when designing a baby shower cake include Mom’s name, Dad’s name, the baby’s name, the family’s last name, nursery colors, theme of the party, the baby’s gender, Mom’s and Dad’s hobbies – the list can go on and on. Almost nothing is out of bounds when it comes to creating a meaningful cake.

4. It has to taste good.
Fondant looks great but tastes like a less chewy piece of gum if it had no flavor. It’s just sweet and doughy. If that sounds good to you, go for it. If not, ask the baker if buttercream or another frosting will work.

5. If you’re not into a huge cake, go with cupcakes, candy, or mini pies.
There’s no law that says every baby shower must have a cake and sometimes they just don’t fit the occasion. Cupcakes, candy, and mini pies just scratch the surface of fun desserts you can serve. How about mini-cheesecakes, fruit salads, or chocolate fondue?

Moms from BabyCenter’s June 2014 birth club shared photos of their baby shower cakes (and other desserts). Check out a few of our favorites below!

Hungry for more? We’ve got another slide show filled with baby shower cakes to help inspire you!

Photo credit: Creatas courtesy of  Thinkstock

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