When my sister Valerie was pregnant with their second baby, she and her husband decided to find out the gender. After some persuading from her friends :) they decided to have a gender reveal party, and they asked me if I would bake the cake for it. My mom offered to decorate it, but they didn't want us both to know the gender ahead of time, so after I baked and assembled the cake I frosted it with a layer of icing that would conceal any of the colored cake before handing it off. Then, my mom finished frosting and decorating it.
I baked French vanilla almond sour cream cake in 2- 9 inch cake pans and French vanilla almond sour cream cake tinted 'the mystery color' in 3- 9 inch cake pans. Since I was using a crystal cake stand, I put a round cake circle on the stand under the cake so no one would see the color of the cake through the crystal. ;) I alternated layers of colored and white cake and iced them with white frosting in between as I stacked them. When all the layers were assembled I iced the cake with a crumb coat. After the crumb coat set I iced the cake with just enough frosting so my mom couldn't see the color of the cake when she went to decorate it.
My mom iced the cake with white frosting and made little peaks on the sides. My sister had asked her to write 'Oh, Baby!' on the cake, so she piped it in green icing on the top. Then she used pearlized pink, blue, and green sixlets around the base of the cake and several on the top.
The cake turned out really cute and sweet, and when they cut the cake everyone was excited to find out they were having a...
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