We love showering Southern Mamas in love when it comes to the birth of a first-born child. This special occasion is marked by company, gifts, and, of course – cake. The gender reveal trend is taking over the Internet, with some couples opting for balloons, some picking powder-filled golf balls, and even some choosing to use colored shotgun shells. Hosting a gender reveal – either at a baby shower or as a separate gathering with close friends and family – is a fun way to announce the baby's arrival. This cake makes the statement that your gender reveal needs. Made with four circular layers of your favorite cake recipe and our mouth-watering buttercream frosting, this playful ombre-frosted cake is filled with colored chocolate candies indicating whether Mama's having a boy or girl. So, get Mama to hand over her unopened gender results, spend a Saturday afternoon with some frosting, and give the happy couple the surprise of a lifetime.

Makes 1 (9-inch) cake, about 24 servings

4 (9-inch) layers of your favorite cake
Vanilla Buttercream:
2 cups butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 (2-lb.) pkg. powdered sugar
1 ½ to 2 cups heavy cream
1 (14 oz.) pkg. pink round candy coated chocolates (we tested with Sixlets)
Pink and light blue food gel
Question mark stencil (optional)
Rainbow nonpareils (optional)


  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, making 4 (9-inch) cake layers. Cool completely.
  2. Prepare buttercream (in batches if needed) by mixing butter in a large stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Cream until pale and light. Add vanilla. Add powdered sugar and cream, alternately, beginning and ending with the powdered sugar until a medium-stiff consistency forms. Divide the buttercream in half. Leave one half of the frosting white. Divide the other half in half again and using the food gel, color half pink and the other half light blue.
  3. Cut a 3-inch round circle from the center of the 3 cake layers. You will have 1 cake layer that has no hold cut out.
  4. Arrange one cake layer (with a hole cut) on a cake board or serving platter. Using the white buttercream, frost and stack the 3 donut-hold shaped cake layers together. Fill the hold all the way up with the candy coated chocolates. Place the fourth uncut cake layer on top. Frost the entire cake lightly with the remaining white frosting. This is not a thick coat and you may still see some cake through the frosting.
  5. Using the pink frosting, frost the bottom half of the cake. Using the blue frosting, frost the top half and top of the cake. Using an offset spatula, blend the pink and the blue frostings together slightly where they meet. Smooth the top of the cake. Chill cake for 15 minutes.
  6. Place the stencil on top of the cake. Sprinkle nonpareils over the stencils and press slightly into the cut out part. Remove stencil.

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