We decided to do a fun cake gender reveal to our families. I made two identical cakes so each set of parents could experience the surprise. We filmed them cutting open the cake to reveal the gender of our baby, and then sent the video to our each of our siblings who are spread across the country to share the news. I won't post the videos here (don't worry, Mom!) but it was a lot of fun.
Funfetti Gender Reveal Cake
slightly adapted from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant
3 cups cake and pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups white sugar
4 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
2 tbsp vanilla
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sprinkles - pink or blue
a handful of pink and blue jelly candies for decoration
**this recipe will make four 6" cake layers (good if you are making 2 cakes) or two 8" or 9" layers.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
In a separate large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, add the eggs one at at time, beating in between, Add oil and vanilla and mix until well combined.
Add half the flour to the butter mixture, then half the milk and stir. Add the remaining flour and milk and continue to stir until thoroughly mixed.
Add the sprinkles and stir very gently so as to avoid colouring the batter too much. Divide into two pans (or four pans, depending on the size of cake) and bake at 350 - for approx 25-30 mins (again, depending on the size of cake). If you are baking thin layers, start checking at 20 minutes and continue to bake until cake tester comes out clean.
Allow to cool slightly before turning out onto wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, spread frosting (I decided to colour mine blue, but it ended up being totally unnoticeable in the end, so I recommend either adding a really thick layer of frosting in the middle or just use plain ol' white).
Make a big batch of vanilla frosting - you are going to need lots of it to cover up the blue or pink sprinkle bits - a bit frustrating at times but well worth it. Make sure no hints peek through!
Be sure to clean up the plate or serving dish to remove all the crumbs...
And for the final touch - decorate with blue and pink candies!