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How To Make Gender Reveal Cupcakes with Natural Dye

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“Gender Reveal” baked goods are skyrocketing in popularity. Skyrocketing!

The idea — in case you somehow haven’t heard of it — is to invite your family and friends over for a Gender Reveal Party (usually around week 20, or whenever you have the gender reveal sonogram), and then use cupcakes or cake to reveal the gender.

Pink frosting inside? It’s a girl! Blue frosting? It’s a boy!

Yet if you’re uncomfortable with food coloring, there’s an easy way to make colored frosting without any artificial dyes.

 

As I mentioned before, I’ve been seriously slacking on baking since my first baby was born. (The hours I used to spend baking are now been used for wholesome dinners — go figure!) Which is why I turn to Pillsbury:


  • It’s a Girl! 1 of 10
    It's a Girl!
    All you need is a box of cupcake mix, vanilla frosting, and some beets. Yes, beets!
  • Natural Dye 2 of 10
    Natural Dye
    Just wash and peel the beets, cut them up, and stir them around in the vanilla frosting.
  • Pretty Pink! 3 of 10
    Pretty Pink!
    When you pick out all of the beets, you're left with this gorgeous hue. And because beets are naturally sweet, you won't taste any difference.
  • Cut Out a Cone Shape 4 of 10
    Cut Out a Cone Shape
    Careful not to cut right through the bottom.
  • Fill Them Up 5 of 10
    Fill Them Up
    And carefully place the top back on. Then cover the cupcake in frosting to avoid any spoilers.
  • Perfect Pink Center 6 of 10
    Perfect Pink Center
    Isn't the color so pretty?
  • My Favorite New Discovery 7 of 10
    My Favorite New Discovery
    And now I have to stop and explain why I love Pillsbury's Easy Frost. Not only does it create bakery-worthy cupcake frosting, but also...
  • ? 8 of 10
    ?
    It's perfect for decorating! (Bakery artist I am not.) I love the little question mark for gender reveal cupcakes.
  • More Than Just Decorating 9 of 10
    More Than Just Decorating
    It's also perfect for filling the inside of a cupcake! Of course you can't dye it blue or pink (bummer), but it's an easy cupcake filling solution.
  • Same Result, Two Ways 10 of 10
    Same Result, Two Ways
    And in case you're wondering, here's how the two cupcakes compare.

I know what you’re thinking — what about boy cupcakes? Well I’ll tell you: I thawed frozen blueberries (I know they rub off color much more than fresh blueberries), then pureed and strained them. But the color ended up being very…purple. So if anyone has a solution, please share!

The beets, though, worked out like a dream.

Thanks very much to Pillsbury for sponsoring this post and for providing Pillsbury products for me to have some fun with. Check out more posts in this campaign:

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