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Gender Reveal Piñata Cake

Tall 6-layer white cake covered with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting and filled with colorful candies and sprinkles inside. Deliciously fun way to reveal the gender of a new bundle of joy!

Tall white layer cake covered with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting and filled with colorful candies and sprinkles inside. Deliciously fun way to reveal the gender of a your sweet bundle of joy!

Tall 6-layer white cake covered with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting and filled with colorful candies and sprinkles inside. Deliciously fun way to reveal the gender of a new bundle of joy!

That precious moment of finding out the gender of your new baby… Full of anticipation, excitement, and pure joy!

Some wait till the day the little peanut makes the appearance into the world, but some of us simply weren’t gifted with that much patience.

But wait, who’s knocked up here??

→ THIS GIRL!!! ← That’s right, I’m pregnant!! Surprise!!!

Oh my gosh, I’m so excited to finally share this exciting news with you!

Every morning for the last couple of months, I wake up and say the same thing over and over again, “OMG, I’m pregnant! I’m baking a human being inside me!” Yep, despite my growing belly, I still can’t wrap my head around it. Because there is a terrified teenager trapped in my 29-year-old body!

Anyway, our sweet little baby is due in January ’16!! My husband and I are over the moon and counting the days to meet our little peanut!

Tall 6-layer white cake covered with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting and filled with colorful candies and sprinkles inside. Deliciously fun way to reveal the gender of a new bundle of joy!

And as I mentioned earlier, I’m such an impatient soul. I had to know the gender of the baby just as soon as it’s available, right in the ultrasound room. I could NOT wait for another sec! But I wanted to make the reveal to my family a bit more special, so I made this piñata cake to announce the gender.

Now drum roll, please!

It’s a BOY!!

Though I’ve always dreamed of having a little girl as my first child, I’m already in love with my little man and couldn’t be happier! (Hang on a sec, let me wipe my tears of joy…)

Tall 6-layer white cake covered with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting and filled with colorful candies and sprinkles inside. Deliciously fun way to reveal the gender of a new bundle of joy!

Ok, enough about me. Let’s talk about the CAKE!!!

I was inspired by this beautiful piñata cake from Sally. I saw it way before I found out, and I knew I’d make it someday. And that day wasn’t too far away.

For my cake, I used classic white cake recipe from The Best Recipe cookbook by editors of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine and paired it with cream cheese frosting. This cake is insanely light and delicate, yet sweet and moist!

Bakers at Cook’s Illustrated truly know what they’re doing, and you know you can trust their method! The following 2 techniques help us to achieve that fine-grained, soft white cake:

  1. Mixing the dry ingredients with butter before adding the liquid ingredients. This coats the flour particles with butter, which prevents developing too much gluten. Hence, soft and delicate crumbs!
  2. Adding the egg whites without beating them first. Unbeaten egg whites mix better with the dry ingredients and prevent large air pockets, created from beaten egg whites. That’s how you get fine-grained, velvety texture.

Classic white cake- step by step photo tutorial

And here is a step-by-step photo tutorial how to assemble this piñata cake.

How to assemble a piñata cake...

Sure, it’s a bit time-consuming, but the process is extremely fun and full of joy! I was smiling from ear to ear the whole time I was making it! Imagining the reaction of everyone when we cut into the cake. Oh joyful times…

Tall 6-layer white cake covered with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting and filled with colorful candies and sprinkles inside. Deliciously fun way to reveal the gender of a new bundle of joy!

So there you have it. A big news with surprise inside cake!

Tall 6-layer white cake covered with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting and filled with colorful candies and sprinkles inside. Deliciously fun way to reveal the gender of a new bundle of joy!

Hope you weren’t too bored with this long post. Thank you for being with me on this crazy journey, we call life! 🙂

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Gender Reveal Piñata Cake

Tall 6-layer white cake covered with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting and filled with colorful candies and sprinkles inside. Deliciously fun way to reveal the gender of a new bundle of joy!

Yield: About 10-12 servings

Ingredients:

For the white cake:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk, at room temperature
  • 6 large egg whites (about ¾ cup), at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cup (250gr) cake flour
  • 1 ½ cup (300gr) sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks/ 170gr) unsalted butter, softened

For the frosting:

  • 8oz (225gr) cream cheese, softened
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick/115gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups (450gr) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup blue, or pink assorted sprinkles for filling
  • ½ cup mix of blue and pink sprinkles for decorating

Directions:

  1. To make the cake, spray 3 8-in (20cm) round cake pans with cooking spray. Line the pans with a parchment paper and spray the parchment paper lightly with cooking spray as well.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, egg whites, almond extract and vanilla extract.
  4. In a mixing bowl with paddle attachment, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt on low speed. Add butter and continue to mix on low speed until no dry ingredients left.
  5. Add half of the milk mixture and beat on medium speed for 1 ½ minutes. Add remaining milk mixture and continue to beat for another minute, scraping the sides of the bowl the half way.
  6. Pour the batter evenly into 3 prepared pans and smooth the tops. Bake the cake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cakes are golden and inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let the cakes rest in the pans for 3 minutes. If needed, loosen the edges with a knife and invert the cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely. (At this point, cake layers can be wrapped and stored at room temperature for up to 1 day.)
  8. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter in a mixing bowl with whisk attachment until smooth and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, heavy cream and salt. Beat the frosting on low speed until sugar is absorbed. Then increase the speed to medium high and beat until nice and creamy.
  9. To assemble the cake, cut all 3 cooled cakes horizontally into 6 even layers. Reserve 2 layers for the bottom and top of the cake. Then cut out 2.5-in (5cm) circles in the middle of the remaining 4 layers.
  10. Place the bottom whole layer of the cake on a platter and spread about 1/8 of the frosting evenly all over. Place a cake layer with cutout center on top and spread the frosting evenly. Continue with the remaining 3 layers with cutout centers in similar manner. Spread a thin layer of frosting on the inside of the cake to smooth out the inner walls. Fill the hole with blue, or pink sprinkles and top with the reserved whole cake layer. Frost the entire cake with the remaining frosting and dust with the mixture of blue and pink sprinkles all over. If desired, print these little “Girl? Boy?” labels, secure them on toothpicks to set in the center of the cake. Store the cake in the fridge. Bring it to room temperature before serving.

