This was my first ever baby reveal cake (often called a gender reveal cake). The first question I seemed to get asked from people I talked to about was “What is a gender reveal cake?”. There is a new trend going around where first time expectant parents throw a party where they reveal the gender of the baby.
Usually the doctor will write the sex of the baby on a piece of paper in a sealed envelope. The couple will then give the envelope to a trusty cake decorator and ask them to decorate the inside of the cake to represent the gender (typically pink for a girl and blue for a boy). The outside is then decorated in gender neutral colors. Once the couple was ready for the big reveal they cut into the cake together with all their family and friends around to witness it.
Typically bakers will actually die the cake batter either pink or blue to represent a girl or boy. I try not to use too much food coloring when possible so instead I suggested going with a flavored filling that would naturally be the color of pink or blue. Since this baby reveal cake was for a boy we went with vanilla cake with blueberry buttercream filling. I still added a little blue coloring just to intensify the color, but it was still much less dye then I would have used to dye the batter.
The outside of the cake was covered in ivory fondant and decorated with two fondant elephants and one baby elephant. The back of the cake also had two silhouettes of the couple’s “furry kids”, their two black Newfoundland dogs.