20 Dreamy Cake Ideas for Bridal Showers
At a bridal shower, the soon-to-be bride is "showered" with gifts while guests enjoy food, games, and fun decor. A gorgeous bridal shower cake is the perfect way to honor the occasion. Whether you're looking for a more traditional layer cake or a cake that is as unique as the bride, these cakes can be decorated and adapted to meet your bridal shower needs. Not only that, but you and your guests will enjoy eating them too! Read on for 20 of our best cakes for bridal showers.
Champagne Cake With Buttercream Icing
A little bubbly is always a good way to celebrate! Reviewer Lora Manlove-Winchester says, "This cake is now a family favorite. My sister-in-law and I make it for all the birthdays that require a decorated cake. It is dense enough to hold up well with different shaped pans and the buttercream is easy to pipe. We love it! So delicious!"
This clever cake pop recipe uses doughnut holes, making for an easy dessert that is perfect for group gatherings. Customize your cake pops with whatever color candy coating you'd like! Reviewer Flychick says, "This is so much better than making the cake and mixing the icing etc. It was so hard to make the cake balls perfectly round before dipping—what a great idea this is!"
Raspberry White Chocolate Buttercream Cupcakes
Recipe creator Liz Bensman says,"I made these cupcakes for my step-daughter's engagement party and they were a huge hit!" These cupcakes have a white cake, raspberry filling, and white chocolate buttercream frosting for an irresistible flavor combination. Top each one with a fresh raspberry for a dessert that's as pleasing to the eye as it is to your stomach.
Italian Wedding Cake
"This cake has become famous among my friends and now, when a special event approaches, people begin to ask if I'm going to bring the ‘wedding cake,'" says reviewer Daktari. You don't have to wait until the wedding to make this classic wedding cake! Pineapple, coconut, and pecans are folded into the batter, making for a delicious cake that is perfect for any occasion. The cream cheese icing can be used for piping in order to give you a unique cake that's fit for the bride-to-be.
Extreme Chocolate Cake
Pretty white cakes are commonly associated with wedding festivities, but let's face it — some people just prefer a rich chocolate cake. If the soon to be bride in your life prefers chocolate, you can't go wrong with this top-rated recipe. "This cake is so moist and dense! It was a great tasting cake, and practically foolproof," says reviewer Molly.
White Mountain Cake
If you're searching for the perfect white cake recipe that will make a great base for any and all festive decorations, look no further. Try using this recipe for cupcakes as well! "This is a very, very good white cake. White cakes can be very tricky so be sure to follow the directions carefully. This will ensure a moist, delicious white cake," says reviewer Jillian.
White Chocolate Cream Cake
Can't decide between white cake and chocolate cake? Why not try white chocolate cake? "The cake layers are made with white chocolate and whipped cream and flavored with almond extract. The frosting is a white chocolate buttercream. For an exquisite change of pace, substitute raspberry wine cooler for the water in the frosting," says recipe creator MCLISA.
Coconut Cream Pound Cake
Coconut lovers rejoice! This moist coconut pound cake can be cooked in a bundt pan or layered for a more elaborate wedding-style cake. Reviewer LIZANNEG "I am a die hard coconut fan and this is the most amazing cake I've ever made! My mom and I couldn't wait for it to leave the oven, and I was told that I could no longer make that cake in the house...because we'd eat it all!"
Strawberry Cake from Scratch
"I made this cake for my daughter's 25th birthday. Not only did everyone say ‘This cake is really good,' but second and third helpings were sliced! This cake is unique, delectable, and pretty," says reviewer Corinne. Give this cake a try with cream cheese or buttercream frosting, and watch people ooh and aah as they cut into the bright pink center!
Best Carrot Cake Ever
Carrot cake fits perfectly into the aesthetic of a laid-back bridal shower: it's homey, comforting, popular, and covered with an on-theme white cream cheese frosting. "A moist and flavorful recipe that makes a large quantity of cake. I have been hounded to make this cake time and time again," says recipe writer Nan of this particular carrot cake.
White Almond Wedding Cake
This top-rated cake recipe has a subtle almond flavor and a light and fluffy texture. It's the perfect base for whatever you choose to decorate it with. "I used this recipe for a friend's wedding cake and it was fantastic! Firm enough to hold up under three tiers worth of cake weight, but still delicious and fluffy to eat. I put raspberry puree in the middle and frosted it with my favorite cream cheese frosting," says reviewer aravis227.
"Based on the Hungarian Dobos torte (pronounced Do-bash), this cake was developed in New Orleans and is now a staple throughout Louisiana. It's my husband's all-time favorite and has become a birthday tradition," describes recipe creator metread. This indulgent custard-filled confection works for an engagement party, a bridal shower, or even as a groom's cake (thanks to its chocolate-buttercream frosting).
Chantal's New York Cheesecake
A nostalgic crowd-pleaser like New York cheesecake seems like a no-brainer for an event like a bridal shower, and this recipe is a proven favorite among Allrecipes community members like SCIOTA, who insists that this cake is "AMAZING! The KING of all cheesecakes! This is the recipe you are looking for, thick and creamy! I've made this 2 times now with tremendous success."
Tiramisu Layer Cake
Transforming the beloved Italian cafe classic of tiramisu into a layer cake sounds like a challenging endeavor, but this recipe keeps the process simple and straightforward, resulting in a sophisticated dessert with an appealing boozy kick.
Tres Leches (Milk Cake)
The airy lightness of a sponge cake and the luxurious texture of condensed milk and cream come together to create this sweet Latinx party staple with a perfectly bridal color palette.
Kentucky Butter Cake
Southerners know a thing or two about making party cakes, like this attractive Kentucky creation. Recipe writer Suzanne Stull calls her Kentucky Butter Cake "[a] moist and buttery cake made from readily-available ingredients with a luscious butter sauce." Dust the cake with powdered sugar before serving for an extra dose of bridal flair.
Red Velvet Cake
There's something evocative and romantic about the rich hue of a well-made red velvet cake, which makes it a strong fit for wedding festivities. The crisp white color of the cream-cheese frosting doesn't hurt either!
White Texas Sheet Cake
Another Southern cake style designed to satisfy a crowd, Texas sheet cake — traditionally made with chocolate cake and frosting — gets a bridal makeover in this recipe, which relies on white almond cake and white icing.
Pecan Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Planning a brunch shower for your soon-to-be-wed friend or relative? This coffee cake delivers on multiple fronts, offering the richness of pecans, the moisture and tang of sour cream, and the warmth of brown sugar and cinnamon. "For me, the best part about coffee cake is the crispy, crunchy, buttery crumbs. So here I significantly upped the amounts used. Bake times will vary according to pan size and composition," explains recipe creator Chef John.
French Strawberry Cake
This delicate vanilla cake, ideal for an afternoon tea party, gets a welcome moisture boost courtesy of sour cream, and it pairs beautifully with fresh strawberries. It's best served with a big dollop of hand-whipped cream!