gender reveal surprise-inside cake

filed under: Surprise Inside Cakes · White Cakes on February 23, 2014

This fun Gender Reveal Cake is filled with a colorful sweet surprise that reveals to your eager guests if the baby-to-be is a girl or boy!

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

To make this cake you will need:

2 white cake recipe or box mix

food color of choice

chocolate buttercream

pink/blue buttercream or decoration (can also be sprinkles)

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

Prepare one of the white cake mixes by following directions on box (or following your recipe) and blue or pink food color. You will be making the cake in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. (A long flat pan or cookie sheet) Bake for about 12-16 minutes or until an inserted toothpick is removed clean.

Allow cake to cool for about 5 minutes. Using your hand or a paper towel or dish rag, gently rub the top of the cake. You want to remove any brown or hard bits from the cake. (If the top of your cake did not brown, you can skip this step.) Freeze cake for about an hour.

Using a baby cookie cutter, press the cutter into cake. Do as many of the baby cake cut outs as you can, trying to not waste any cake. Place baby cutouts back into the freezer.


Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

Prepare remaining white cake mix following the directions on the box or your recipe. Pour about 1 cup of batter into 9-inch round cake pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place the baby cutouts standing up around the perimeter of the pan so that the entire center of the pan is filled with a line of cutout cake babies. (They should be touching. Try to not  leave any spaces between them or the white batter will seep in between.) Carefully pour remaining white batter over the cutout cake babies, filling in the sides first and then pouring over the top.

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

Bake in preheated 350°F oven 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the white cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.

Allow cake to cool completely before covering in buttercream.

I used this Chocolate Buttercream recipe.

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!


Here is a video where I show you how to make a twice-baked surrpise-inside® cake.

To make the pink and blue dots around the edge, I just tinted some vanilla buttercream pink and blue and then piped onto the cake. I used a #10 tip and then gently pressed on each dot with a clean finger to remove any tips sticking out.

This cake is the perfect way to celebrate and reveal the gender of your baby!!


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  • Rose @ says:

    YAY!! Congratulations Amanda! I <3 Craftsy!

    • Amanda says:


  • Laurel says:

    May I have that icing recipe? It looks YUMMY!!

    • Amanda says:

      Just added a link above! 🙂

  • Tamara says:

    Congrats!! What an awesome opportunity! I love Craftsy!

    • Amanda says:


  • Jen says:

    Why do you have to live in the US to win an online class?

    • Amanda says:

      You dont. 🙂

  • Susan says:

    Amanda, that is fantastic. There is no one more deserving than you. You are extremely talented and I know your class will be fantastic.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Susan!

  • Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes says:

    You TOTALLY had me. Adorable cake!! Love Craftsy.

    • Amanda says:

      lol Sorry. Was pretty sneaky huh? 🙂

  • Veronica says:

    Wow amazing..

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    I was completely hooked! 🙂 You stinker! Congrats on the Craftsy gig though!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks sweety!

  • Maria in NJ ~Dolcelicious Bake Shoppe says:

    Wow never heard of Craftsy, what an awesome site! Congrats Amanda!

  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen says:

    Sounds like an awesome opportunity. Congratulations! You really had me thinking you were going to announce another baby though. Stinker 😉

    • Amanda says:

      Yay… it was pretty sneaky. Bad blogger!

  • Jett Whitfield says:

    Congratulations! That is really cute =)

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you! Love your name!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says:

    What a cool opportunity. I love the name of your class. Wow, five kiddos. How do you find the time to make cake?

    • Amanda says:

      I have no idea. My oldest is 9 and youngest is 9 months… so we are very active! 🙂

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    Congrats on your new partnership. You definitely deserve it.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Meagan!

  • Brenda Matthews-Murphy says:

    Hi, great news, I love Craftsy, but why can’t I enter to win an online course?

    • Amanda says:

      You can!

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

    Oh my gosh, you totally had me fooled for a second! This cake is gorgeous and I love the way you decorated it in addition to the surprise on the inside. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      lol sorry!! I am such a brat.

  • Tanya Schroeder says:

    Ha! You are such a tease, I totally thought your were pregnant! Congratulations!!! Your surprise cakes are always stunning.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much sweety!!!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Absolutely adorable!! And congrats on the partnership! It sounds like such a fun class!!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks so much!

  • Stephanie says:

    Amanda, I have to say I was a bit sad to hear you were not pregnant after reading the first couple intro sentences! How exciting though, teaming up with yet another company! God is really using you and giving you favor. I can’t wait to buy your book,just wish I could get a signed copy and meet and great you would be the icing on that cake!
    Love your blog and of course your cakes and recipies you share, I have tried several and look forward to each new post.

    • Amanda says:

      Would love to get you a signed copy! And thanks so much for your kind words. I was just thinking today how blessed I feel and how lucky I am to feel His grace… even when I am a wretched bratty sinner who is the least deserving. He is just so faithful and good…
      Thank you for the reminder! 🙂

  • Carla | Carla's Confections says:

    That is really cool Amanda! I cant wait to see some of those classes!!! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks girl!

  • Heather Christo says:

    haha! You absolutely had me going and I was freaking out that you were going to have a 6th kid!!! But sometimes projects are kind of like having a baby and this one with Craftsy is awesome!

    • Amanda says:

      That is so true!! I dont think I could blog anymore with six. I would have to retire and be a professional baby maker. 😉

  • Marti says:

    That’s exciting! I LOVE Craftsy! I have some patterns posted there, but haven’t done any videos yet. You helped inspired me to do so!


    • Amanda says:

      Oh yay!

  • Mary says:

    Congratulations! I have taken several classes on Craftsy and I think their concept is the greatest thing ever created. I love their classes and can’t wait to take yours to spruce up my cake making skills and create cute birthday cakes for my kids. I’ve also pre-ordered your new book and can’t wait to receive it.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you SOOO much!!

  • Cathy Osgood says:

    Oh, I am so excited!!!!! And I never knew of Craftsy, so thank you for the introduction! You are so talented and Ilove it that you are willing to share! Best wishes on your new endeavor!

    • Amanda says:

      Hope you love Craftsy!! And thank you!

  • Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons says:

    Congrats on your class & this is such a cute cake!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks so much Jill!

  • Catherine Bova says:

    That is such good news! Congratulations Amanda. Can’t wait to buy your class!