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

Cake idea is inspired by Sally’s Baking Addiction.
White cake recipe is an original recipe from The Best Recipe by editors of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine.

All images and text ©Shinee D. for Sweet & Savory by Shinee

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47 comments

  1. I’m in love with this cake and recipe. I made it for a gender reveal party I threw for my sister and she was beyond happy. Complements kept rolling in on the taste and design, heard it was the best gender reveal.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Simply Amazing!!!! I am in love with this cute cake.

  3. I made this for a friend and it came out perfectly. Everyone loved it.
    I used sixlets, pearls and sprinkles for the middle and did colored frosting between the layers. This was helpful because the candies didn’t fall out on the first slice.

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  4. Congrats Shinee! I’m so happy for you guys! This cake is gorgeous! Such a fun idea!

  5. Congratulations!  Baby boys are so much fun and your cake is so cute!  What a fun way to make the big announcement!

  6. Wow i was reading this post with a huge smile on my face! This cake looks fantastic and the idea is amasing!!! You are wonderful! Honestly, 10 years ago i couldn’t imagine you are cooking but now i can’t imagine you’re pregnant 😛 ( maybe it’s because i haven’t seen you) but you’re full of surprizes!!! Maybe when everybody else gets pregnant its not a such big deal but when it’s you – my sister, it seems whole different! Im like OMG, still cannot believe and imagine you with a big belly 🙂 Anyways, good luck! Can’t wait to see my little nephew!!!
    Love.

  7. First off, congrats!  Secondly, i wish, wish, wish I had known this was a thing back 5 years ago! How fun and unique…  And gorgeous! – Jerusha, TheDisneyChef.com

  8. What a fun and tasty way to reveal the gender to your family. We never did a big gender reveal, but part of me wishes we’d have done something fun!

  9. Love this idea for a gender reveal, how fun!

  10. This is such a sweet idea (literally!) I’m obsessed. 

  11. Oh my goodness, huge congratulations!!! So exciting for you! This cake really is the perfect way to reveal, it’s so fun and pretty!

  12. Shinee!!!! Number one CONGRATS!!!! YAY!!! So very excited for you!!! Start stocking your freezer with yummy freezer friendly meals now 🙂  That was the best advice I had.  It was way easier to defrost something after I had my baby…because my baby brain was capable of sleep, laundry, bottle washing and nursing 🙂  You are in for the best time of your life 🙂  Enjoy this pregnancy it goes by too fast 🙂

    As for this cake!  WOW!! I love it!  I showed it to my 10 year old nephew and he said what I wouldn’t give for this cake…I said it could be arranged 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Mila!! Yes, I’m planning on buying a new freezer and stock it up with bunch of freezer meals. Let me know if you have any good suggestions. And I agree, this pregnancy is flying by fast, only 16 more weeks to go! 🙂

  13. Congratulations xxxx

  14. Every day babies are born and you read birth announcements from friends and family but when it happens to YOU it really does take on a whole new meaning and feeling. You and your husband will have so much fun (sleepless nights too) and you are “baking” a human being as you put it and possibly a future chef too like his Mommy. Congratulations!! P.S. You will have to let us know if you get any food cravings.

  15. Congrats on your new addition, little boys are so much fun!! I have made this cake, its such a fun surprise, way more fun than just colored frosting!

  16. Congratulations, that is so awesome…and that cake is spectacular!!

  17. A boy!!!! Congratulations! This cake is so fun and so beautiful!

  18. Ahhh! Congrats! What a lucky little man he is to be snacking on this cake while he’s baking in mama’s belly! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  19. Congratulations, Shinee!! That is SO exciting!! I am so happy for your and your family. Your cake is gorgeous…I love those darling blue sprinkles just pouring out. What a fabulous way to reveal the gender of your baby! <3

  20. Wow, congratulations, Shinee! I am excited for you!! 🙂 And what a gorgeous cake, too! 

  21. Congratulations! That is so exciting, little girls are so fun! And this cake. Wow, it is gorgeous!

  22. Congratulations, Shinee!  Such fantastic news for you and your husband.  Love that you shared the news of your sweet boy’s arrival with this delicious looking cake.

  23. Oops, forgot to even comment on the cake!!! Such a cute idea 🙂

  24. YEAH 😀
    Congratulations.
    Boys are wonderful, they are such sweethearts, so full of love, cuddles and dirt (lots and lots of dirt!!!) – sure girls are sweethearts too – but I don’t have any to comment on that 😉 
    So happy for you.

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