Simple designs, like the luscious buttercream blooms atop these tiny cakes, can make a big impression. Just three inches high, these beauties could be the highlight of a dessert buffet or served at each place at a shower.
Refresh your shower guests with layer after colorful layer. Creating this stacked confection is simpler than making a sundae -- just spoon the slightly softened icy treats into a loaf pan (line the pan with plastic wrap first, and freeze one layer before adding the next). Our stripes, from top, are cantaloupe sorbet, peach frozen yogurt, strawberry ice cream, and raspberry sorbet.
Sometimes the simplest techniques produce the most striking effects, as is the case with these single tiers topped with cocoa-powder initials (his, hers, and theirs). A fairly dense cake, such as a pound cake or vegetable-oil-based cake, works best to provide an even surface to stencil, as does turning the flat bottom of the cake top-side. We glazed our Chocolate-Cherry-Stout Cake with a cornstarch-based chocolate glaze. Once the glaze hardened, the stencils (available from Designer Stencils) were applied, and cocoa powder dusted on.
These colorful, easy to make, and delicious sweet frozen treats are perfect for any bridal shower. All you need is a mixer to soften the sorbet and a metal container -- or four (you can use cake molds and a vase to get these shapes). Once the sorbet is smooth in consistency, spoon it into the containers (for visual flair, layer different flavors), and freeze overnight. Lemon, peach, coconut, and pink grapefruit sorbets are showcased in our versions, but you could easily substitute ice cream.
The fondant-covered box "lids" are the actual cake here, and the bottoms, also wrapped in fondant, are cake risers. The whole package is tied together with a taffeta ribbon, while each tier is edged with gold luster dust and matching royal-icing dots -- adorably perfect for a bridal shower. The surrounding gumdrops, mint "lentils," sugar wafers, dragees, and pillow mints, are treats you might find inside these packages ... were they not made of cake.
A little decadence goes a long way, especially when the words "triple" and "chocolate" are involved. Moist, coffee-infused chocolate cake, milk chocolate mousse, and a creamy chocolate glaze combine for a mocha moment -- complete with a coffee bean -- that's worth the indulgence and will make any chocolate lover jump for joy.
Acknowledge Cupid's work with ice cream hearts in which his arrow has made its mark. Soften strawberry ice cream in a mixer on low, spread onto a rimmed baking sheet, and refreeze. Bake arrow-shaped tuiles, and just before serving, cut ice cream with a cookie cutter and place arrow.
These truffles are made even more special with the addition of champagne and cognac. To make them look as good as they taste, we rolled ours in coarse sanding sugar. Serve these at each guest's seat at a bridal shower, or wrap them up in glassine bags with a bow as favors.
This shortbread comes in two flavors, classic butter and a modern version made with green tea. The classic cookies are round with small spoon and fork imprints; the green tea ones are cut into the shape of leaves. Both make perfect additions to a tea-themed shower.
Softly sweetened coffee-infused cream makes for deeply flavored panna cottas (Italian custards) that are as silky and light as they are rich. A vanilla-flecked caramel sauce balances the slight bitterness of the coffee. Present them as a delightful dessert course at a shower and guests will be thanking you.
Ice cream without a cone is like jelly without peanut butter: It's great on its own but tastes so much better with its classic companion. Now guests can enjoy a drip-free ice cream cone with these delightful -- and delicious -- waffle cups. For a lick of extra visual punch, match the flavor of ice cream or sorbet to your color scheme.
Shapely bombes, consisting of sorbets layered in molds and frozen, lend cool sophistication to a sweets table and make a wonderful dessert at a shower. On the left, the tropical bombe made with lemon, coconut, and passion fruits; in the middle, a lemon and Champagne sorbet; and on the right, a coconut-lemon dome adorned with candied lemons.
For a cold and refreshing (and very fitting) palate cleanser, give each shower guest a miniature wedding cake molded from sorbet. For a sweet decoration, the bride's and groom's initials are piped in chocolate along the edge of each plate, and the sorbet "cake" is garnished with raspberries.
To create these whimsical Pavlovas, clouds of meringue, perfumed with vanilla, are baked until crispy outside and marshmallow-soft within; each is topped with a pool of lemon curd and candied lemon slices. Shower guests will be asking for more of this delicious and dreamy dessert.
Individual Pavlovas are both whimsical and elegant when served in miniature cupcake liners. The dessert was named for Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. The "cake" portion of the cupcake is a puff of meringue, crispy on the outside and soft inside; each Pavlova is topped with a dollop of tangy yogurt cream and a sugared golden currant.
Acknowledge Cupid's work with ice cream hearts in which his arrow has made its mark. Soften strawberry ice cream in a mixer on low, spread onto a rimmed baking sheet, and refreeze. Bake arrow-shaped tuiles. Just before serving, cut ice cream with a cookie cutter and place arrow.
An adorable dessert for a garden-themed bridal shower, these "potted" chocolate puddings celebrate the season of buds and new beginnings. Composed of flowering herbs nestled in chocolaty "soil"-covered pudding, the decadent desserts are a sweet, witty symbol of your fresh start.
"I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir," David Bowie once said. These glimmering goodies are practically as easy to make and, with their surprising flavors, just as captivating. We covered dried sour cherries in marzipan and luster dust, then added faux leaves on top for a touch of gold.
Everyone knows you and your groom are cut out for each other; these monogrammed shortbread sandwich cookies just drive home the point. Let store-bought cookie cutters do the heavy lifting; we started with a round ruffly one to get the shape, then mini alphabet cutters for the monogram. Between the layers lives sweet-tart rhubarb jam -- another perfect match. We used mini alphabet cutters by R&M from Amazon.com and a heart aspic cutter by Ateco. Serve them as a sweet treat at your shower, or package them up and send them home with your guests as favors.
If love is like a rose, then these mango tartlets resembling the romantic blooms are truly the food of love -- minus the thorns. They're a diminutive treat to make for a light and fragrant dessert for a bridal shower, thanks to the airy pate-brisee crust and a vanilla-infused filling of creme fraiche. Arrange strips of fruit to form "petals" and garnish with a mint leaf.
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