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Our Cupcake Gender Reveal

 

 

 

We decided to have a little fun with our gender reveal.  Instead of just telling our family after our ultrasound, we I decided I wanted to let them know with cupcakes!

Cupcakes (2)

First, start with your favorite cake recipe.  I used a simple yellow cake (recipe below).

Cupcakes (3)Add paper liners to your cupcake pan. I used a rainbow pack of liners since this little one is our “rainbow baby.”

Cupcakes (5)Carefully fill your cupcake liners.  I like to use an ice cream scoop.  It makes for less mess and ensures that each cupcake is being filled evenly.

Cupcakes (6)Let cupcakes bake, making your house smell super yummy

Cupcakes (7)After your cupcakes have cooled, scoop out the middle.  I use the tip open end of a frosting tip.

Cupcakes (8)Whip up your favorite frosting.  I tend to go for a simple buttercream (recipe below).

Cupcakes (10)Take a photo of both the blue and pink food coloring and post it on your Facebook to tease everyone a little bit more…this part is optional, but a lot of fun.  ;)

Cupcakes (11)Stir in your food coloring.  Pink!

Cupcakes (12)Pipe the colored frosting into the center of the cupcakes.

IMG_0388Take the remaining white frosting and pipe onto the top of each cupcake being careful to cover any hint of color.

IMG_0407Try and keep your family from snagging a cupcake early and peaking.

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Watch the excited reactions as your family bites into the cupcake and reveals the big surprise.

IMG_0409Here are the excited Grandmas  (Patrick’s mom on left, my mom on right)!

 

Recipe: Yellow Cake

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.
In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
Add the eggs, one by one.
Stir in the vanilla.
Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
Slowly incorporate the flour and milk into the butter, sugar mixture.
Beat until everything is fully incorporated.
Pour in pans.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

 

Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
4 tablespoons milk

Directions:

In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat the butter until fluffy, slowly add in 2-3 cups of powdered sugar (be sure to have mixer on low at first or you will have powdered sugar all over your kitchen).
Increase mixer speed and add in vanilla and 2 tablespoons of milk.
Add in remaining powdered sugar.
If frosting is too thick, add additional milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Beat until you get the desired consistency.
Divide frosting and add coloring as desired.
Frost cupcakes and enjoy!

 

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