The belly cake is a baby shower staple, and it’s surprisingly simple to make! Here’s how to create your own.


Wilton ball cake pan (both halves)

Large half ball cake pans

Quarter sheet cake pan

Fondant in skin tone, hot pink, purple and white.

2 Sugar flowers


Bake 4 cakes– both Wilton ball cake pans for breasts, large half round for tummy  and a quarter sheet to add height. Position the round cakes on the sheet, as shown.


Carve down the quarter sheet to 1/2 inch from the rounds.


With a sharp knife, carve at a diagonal away from the balls to form rounded edges on the sheet cake. Cut away the excess cake board.


Dirty ice the cake.


Smooth using a Viva paper towel.


Create the foot print using 3/8 inch fondant, and attach to buttercream.


Cover the whole cake in flesh color fondant. Take time to smooth carefully over the footprint. I used a small ball tool and other gum paste tools to reveal the foot print. Roll a thin log of fondant, and wrap it in a spiral to form the belly button.


Roll white fondant and cut into large triangles. With a small amount of water, attach the top.


Roll out the hot pink fondant to 2 feet long and 2 1/2 inches wide. Gather pleats and attach to the underside of the belly. Roll out purple  to about 16 inches and fold both sides in toward the middle. Attach to skirt. Cut hot pink zebra stripe shapes and attach to top.


Add purple extruded boarders to the top. Attach flowers– 1 at the hip and 1 on the opposite side in the middle at the bottom of the bikini top. I used glitter dust to enhance the skirt and purple flowers!


renae43 Says... 2013-04-01 15:33:33

Great tutorial ! What size is the large half ball pan and where can I buy one

jany1 Says... 2013-04-01 15:40:11

Love it, thanks for the tutorial! How much would you charge for a cake like this one?

Overboard Says... 2013-04-01 19:01:04

@Renae43, just google "half sphere cake pan", wilton sells them and so does

Vanessa7 Says... 2013-04-01 19:04:17

Great tutorial! Thank you for doing this tutorial.

Overboard Says... 2013-04-01 19:09:10

Also Kitchen Kraft sell a larger one "Fat Daddio's Hemisphere Ball Pan, 8" x 4", I think Wilton's is only a 6inch.

aimeejane Says... 2013-04-02 02:26:26

Hoping to make this soon x

dana419 Says... 2013-04-02 11:31:27

Hi, Thanks for looking!! the big ball pan is actually an ice cream cake pan. small half ball inside the large half ball. I charges $90.00. She was very happy! --Thanks again, Dana

josilind Says... 2013-04-02 13:16:02

I already have the ball pan for the breasts and the sheet cake pan but I am having a hard time trying to find a large ball pan on wilton site and other bakery supply sites. is there possibly another name for this pan (fir the belly) or a specific website I would need to visit> Thanks

josilind Says... 2013-04-02 13:17:24

I just saw some comments above, I am sorry, I didnt read all the way down...thanks

kandiskakes Says... 2013-04-03 06:35:08

Beautiful cake!!! So you actually ice your cake then transfer it to your boar? How do you do that without a major disaster?

maggsg Says... 2013-04-03 10:10:23

Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I agree fat daddies the place to go for cake pans.

GiselaDortalina Says... 2013-04-03 14:06:14

Love it, was a real great tutorial. Thanks for sharing

SugarExplosion Says... 2013-04-04 04:22:36

This is prefect! I have a baby shower this month! I can't wait to do this cake. Thank you for the tutorial.

Nedd Says... 2013-04-05 03:44:59

This is such an adorable cake! Thank you for the helpful tutorial. Can you please tell me how many people this cake serves?

laura3527 Says... 2013-04-05 08:21:06

So cute. Love it!

Rosie55 Says... 2013-04-08 17:25:39

Great tutorial thanks for sharing. Wilton has the pan that I use for the belly on my cakes, it is th SOCCER Ball Pan.

klhoward42 Says... 2013-04-15 10:08:17

I struggled with proportions with this cake!! I felt that the chest was way too large compared to the belly!! I ended up using the 6 cavity half ball pan from wilton and the soccer pan! There are some hedious cakes out there where the chest is a double E sized and it didn't look proportional! I used a 6 in pan as well to give the desire height under the smaller half balls!!

klhoward42 Says... 2013-04-15 10:43:30

I didn't use the large half ball pans, I used the smaller 6 cavity wilton pan and stacked in 6 inch rounds and carved the 6 in down! My cake fed about 25 people. I have pics of mine in my gallery! I had some issues with the larger balls, it wasn't proportional!!

