Buttons & Bows Baby Gender Reveal Cake…Boy or Girl?

This post contains affiliate links which means that, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase. Thanks so much for your support in this way! Read my full disclosure policy here.

Pin It

I love, love, love surprises… so baby gender reveal cakes are super fun for me to do!  And this cake?  Well, I’d seen it before on Flickr and actually done a version of it for but as a tiered cake.    But this time, my customer saw this cake and wanted the exact cake!   I hope the original creator doesn’t mind… it’s just such a fun cake (and mine wasn’t as clean and neat as the original anyway… it was just perfect!)!

Let me tell you though… this cake adventure was a nail-biter!  The Momma said she knew she couldn’t stand to wait long, so she had her ultrasound on a Tuesday… and planned her gender reveal party for Tuesday night!   That left very little room for me to decorate the cake.

To make things easier (for me!),  the bottom tier was a 9×13″ cake… one layer chocolate, one layer vanilla with cream cheese filling in between (like this Yellow & Gray Bridal shower cake where you can see the inside of the cake!)!

But the top tier (the little gift box), I used vanilla cake and I baked one of each.. pink and blue.  That afternoon, I was supposed to get a call from the ultrasound tech and have about two and a half hours to get the cake finished… no problem!

Oh, if it had only been that easy!!  No, the clinic had no electricity when they arrived, so the ultrasound ended up being delayed and I didn’t get the call until about an hour before the party!  Yeah… I was stressing!

But no worries… the bow was already made, I had all the fondant ready… so as soon as the call came, I finished it up in about 30 minutes and it was picked up!  Talk about cutting it close!

I used my FMM Ribbon Cutter to make all those stripes and I laid them over Satin Ice Dark Chocolate Fondant.  I used an impression mat to get the quilted look on the cake and I used my favorite Funky Alphabet cutters for the words!

The buttons?  I made those myself and it only took a few minutes with tools I already had on hand (or you can buy this nifty button impression mat)!  I was all prepped to show you how but my camera battery is dead (sad face!)… I hope to get that post up tomorrow!

Be sure to check out this post on how to make the poofy fondant bow… I just scaled it down a bit for this cake and I made it with a 50-50 mix of marshmallow fondant and homemade gumpaste.

Anyway… so finally… they got to cut the cake and what did they find?  These are cell phone pics, but I was so glad that my sister shared the pics with me (she was at the party!)…

It’s a GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!  Congrats to Leslie and her sweet family!

What about you?   Have you had a gender reveal party?  Would you?  I always liked to find out the sex of my babies at the hospital… when they were born… I told you I like surprises! 

If you have questions about how to make this cake, please leave them in the comments!!

One or more links in this post are referral and/or affiliate links.  Read my disclosure policy here.


  1. Jan Carmichael says

    Hi Rose! I’m the originator of this cake and am so thrilled to see how you did it! You did a great job. I love the tiered cake version you did too. I can’t believe how popular this design has become. I’ve seen more versions of it all over the internet and it’s very exciting! Love your work!

    • Rose says

      Awwww…. thank you SO much Jan! It’s great to “meet” you! I’ve always loved that cake and admired your original… it was just spot-on perfect! Thanks for visiting!!! xoxo Rose

  2. Loretta W. says

    Hi Rose! I’m planning to make a smaller version(client only needs approx. 15-20 servings) of this cake tomorrow :) I only decorate my cakes using buttercream though, and I’ve never made a fondant/gumpaste loopy bow. Any advice on the length/width/thickness of each ribbon for the bow? I only need the completed bow to be about 3 inches in diameter so that it doesn’t “swallow” the mini cake on top. Also, can I pipe the vertical stripes on the cake using buttercream? What tip would you recommend?

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *