Gender Reveal Cake

How to make a gorgeous and festive gender reveal cake for a gender reveal party or baby shower! Homemade cake recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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.

How to make a gorgeous and festive gender reveal cake for a gender reveal party or baby shower! Homemade cake recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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…

How to make a gorgeous and festive gender reveal cake for a gender reveal party or baby shower! Homemade cake recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

GIRL!

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)

How to make a gorgeous and festive gender reveal cake for a gender reveal party or baby shower! Homemade cake recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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.

Pink sprinkles in gender reveal cake batter on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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!)

How to make a gorgeous and festive gender reveal cake for a gender reveal party or baby shower! Homemade cake recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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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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

Description

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!


Ingredients

  • 3 and 3/4 cups (410g) 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  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: Buttermilk is best for this recipe. If you do not keep it on hand, you can make a sour milk by adding 4 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice or white vinegar to a large liquid measuring cup. Then add enough regular room temperature milk (whole, skim, 1%, 2%) to make 1 and 1/2 cups total. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes. This soured milk can be used in the recipe.

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

How to make a gorgeous and festive gender reveal cake for a gender reveal party or baby shower! Homemade cake recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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251 Comments

  1. Sally and Kevin, Mozel Tov! Congrats!! Your lives will change forever for the better!! You will not understand how you can love a person as much as you will! Enjoy every moment. Try to stay calm, the baby will sense your stress so just keep taking relaxing breathes and take one day at a time!!

  2. A GIRL?  Totally fun and awesome!  Many congrats to you, Kevin, Jude, and Franklin. You and Kevin will be the best parents ever.  And, from personal experience, I know that there is no baby that is more cherished than the one you hoped for and tried so long to have. Enjoy each step of this amazing journey.  There is nothing else quite like it!  ❤️

  3. Oh Sally, I’m so happy for you, Kevin, Jude, and Franklin! This is such exciting news! You will be a wonderful mom to your daughter!!!!!!!!! I barely looked at the cake recipe after you revealed the gender of your baby, I was so happy for you! Enjoy every single moment of this special time! 

  4. A baby girl–how exciting! We have a 15 month old granddaughter who has stolen our hearts and who, I’m sure, is the main reason the sun comes up everyday! LOL Congratulations on the happy news and so many great things happening in your life right now.

  5. Happy Congratulations to you and Kevin as well as “big brothers” Jude and Franklin.
    I can picture you and your little girl in the kitchen baking and creating together in the years to come.
    My best wishes to your little family!

  6. Blessings to you and your husband as you prepare to welcome a sweet little girl into your family! My husband and I have two girls and one boy…each are super fun in their own ways. I look forward to seeing pictures of your daughter and finding out her name!

  7. Congratulations! We’re having our first baby this December (girl too!). My mother’s intuition was definitely off since I totally thought we were having a boy the whole time. Oh well! Congratulations again!

  8. Dear Sally & Kevin:

    So thrilled and excited for  you as you welcome your baby daughter home.  Such a beautiful cake you’ve created too for this special occasion!  Can’t wait to meet your littlest family member when she’s old enough to travel!    

    Best wishes!

  9. Yay.. congrats! I have 2 boys a girl and another boy!
    Girls are sooo much fun on a whole other level than boys….I love my boys, they arw the sweetest boys I know… but that girl has such a tender soul!

  10. Omigosh, a GIRL!! How wonderful is that? I come from a family of all girls (4, if you can believe), so I can attest to their (our) awesomeness lol! 🙂 I got teary-eyed just reading this post. Sending all the big hugs and popping all the glittery pink poppers in the air for your impending arrival. Btw, teeny tiny baby clothes are the CUTEST!! I just bought a pair of the tiniest gray sandals for my 3 week old nephew (squeee). My heart is just bursting with joy for you, Sally. Can’t wait! <3

  11. Sally, I am so, so, SO excited for you! This gender reveal cake was the perfect reveal <3
    I'm so excited for you and Kevin and I am looking forward to continuing to follow along, and can't wait until she is introduced on the blog! <3

  12. Congrats Sally! I am so incredibly happy for you guys! I knew it was a girl all along, I just sensed it 🙂

    This cake…I cannot believe you are baking extravagant things like this 8 months preggo….I was lucky to make grilled cheese. lol

  13. Children are a heritage from the Lord ~ He’s giving you the awesome responsibility of raising her up in the way she should go! May His wisdom abide with you and your husband as you both cherish, love, teach, discipline, and meet all her needs until she is able to do it for herself or is under the protection of the one He is already choosing to be blessed with her as his soul mate. Begin praying for him now if the Lord wills for her to marry. SONshine to your family (Ephesians 5:14) !

  14. Aww, congratulations again as you experience the home stretch! An exciting (though physically exhausting) time. Yay to a girl. Such a pretty cake. Thanks for letting us readers share in a piece of your excitement. (Piece? Slice? Haha. Baking puns!) Thinking of you.  

  15. Baby Girl!! So happy for you and Kevin and the boy fur babies! This is such an exciting time for all of you and when she makes her appearance, all the past experiences of trying to have a baby will just fade away. Sally, you are such an inspiration to all of us and I hope that all the dreams you have dreamed will come true for your little girl and your family. You have made me a better person and a better baker.lol! Thank you and I can’t wait to see the beautiful daughter that
    God has created just for you!

  16. Yay, a girl!!!! I’m so excited for you! I have a 3 year
    old girl and she’s the best. I’m just now starting to 
    show her how to bake (well just stirring for now!) and
    I’ll be excited to see if she enjoys baking too. I’m sure
    you can’t wait either! Congratulations!

  17. Sally and Kevin, God bless you as you start your new life with a precious little “frill”. Little girls are truly sugar and spice and all things nice. She will bring more love, laughter and joy to both of you. More than you can imagine now. She will also bring a tear or two starting with her very first smile or her very first step and on the day she says “ma-ma” for the very first time. All babies are so amazing, they are the most wonderful gifts sent to us from God. I am so thrilled for you. I will be thinking about you and I am sending you hugs. When she arrives, please give her a hug from me. I am a grandma, and I have 3 beautiful grandsons. They are my life right now. Good luck, and God Bless!

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