Gender Reveal Cake

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Our hearts are full as we await the arrival of our first baby in the coming weeks. The journey toward getting pregnant was overwhelming and emotional, but experiencing pregnancy has been nothing short of a blessing.

As with any woman who has been on this journey, these last few weeks are full of emotions and excitement, aches and pains. I’m taking it one day at a time, kicking my feet up and soaking in every joyous movement I feel. Our world is about to change forever and for that, we are eternally grateful.

Life right now? Doing teeny tiny baby laundry and crying about how cute it all is because HORMONES. Using my belly as a snack bowl holder. Nesting. Energy fading. Catching Jude and Frankie sniffing around the nursery. Waddling.

zoomed in image of gender reveal cake with pink and blue frosting details

We found out our baby’s gender on May 1st. We told our family and close friends, but decided to keep it mostly private up until now so that we could really cherish this exciting news with loved ones. We didn’t do anything special when telling our friends/family– just phone calls and text messages. I couldn’t wait to spill the beans.

Even baking a cake was too long to wait!!!

Gender reveal parties and cakes are all the rage right now, so I wanted to do something special to share the news with YOU. You have all been so supportive and encouraging during this special time and we are so thankful! I also wanted to share a new cake recipe– something that you can make when the opportunity for a gender reveal cake (or, well, any layer cake!) presents itself in your life. 🙂

I had a few dreams about the gender in my first trimester. Mother’s instinct, perhaps? (It’s def a real thing!) We would’ve been ecstatic either way as long as our baby is healthy and thriving, but I totally had a feeling our first would be a…

inside photo of a gender reveal cake with a pink cake layer on a white plate


Many of you have been throwing out guesses this year and you were right. ♥ We cannot wait to meet and snuggle with our daughter!!

And how cute is the oh baby topper? (cake topper or cupcake topper)

slice of gender reveal cake on a white plate with a fork

Gender Reveal Cake

How about this cake though! I adapted it from my funfetti layer cake, swapping all-purpose flour for cake flour. I love how fluffy and soft cakes are when made with cake flour. It’s not always necessary and you can certainly get around using it by ensuring there’s plenty of creamed room temperature butter/sugar for fluffiness– but a gender reveal cake screams for a super light cake flour crumb.

Did you know? If you’re ever swapping cake flour for all-purpose flour, you should increase the amount because cake flour is much lighter than all-purpose; there won’t be enough dry ingredients to soak up the wet. The cake could be *too* moist. OR you can experiment by changing the amounts of wet ingredients. I actually skipped all that and just used the SAME amount of cake flour. I was pleasantly surprised by how light and soft the cake crumb was… without being too wet or soggy. You’ll love this switch!

If all-purpose flour is more convenient for you, use it to make this cake flour substitute.

cake batter in a glass bowl with pink sprinkles

The recipe all stems from 1 vanilla cake batter, but you’ll divide the batter up. 2/3 of the cake will be funfetti and 1/3 will be pink/blue. The batter is about 6 cups, so:

  • 4 cups = funfetti batter
  • 2 cups = pink or blue batter

I used 1-2 drops of “deep pink” Americolor gel food coloring and pink Sweetapolita sprinkles. You can obviously use any food coloring or sprinkles you like best. Or you can make every layer the pink or blue color OR every layer pink or blue funfetti. How you choose to “reveal” with this cake is totally up to you!

This is a super fluffy, super simple, super soft, super delish 3 layer vanilla cake recipe that you’ll use time and time again.

For decorating, I used my basic vanilla buttercream and Ateco #844 tip for decorating. I turned to our beloved two-toned frosting trick to pipe pink and blue designs. Remember when I taught you that for April’s Baking Challenge? (Video included!)

slice of gender reveal cake on a pink plate with a fork

For a nice tight-looking crumb, I refrigerated the cake for 2 hours before cutting into it. This creates a beautiful slice and keeps the frosting decoration intact. Highly recommend especially if you’re showing this cake off at a party!!

PS: A very heartfelt prayer for all of you experiencing the hurricane in Texas. Stay safe. ♥

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inside photo of a gender reveal cake with a pink cake layer on a white plate

Gender Reveal Cake

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 12-14
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


How to make a gorgeous and festive gender reveal cake for a gender reveal party or baby shower. Such a fun way to share the exciting news!


