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Baby Shower Cakes that Delight     

An event as special as welcoming the coming arrival of a baby calls for a very special celebration – and a cake to match. If you're in charge of planning a baby shower or have been commissioned or volunteered to make the cake, here are ideas for some very special baby shower cakes.   

Remember to coordinate the cake's design and colors with the baby shower theme and colors. If a theme hasn't been decided upon yet, the cake could take the lead.

Baby Shower Themes

Nursery Rhymes:  "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" is probably the most popular of nursery rhyme themes found at baby showers with the "Little Star" symbolizing baby.  Be sure the nursery rhyme chosen is light-hearted. Humpty Dumpty may be cute the storyline is rather dire for a baby shower.

Baby Animals:  The soft down, yellow duckling is one of the most popular of the baby animal themes. And of course the yellow ducky gets extra votes for being one of baby's first bathtub toys. Cute and cuddly teddy bears and newborn lambs are also high on the list. 

Butterfly: It's delicate nature, the cocoon analogy, and the joy of flight all make the butterfly theme another perennial favorite.

Baby Blocks: The classic learning toy for babies and young children lends itself quite well to spelling out special baby shower messages on invitations and cake. And pictures on the blocks often depict adorable baby animals or cheery things with names that begin with each block's letter, like an airplane with a cute face on the "A" block. 

While you've been considering these various themes, maybe a cake design is starting to take shape for you. If so, jot down those ideas!  Or perhaps, you'll find something in our cake design ideas that you'd like to try or that sparks an idea of your own for that special cake.

Baby Shower Cakes

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Cake -  A cake covered with sky blue fondant (we recommend marshmallow fondant) makes a pretty background for a white or yellow star with a twinkling smile. Pipe a special message, welcoming the star soon to be born, and you have a very nice cake.

Yellow Ducky Shower Cake – Pipe a curvy outline of a pond onto a cake, and fill with blue gel. Then add the yellow duckies (these can be  piped, store-bought miniatures or modeled with marzipan). Finally pipe some rain drops, and maybe even a rainbow. The special message can wish the guest of honor a joyful "shower."

Butterfly Cake:  Create a buttercream, butterfly flower garden. The stems and flowers could be piped, modeled or molded, and butterfly picks can be found at craft stores such as Michael's. To make this cake really special, place a crawling baby (modeled or store bough miniature) amidst the flowers. 

Petit Four Baby Blocks – Perfect for a baby shower tea, petit fours are often made with almond flavored cake, filled with fruit preserves, and then covered with poured fondant* and decorated.

Create a special message welcoming baby or congratulating the parents by decorating petit four blocks with buttercream (or fondant cut-out) letters. Then arrange to spell your message on a cake board. Decorate remaining blocks to resemble real baby blocks. Pictures can be on sides or tops depending on how you will arrange these. The message could be in the front with the rest of the petit fours stacked attractively behind it. 

*Poured Fondant

2 pounds sifted powdered sugar (8 cups)
2/3 cup water
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 teaspoons clear vanilla or almond flavor.
Food color (optional)

Setting the food coloring aside, combine the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has become smooth.

To tint the fondant, add the food coloring one drop at a time. Use very sparingly because a little color goes a long way and will darken as it dries.

You can either dip or pour fondant to cover cakes. While doing so, keep the icing warm but under 101 degrees F.

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And here's one more tip from our Video Books for your Baby Shower Cake:  If you cover your cake or petit fours with fondant, store in a covered cardboard box in a cool dry place such as an air-conditioned room. If the filling contains perishables, you must refrigerate. However, when you remove, the fondant will soften or dissolve with a build up of condensation, so allow your petit fours to gradually warm up to room temperature. If you can't do this in an air-conditioned room, allow a gentle breeze from a fan to blow on the cake or petit fours. An hour or two should dry up any extra moisture.

 

 

 

 

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