It’s A Boy/Girl! (Gender Reveal Cupcakes)

Super adorable cupcakes for “gender reveal” occasions. Filled with pink or blue and topped with a pink/blue swirled frosting. Easy cupcakes with a big wow-factor. Promise.

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Hello sweethearts! What’s up? We’re halfway summer already. I say this so often, but: time flies. Did you guys make the most of it yet? I’ve been working, but enjoying the (few) sunrays too because of Pokemon Go. A few weeks ago, I went to my friends’ birthday party. As a surprise, her boyfriend had secretly ordered a gender reveal cake (she’s pregnant of their second child). I thought this was SO sweet as he really made an effort to contact a bakery and tried to find someone to make a gender reveal cake; a gender reveal cake is not very common over here in The Netherlands. Unfortunately, the cake turned out to be horrible

  • First, the dense, thin, blue/greenish cake layers
  • Second, thick, very THICK buttercream layers. The cream layers were thrice as thick as the cake layer…
  • Then, the buttercream wasn’t even a cream, it was liked solid butter. No fluff. At.All.
  • And lastly, GRITTY butter”cream”. Yes, gritty. The sugar wasn’t incorporated properly.

The couple was quite disappointed. And so was I. How can a PROFESSIONAL bakery ruin such a special moment? The cake wasn’t even properly blue. Horrible. If you can’t make it, be honest and tell your potential clients their request isn’t possible. Don’t let them PAY for a cake that isn’t worth any money. The only person who seemed to like the cake was my friend’s two-year old. But then again, you could’ve given him a jar of sugar and he would’ve been happy too.

Anyway, to kind of “make up” the ruined moment, I decided to gift them a do-over. Well, sort of. The moment was gone, but I still wanted them to enjoy a good gender reveal cake. And so I made them gender reveal cupcakes! Simple vanilla cupcakes with pink and blue fluffy frosting. Not too fancy, but definitely cute.

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The cupcakes aren’t anything fancy. Simple fluffy vanilla cupcakes. I used a vanilla pod for extra vanilla flavor. It’s optional though. Actually, it’s not. As for the frosting, I made a light and fluffy buttercream by combining butter and heavy whipping cream. I wanted to do a mascarpone or cream cheese frosting, but I wasn’t sure how safe these ingredients are for pregnant women so I went for safe. To make the swirl styled frosting, add each color to a piping bag and then add both piping bags to another piping bag with desired nozzle. And that’s it! Easy right?

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Gender Reveal Cupcakes
Yields 12
Super adorable cupcakes for "gender reveal" occasions. Filled with pink or blue and topped with a pink/blue swirled frosting. Easy cupcakes with a big wow-factor. Promise.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients for the cupcakes
  1. 190 g all-purpose flour
  2. ½ tsp baking powder
  3. ¼ tsp baking soda
  4. ¼ tsp salt
  5. 165 mL (skim) milk
  6. 15 mL white vinegar
  7. 60 g unsalted butter, softened
  8. 150 g caster sugar
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  11. seeds of ½ vanilla pod (optional)
Ingredients for the frosting/filling
  1. 230 mL unsalted butter, softened
  2. 300-500 g confectioner's sugar
  3. 80 mL heavy whipping cream
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. seeds of ½ vanilla pod (optional)
  6. red (or pink) and blue food coloring
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another small bowl, mix the milk and vinegar. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in the egg, seeds of the vanilla pod and vanilla extract until fully incorporated.
  6. Alternately fold in the flour and milk mixture, ending with the flour mixture.
  7. Divide the batter over the cupcake liners.
  8. Bake the cupcakes 20-25 minutes at 180C or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  9. To make the frosting, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add in the confectioner's sugar, whipping cream, vanilla extract and seeds of the vanilla pod while beating. Then, divide the frosting over two bowls and mix red food coloring in one bowl and blue in the other. Add as much food coloring until you're satisfied with the color. Transfer frostings to piping bags.
  10. To frost the cupcakes, use a knife or special tool to make a hole in the middle of the cupcake. Pipe in the pink or blue frosting. Then, take another piping bag, add the desired nozzle and add in both red- and blue frosting piping bags. Frost the cupcakes as desired.
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2 thoughts on “It’s A Boy/Girl! (Gender Reveal Cupcakes)

  1. That is very sweet, in every sense! How can a bakery serve such a thing? From your IG post I first thought ”Hmm My Linh, has time come” 😉 Simple does it. They prob were only too happy with eatible and pretty gender reveal bakings! Never heard of such a thing actuallyy, only the beschuit met muisjes thing and the baby beans.

    1. Thank you!! :3 Hahaha no THAT time has not come for me yet. Gender reveal is kind of an American thing. The beschuitjes are really Dutch (and also delicious!)

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