Baby Shower Cake: Vanilla Almond Snowball Cake

Vanilla Almond Snowball Cake, perfect for a Baby Shower Cake!
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GUESS WHAT, Y’ALL?! I’m going to have an itty bitty dapper¬†nephew so.very.soon! I’m pretty much ECSTATIC. My big brother is going to be a DAD and you can call me Auntie Pizzazz! David (bro) and his wife Laura are awaiting their little boy in just a couple of weeks, and D&L – if you’re reading this – SURPRISE BABY SHOWER!! :)

Navy and White Elephant Baby Shower Invitation

A little back story: I dragged David into this crazy fun blogging world (find him here at Spiced) a few years ago and he has such a great group of blogging friends that are hosting this shower for him! So check out the links below for all the amazing recipes that are oh so fitting for David’s love of southern “dude food”.

I knew I wanted to make a dessert for this little baby shower because — dessert..obviously. I also knew I wanted it to be full of David’s favorite things! What’s one of his FAVORITE desserts ever? Well… these snowball powdered sugar cookies. Our Mom always has them at Christmas and we pretty much have to hide the tin can from him ;) I’ve seen truffle cakes with a mound of truffles on top of a chocolate cake. So then I thought…why the heck can’t I do that with snowball cookies? David would pretty much go in face-down?! So yes, you do see snowball cookies piled high on top of a delicious vanilla almond cake! We both love that “wedding cake” almond flavor, and it makes a perfect baby shower cake.

Oreos hidden inside a Vanilla Almond Snowball Cake!

One more trick up my sleeve though, and I recognize the average person might not want to put Oreos in the middle of their cake but if you’re David then you wouldn’t want a cake that DOESN’T have Oreos hidden inside. Duh. So that’s what I did! It’s piled high on top and inside with some of his favorite things.

Back to this cake! The snowball cookies are rolled in powdered sugar before they’re placed on the cake (you can also sprinkle on more powdered sugar once they’re on top).

Snowball Cookies ready for their Powdered Sugar bath!Powdered Sugar Snowball Cookies

So without further ado, let’s get on to the recipe!

Best baby shower cake recipe! Vanilla Almond Snowball Cake

Vanilla Almond Snowball Cake


For the Cake:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 5 egg whites

For the Frosting

  • 8 Tbs 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

For the snowballs:

  • 1 cup butter - melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans - chopped
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar - for rolling cookies in

Optional: 12-15 Oreos


    For the cake:

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prep your cake pans with cooking spray or parchment paper.
    • Cream butter with electric mixer until fluffy.
    • Sift together cake flour and baking powder. In a separate bowl, stir together milk with flavor extracts.
    • Alternate adding flour mixture and milk mixture to the butter.
    • Beat on low just until blended.
    • Beat egg whites until peaks form. Fold into cake batter. Pour batter into pans.
    • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

    For the Snowballs

    • Cream the butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar until fluffy.
    • Add the flour, vanilla, salt, and water. Mix until well blended.
    • Stir in the nuts.
    • Form the cookies into small 1-inch balls and bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes.
    • Roll in the remaining powdered sugar while still warm.

    For the Frosting:

    • In an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter until fluffy.
    • Slowly add powdered sugar until well combined.
    • Add milk and extract.
    • Add more powdered sugar for a thicker frosting and more milk for a looser frosting.

    Assemble Cake:

    • Layer Oreos on top of frosting between each layer. Finish top of cake with frosting and top with snowball cookies!
    Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

    Best baby shower cake recipe! Vanilla Almond Snowball Cake

    Oh, P.S. What kind of little sister would I be if I didn’t post embarrassing baby photos of you, David? You can scroll on down for those! You’re SO welcome!!

    Baby Shower Eats

    Buffalo Chicken Blue Cheese Hand Pies by American Heritage Cooking

    Chocolate Bacon Toffee by Bakerita

    Pumpkin Beer Soft Pretzels by Baking A Moment

    No Bake Salted Caramel Apple Slice by The Big Man’s World

    Philadelphia Cheesesteak – Southern Style by Beer Girl Cooks

    Shredded BBQ Chicken Nachos by Blahnik Baker

    Cinnamon Churros by Cook With Manali

    Grilled Brown Butter Burgers with Swiss + Boubon Mushrooms by Cooking for Keeps

    Cider Braised Brisket by Foodness Gracious

    Ham Potato and Corn Chowder by Gather For Bread

    Mini Croques Monsieur Sandwiches by Hip Foodie Mom

    Wolfpack-Style Meatballs by The Iron You

    Pecan Praline Popcorn by Jem Of The South

    No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Pecan Tarts by Kevin Is Cooking

    Maple Sriracha Pulled Pork Mini Pies by Life Made Sweeter

    Vanilla Almond Snowball Cake by Pizzazzerie

    Something Amazing by Real Food By Dad

    Cinnamon Bacon Donuts by Runnin Srilankan

    Buffalo Garlic Knots by Shared Appetite

    Spicy Butternut Bacon Deviled Eggs by Snixy Kitchen

    Maple Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Donuts by URBAN BAKES

    Vegan White Pizza with Spinach & Basil by Whisk & Shout

    Now for those baby photos you’ve all been waiting for…. here is our resident foodie-in-the-making as a wee little baby!

    Baby Shower Photos: David Dial of

    So¬†David, in just a few weeks you’ll enter the “parent club”. It’s full of all kinds of hilariousness. Namely…yelling things like “DO NOT LICK THE DOG” and “DON’T PUT THAT IN THE TOILET”. Good thing is you’re usually too tired to really remember yelling those things! ;) I can’t wait to snuggle your little monkey. He doesn’t know it yet, but Crazy Aunt Courtney is coming for him!

    As for the rest of you, be sure to hop up to visit the other baby shower blog links! And of course, you HAVE to make this Snowball Cake! And visit David’s site Spiced here!

    Best baby shower cake recipe! Vanilla Almond Snowball Cake

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    1. whiskandshout says:

      This cake is unreal! So gorgeously decorated and I’m sure that vanilla/almond combo is wonderful :)

      1. This looks delicious, I’m newer to the world of cake baking…what size and how many cake pans did you use?! Did you grease them with butter or crisco or something, or line them with parchment?!
        Also: do you know how long you could make this ahead of time?

    2. Congrats auntie! You’ll have this kid wrapped around your finger when you feed him OREO-STUFFED cake (say whaaaat?!)

      1. HAHA! Thank you SO much!!

    3. These cake looks so delicious

      I can’t wait to bake it for having..

    4. This looks so yummy. I love it. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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