A shower is a wonderful chance to celebrate a new baby-to-be. If you’re hosting a baby shower for a friend, sibling, or for yourself, you’ll want to plan a menu worthy of the occasion. Dessert is a must-have, whether you plan to serve a full meal, or just snacks and appetizers.

Cupcakes are a nice alternative to a full-size cake. They are individually portioned (no cutting necessary!) and something about the petite-sized cakes just screams “baby shower.”

You can always pick up cupcakes from a bakery, but making them yourself is a good way to save money if you’re on a budget. You’ll just need a piping bag and icing tip for the frosting.

These 11 recipes are perfect for celebrating a baby girl, baby boy, or for keeping it neutral if the parents-to-be aren’t sharing the gender.

Cupcakes for a baby girl shower

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Celebrating a sweet baby girl-to-be calls for a celebratory shower with plenty of treats.

1. Strawberry cupcakes with cheesecake frosting

For this easy-to-make cupcake, the blogger behind That’s What {Che} Says combined strawberry shortcake and cheesecake into one recipe.

To save time, she used a store-bought mix for the cake, pressed a whole strawberry inside, and topped it all with decadent, homemade cheesecake frosting. Genius!

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2. Neapolitan cupcakes

Can’t decide between chocolate or vanilla cupcakes? Don’t worry. With Neapolitan, your guests can enjoy both. These cupcakes are topped with pink, strawberry-flavored frosting, so they’d work well for a baby girl’s shower.

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3. Strawberry milkshake cupcakes

For a throwback, these adorable pink cupcakes are topped with a big mound of frosting and Whopper candies. Add in colorful, striped drinking straws to make them look like milkshakes. They’d be perfect for a baby girl shower. Plus, what mom-to-be doesn’t love milkshakes?

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4. Lemon cupcakes with lavender frosting

You might be having a girl, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited to only using pink for the shower. Lavender is a pretty, springtime alternative. These lemon cupcakes are full of tart flavor and will be a crowd pleaser. Top them with a piece of fresh lavender for a pretty garnish.

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Cupcakes for a baby boy shower

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At a baby boy’s shower, there’s probably going to be something blue, no matter what theme you choose. Make these blue-colored cupcakes to match the décor.

5. I am baby cakes

If you’re looking for a simple cupcake recipe with blue frosting, try this one from the blog Welcome to a Farmgirl’s Dabbles. The instructions call for mini silicone baking pans, making these “baby” size for a shower. Top them off with blue sugar pearls and small white nonpareils for a festive finish.

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6. Cute as a button cupcakes

These adorable cupcakes topped with fondant buttons would be a good option for an experienced baker to bring to the shower. The recipe notes that the buttons take time to make and dry, so plan ahead. Hopefully your efforts will be rewarded with all the “oos” and “ahhs” you’ll get after serving cupcakes with edible, mini buttons.

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7. Blue velvet cupcakes

You’ve probably tried red velvet cake before, but did you know you can also make blue velvet? The ingredients are very similar, you’ll just use blue food coloring instead of red. These are topped with creamy, cream cheese frosting that won’t take long to make.

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You can still plan a lovely gender-neutral shower if the parents-to-be aren’t sharing the baby’s sex yet. You won’t be limited by colors, and instead can pick a seasonal cupcake to serve.

8. Salted triple caramel cupcakes

If you’re hosting a shower in the fall or winter, you might want to avoid serving cupcakes with bright-colored frosting. Instead, go with a richer flavor and bake up these caramel cupcakes with salted caramel frosting.

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9. Tropical mango vanilla cupcakes

Your shower guests will love the delicious combination of flavors in this topical treat. The coconut cupcakes are made with coconut yogurt for an extra creamy texture. They’re topped with rich buttercream frosting that’s made with mango puree and vanilla. These are perfect to serve at a poolside or summertime shower.

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10. Pineapple upside down cupcakes

 If you like the idea of serving cupcakes, but don’t love the traditional cake and frosting combination, make mini pineapple upside down cakes instead. These are a fun treat, but can be a little sticky, so be sure to have plenty of plates and napkins available.

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11. Sunflower cupcakes

If you’re having a spring or summer shower and are confident in your piping skills, consider making these sunflower cupcakes. The frosting requires a bit of skill and practice, so watch the video in the recipe for step-by-step instructions. The final product will look great served on a pretty platter or cake stand.

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The takeaway

Cupcakes at a baby shower are sure to be a crowd pleaser. They are pre-portioned, look cute, and you can make them yourself.

With so many options to choose from, there’s no need to serve pink or blue cupcakes to be gender-friendly. If you still aren’t sure what type of cupcakes to make, ask the mama-to-be what her favorite type of cake is and go with that. She’s the VIP, after all.