Gender Reveal Cake

A few weeks ago my friend asked me if I would be willing to make her a Gender Reveal Cake. I was beyond excited, and while I had never in my life made a cake like that before, I took the challenge.

If you’re not familiar with what a gender reveal cake is, it’s basically finding out what the gender of your soon-to-be-newborn baby is by cutting into a cake. It’s a great way to share the excitement with friends and family.

She handed me the envelope straight from her doctor, which held the secret of what she would be having… only me and doc knew. Talk about pressure!

Gender Reveal Cake

She asked for the theme of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, How I Wonder What You Are.”  – CUTE!

Since I am no cake decorator, I went to Google to find some ideas. There are a lot of great finds online for how to decorate your cake. She requested fondant, so that’s what I did! I made my own Marshmallow Fondant and followed this fantastic video tutorial.

Gender Reveal Cake - Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, How I Wonder What You Are

The key to making the fondant covered cake is to make sure you roll it thin enough. There are also tons of great video tutorials I watched to get an idea of how to cover a cake with marshmallow fondant.

Then there was the bow! That one took me a couple tries, but after watching this tutorial on how to make a fondant bow, it was a snap!

Gender Reveal Cake

Here are some of the details of the cake:

I made this cake with 8″ cake pans, I love the height you get when you stack three, 8″ cake layers. I also ALWAYS use these bake-even strips, because it makes leveling the cakes so simple.

I used these star cutters for all the stars, and I also used this alphabet set for the letters.

The clouds were just a flower cookie cutter, that I then cut in half to create puffy clouds.

Gender Reveal Cake

The moment came when everyone gathered around to watch her cut into her cake. I was super nervous, praying that the surprise inside would turn out as I had imagined….

Are you ready??

Gender Reveal Cake

It’s a GIRL!!

That moment was so magical. So special. It was almost as if we were all there at the birth, sharing in the joy and excitement for their new baby girl.

It got a little crazy with everyone congratulating and hugging and just pure happiness, that I was only able to snap a few more photos before I put my camera away and enjoyed the rest of the party.

Gender Reveal Cake

Pink Zebra Print! How fitting for an adorable little girl!?!

I also snuck in an extra layer of chocolate cake since my friend specifically mentioned how much she loves chocolate. 🙂 I cut a chocolate layer in half and sandwiched the zebra layers between.

Gender Reveal Cake

I had seen this tutorial for a zebra cake on youtube a while back, so I just followed the tutorial but switched the white with pink to give it more of a pop of color.

Mom and Dad were both very happy and big brother was too.

Gender Reveal Cake

Seriously, such a magical moment.

I hope you enjoyed that cake, and maybe got some inspiration as well!  Happy Saturday!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
16 Responses
  1. Ismail N

    This is the first time that I hear about gender reveal cake. So cute! And that cake of yours is gorgeous and professional – like you’ve made it hundreds of times before!

  2. Michelle @ My Gluten-free

    Seriously impressed with your decorating, and I practically laughed out loud when you said, “I am no cake decorator”. This cake is perfect!
    Can I just say that I totally got choked up looking at the mom in the photos?! So special!

    1. Shawn

      Thank you Michelle! It was such a sweet moment to capture, I’ll never forget it! Oh and good news, my friend just had her little girl this morning and everything went well! 🙂

  3. Jean |

    Shawn, you’re “no cake decorator”? Oh yes you ARE! This is gorgeous! I only recently heard about gender reveal cakes because I have a friend due this month.

    1. Shawn

      Thank you Jean! It was really fun making one of these cakes, I hope I have the opportunity to make another one in the future! 🙂

  4. Aly

    This is really beautiful looking cake. I love the idea of cakes and cupcakes that one can use to reveal gender of new coming family member.

  5. Millie | Add A Little

    What a wonderful moment to capture and be a part of! You are so talented Shawn, the cake looks awesome!!

    1. Shawn

      The thing I love about marshmallow fondant is that it tastes wonderful! It’s made of marshmallows, a tiny bit of water and powdered sugar. You can add flavorings through oils if you want too. It’s great!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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