  • 3 and 3/4 cups (450g) cake flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (3 sticks; 345g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (350g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature*
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature*
  • 3 teaspoons (15ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) buttermilk, at room temperature*
  • 1/2 cup (95g) blue or pink sprinkles
  • 12 drops blue or pink food coloring

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (3 and 1/2 sticks; 400g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 7 cups (840g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons (90ml) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease and lightly flour three 9-inch cake pans.
  2. Make the cake: Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on high speed for 4-5 minutes until creamed together. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. On medium-high speed, add 1 whole egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the 2 additional egg whites and the vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. If mixture looks curdled, don’t worry. It will all come together.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, and mixing each addition just until incorporated. Do not overmix this batter. The batter will be smooth, velvety, and slightly thick.
  4. There will be just over 6 cups of batter total– transfer just over 2 cups of it to a separate bowl. Tint that batter pink or blue with food coloring. Gently stir the sprinkles into the remaining 4 cups of batter.
  5. Pour/spread batter evenly into prepared cake pans.
  6. Bake for around 25 minutes or until the cakes are baked through. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it is done. Allow cakes to cool completely in the pans set on a wire rack. The cakes must be completely cool before frosting and assembling.
  7. Make the frosting: In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, cream, vanilla extract, and salt with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 full minutes. Add more confectioners’ sugar if frosting is too thin, more cream if frosting is too thick, or a pinch more of salt if frosting is way too sweet.
  8. Assemble and frost: Place 1 cake layer on your cake stand or serving plate. Evenly cover the top with frosting. Top with 2nd layer and evenly cover the top with frosting. Finish with the third cake layer and spread the remaining frosting all over the top and sides. Use any leftover frosting for piping decoration. (I used an Ateco #844 tip and piped two-toned designs.) For a neat cut, refrigerate for 1-2 hours before slicing.
  9. Cover and store leftover cake at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  1. Make Ahead Instructions: The cake layers can be baked, cooled, and covered tightly at room temperature overnight. Likewise, the frosting can be prepared then covered and refrigerated overnight. Assemble and frost the cake the next day when you are ready to serve. Frosted cake can be frozen up to 2 months if you have room in the freezer. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving. It tastes much better fresh though!
  2. Cake Flour: If you can’t get your hands on cake flour, use this homemade cake flour substitute.
  3. Special Tools: KitchenAid Stand Mixer | 9-inch Round Cake Pan | Piping Bags | Ateco #844 Tip | Americolor Soft Gel Paste Kit | Oh Baby Cake Topper | Oh Baby Cupcake Topper | Custom Printed Fork
  4. Eggs: You need 4 whole eggs and 2 additional egg whites for this recipe.
  5. Buttermilk: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make a DIY sour milk substitute. Add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar or lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup. Then add enough whole milk to the same measuring cup until it reaches 1 and 1/2 cups. (In a pinch, lower fat or nondairy milks work for this soured milk, but the cake won’t taste as moist or rich.) Stir it around and let sit for 5 minutes. The homemade “buttermilk” will be somewhat curdled and ready to use in the recipe.

You could even make a checkerboard cake with blue or pink instead! Recipes are similar.


  1. YESSSS ITS A GIRL!!!! sooooo happy for you Sally!! Can’t wait to hear more about baby blessing 🙂 

    PS that cake looks so good 🙂

  2. Tears of joy for you! Congratulations. Soak up every minute and enjoy it. Nothing like children to remind us how fast time goes. I have 3 girls and it’s been a wild ride so far. She’s going to be a lucky girl. Thank you for sharing with us readers. I started following your blog for the recipes but have grown to love hearing about your life adventures. 

  3. A girl! how exciting!! What a beautiful cake for such an exciting announcement, congrats!!

  4. Congratulations Sally on the baby girl! So happy to hear(read) the exciting news! 
    Isnt mothers instinct funny, months before I found out the gender of my son I had bought all boys clothing and painted the nursery blue-I guess you just know 🙂 

  5. obsessed with this frosting! I am so happy for you!

  6. MAJOR congratulations!!!!

  7. Andrea @ Cooking with a Wallflower says:

    Congratulations, Sally!! Soo happy for you. And we all can’t wait until we get to “meet” your little girl. So many big and exciting things are coming for you this September, and I’m so excited for you. And oh my gosh, as usual, your cake is sooo gorgeous!

  8. OMG Sally I’m so beyond ecstatic for you! I’ve been following your blog for about 2 years now and not only is every recipe perfection and easy to do but you’re on of the loveliest souls! When you shared your pregnancy news, I teared up a little.
    Congratulations again!!

