Picking a wedding cake is, arguably, one of the most fun facets of planning a wedding. Happily, however, the Big Day isn’t a couple’s only opportunity to make a fun cake part of the wedding mix. Cakes are often called in to be the centerpiece of a bridal shower, too. And although a more traditional cake might be in order for the actual reception, the more relaxed, casual nature of a bridal shower gives the soon-to-be-Mrs. and her guests a little extra room for fun and creativity when it comes to confections.
That flexibility can be fun, but it can also be overwhelming. How will you narrow it down? We’ve rounded up 15 beautiful bridal shower cakes to help you get the selection process started. Some of these stunners represent the bride-to-be’s hobbies, some speak to the couple’s wedding site, and others are based purely on personality. The best part? All are completely customizable (think colors, flowers, themes, and so on) to be one-of-a-kind, just like the guest of honor.
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Brides who have spent countless nights gabbing about everything from work to relationships over wine with the girls will love this pretty, grape-topped cake.
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Swapping vows on or by the beach? Serve up a beach-themed bridal shower cake to match, complete with a cute set of comfy, matching lounge chairs for the bride and groom.
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A travel-themed cake is a fun way to fete a bride who loves to go continent-hopping with her honey. Pick toppers that represent their favorite destinations (think coins, flags, and famous landmarks), and, perhaps one that represents where they’re headed on their honeymoon.
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Slather a cake with logos of Louis, Tory, Lilly, or any of the fashion-forward bride-to-be’s favorite brands for a decadent treat that speaks to her love of shopping.
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A towering cake covered in beautiful blooms is an eye-popping centerpiece for a garden affair. Update the color scheme and flowers to reflect the bride’s favorites, or to mirror the place in which the party will be held.
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A simple creation covered with marzipan cutouts of love-struck woodland creatures will charm any outdoorsy bride-to-be.
Birds of a Feather
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What better way to honor a Florida-born bride than by topping a clean-looking wedding shower cake with a pair of flirty flamingoes? It’ll remind her of home, and, better yet, her hubby-to-be.
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Momofuku Milk Bar is famous for its colorful, fuss-free creations, and its birthday (or, in this case, bridal shower) cake is no exception. It’s the perfect pick for a bride who likes to get right down to the good stuff.
Straight from the Art
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Pay homage to a bride who loves to paint with a simple cake that’s wrapped in pretty watercolor rings in rainbow hues, and rimmed with teeny-tiny gold balls.
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A cute, basic cake covered in fluffy, miniature donuts is a sweet nod to a bride who loves to bake. Change up its look with chocolate frosting, rainbow sprinkles, and whatever other fixin’s tickle her fancy.
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Is the bride-to-be known for always having her nose in a book? Commission a cake, like this one, that celebrates her love of literature, and customize it with her favorite titles. Bonus? You can go bigger or smaller simply by adding or taking away a few tomes.
Surprise & Delight
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The subtlety of this cake—it looks traditional enough on the outside but holds a sweet surprise on the inside—means it’ll work for just about any bridal shower. Just be prepared: Everyone’ll be asking how, exactly, you made it.
Be My Valentine
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Surprise a Valentine’s Day bride with a shower cake that’s the most classic expression of love out there. This bright red heart just happens to taste good, too.
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At first glance, this pretty, mauve-colored cake looks simple enough. But get in a little closer and you’ll see little glints of gold in that sumptuous chocolate ganache, which ups its glamour ante infinitely.
Taste of the Tropics
A cake covered in hand-painted (or craftily printed) tropical prints is an unexpected but artful nod to a destination wedding, but anyone with an appreciation for design will want to dig in to this decadent creation.