how to make a gender reveal cake

How To Make A Gender Reveal Cake

Baby shower cakes are becoming increasingly popular with expectant parents. More popular is the idea of using the cake to reveal the gender of the baby. Learning how to make a gender reveal cake is an important part of any cake designer’s skill set.

There are many tips and tricks that you can employ to bang out great gender reveal cakes. We would be sharing some of these tips with you in this article.


How To Make A Gender Reveal Cake – Cake Recipe Based

You can reveal the gender of a baby with the cake recipe that you chose. Most people would use a strawberry cake recipe for a girl and white cake recipe that’s tinted blue for a boy. Others would just go ahead and tint a vanilla or white cake recipe pink or blue as the case may be.

Cake mixes are life savers; there may be times when you are not up to making any cake from scratch.  You can always resort to cake mixes at such times.Duncan Hines Signature Moist Cake Mix - Strawberry Supreme - 16.5 oz - 2 Pack


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We have several great recipes that you can choose from. Click here to check out strawberry cake recipes for your baby girl. If it’s a boy, there are also great white cake recipes that can be tinted blue; click here to check them out.

We also found a great recipe for blue velvet cake; this recipe is great if you are having a baby boy.

Let’s share it with you…

Blue Velvet Cake Recipe

If you do not have the time to make this cake from scratch, you can use a white cake mix and color the batter blue. You can also get blue velvet cake mix. Duncan Hines Classic White Moist Cake Mix 15.25oz (Pack of 2)



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½ Cup, 113 g or 4 oz Vegetable Shortening

1 and ½ Cups, 340 g or 12 oz Sugar

2 Eggs

2 Drops Violet Food Color (gel paste)

1oz Royal Blue Food Color (approximately I small bottle and preferably gel paste color)

2 and ¼ Cups or 270 g Flour 

I Teaspoon Salt 

2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

One  Cup, 235 ml or 8 fl oz Buttermilk

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon Clear Vinegar

Instructions For Preparation and Baking

(i) Preheat your oven to 350 °F and grease three 8 inch round baking pans.

(ii) Sift flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.

(iii) Mix buttermilk and vanilla in a small mixing bowl and also set aside

(iv) Place the vegetable shortening and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until it is light and creamy. Add the eggs one after the other and also ensure that you mix well after each egg. Do not forget to scrap down the sides of your mixing bowl as you mix.

(v) Put the food colors and cocoa in a small mixing bowl and make a paste of it.

(vi) Add this paste to the shortening and egg mixture and incorporate properly.

(vii) Now add the flour mixture and buttermilk vanilla mixture alternately with the shortening and sugar mixture.

(viii) When you are done mixing all these ingredients, add the vinegar and mix. Ensure that you do not over mix the batter.

(ix) Spoon the batter equally into the baking pans. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

(x) Remove the cake and leave to cool in the pan for a while before remove cakes from the pans. Ensure that your cake cools completely before frosting.

This recipe was adapted from

Also watch the accompanying video for more inspiration


How To Make A Gender Reveal Cake – Frosting Based

Another method of creating great gender reveal cakes is by using the color of the frosting.

Some people would use pink or blue frosting to decorate any cake recipe of their choice. Others choose to use gender specific color of frosting to fill the cake layers and then frost the outside off the cake with either all white or pink and blue.

So to apply this method you’ll need to have the following:

Two or three layers of cake (a recipe that would contrast well with pink or blue)

White frosting

Blue or pink frosting

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After you have gathered all the tools and ingredients that you need, take the following steps:-

(i) Level all your cake layers. Pipe a ring of icing around the first layer of cake and fill with the colored frosting. Repeat the process with the second layer.

(ii) Place the last layer of the cake on and frost totally. Decorate as desired.

(iii) You can decorate the whole cake with white frosting or pink and blue.


How To Make Gender Reveal Cake – Surprise Inside Technique

The third method you can adopt for your gender reveal cake is to have a cake with a hole inside. Then you pour candies into the middle before frosting the cake. When the cake is cut, the candies would pour out; the color of the candy would reveal the sex of the baby.

The accompanying video would explain this method better.


Expert Tips

(i) When making a strawberry cake, you might need to add a little pink color. That would enhance the pink of the strawberry and make the cake pop.

(ii) You can also decide to make cake pops. Click here to check out our cake pop recipes and lean how to make them. To make these treats more fun, you can decorate them with different color while ensuring that the inside is the same cake/color.

(iii) You can also decide to make cupcakes. If you do, there are many fun things you can do with cupcakes. One of the fun things you can do is to inject your cupcakes with whipped cream or marshmallow. Color the whipped cream or whatever filling you want to use appropriately. This way, when your guests bite into the cupcake, they’ll see the color and know the sex of the baby you are expecting.

(iv) One way to make gender reveal cakes more exciting is to send the result of the scan test (for the sex of the baby) straight to the cake decorator. This would heighten the anticipation of not only the guests but also the expectant parents.

(v) The best way to make a gender reveal cake more “mysterious” is to decorate the body of the cake with both blue and pink. Leave everyone guessing what’s inside the cake.

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