If you have the cake custom ordered, most of the larger bakeries can scan a photograph of the happy couple right onto the cake. The icing that is used is completely edible and the pictures come out quite clear. Pick the bride¬?s favorite picture or a happy picture she has never seen. Baby pictures of the bride and groom would make a fun statement if you can find them.
If you have a definite theme for the shower, try to find a picture that supports it. For example, if the shower theme is ¬?firsts,¬? try to find a picture of the couple¬?s first date to place on the cake. Talk with the bakery to see what ideas they have for creating a theme cake.
There are many traditional bridal verses that can be inscribed on the cake. If the bride has a favorite biblical verse or has selected something special for the wedding invitations, have that written on the cake. You can find suitable verses on the Internet by checking the chat rooms on bridal sites. A favorite poem or saying would also be appropriate.
A traditional cake can be jazzed up with many different types of bridal shower cake toppers. These are available in bridal shops, online, and in specialty catalogs. Usually their designs are stylized and symbolic, and they can elevate an ordinary cake to a spectacular showpiece. Anything from spiral crystal hearts to ceramic doves and bells would work. Again, check with the bakery so they know what type of topper you will be using.
You don¬?t have to do one big cake for a bridal shower. Individual cakes would be perfect for a more elegant, intimate gathering. Tea cakes and pastries would be great for a breakfast shower. Chocolates and mousse might be more appropriate for a formal evening shower.
Let the personality of the bride and the type of shower you are hosting play a big part in what kind of cake you choose. Make sure your bakery comes well recommended, and try some samples if you are having the cake professionally made. Ask your friends and any recent brides what they did for a bridal shower cake. The mother of the bride would be an excellent source of advice. Bridal magazines and planning books will have sections on bridal showers and should have some basic guidance on bridal shower cakes. As long as the cake supports the feeling and the theme of the shower, anything that tastes good is perfect.