Gender reveal cake
I had a client order a Gender Reveal Cake for her son and daughter-in-law, at their request. They wanted to find out the sex of their baby at their Shower Party, and have their excitement caught on camera! After the sonogram, my client learned that their baby was to be a girl, and was thrilled to be able to surprise them with this special cake. She ordered my Strawberries and Cream Cake. However, she asked to have it be a Strawberries and Chocolate Ganache cake, instead of a Strawberries and Cream cake, as the parents particularly love chocolate dipped strawberries, and this would be that in cake form.
To start the cake I made a strawberry puree from 10 lb. of frozen strawberries with a 1/2 cup of sugar. These were stewed down into a thick beautiful red puree to flavor the cake and the pink butter cream roses.
While I was waiting for my 1/2 sheet cake to finish cooking, I made a Swiss buttercream icing and I split it into two bowls. One of the bowls was colored blue and the other bowl was made pink with the strawberry puree. I piped roses from the two colors of buttercream, to keep the decoration of the cake gender neutral, and set them aside to chill and harden.
I cut the 1/2 sheet cake in half so that I now had two 1/4 sheets of cake. I iced the first layer of cake with whipped chocolate ganache and strawberry puree and then put the top layer of cake on and crumb coated the whole thing before putting it in the fridge to chill.
After the cake was thoroughly cold and firm, I finished icing the cake and decorated it with a shell border on the top and the bottom. Then, I put a dome of buttercream in the center of the cake before pouring a lake of strawberry puree around the dome, and held in by the shell border. The pink and blue buttercream roses went on top of the dome of buttercream and on the corners of the cake.
So, the proud parents discovered that their baby was going to be a beautiful bouncing baby girl named Emmaleigh when they cut through the chocolate icing with pink and blue roses to find a bright strawberry pink cake inside! They were ecstatic with joy, and they LOVED the strawberry chocolate cake, as well.