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... 1 Apr 2013 , 3:33pm

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

jany1 Says... 1 Apr 2013 , 3:40pm

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

Overboard Says... 1 Apr 2013 , 7:01pm

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

Vanessa7 Says... 1 Apr 2013 , 7:04pm

Great tutorial! Thank you for doing this tutorial.

Overboard Says... 1 Apr 2013 , 7:09pm

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... 2 Apr 2013 , 2:26am

Hoping to make this soon x

dana419 Says... 2 Apr 2013 , 11:31am

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... 2 Apr 2013 , 1:16pm

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... 2 Apr 2013 , 1:17pm

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

kandiskakes Says... 3 Apr 2013 , 6:35am

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... 3 Apr 2013 , 10:10am

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

GiselaDortalina Says... 3 Apr 2013 , 2:06pm

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

SugarExplosion Says... 4 Apr 2013 , 4:22am

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... 5 Apr 2013 , 3:44am

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... 5 Apr 2013 , 8:21am

So cute. Love it!

Rosie55 Says... 8 Apr 2013 , 5:25pm

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... 15 Apr 2013 , 10:08am

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... 15 Apr 2013 , 10:43am

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... 19 Jun 2013 , 11:04am

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

dana419 Says... 5 Aug 2013 , 8:31am

I charged $105

dana419 Says... 5 Aug 2013 , 8:33am

cake was for 50

dana419 Says... 5 Aug 2013 , 8:34am

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

ljkkki Says... 23 Aug 2013 , 3:22pm

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... 29 Aug 2013 , 11:25am

What size cake board did you use for this? Thanks

proudmomma4 Says... 30 Sep 2013 , 12:03pm

What size are your pans?

sweetsbysasha Says... 24 Jul 2014 , 12:25pm

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... 1 Oct 2014 , 4:06pm

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... 13 Oct 2014 , 8:01pm

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... 13 Oct 2014 , 8:01pm

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.

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