A baby shower is the traditional way to celebrate a soon-to-be-arriving addition to a family. They are the ideal time to present the new mother with everything she’ll need to raise a happy, healthy child. They are also a time for novelty gifts and advice sharing as well. Whatever type of shower is organized, baby shower cakes are often the centerpiece of a gift table.
Baby shower cakes can be made to enhance any party atmosphere. If you’re throwing a shower with an overarching party theme, the cake should definitely reflect that theme in its design. Themes are often set around whether the coming child is a boy or a girl. Obviously, pink and blue are the colors of choice for girls and boys respectively, but there are many other options as well. For boys, animal themes such as frogs, bears and lions are extremely popular. Sports themes like baseball and football are also commonly used ideas for boys. Floral and princess themes are common ideas for baby girls, but many progressive mothers prefer something not so “girlie”.
Not all baby shower cakes need to be gender related. In fact, gender neutral themes are becoming more and more popular with modern parents. A common thematic idea for these parents is the cake made to look like a stack of gifts. These can be made with classically straight lines or can be made as whimsical as the tastes of the new mother. These are commonly made with candy ribbons and ornately decorated mock gift wrapping. Baby buggy designs are also popular gender neutral cake ideas that can be easily customized to reflect the tastes of the mother.
Not all baby shower cakes are made to be eaten. A relatively new idea, the diaper cake is gaining wide-spread popularity. These “cakes” are most often used as a centerpiece for a gift table at a baby shower. The general structure of the design is made from disposable diapers, and thus the name. However, theses cakes can be easily customized using a variety of baby-related items. Rattles, stuffed animals, flowers and baby clothing are commonly used to decorate these creations. The idea for these centerpieces is that rather than being edible, these gifts are designed to provide the mother-to-be with practical items that can be used everyday. This is, in large part, the reason they have become an extremely popular baby shower party favor.
Baby shower cakes can be purchased from just about any reputable bakery. It is important to keep in mind that any custom or elaborate cake ideas might require you to visit a specialist, and therefore will undoubtedly cost more money. If you’re unsure of what kind of design you want to go with, searching the internet is a great way to come up with unique cake ideas. If you’re a competent baker, many of the ideas from the web can be easily applied in your home kitchen. After all, a homemade cake will more than likely mean more than one that was purchased from a store.