RylanPearson Says... 2013-06-19 11:04:57

Can I use a Pyrex 4 qt Mixing Bowl to do the belly?

dana419 Says... 2013-08-05 08:33:32

cake was for 50

dana419 Says... 2013-08-05 08:34:41

I use pyrex all of the time. I see no reason why you couldn't use it.

ljkkki Says... 2013-08-23 15:22:04

I have a 4 qt pyrex mixing bowl. Any tips on using this and will the breast fit this cake ( I have seen cakes that are not proportioned) Thanks!

ljkkki Says... 2013-08-29 11:25:44

What size cake board did you use for this? Thanks

proudmomma4 Says... 2013-09-30 12:03:40

What size are your pans?

sweetsbysasha Says... 2014-07-24 12:25:37

so for your belly did you use the Wilton 6'' cake ball pan? or did you use the fat daddio's 8'' half ball pan? and what size pans did you use to make your breast?

sweetcleefcakes32 Says... 2014-10-01 16:06:20

Hi all,

Maybe a quick tip, I live in the Netherlands, and I know that most bakers here use Ikea salade bowls to make these kind of cakes! They're very cheap (few dollars) and come in different sizes and you treat them exactly like a 'normal' Wilton or PME baking pan! If you need a picture (I assume that Ikea sell them worldwide) please send me a mail and I'll provide you with one! Happy baking Tamara Cleef (Sweet Cleef Cakes)

delflor1398 Says... 2014-10-13 20:01:27

I always wanted to know how to make a cake like this. Thank you very very much for sharing. I have a question though. I have a boobie pan can I use that for the boobies and I'm not too sure what kind of pan to use for the tummy.

delflor1398 Says... 2014-10-13 20:01:27

I always wanted to know how to make a cake like this. Thank you very very much for sharing. I have a question though. I have a boobie pan can I use that for the boobies and I'm not too sure what kind of pan to use for the tummy.

RetiredToKitch Says... 2015-04-08 18:12:03

This is excellent! My daughter-in-law is trying to get pregnant and if she is successful, I will be taking this project on for her since she will no doubt be celebrating wildly!

tats Says... 2015-04-09 14:36:52

Nice cake . Made some before but I used a stainless steel bowl. worked out pretty well. 

Keep the tutorial coming 

ClarissasCakes Says... 2015-04-10 19:16:45

Wouldn't a quarter sheet cake on bottom be too small? The breasts are 6" and the belly is 8" so that's 14" on one side and 12" on the other so wouldn't you need to use a half sheet cake pan since a quarter is only 9x13? I may be wrong so somebody please correct me if I am lol.

redwine Says... 2015-04-13 18:02:51

ok... sooooo I am so glad I found this tutorial! I do make cakes however not all the time. I was looking for someone in the Washington DC Metro area to make a Tiki Luau Hula Hawaiian version of this. I found the original designer which was advertised through Pinterest... Cost $325!..... WHOA!!!! I need it by April 25 for MUCH less... like $100 range or so... negotiable.  Considering making myself still. For the price of $325, I am considering opening up my own shop LOL! So thank for the tutorial!

dana419 Says... 2015-04-14 10:52:43

I charged $150 for this cake, but I work out of my house and don't have the overhead that a bakery has. also, I make my own fondant which is about $4 a batch.....much cheaper than the chemical smelling retail fondant. Thank you for all of the comments!

cbyerika Says... 2015-05-18 14:25:32

Dana how do u make ur fondant?

dana419 Says... 2015-05-19 01:20:10

Marshmellow fondant:  Ingredients:

16 ounces white mini-marshmallows
2 to 5 tablespoons water
2 pounds icing or powdered sugar
1/2 cup Crisco shortening  

In a large microwavable bowl, melt marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave. To microwave, place the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds, open microwave and stir, back in microwave for 30 seconds more, open microwave and stir again, and continue doing this until melted. It usually takes about 2 1/2 minutes total.

Kneading the fondant dough: Place 3/4 of the powdered sugar on the top of the melted marshmallow mix.

Now grease your hands GENEROUSLY (palms, backs, and in between fingers), then heavily grease the counter you will be using and dump the bowl of marshmallow/sugar mixture in the middle. By the way, this recipe is also good for your hands. When I am done, they are baby soft.

 Start kneading like you would bread dough.

If the mix is tearing easily, it is to dry, so add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time and then knead it in). It usually takes me about 8 minutes to get a firm smooth elastic ball so that it will stretch without tearing when you apply it to the cake. It is best if you can let it sit, double wrapped, overnight (but you can use it right away if there are no tiny bits of dry powdered sugar). If you do see them, you will need to knead and maybe add a few more drops of water.

Storing prepared fondant: Prepare the fondant icing for storing by coating it with a good layer of Crisco shortening, wrap in a plastic-type wrap product and then put it in a re-sealable or Ziploc bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible.

for firmer fondant I add modeling chocolate. About 1/3 of the amount that the above recipe makes. If you need a big batch of one color, add gel food coloring after microwaving the marshmellows and mix together, then add powdered sugar. if you don't need a big batch, add food color after the fondant rests over night. 

I hope this helps!!,  Dana 



msglo Says... 2015-08-13 18:08:48

I agree with ClarissaCakes, a 1/4 sheet pan is to small. I have the Wilton soccer ball pan and placed it on the 1/4 sheet along with the 2 ball pans. It was not large enough

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