  9. Jenny from says:

    I am very happy for you, congratulations!
    Ok, completely unrelated to the baby girl: I hope I was not blind again, but what are the measurements for cake flour again? We don’t have cake flour here, I will have to substitute with all-purpose flour and cornstarch.

  10. Congratulations!!! Also this cake is adorable. I currently have the banana cake from last week chilling in the fridge for another 25 minutes before I dig into it!

    Yay for baby girls! So excited for you.  

  11. I couldn’t be more happy for both you and Kevin! I tried to guess the gender but honestly couldn’t decide which I thought your precious baby would be! That’s amazing news, Sally. I hope your daughter has a healthy and safe arrival. Congratulations. Such a beautiful cake, I think I might make it just for fun 🙂

  12. Congratulations with your baby girl!

  13. Yay for baby girls! I am soooo happy for you! May blessings rain down on you and your precious family. 🙂

    1. I knew it!!¡ Every time I saw pictures of your belly I knew you were having a girl!! So excited for you and your loved ones. Can not wait to see pictures of this beautiful baby girl. This cake is beyond gorgeous and can’t wait to try this.☺

  14. Congratulations! So happy for you, Sally! I’ll bet you can’t wait to meet her…:)

  15. Many congratulations. I am so happy for all of you. You are about to experience the happiest parts of life Sally. So much love from me!! T c

  16. Awww that is soo sweet! A precious little babygirl.. I always knew you were going to have a little girl 🙂 I am soo happy you for and Kevin and wish you both all the best during this special time.
    Few more weeks and she will be here, just enjoy the time as you wait for her to arrive. Look after yourself Sally and take care x much love from South Africa 🙂

  17. Yay!! A girl!! 🙂 I’m super excited for you guys! You will soon have a little helper in the kitchen! Love this cake! It’s so pretty!

  18. A girl!!! Yay, Sally!!!! So so thrilled for you, such a lucky baby <3 All the very best for a safe, happy delivery, you're going to be such a great Mom 🙂

    P.S. This cake is gorgeous!

  19. Sally, I got all goose-bumpy & teary-eyed reading this! I’m so excited for you, &Kevin (& your fur babies too)!!! You are so right about a mother’s instincts. I used to dream that I couldn’t pick a boys name. I had 2 girls!
    I feel so very privileged that you are sharing tbis wonderful journey with your legions of fans. Thank you. Parentood is tbe best ride there is.
    The cake is gorgeous too! You are so very talented.
    Take care

  20. Laura | The Kiwi Country Girl says:

    Yay a girl!!! We had a little girl in May and I am having WAY too much fun with little pants with ruffles and tutus and so many flowery headbands! I never thought I would be a girly girl mum but I can’t help it! Enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnancy and all the best for the delivery! Also, cake looks amazing 🙂

  21. Congratulations to both Kevin and you, Sally. From the time you announced you were pregnant (wearing the yellow dress) i just knew it was a GIRL…I am truly so happy for you and wish you everything of the very best. May your baby be healthy and I know she is one damn lucky little girl to have a mama like YOU! God bless you.

  22. I just KNEW you’d post something fabulous for your baby’s gender reveal! Congratulations to you both all over again 🙂

  23. Congratulations, Sally! I had the feeling that you were having a little girl. Something about the shape of your tummy. Enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnancy, and I wish you a smooth delivery.

  24. Yay, its a girl! Congratulations to you both. Your cake is beautiful, perfect!

  25. Congratulations!! How exciting! I am so happy for you! Girls are so fun!

  26. My husband and I want say a big congratulations! You must be so excited! Hope all goes well for you. 

  27. Lorrayne Auld says:

    My entire family wants to pass on our heartfelt congratulations to you and Kevin!  Such exciting news to hear you’re going to have a girl!  That little girl will bring you both much joy. 

  28. Congratulations! As a mother of 2 girls, you will have a fantastic time! Enjoy and savor every moment! 

  29. Congratulations! Enjoy every moment. 🙂

  30. Yayyyyy!! Girls are great – congratulations! This took me back to our gender ultrasound; we were pretty sure we were having a boy and were so surprised that Lucy was a girl. I ended up bawling tears of joy in the hospital bathroom afterwards, LOL. You are so sweet to share this with us and I hope the rest of your pregnancy is healthy and happy. :o)

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