When a dear friend of mine asked me to make her Gender Reveal cake I was SO very excited to do it! She said she was using my gender reveal printable set so I wanted to make sure the colors matched up but you can use any shade of pink or blue you want to create this. The baby Daddy did say he thought it was a little girly – but for me a cake is supposed to be pretty – boy or girl…
Of course in this case it WAS a girl so it worked out – MAN I gotta say knowing the gender but keeping it from my friend was HARD! She was SO ready to know! Of course her mothers intuition was saying “girl” and I personally totally believe in mothers intuition (I knew what my 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th babies were WAY before the ultrasound because of the differences in my cravings and morning sickness from my first)
After you have the cake frosted in white add spots of blue, pink and white frosting around the cake and then smooth one final time – DO NOT over smooth this or you’ll either wipe all the color OFF or your intermix them too much and create colors you aren’t looking for.
For the ganache drips you want to do a 1:1 ratio of chocolate and cream vs the normal 2:1 ration I use for ganache frosting. Then I started with the largest rosettes (in white) then worked my way down in size, filling in holes and gaps as needed with smaller tips. I make all the rosettes out of the pink and white, leaving the blue for the drop tip flowers and stars – but you could totally do blue rosettes if you want.
I’ve attended a lot of gender reveals and my one piece of advice – if one of the parents has their heart set on one gender and might not react well to the other than DON’T surprise yourself in front of everyone you know and love. Find out privately then share when you are ready to be happy either way. Just my 2 cents!
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Beautiful cake! I totally agree with you about not appearing disappointed about the gender in front of everyone.
I just started a blog of my own and I find your site very inspiring!
need your help 4bmy granddaughters wedding shower! i have pictures of the cakes i want to make. signed up 4 a cake decorating class & it was cancelled!! where are you located??
I’m in Salt Lake City Utah, I don’t really do client cakes anymore though, just teach on my blog and YT
I love this and have been wanting to try it. What size cake did you use and how many layers. It looks tall and to me that makes the watercolor effect look great. Thanks for sharing.
this was an 8 inch cake, with 4 2 inch layers I bake with 3 inch tall pans so I get tall strong layers
Absolutely beautiful!! I’ve been looking for a special cake to create for my sister’s 4th of July birthday and this is it! Not sure what color combo I’ll do but it will definitely be a french vanilla cake with chocolate mousse filling. Look forward to try some of your other designs.
I am in LOVE with this and thinking about trying it for my kids birthday. Do you have a link or page where you explain which frosting tips you use or and tricks/tips/hints? I am pretty good at cake decorating so I can just guess but I also love a good direction sheet! 🙂
Love your work
I just used various sizes of star tips and made rosettes and stars.
thank you thank you!
Salute to you mam! Looking forward for more recipes and cake decorating tutorials..God bless you more..
thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a sweet note!
I tried the Buttercream Rosette watercolor cake.. It turned out beautiful.. Thank you so much..
you are so very welcome! if you share a picture on social media tag me so I can see it!
I was recently wandering through the Wilton site and came across some water colored fall leaf cookies. I immediately fell in love. I have painted cookies with frosting but sometimes it’s hard to get the effects you want. When I inquired about this technique Wilton had little to offer. They knew next to nothing about the painting. I have MS and don’t drive. There is no place here in Watertown, WI. to learn this craft. All they knew was it was done on Royal Icing (which I don’t care for). Was excited to see the gels used in your cake. Beautiful (as always) cake. Wish me luck I am going to do those cookies come hell or high water! You just showed me it will work with other frostings. Thank you for showing all your wonderful creations. You DO inspire others. Best wishes! Barbara Karr.
you are so welcome! it’s all about finding the right medium to add the gel’s too. If you use a frosting that crusts over you might only need water vs food grade alcohol. while the fondant needs something to “eat” through it, since water makes it just slimy… Good luck!
What tips do you use to decorate this beautiful cake? My daughter wants me to make this for her friend.
just a whole bunch of of closed star tips in various sizes, and a small french start tip.
Hi…can you help those of us who aren’t familiar with tips as to which ones you used specifically? I’d love to replicate your cake because its beautiful, but I’m struggling with the tips. Thank u!
just various sizes of closed star tips, I just went to the store and bought a bunch of different sizes. start here https://amzn.to/2VE8dNl
Hi, could you please tell me what number tips you used? Love this
I own every and variation of tips – I’m not sure exactly which ones I used here – but various sizes of closed star tips and a few small french star tips
This cake is beautiful! I saw your mention of 1:1 ratio for the ganache but I’ve never made ganache before. Do you have a recipe? Thanks
it’s just chocolate and cream https://ashleemarie.com/ganache-3-frosting-truffles-pouring/
Which frosting tips did you use?
a bunch of various sizes of closed star tips and a few small french star tips
Love this idea & going to do it for our own gender reveal party! Coukd I use softened (not hot) fudge instead of the ‘ganache’ or will it run too much?
depends on the fudge I guess. But I recommend a 1 to 1 ganache, 1 part chocolate to 1 part whipping cream
I want to make this cake but I’m a beginner , so can you please tell me the measurements (I mean like how much flour and stuff)of the cake ? I would be grateful if you can help
This tutorial is just about how to decorate the cake, my favorite cake flavor to make is my chocolate cake, here is the recipe for that one https://ashleemarie.com/perfect-chocolate-cake-ganache-buttercream-recipe-rich-dense-delicious-video/. Because this cake was a baby reveal you would want the batter to be either pink or blue which means you would need to dye a vanilla batter. Whatever your favorite cake is will work great!