How To Make Gender Reveal Cupcakes with Natural DyeMichelle Horton
“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 10All you need is a box of cupcake mix, vanilla frosting, and some beets. Yes, beets!
Natural Dye 2 of 10Just wash and peel the beets, cut them up, and stir them around in the vanilla frosting.
Pretty Pink! 3 of 10When 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 10Careful not to cut right through the bottom.
Fill Them Up 5 of 10And carefully place the top back on. Then cover the cupcake in frosting to avoid any spoilers.
Perfect Pink Center 6 of 10Isn't the color so pretty?
My Favorite New Discovery 7 of 10And 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 10It'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 10It'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 10And 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:
- 10 things to look forward to after pregnancy
- Waiting for Santa
- 10 teaching moments from a pregnancy craving
- 20 things to do before baby #2
Read more of Michelle’s writing at Early Mama.