Rub-a Dub-Dub Baby In A Tub: Baby Shower Cupcakes

Here’s a cute and very easy cupcake to make for a baby shower.
baby shower cupcakes
bubble bath baby shower cupcakesBubble Bath Baby Cupcakes ~

Here’s what you’ll need:

bubble bath baby shower cupcakes

  • Tips #4 and #8 or similar sizes
  • Pastry bag/coupler
  • Baby decoration
  • Royal icing ducks (you can make your own with the same number tips as above) or purchase if you only need a few. This saves a lot of time.
  • Disco Dust in Rainbowbubble bath baby shower cupcakes
Seriously. How cute is this tush?

bubble bath baby shower cupcakes

Spread a base of icing on the cupcake and place the baby on top.Next, squeeze drops from the larger tube in a random pattern over the cupcake and the baby except the head and arms. Cover the icing surface with these. If you find yourself making drops with little spiky tops, wait a few minutes for them to set and get a tad crusty and then push them down. This will give you a rounder bubble.

bubble bath baby shower cupcakes
Change out to the smaller tip and make smaller bubbles here and there on top of the larger ones.

Sprinkle with Disco Dust and place a couple of ducks in the tub!

Note: When placing royal icing decorations into buttercream, don’t add them more than a day ahead. The grease in the buttercream will start to break down the sugar and meringue base.

bubble bath baby shower cupcakes
It’s bath time!

Icing Tips ~
If you use a Buttercream Icing with vanilla and butter, the icing will not be pure white.
I used Amer-Color Bright White to brighten up the color. It’s a liquid. I used quite a bit, about 1/4 cup for a double batch of icing. Cut down on the amount of liquid in your icing recipe to compensate on using added liquid coloring.
If you don’t like to use as much of this coloring, use an icing recipe that has only white ingredients.

Here’s my recipe I use when I need a true white decorating icing.
It is a tad labor intensive with mixing 2 separate parts and then combining them but it produces a light and fluffy icing with a great flavor.

Decorating Icing

Part 1
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
2 Tbls. Meringue Powder
1/2 cup (less 2 Tbls.) Water (very hot)
1/4 tsp. salt (optional)
1/2 tsp. almond extract or other clear flavoring

Beat until stiff peaks form with a whisk attachment if using a Kitchen Aid mixer. (Any amount of grease will keep the icing from getting stiff.)

Part 2
2 cups Crisco Shortening
1 lb. Powdered Sugar

Mix until light and fluffy with a paddle attachment if using a Kitchen Aid mixer.

Mix Part 1 into Part 2 and beat well on high speed with a paddle attachment about 8-10 minutes scrapping the bowl and beater. Do not refrigerate.


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  1. These are, hands down, adorable!! Do you have babies on the brain? I know I do–thanks to you!

  2. OK these are seriously the cutest things you have done yet. OMG I would want to keep this and put some shalac or something on it and put it on my coffee table as a conversation piece! This is just too cute and creative for words. Seriously I have to send a picture of this to friends that I know would appreciate it! Are you planning a shower or just “in a baby state of mind”? LOL…great job!

  3. Seriously, adorable!!! xo HHL

  4. So bubbly cute! And tasty too I bet!
    xo Cathy

  5. Oh. My. God. I am astounded. WIldly adorable.

  6. Perfect!

    Nice information, this really useful for me. There is nothing to argue about. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it.

    Thanks and God Bless.

  7. This one has taken the cake! (excuse the partial pun!)

  8. Adorable!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I was the lucky recipient of these
    FABULOUSLY adorable cupcakes..I was in awe of those darling babies floating in a tub of glittery soapsuds, complete with tiny yellow ducks! Thank you, Marilyn, for celebrating the arrival of my first grandchild, Elliott Townes, with my family! BTW….the cupcakes were YUMMY…. xoxoxo Kathi

  10. That’s really clever.

  11. These are beyond any words I have at the moment. I guess they are fabubbleous!

  12. Those are HILARIOUS! So fun to see your creativity!

  13. Beyond adorable…

  14. Anonymous says:

    where do you get the Disco Dust and the Amer-Color Bright White? Thanks!

  15. PRECIOUS, PERFECT! I am totally jealous of Kathi!! {I love her grandbaby’s name!!} Please come to Tennessee so we can do these for my dil’s baby shower 🙂 hehe.
    P.S. Promise me I can go to the Martha Stewart show with you when you’re invited 😉 xoxo

  16. Thank you all very much! I’m glad you liked the little bubs in the tub. 🙂

  17. OMG!!! I have just now found this and am in LOVE! Since I have also just found out how delicious martinis are (via my first citrus martini and chocolate martini) I am thrilled to find you. Plus the fact that you write a great blog. 🙂

  18. Oh my word! How adorable are these! Wonderful job!


  19. i cannot believe this is a cupcake!! this is amazing!!

  20. These are too cute! I came to your blog to enter te Vera giveaway and stayed to look around. What fun!

  21. Kathleen says:

    These are so cute!

  22. Anonymous says:

    So cute and YUMMY..but pls. where can i get the baby dolls????

  23. I found them at a cake store that no longer carries them. 🙁


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