Irresistible Baby Shower Cake

baby shower cake
5/5
Prep. time:
90 min
Difficulty:
medium
Amount:
12 dishes
Cosher:
milky

A Celebration of Flavors and Love

There’s something magical about a baby shower that brings people together in celebration of new beginnings and joyful anticipation. Imagine surprising your loved ones with a cake that’s not just delicious, but also a visual delight—perfect for such a special occasion. Our baby shower cake recipe is designed to be the centerpiece of your gathering, enchanting everyone with its flavor, texture, and charm.

Preparation Time

  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Active Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Baking Time: 45 minutes
  • Cooling and Decorating Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves: 12-16 people
Difficulty: Medium

Ingredients

The necessary ingredients (possible in all kinds of variations):

  • For the Cake:
    • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • Food coloring (optional, for a gender reveal or theme)
  • For the Buttercream Frosting:
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
    • Food coloring (optional, to match the cake theme)

Alternative Ingredients

For a vegan version:

  • Substitute eggs with flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water per egg).
  • Use plant-based milk (almond, soy, or oat milk).
  • Replace butter with vegan margarine or coconut oil.

For a gluten-free version:

  • Use a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour.

Now, let’s dive into the heart of the recipe—preparing this delightful cake!

Steps

The steps of preparation (possible in all kinds of variations):

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease two 9-inch round cake pans. Line the bottoms with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  6. If using food coloring, divide the batter evenly and tint with your desired colors.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pans, smoothing the tops with a spatula.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. While the cakes cool, prepare the buttercream frosting. Beat the butter until creamy.
  11. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating on low until combined. Stir in the vanilla extract and heavy cream, and beat on high until light and fluffy.
  12. If using food coloring, divide the frosting and tint with your desired colors.
  13. Once the cakes are completely cool, level the tops if necessary. Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread with a generous amount of frosting.
  14. Place the second layer on top and frost the top and sides of the cake with a crumb coat. Chill for 15-30 minutes.
  15. Apply a final layer of frosting, smoothing it out for a polished finish.
  16. Decorate the cake with additional frosting, sprinkles, or other decorations to match your theme.

Nutritional Benefits

  • Protein-Rich: Eggs and butter provide essential proteins for growth and repair.
  • Energy Boosting: Sugar and flour offer quick energy, perfect for a celebratory occasion.
  • Mood Enhancer: The sweetness can boost serotonin levels, making everyone happier.
  • Vitamin-Rich: Eggs offer vitamins like B12, crucial for nervous system health.
  • Calcium Source: Milk provides calcium for strong bones and teeth.
  • Healthy Fats: Butter and milk contain fats necessary for overall health.

Possible Additions or Upgrades

  • Fruit Fillings: Add a layer of fresh fruit or fruit preserves between the cake layers.
  • Chocolate Ganache: Drizzle chocolate ganache over the top for a rich addition.
  • Edible Flowers: Decorate with edible flowers for a beautiful, natural touch.
  • Themed Toppers: Add themed cake toppers to match the baby shower décor.
  • Flavored Frosting: Experiment with different frosting flavors like strawberry, lemon, or chocolate.

Questions and Answers

Can I make the cake ahead of time?

Yes, you can bake the cake layers a day in advance and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. Frost and decorate the cake on the day of the event.

How can I store the leftover cake?

Store leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or refrigerate for up to a week.

Can I freeze the cake?

Yes, the cake layers can be frozen for up to 3 months. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and foil before freezing. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before frosting.

What if I don’t have two 9-inch pans?

You can bake the cake in one pan and slice it into layers once it cools, or use different-sized pans and adjust the baking time accordingly.

Can I use a different type of frosting?

Absolutely! Cream cheese frosting or whipped cream frosting are great alternatives to buttercream.

How do I prevent the cake from being too dry?

Ensure not to overmix the batter and avoid overbaking. Check the cake a few minutes before the recommended baking time.

Can I add flavor to the cake batter?

Yes, you can add extracts like almond, lemon, or orange to enhance the flavor.

Is it possible to make the cake without an electric mixer?

Yes, but it will require more effort. Use a whisk and beat the ingredients thoroughly by hand.

What can I use if I don’t have parchment paper?

You can grease the pans well with butter or cooking spray and dust with flour to prevent sticking.

How can I make the cake more moist?

Add a tablespoon of mayonnaise or a few tablespoons of sour cream to the batter for extra moisture.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoy making this delightful cake as much as I have. It has brought so much joy to our family celebrations, and I’m sure it will be a hit at your baby shower too. Don’t forget to share your creation on social media and spread the love! Happy baking!

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