I may have just created the most non-naff, cringe-less, gender reveal cake ever.
Personally, no, I did not find out the gender of my baby before its grand arrival. I liked the surprise and the guessing games with everyone who commented. Literally, EVERYONE commented. My supermarket check-out lady said boy, my Fedex guy said it was a boy (to which I replied, "I bet you know cuz you're the DELIVERY GUY harharhar"). Pretty much everyone guessed it was a boy. Some even backed it up with pseudo-scientific explanations (the bump is more out than wide, your face is long etc). And yes, I had a little boy.
Gender reveal parties are getting more and more popular now. Like a baby shower, but perhaps a bit sooner when the gender of the baby is found out and kept secret. Only to be shared with a cake maker for example, and then revealed via a surprise element at the party, like the colour of the sponge inside a cake. I thought they were silly and exclaimed to my husband, "What a daft concept." Husband said, "What's daft? It's as good a reason as any to have a party and cake." I conceded. Since then one of my closest friend's had one for which we made the cake (ohhhh the pressure of knowing the gender before she did!). And then we were given free reign-ish to design Rhiannon's (@rhitrition) gender reveal cake!
Rhiannon's friends got in touch saying she loved the cake I had made for Amanda and shared on Instagram. But as it's a gender reveal, we tweaked it to a pink and blue theme with the colour of the sponge revealing the gender inside.
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Me bezzie’s baby shower cake 💕! I love the cheeky stripey fault line underneath and the pink 💖and white sponge layers were just too darn pretty! I tried to have a steady hand cutting 🔪 , and I’m better than my bezzie at it but still shite at it. Swipe for innards! 🍰 #faultlinecake #babyshower #layercake #cakemaker #notcakecutter
Of course, the cake needed to be INSTAGRAMMABLE (a word I dislike but it's kinda what we do). And nothing screams more INSTA than a fault line style cake. A two-tiered cake with three layers of pink/blue sponge inside and striped in pink, blue and white buttercream style.
And then pink, blue and white swirls galore!
I'd initially suggested adding chocolates as decor but I reneged on that idea - it just looked better with less. This is where I'm so grateful for any artistic license afforded to us when creating bespoke cakes. The pink-blue gender reveal cake looks lovely without anything else but a few pops of Jammie Dodger biscuits looked super cute too
We had the cake delivered just in time to Mortimer House in London for Rhiannon's gender reveal party. I hope the cake-cutting is a super-fun and suspense-filled moment for her and all her friends and fam.
We decided to donate the proceeds of the cake to the Great Ormond Street Hospital on this occasion.
Lots of love,