If you’re charged with the task of a gender-reveal party, you’re going to want to include a gender-reveal cake for lots of reasons. Everyone’s hungry. Everyone’s curious. And you’re eager to show off your creative thinking.
Having culled lots of ideas from eclectic sources, we’ve come up with both party and cake ideas for a gender reveal. Try one. Try them all. Once you decide on a course of action, customize those ideas and make them yours!
Fun Task #1: Pick a Theme for the Party
Bri Adams and Kate Aspen have the best jobs in the world. They come up with so many gender-reveal theme ideas, our head is spinning. A few of their gems are the following:
-He or she? Come to see what baby will be.
-Little mister or little sister?
-Prince or princess?
-What will it be?
-Twinkle little star; we wonder what you are!
-Team Lashes or Team ‘Staches?
-Beau or bow?
-Waddle it be?
-All ahoy; girl or boy?
Fun Task #2: Plan the Party Using Your Favorite Theme, “Borrowed” or Original.
We turn to Parents magazine for help with this one, and the editors recommend a game plan that gets you through the process fast:
-Pick a date, buy and send paper or e-invitations
-Come up with a menu (cake and punch or lavish buffet; your choice and your budget)
-Hold a lottery with prizes for those who guess correctly
-Take photos of the big event
-Keep everyone in suspense until the last moment
-Cut into that cake and be prepared for the excitement!
Fun Task #3: Bake a Gender-Reveal Cake
Brilliant Idea #1: Take advantage of today’s cupcake trend when you bake your gender-reveal cake. Use boxed cake mix (chocolate and vanilla) to prepare your cupcakes and hollow out the center of each once they cool. Fill that center with either blue or pink icing. Frost the tops with a lavish coating of white icing to hide the gender-specific core until guests bite down.
Brilliant Idea #2: The chefs at Betty Crocker came up with a gigantic version of idea #1. Bake three layers, use a four-inch biscuit cutter to hollow out two, fill the cake’s center with blue or pink candy (M&Ms work really well) and ice the cake to disguise the hidden candy. Wait until you see the reactions on people’s faces as soon as you cut the first slice of this gender reveal cake and the candy tumbles out like a waterfall!
Brilliant Idea #3: Keep it simple. You don’t have to invent the wheel to surprise guests eager to know the baby’s gender. Simply bake a white cake and add pink or blue food coloring to the batter that will show through with the first cut. For a unique look, follow baker Shiran’s tips for creating an ombre gender-reveal cake by increasing or decreasing the amount of food coloring added to each of the layers.
Brilliant Idea #4: It’s a pretty simple way to broadcast the news without too much effort: Use pink or blue as the filling color between the two layers of a cake. This is a favorite of moms living in the fast lane who count themselves lucky to find time to turn on the oven.
Brilliant Idea #5: Love outrageous cakes? You must visit the Cafe Mom website hosted by Susie Skwiot. Scroll down the page for ideas, and if the guest of honor at your gender-reveal party is famous for her offbeat humor, you could make her day by serving a “Were Just Here for the Sex” gender-reveal cake. If she’s a teacher, go for the version that’s spelled correctly: “We’re Just Here for the Sex.”
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