Saturday, February 1, 2014

Classic Vanilla Gender Reveal Cake

I love sprinkles...and surprises.

Boy has it been a while since I have blogged. I have not really made blogging a priority and have decided that I want to change that.  I used to love sharing weekly recipes and stories with all of you and it seems I have forgotten about that joy.  Part of my distraction is because of the adorable one and a half year old boy I have running around the house.  He is the best part of my day and I am so thankful for him.  The other distraction has to do with this cake....the gender reveal is for the baby I have been cooking up and is due this April.  I know, it will be here before you know it!    If you ever visit Pinterest or know somebody how has had a baby recently or is pregnant, you know Gender Reveal Parties are all the rage.  We did not want to have a party or anything like that, but figured we could share the gender a fun way with my family.  This cake is a classic, vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. My personal favorite, but you could really make any flavor cake you like as long as you can tint the frosting pink or blue in the middle.  (scroll to end for the reveal)

Classic Vanilla Gender Reveal Cake 
recipe from Baked Perfection

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sour cream
Prepare two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans by greasing, lining with parchment, and flouring.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla; mix well. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick). Divide batter evenly between the two cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, the cake springs back when touched, and golden on top. Cool completely before removing from pan and frosting.  When frosting center later, do not get too close to the edge of the cake to ensure the colored frosting does not bleed into the white frosting.

Very Vanilla Frostingrecipe by Baked Perfection

2 sticks of butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
3-6 tablespoons milk
pink or blue food coloring
Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.  Remove 1/4 of the frosting and tint to desired shade of pink or blue.  

It's a girl!