Bridal showers are all about celebrating with friends and family and, while you don’t have to serve a full meal, offering a dessert with coffee or cocktails is a sweet touch.
It’s also a place to have fun with cake designs—you can even look to your wedding for cake ideas inspired by a wedding gown, destination, or venue details. Another idea? Throw a shower with a sweet theme inspired by a favorite location, color, flower, you name it.
Read on for bridal shower cake ideas you and your guests will love, no matter your style.
Form a Trio
Good things come in threes, like this trio of mini cakes topped with pastel and cream-colored blooms. Plus, three different cakes mean three different flavor options.
Include Edible Flowers
These cookies, created with edible pressed flowers, are each a work of art and almost too pretty to eat (almost). Recreate this look on cookies (like these!) or even on mini cakes for an extra sweet treat.
Many bridal showers are held around brunch time, so why not embrace a beloved breakfast food like waffles to create a cake. Serve with sides of whip cream, syrup, and fresh berries.
This simple two-tiered cake feels modern and sculptural thanks to the addition of delicate botanicals, while a glass pedestal and creamy hue keep the look clean.
Decorate With Flowers
A simple white cake gets dressed up with a border of pale pink flowers and a little greenery, a trick that’s easy to replicate with blooms to match the palette of your celebration.
Add Paper Flowers
Blooms created from wafer paper transform plain pink buttercream layers into a creative, colorful cake perfect for a spring celebration.
Have It Hand Painted
A hand-painted cake is a beautiful way to add a personal detail to the day, whether it’s a quote that’s meaningful to the bride-to-be or a pattern inspired by a favorite designer. This cake’s illustration captured the flowers and greenery used during the celebration.
A chocolate lover’s fantasy, this chocolate cake is filled with ganache and mocha buttercream, then decorated with chocolate hazelnut truffles. A sprinkling of powdered sugar adds depth to the design while greenery provides a pop of color.
Make a Macaron Tower
Not only are macarons delicious, they come in a wide variety of flavors and colors that will fit with any party’s palette. Displayed as a tower they also become showstopping, centerpiece dessert. For an easy favor, you can also send guests home with macarons packaged in personalized boxes.
Look to Your Dress for Inspiration
If you’ve already found your wedding dress, look to design details—lace patterns, beading, or bows for example—to inspire the shower cake. This three-tiered cake was made to mimic the movement of the ruffles on one bride’s gown.
A pale pink three-layer cake gets even more eye-catching with a modern, vertical linear pattern. Polka dots work equally well for dressing up plain layers.
For a fun preview of the celebration to come, add a design detail inspired by your wedding venue. This cake, for example, evokes a tropical destination wedding with its vivid greenery and simple white bloom.
Embrace the Blues
Berries, that is. This clever cake alternative sees ladyfingers surround blackberries and blueberries, topped off with sprigs of rosemary.
Look to Your Venue’s Architecture
This cake’s abstract blue coloring lined with gold leaf mimicked the stained glass windows and gold-hued window panes of the converted sugar mill where the event took place.
Add a Sweet Touch
This little cake makes a big impression thanks to its beautiful, vintage green glass stand and abundant flowers that lend it a Victorian feel.
Serve Individual Cakes
Put dessert front-and-center with individual cakes on guests’ place settings as they arrive. Single serving sized desserts are not only beautiful, but also a seamless way to accommodate attendees’ specific dietary restrictions.
Have Your Cake—and Donuts, Too
Can’t choose between sweet treats? Take inspiration from this couple who cut a “cake” with donuts on the bottom and a tier of lemon cake on top. This concept will work with any combination, from cupcakes to candy.
Ready to keep planning? Check out our bridal shower checklist below.