The most important part of a Gender Reveal Party is the actual reveal of the baby's gender. It' important that you plan something fun to use to reveal whether the baby is a boy or girl.
Since my favorite dessert to make is cupcakes, I decided to bake simple vanilla cupcakes with both pink and blue frosting on top, but the inside of the cupcake would be filled with just one color; either the blue or pink frosting, blue if it's a boy, pink if it's a girl.
When each guest bites into the cupcake, the color of the filling reveals if you were having a boy or a girl. I highly recommend making this first bite a big group activity - and if you've got a camera you can mount with a timer, use it to snap everyone's reaction!
1 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, at Room Temperature
3/4 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Milk
1 1/2 sticks (3 cups) Unsalted Butter, at Room Temperature
3 cups Powdered Sugar
Pinch of Salt
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
Pink and Blue Food Coloring
To make the sprinkles cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 1 cupcake pan with baking liners, set aside until needed.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until fully incorporated. Mix in the vanilla. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk. Increase the speed to medium and beat until the batter is smooth.
Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter among the prepared cupcake liners, filling the liners 2/3 of the way.
Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into a few of the cupcakes comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
While the cupcakes are cooling, make the buttercream. Cream the butter in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the confectioners sugar and mix (gradually increasing in speed) until the sugar is fully incorporated, about 5 minutes. You may need to stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple times.
Add the salt and vanilla and whisk until the buttercream is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Remove 3/4 of the buttercream and place in a separate bowl. If the baby is a girl, add food coloring to bowl with 3/4 of the buttercream, and the blue food coloring in the other bowl. If it's a boy, do the opposite. Mix until fully incorporated and there is no white showing.
To fill the cupcakes, cut/poke a hole in the middle of each cupcake. I use an apple corer; I think it’s the easiest way that creates the best results. If you do not own an apple corer, you can use a small knife to cut a hole in the middle of the cupcake. Using the buttercream that is colored what the gender is, fill each cupcake with the buttercream.
To frost the cupcakes, place the remaining buttercream in separate piping bags fitted with your favorite tip. Pipe the frosting in a circular motion onto each cupcake.
Serve and reveal if you’re having a boy or a girl!
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