21 Gorgeous Baby Shower Cake Ideas for Spring
With spring in full bloom and pregnancy announcement after pregnancy announcement popping up in your feed, there’s no doubt you’ve got a few baby showers to attend in the coming months. If you’re the lucky friend who’s offered to throw one for your BFF, you know that you need to pull out *all* the stops — and that includes anything and everything on the dessert table. First step: whipping up a colorful + adorable baby shower cake to go with the theme and color scheme you or the mommy-to-be already picked out. The gorgeous recipes below will work for any shower, whether you’re looking for creamy ombre pastels or decadent gilded designs. Scroll on for some cake-spiration that your BFF will love looking at as much as biting into.
1. Watercolor Buttercream Cake: No matter what the baby turns out to be, there’s no denying how stunning this pink and gold watercolor cake is. Stick to a vanilla bean frosting to make the colors really pop against the white base. Top it off with a few vanilla bean buttercream poofs, and you’ve got the prettiest baby shower cake on the block. (via Sweetapolita)
2. Vanilla Cake With Ombre Macarons: Macarons + cake sounds almost too good to be true. Yet, it’s definitely a thing — which means, it’ll definitely be at your BFF’s baby shower. Add a little decorative flair to your macarons with some sprinkles, and you’ve got one sweet-looking cake. (via Herznah)
3. Gilded Watercolor Cake: This gorgeous rainbow of watercolors and edible gold foil looks like it came straight out of a bohemian babe’s daydreams. If you want to blow your BFF away, opt for this cake that looks more like a piece of art than food. (via Brit + Co)
4. Spring Pastel Confetti Cake: This color explosion of a cake is one your BFF will appreciate if she isn’t afraid to go bold with her colors. If you thought it was colorful on the outside, just wait until your friends cut a slice for an even brighter rainbow surprise! (via Brit + Co)
5. Tribal Geometric Cake: This stunning blend of two trends (tribal print + geometric) looks like a baby of the Pinterest variety. Find out what trends your friend is loving atm, and surprise her with a cake that combines her faves together. Hint: Scope out her Pinterest! (via B.Loved)
6. Spring Layer Cake With Pink Buttercream Flowers: There’s nothing sweeter than buttercream, unless it’s a a bouquet of buttercream flowers. Dress up an all white cake with a bright and colorful display of floral frosting for a simple but chic cake. (via I Am Baker)
7. Orange Sherbet Cake: The ombre design of this cake looks almost too perfect for words. Luckily, it’s an easy project so long as you have food coloring and icing. Just play around with the food coloring to get the exact shade of icing you’d like, tidy up and garnish with a tasty fruit up top for the finished look. (via Design Love Fest)
8. Cherry-Vanilla Layer Cake: Chances are your friend won’t know what the baby is yet. Opt for a cake that rocks both “girly” and “boyish” decorations (think: a pink and blue combo) while still looking fab. (via Sprinkle Bakes)
9. Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Rainbows aren’t just pretty to look at. Mark the beginning of your friend’s latest adventure with the symbol of new beginnings on a rainbow-inspired cake your friend is sure to appreciate. (via Handmade Charlotte)
11. Strawberry Limeade Cake: Kick the taste game up a notch with this unexpected strawberry limeade cake that packs quite the flavor punch. The complementary combo of pink and green is easy on the eyes *and* will look adorable at a tropical-themed shower. (via Food Fanatic)
12. Spring Lemon Cake: Add a little bit of confetti without committing to the full-on color explosion on the inside with this more subtle number. With a handful of pastel sprinkles and candy eggs later, you’ve got a spring-ready cake for your baby shower. (via Brit + Co)
13. Mint and Pink Cake: For a super fun cake, go for three different layer designs. Your BFF and her friends will love getting to decide which layer is their favorite in terms of flavor and design. (via 100 Layer Cake-let)
14. Blueberry Lavender Cake: This ombre blend of pinks and blues are perfect for the gender neutral baby shower. Get the frosting technique down pat and you’ll have a pretty, chic and simple dessert all rolled into one. (via Style Sweet CA)
15. Elegant Floral Cake: A ruffled cake will add a touch of elegance to your friend’s baby shower. Go for pink, blue or a combo or colors. Either way, its fancy design will elevate the shower’s dessert spread without overdoing it. (via Kara’s Party Ideas)
16. Polka Dot Icing Cake With Strawberry and Rhubarb: If you’ve got the time, go for polka dot icing. It’ll win the contest against polka dot sprinkles, even though it may take some extra effort. (via Raspberri Cupcakes)
17. Polka Dot Inside-And-Out Cake: Create this cake decked out in polka dots by adding cake balls mixed with your choice of food coloring to the mix. Then, add circle-shaped non-pareil rainbow sprinkles on the surface when the cake is all done. (via Handmade Charlotte)
18. Cake With Edible Flowers: Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. In this case, it totally is. Celebrate your baby shower with this dreamy garden of a cake made up of edible flowers. Some edible flowers you can add to yours include rose petals, carnations, pansies, camomile and calendula. (via Design Love Fest)
19. Floral and Honey Cake: Here’s another way to arrange edible flowers on your cake. Create a crescent of florals to elevate any ordinary cake. It’s sure to catch everyone’s eye at the shower. (via The School of Styling)
20. Kites and Bunting Cake: Bunting looks good on pretty much everything — including cakes. All you’ll need to *tie* this look together is some ribbon, patterned card stock paper and some string (if you’re planning on adding some kites for a cake topper). (via Bump Smitten)
21. Hip Hip Hooray Cake: Sometimes, simple is the most elegant of approaches. This beautiful “naked” cake proves just that. Keep your cake fluff-free and garnish with fresh flowers for a minimalist-chic look. (via Evite)
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com