Go Back
+ servings
Servings: 12

Gender Reveal Surprise Cake Recipe

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Gender Reveal Surprise Cake Recipe - fun and easy to make, this cake is perfect for a gender reveal party or a baby shower. Layers of vanilla cake with mascarpone cream cheese buttercream and lots of colorful candy.
gender reveal surprise cake baby shower betty cocker
5 from 8 votes
Leave a Review »


  • 2 boxes Batty Crocker's Super Moist Cake Mix - I used Vanilla flavor
  • other ingredients to prepare the cake — (oil, eggs, water)
  • 2 8 inch round cake pans

For the frosting!

  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 stick — (115 grams) softened butter
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone at room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered sugar — , sifted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream or milk


  • 1 1/2 cups pink of blue candy and sprinkles to fill the cake
  • pink and blue sprinkles to decorate the cake on the outside


For the frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together butter, cream cheese on medium speed for 3 minutes, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add mascarpone and beat on low for 1 minute until combined.
  2. Add powdered sugar and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, until powdered sugar is incorporated.
  3. Add vanilla and cream/milk and beat for 1 more minute. Add more cream/milk, if needed to reach the desired consistency.

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray 2 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat 1 box cake mix and ingredients called for on box with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on high speed about 2 minutes or until smooth. Spread in pans.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Loosen cakes with a knife and remove from pans.
  4. Repeat process with the second cake mix, to make 2 more layers.
  5. Transfer cake to a cooling rack and let it cool completely.
  6. Flatten each cake layer, if tops are domed. Using a serrated knife, carefully cut each layer into 2 layers with the same thickness.
  7. In 4 of the layers, cut 4-inch circles out of the center, using a round 4-inch cutter.
  8. To assemble the cake:
  9. Place 1 uncut layer on the bottom of a cake platter. Spread frosting on top.
  10. Add one of the cut layers and spread frosting on top. Repeat with the remaining cut layers, spreading frosting on top of each one. Fill cake with candy.
  11. Top with the second uncut layer. Spread frosting on top and the sides of the cake.
  12. Using your hands, press sprinkles to the sides of the cake. Add sprinkles on top if the cake, too.
  13. Add boy/girl labels on top. .
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition Information

Calories: 632, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 664mg, Potassium: 79mg, Carbohydrates: 121g, Sugar: 85g, Protein: 5g, Vitamin A: 420%, Calcium: 222%, Iron: 1.8%