I found these pictures this week and realized I never shared them! I had planned to share and use them as part of our gender reveal, but after I botched our reveal with our small group I forgot about the cupcakes and ended up just sharing a picture of Adeline instead.
So I briefly shared about this when I posted our reveal on Instagram, but figured I’d share it here too. Several Wednesday nights ago we had planned on baking cupcakes, filling them with blue frosting, and doing a fun gender reveal with our small group. You know the ropes – everyone bites into the cupcake and surprise! the color of the frosting reveals the gender. It’s been done a million times, but was simple enough for us to actually pull it off. I spent so much time thinking of a super creative gender reveal for our first pregnancy, but this time all I could think of were cupcakes. #secondchildprobs
We spent a good hour, maybe two, baking cupcakes, making homemade buttercream frosting, dying a batch of the frosting blue, filling them, and then frosting the tops. I was so excited to share our news with our friends, and also pretty excited to eat some delicious cupcakes. Once we got to small group (and for everyone wondering what the heck a small group is, it’s just a small group of other couples we go to church with who have similar age kids and we get together once a week to fellowship and talk about different topics while our kids are at their Wednesday night bible classes. Basically a close-knit group of people to do life with!) we all started talking casually about our weeks and how things were going. We went last because everyone knew we’d brought cupcakes to do a special reveal. So we started talking about our anatomy scan, and how it went, and how we’d told our families earlier in the week. Without thinking, and completely mindlessly and nonchalantly, I blurted out that we’d taken Adam’s parents “a cute box of blue macarons.”
“BLUE?!!!” Everyone screamed and I instantly realized I had COMPLETELY ruined the surprise. Spilled the beans. Let the cat out of the bag. And if it weren’t for Adam’s face turning bright red and everyone screaming, I would have never even thought twice. Pregnancy brain is real ya’ll! It just word vomited out of my mouth, completely over my head. Literally so embarrassing, but also hysterical, and a great memory.
Then we passed out the cupcakes, which had basically lost their effect at this point. All of that effort to make the darn blue frosting was down the drain, except that they did in fact taste delicious!
I’m a little sad we didn’t get to have that moment of surprise, but I guess we revealed it one way or another! Definitely an epic fail.
How We Made our Gender Reveal Cupcakes
The cupcakes were actually super simple to make, though slightly tedious. Here’s what we did.
- Bake a box of vanilla cupcakes.
- Let cool completely.
- Using a small pairing knife, cut a circle out of the middle of the tops, going about half way down.
- For the buttercream frosting, combine powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk in electric mixer. You can google countless recipes, but you’ll eventually end up altering it to get the right consistency and flavor.
- Separate out the buttercream frosting once it’s done, scooping about a third of it into a small bowl to die blue or pink.
- Drop 1-2 drops of food coloring into the small bowl of food coloring and mix together until the color is exactly what you want. (You can usually buy a box of neon colored food coloring so you don’t have to mix any)
- Take a small ziplock baggie and cut one corner off. The bigger cut you make, the more frosting will come out. You’ll use this as a makeshift piping bag to fill the cupcakes with your dyed frosting.
- Scoop your dyed frosting into your piping bag and start filling your cupcakes. You want to make sure you don’t overfill them because you need to leave space to put the tops back on. If you overfill, the frosting will ooze out and might mix with your white frosting when you frost the tops.
- Put all the tops back on, and use the white un-dyed frosting to frost the tops.
- Done! You could add cute blue and pink sprinkles on top, or decorate them however you choose! For time’s sake, we just kept ours white.
If you’ve made them correctly, you should have a beautiful color on the inside when you bite or cut into them!
Just make sure you don’t ruin the surprise first! ha!
Have you made gender reveal cupcakes? What’s the last big surprise you accidentally ruined?