We're all about seeking out new trends when it comes to hosting a stylish baby shower, and over the past few years, cake pops and cupcakes have ruled the scene. But sometimes a party calls for a good old-fashioned cake — the kind that needs to be cut with a knife. If the mom-to-be who you're honoring is more of a traditionalist than a trend follower, then serve her up a sweet slice of one of these 15 beautiful baby cakes!
Remember the wedding you've been dreaming of since you were a little girl? The one filled with romantic details and pinks and pearls here and there? Well, here are some desserts that are just the, err, icing on the cake. These 25 feminine creations are romantic, whimsical, and dainty all at once, whether it's because of their heart designs or their pastel hues. In other words: they're just downright beautiful. Click on to check 'em out.
Eye-catching and almost sculptural, bundt cakes are a beauty to behold when unmolded from their pans unscathed. Unfortunately, if the correct precautions aren't taken, what makes these cakes so visually appealing — their intricate ridges and valleys — can be a downfall. Thankfully, with a little know-how, this problem becomes a nuisance of the past.
- While we understand the appeal of a vintage bundt pan, generally these are best relegated as kitchen decor, as most are thin, don't promote heat evenly, and are less likely to unmold cleanly. Use these at your own risk, and take extra care with pan prep. Our favorite pan is sturdy and has a light-colored (for less-intense browning) nonstick coating for added insurance, though other options will work as well.
- Brush the entire interior of the pan (get into those nooks and crannies!) with a thin coat of melted butter. To make sure you didn't miss a spot, examine the pan under a bright light, which will reflect off the butter's sheen and highlight any ungreased areas.
As foodies, we know you can never have too many sweets, making dessert tables the perfect complement to your wedding cake. In fact, these tables are increasingly becoming the star of the show, showcasing a couple's favorite treats. Keeping your theme and your love for sweets in mind, we found dessert tables fitting for all weddings. Whether you're the rustic or romantic type, rest assured your sweet tooth will be satisfied.
Although florals and frills can make a grand impact on a wedding cake, so too can geometric shapes, mod detail, and other unexpected contemporary flourishes. For the nontraditional couple, we've rounded up 25 eye-popping cakes that are guaranteed to serve guests an impressive bite. Take a peek and get inspired!
Whether you're going the DIY route and asking a friend or family member to bake up a cake, or working with a pastry shop, wedding cake design doesn't stop at aesthetics. From ultratraditional (triple chocolate) to tropical and trendy (coconut passion fruit), these flavor combinations will help inspire the most important aspect of your cake: what's inside. Consider our suggestions as just that, the baker or bakery you're working with will likely have ideas of their own, and many of these flavor combinations can be mixed and matched as well. You're sure to be truly inspired: just keep reading.
You won't find any frills or fuss here. When it comes to wedding cakes, grandiose designs don't always cut it. That's why we've rounded up cakes without all the pomp and circumstance for couples with sleek and simple style. And remember: just because you're looking for cakes on the plain side of things doesn't mean you have to settle for boring. Quite the opposite, these 25 cakes (and two bonus ones) come with a little extra something special.
It's not all about that private 20-week ultrasound anymore! More and more parents are planning gender reveal parties to find out their baby's sex and share the excitement with family and friends through a big reveal, usually in cake form. So how is it done? Most moms and dads have their ultrasound technician write the child's sex on a slip of paper that is placed in an envelope. It's then dropped off at a bakery where a cake is baked in the appropriate color and iced to hide the news. When the parents-to-be cut into the sweet treat, they learn about their future offspring's sex. If you need inspiration for your own gender revealing cake, check out then 16 following adorable options, and happy cake cutting!
Lately wedding cakes, which used to be a nonnegotiable part of nearly any nuptial celebration, have taken a step away from the spotlight. In their place are unconventional cakes (like those wedding cake made entirely of cheese), cupcake towers, dessert bars, and other ilk. Frankly, we're not quite sure how we feel about that absence of a wedding cake. Where do you stand on the matter?
Say goodbye to Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, Donettes, and Zingers! The company that brought us all these sugary treats and more, Hostess, is closing. After 82 years, the former largest wholesale baker in the US (and owner of Wonder Bread), has decided to fire more than 18,000 workers and liquidate assets after a nationwide strike put the defunct company over the edge.
In honor of the sad news, we're taking a look back to the good ol' days of the packaged desserts with these vintage ads for Hostess and other sweets like cake, pie, candy, and chocolate. Of course, there are some sexist ads included, as the '50s and '60s were still the glamourized housewife eras, and there's that pesky chocolate and women stereotype (chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, ack!). But let's reminisce about the sugar-filled days before Weight Watchers, thinspiration, and anorexic Disney characters. So get your fork and frosting out and dive into these vintage dessert ads!