Pinterest was not even a thing when I was pregnant with my son…or my daughter for that matter! I wish it had been because I would have had all sorts of ridiculously creative baby announcement ideas at my disposal. Now? I only have to be bitter about all those nifty wedding ideas I missed out on because I still get to take advantage of all of those super fun and creative baby ideas! What am I saying? Well, I can’t make you cupcakes, so I’ll just tell you. I’m having a girl in June.
If you’re in the same blessed boat that I am, you have got to make these cupcakes! They give you a reason to gather your loved ones around, so you can have a gender reveal party in addition to a baby shower! Hey, we only get to do this so very few times in our lives. We had better get as many parties out of it as possible, right? Right!
Now, for the cupcakes, the idea is simple – Bake them with little cake hearts inside that are color coded to reveal the gender of your baby. When your party-goers take a bite out of their cupcake, they’ll know if you’re having a boy or girl. Awww and sniff-sniff at the same time, I know. I know.
Think that sounds like they’re hard to make? Think again. If I can do it, you can do it.
But first, here are a few things you need to make these that you might not have:
Wilton 101 Piece Cookie Cutter Set – This set has the particular heart used to cut out the cake pieces and a whole lot more. It’s a must-have set.
Enjoy and congratulations!
- 3 cups all purpose flour, Stir flour before measuring, then scoop and level each cup carefully
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into Tablespoons
- 1 cup milk
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Blue or Pink Food Coloring
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Using a hand mixer slowly add the butter, 1 Tablespoon at a time, until the butter breaks down and the mixture crumbles, scrap the sides as needed.
- In a large glass measuring cup, measure the milk and then whisk in the eggs and vanilla.
- Pour egg mixture into the dry ingredients, Do not overmix.
- Pour roughly ⅓ to ½ the batter into a bowl
- Mix in blue or pink food coloring until you achieve the color you want.
- Pour batter into a greased 13x9-inch baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool for a good 15 minutes.
- Press a small heart shaped cookie cutter in the colored cake and gently pull out the hearts. Cut enough hearts for the amount of cupcakes you need.
- Fill a cupcake pan with paper liners and fill ¼ to ½ full of batter.
- Stick colored hearts in the center of the batter.
- Scoop additional cake batter over the colored heart to fill the cups about ⅔ to ¾ full.
- Be careful not to overfill.
- Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 to 18 minutes until cake is baked and bounces back when touched.
- Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
- Make 2 batches of Butter Cream Frosting and fit a plastic piping bag with large decorating tips
- Draw one thin line of pink food coloring and one thin line of blue food coloring on either side of the plastic bag.
- Gently fill the bag with frosting, being careful not to touch the food coloring with your spatula.
- Twist the end and squeeze until both colors are coming out the tip.
- Pipe a swirl on top of each cupcake, from the outside in towards the center, covering the secret colored heart.