Since baby showers are often afternoon affairs, sweet treats aren't just a nice touch, they're a necessity! If cupcakes are your sugar fix of choice, you're in luck. We've uncovered 25 of the prettiest, most creative, and covetable cupcake ideas out there. From the simple to the superinvolved, you're sure to find inspiration for your baby shower bash right here.
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Sprinkled With Love
Sprinkle-coated cupcakes would be equally appropriate at a traditional baby shower or a smaller "sprinkle" for a second or third baby.
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Each of these motifs is sweet on its own, but when displayed together, the result is extra-appealing.
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Pickles and Ice Cream
Indulge her pregnancy cravings with this clever take on that old classic pickles and ice cream. Use real gherkins, or for the faint of heart, swap them out with a sugary lookalike instead!
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She's About to Pop!
For a "Pop!"-themed baby shower, these bubble cupcake pops combined two favorite dessert table trends.
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Baby in a Bathtub
Trish of Sweetology 101 made these clever little cupcakes for her cousin's daughter's baptism, but the concept would be equally appropriate for a baby shower.
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Re-create the look of these luscious red velvet cupcakes topped with nautical-themed flags  by ordering the printables from Honeycomb Events.
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For a Nesting Mom-to-Be
Shredded coconut turns these cupcakes into baby birds' nests. Jelly beans were used as "eggs," and gumballs were decorated to look like peeping baby birds.
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At a retro schoolhouse shower  thrown for a kindergarten teacher, classic cupcakes were displayed on vintage cake stands.
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Oh Boy — or Girl!
White and yellow frosting, paired with pink, blue, and multicolored toppers, makes these classic cupcakes perfect for a gender-neutral baby shower.
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An Old-Fashioned Fave
Red velvet cake is a Southern tradition that's made a big-time comeback in recent years. Red velvet works just as well at a baby boy, girl, or surprise baby's shower.
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Sock It to Me
A sock-monkey-themed cupcake tower coordinated with all of the other thoughtfully planned out elements of baby-to-be Franklin's shower.
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Goodnight Moon Cupcakes
Pay homage to the classic children's book with these Goodnight Moon-inspired cupcakes. Top plain vanilla cupcakes (you can even use store-bought) with "Hush" and "Sweet Dreams" flags.
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Get the look of this Pottery Barn-perfect shower with free, downloadable cupcake toppers and wrappers .
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NYC favorite Magnolia Bakery is often credited with having launched the cupcake craze. Now you can send their "You're Having a Baby!" assortment  shipped anywhere in the country — or use the look as inspiration for your own  cupcakes.
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"We had cupcakes made for each guest with a pink frosting on the inside so that when they bit into the cupcake, they knew it was a girl," Jesi says.
When the cupcakes look this good, they easily become part of the party decor.
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A Face a Mother Is Sure to Love
Surrounding a cake with complementary grab-and-go cupcakes gives party guests options (and looks supercute)!
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These lemon cupcakes were iced with cream cheese frosting, and pay homage to those beloved Golden Books.
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Quit Monkeying Around!
Fake your way around the kitchen by topping store-bought (or your own) cupcakes with these fondant monkey toppers  from Two Sugar Babies.
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We love the "nest egg" design of these little peepers — they'd be especially appropriate for feting twins-on-the-way.
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Glory of Glorious Treats  has the secret to the most realistic-looking hydrangea cupcakes. They're too pretty to eat . . . almost!
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How elegant are these sculptural rosy cupcakes?
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Inspired by bitty baby clothes, these cupcakes feature tiny onesies and buttons.
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The Forecast Is Calling For . . .
We loved these cloud cupcakes that were served at a "Sprinkle Shower" for a mom's second baby!
Source: Lisa Storms