You don’t have to be a practiced baker to make cute baby shower cakes. Even if you are an accomplished baker or cake decorator, but you are simply short on time, you can use your favorite cake recipe or bake cakes from a packaged mix. Whip up your own frosting or buy ready to use tubs of frosting, adding food coloring if desired. Blue and pink cupcakes can be appropriate, or cakes can be made in simple shapes that look like children's toys.
One of the easiest things to do is to make cupcakes. Add a drop of red food coloring to a bowl of white frosting and a drop of blue to another, then mix them well to make pink and baby blue icing. When cupcakes have cooled, frost half of them with each color. You can then simply line up the cupcakes to spell out the word baby in the center of the table. Place doilies on the table first, if you want, and scatter pink and blue diaper pins around the bottoms of the cupcakes.
As an alternative, you could make baby shower cakes that look like baby blocks. Mix batter for three cakes according to package or recipe directions. Spray or grease three square pans and divide the cake batter evenly between the pans; many people find that disposable foil pans work well. Bake according to directions and cool. While your cakes are cooling, cover a large piece of cardboard with foil, butcher paper, or wrapping paper to make a base for your cakes and then place all three cooled squares on the base. Angle each one just a little.
Frost the cakes with white frosting or set aside parts of each tub of frosting to mix with food coloring and frost each cake in a pastel color. Use thick licorice whips to make the letters A, B, and C on the top of each square cake. Cover the licorice with frosting in a color that contrasts with the frosting on each cake. Use licorice to make a border around the inside top edges and the outside bottom edges. Cover the licorice with frosting, then place a few real pacifiers around and between your cakes as additional decorations, if you want.
If you’re really in a pinch, you can simply bake a cake and frost it. Print out a cute image from your computer, cut it out, and center it on top of your cake. Remove the image before serving by gently pulling it off in a diagonal direction.