20 Bridal Shower Cake Ideas for a Sweet Celebration

There is a design to fit every style.

Small white cream wedding cake with pink and white flowers sitting on a cake stand

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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 an event where you can have some fun with cake designs. You can choose something inspired by the wedding's theme and location, or even the bride's gown. Another idea? Showcase a theme inspired by a favorite location, color, flower, or whatever else you think the bride-to-be will love.

Read on for bridal shower cake ideas every guest will love, no matter the style.

01 of 20

Serve Up a Trifecta

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Photo by Laura Anne Watson; Cake by Cake Envy; Floral Design by Blooming Hites; Planning by Emily Warwick

Good things come in threes, like this trio of mini cakes topped with pastel and cream-colored blooms. And remember, three different cakes mean three different flavor options.

02 of 20

Showcase Edible Flowers

mini cakes

Photo by Rebecca Theresa Photography; Cookies by Loria Stern

These cookies, created with edible pressed flowers, are each a work of art and (almost) too pretty to eat. Recreate this look on cookies or mini cakes for an extra sweet treat.

03 of 20

Make It Brunch

waffle cake

Photo by Dayna Studios

Many bridal showers are held around brunch time, so why not embrace a beloved breakfast food like waffles to create a memorable and unique cake? Serve with sides of whipped cream, syrup, and fresh berries.

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Embrace Minimalism

white cake

Photo by Anna Peters; Cake by Honey Crumb Cake Studio; Floral Design by Botanique

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. 

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Decorate With Beautiful Blooms

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Photo by Anna Peters; Cake by Honey Crumb Cake Studio; Floral Design by Gather Design Company; Planning and Design by Callista + Co.

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. 

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Make a Masterpiece

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Photo by Radostina Boseva Photography; Cake by Batter Up Cakery; Florals by Rust and Flourish 

Love flowers? Make them the star by creating an asymmetrical topper atop a plain white cake. It'll make the perfect photo op.

07 of 20

Adorn With Paper Flowers

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Photo by Laura Anne Watson; Cake by Cake Envy; Event Design by G&A Weddings

Florals created from wafer paper transform plain pink buttercream layers into a creative, colorful cake that is perfect for a spring celebration.

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Have It Hand Painted

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Photo by Jeanni Dunagan; Cake by Sweet & Saucy; Floral Design by Ella Mah; Planning and Design by Idyll Stories

A hand-painted cake is a beautiful way to add 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.

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Try Truffles

cake with truffles

Photo by Tara Bielecki Photography; Cake by Wildflower Cakes 

A chocolate lover’s fantasy, this chocolate cake is filled with ganache and mocha buttercream and then decorated with chocolate hazelnut truffles. A sprinkling of powdered sugar adds depth to the design, while greenery provides a pop of color.

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Create a Macaron Tower

macaron wedding cake

Photo by Lance Nicoll; Macarons by Chef Sully Fournigault; Cake by Beth Biundo Sweets

Not only are macarons delicious, but they also come in a wide variety of flavors and colors that will fit any party’s palette. When displayed as a tower, they also become a showstopper and centerpiece dessert. For an easy favor, you can also send guests home with macarons packaged in personalized boxes.

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Get Inspired by the Wedding Gown

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Cake by Maggie Austin Cake

If the bride has already found her 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.

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Go Graphic

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Photo by Larsen Photo Co.; Cake by Wildflower Cakes

A pale pink three-layer cake becomes even more eye-catching with a modern, vertical linear pattern. Polka dots work equally well for dressing up plain layers.

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Think Tropical

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Photo by Cari Courtright; Cake by Ma Petite Maison Cake Design; Floral Design by Tumbleweed Floral Truck

For a fun preview of the celebration to come, add a design detail inspired by the wedding venue. This cake evokes a tropical vibe with its vivid greenery and simple white bloom.

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Embrace the Blues

berry cakes

Photo by D’arcy Benincosa; Planning by Michelle Leo Events

Berries, that is. This clever cake alternative sees ladyfingers surround blackberries and blueberries, topped off with sprigs of rosemary.

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Look to the Location

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Photo by Ashley Noelle Edwards; Cake by Paper Heart Patisserie; Floral Design by Mignon Floral Co.; Planning by Events by Rebecca 

This cake’s abstract blue coloring, lined with gold leaf, mimicked the stained-glass windows and gold-hued panes of the converted sugar mill where the festivities took place.

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Add a Sweet Touch

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Photo by Birds of a Feather; Cake by Scootabaker; Floral Design by Catalina Neal; Planned by Green Ribbon Parties

This little cake makes a big impression thanks to its beautiful, vintage green glass stand and abundant flowers that lend a Victorian feel.

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Serve Individual Cakes

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY SERGIO SANDONÁ; CAKE BY CAKE HERO

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.

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Embellish With Fruit

strawberry cake

Photo by Hannah Alyssa; Design by Gregory Blake Sams Events; Cake by Heather Barrie and Mary Ruth Miller of Gathering

Throwing a shower in the spring or summer months? Consider enhancing your cake with seasonal fruit. We love the look of these strawberries paired with simple yellow and white flowers.

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Wow With Something Whimsical

flower cake

Photo by Natalie Watson

We're obsessed with pressed flowers, and this cake is proof of why. Here, the ferns create a natural look when combined with vibrant petals and buds.

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Have Your Cake—and Donuts, Too

donut tower

Photo by Kate Headley

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.

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