“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.
If it’s a girl:
All you need is a box of cupcake mix, vanilla frosting, and some beets. Yes, beets! To make natural dye, just wash and peel the beets, cut them up, and stir them around in the vanilla frosting.
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.
Next, cut a cone shape into your cupcakes (but be careful not to cut right through the bottom).
Fill them up with icing and carefully place the top back on. Then cover the cupcake in frosting to avoid any spoilers.
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.