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.

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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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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. Ashley Morey says:

    First of all, congratulations on the new addition to your family! Second, this cake is beautiful and I love the frosting colors. Also, that fork in the last photo! Adorable!
    Finally, would the idea for refrigerating the cake also work well for your checkerboard cake? If refrigerated prior to cutting the circles, would there be a tighter appearance?

    Thanks for all the great recipes and advice!

    1. It sure would! I find the longer I refrigerate, the tighter looking the crumb.

  2. Congratulations Sally and Kevin! Wishing you a healthy baby girl! I babysit three girls who are sisters and they are the sweetest, so I know you’ll have so much fun with this precious little girl. And this cake looks so tasty!

  3. You’re naming her Harley, right? (Must be nerd to get this reference)

  4. Congrats and beautiful cake, Sally!

    Thank you for your thoughts to Texas and Harvey right now. We have been safe, but seen much flooding and destruction around Houston. It was nice to see some positivity in your corner of the internet 🙂

  5. Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt says:

    Congratulations!!! That is so exciting! We had our first daughter last year and it is the best!

  6. Congratulations, y’all!!!! Wishing you nothing but the best for the last few weeks of your pregnancy, and a safe delivery of your beautiful baby girl! My sister-in-law (who isn’t expecting yet haha) asked me to bake their gender reveal cake and I cannot wait to use this recipe!!!!

  7. Congratulations! God blessed you with a beautiful baby girl! 

  8. Congrats, Sally! I broke into tears when I first heard you were pregnant- You will be one of the best mothers there are! I am so excited to hear your little sweet pea’s name. I am baking a funfetti cake in your honor as you have taught me so much in these last few years. When I first discovered your site, I was about 11 or 12. You are my baking goddess, and I am sure your tiny darling will follow in your footsteps. Thank you for the incredible experience you have given me- I will never forget it. Praying for you that your sweetheart is healthy (I’m already sure she will be happy)! Thanks, Amandine.

  9. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you guys!

    I’m going to be a downer here. I kind of hate gender reveal parties or any kind of “guess the gender” games at baby showers. I have a lot of friends who are gender neutral or gender fluid, and I feel bad trying to force any kind of identity on a baby before they’re old enough to know how they feel themselves. (I once literally wrote “gender is a construct” on a guess the gender card once. The mom-to-be loved it).

    That being said, this cake is adorable. My niece (who is almost two and is FULL of sassiness) currently loves three colors (Pink, blue and green), so maybe her birthday cake will be one layer of each!

    1. A fellow equal-rights & recognition enthusiast says:

      You’re not wrong, gender is definitely a social construct. But I think it’s a bit easier rolling off the tongue than “Biological sex reveal cake” for the general population…the important thing is that parents accept the child’s identity as it grows up, even if they were a little binary with cake colors at birth. 🙂

  10. Congratulations to both you and Kevin! My family and I wish you a healthy baby girl. I thought it was awesome that you shared the gender reveal cake with us. 🙂

  11. Sharon Nelson says:

    Congratulations Sally and hubby on the soon arrival of your precious daughter. – parenting is life changing but such a blessing – love your recipes

  12. What exciting news! Congratulations and enjoy your little girl!

  13. Congratulations! I hope that you and the baby have a happy, safe delivery. Austin was hit with some heavy rain and wind, and my heart goes out to those who live nearer to the coast.

  14. Congratulations!!! What a beautiful cake! At first I thought it was twins (thinking the flowers were the reveal). Hahaha. 

  15. Michele Mallory-Davidson says:

    So happy for you, how exciting!
    Beautiful cake as usual. Hope you’re taking advantage of these last few days to just rest and take it easy.

  16. Congratulations to you and your husband! Your lives are about to change in the most amazing way. My husband and I have 2 children, both girls, and what a joy they have been to us. They are both grown and one with a family of her own, so I miss those times when they were young. Don’t be afraid of those teenage years, they’re not so bad! Enjoy every little moment and I’m excited for you to get her in the kitchen with you as soon as she’s old enough…she has the best teacher in the world!
    By the way….that cake is beyond gorgeous!! 

  17. Congratulations I known it ! It’s a girl. I’m so excited to see a little Sally.

  18. Congratulations!! I used your vanilla cake and buttercream recipe to make our gender reveal cake that we did for my in-laws. We are meeting our newest baby boy on Wednesday. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy and delivery!!

  19. Wanda Castleman says:

    Your little girl will love cooking with you. I taught my daughter when she was little and then she started cooking on her own when she left the nest. Congratulations!

  20. Congratulations Sally on welcoming a baby girl soon. Labor day seems like an appropriate day for baby to come don’t you think? I love that your fellow bloggers are honoring you today with a virtual shower. As soon as I get some work done I’m gonna bake a cake in honor of you too. Thank you for making my life (and my friends’ lives) sweeter.

  21. With reference to Erica’s suggestion of calling your daughter Harley you do have to be careful. My daughters name is Charlotte Quinn and we call her Charley. She has now adopted Harley Quinn as her spirit animal (possibly not the best choice). It is her birthday this week and she is taking Batman cupcakes to school and her party cake will feature Harley Quinn. These will all be made with your recipes. Harley Quinn did not cross my radar when we named her but it sure features prominently now. Good Luck to you..

  22. Congratulations, Sally!!!! I’m so so happy for you all, and I know your little girl will be beautiful and kind, just like you!

  23. So happy for you all, Sally! Having a baby is the most beautiful miracle and the best gift. Best wishes on this new adventure!! 

  24. So excited for you and your hubby!!!  I just new there was a baby girl in all your beautiful pictures.
    Let the count down begin❤️❤️

  25. Congratulations on your baby girl! You all will love baking together!!

  26. OMG I am so happy for you two. I may or may not have squealed.

    Also that cake looks great. The piping on the top is a great touch.

  27. Congratulations!!

  28. Congratulations Sally!!! Oh a little girl!! How wonderful for you. The cake and the photos are absolutely beautiful. You are amazing and I sincerely don’t know how you do it. How blessed your little baby is to have you for a mom. As well as those doggy siblings!

  29. SALLY!!!! Congratulations all over again!!!! I am SO excited for you!!! My daughter is turning.. I can’t believe it… seven next month. There is nothing better In The World than baking with her. In fact, today we made your coconut caramel cupcakes together as our last summer baking project.. with lots of frosting and caramel and laughter everywhere. Wishing you all all ALL the best! 🙂 And your gender reveal cake is absolutely beautiful!!

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