On the day of our 20 week ultrasound for gummybear, we had plans to go over to O My In-Laws’ for dinner and somehow reveal the baby’s gender. So, that morning I made some completely natural, organic, from-scratch cupcakes (read: from a box) and left them out to cool while we went to the ultrasound appointment. When we got home, knowing it was a boy, I filled each of the cupcakes with blue frosting.
(Uhm? ::tilting head:: This picture only loaded with 1/2 a water mark?)
I watched several tutorials online of how to fill a cupcake, but honestly? They were all far more complicated than it needed to be. One person had a special frosting tip, which, while I’m sure it would help make it easier, it is certainly not necessary. Another person used a corer to take out the middle part of cake before putting in the frosting. Also not necessary (although perhaps the more proper and standard way to do it. But since when has my kitchen been proper or standard? Exactly.).
I literally just mixed some completely natural, organic, from-scratch frosting (read: from a can) with several drops of food coloring, put it into a piping bag with one of my mid-sized tips on it (I only have 4 tips, not the fancy one the person on you tube used called a zipper tip. My layman’s tip seemed to work well, though), stuck the tip down into the cake and squeezed as I lifted it out.
The first cupcake I *had to* bite into to test the results, and I thought the filling was a bit too shallow into the cake. From that one on I pushed the tip in as low as I could get it toward the bottom of the cupcake and that seemed to do the trick. I tested one or three more just to be sure, though.
I then swirled white frosting over the tops of the cupcakes and checked from each angle to make sure the blue frosting was obscured and wouldn’t be seen until they were bitten into.
(This picture is from my phone. I’m sorry.)
It was seriously easy-peasy, especially given the boxed mix and frosting component. Probably less than 30 minutes effort on my part for 12 cupcakes.
We headed over to O My In-Laws’ for dinner and the big reveal. (By the way, there was pizza for dinner. The cupcakes were dessert, although I probably wouldn’t have argued with the reverse.)
Ever have one of those awesomely important life moments to which you forget to bring your camera?
We brought pink and blue plates and both “It’s a boy!” and “It’s a girl!” stickers. I made each family member pick a plate for dinner and sticker to wear based on what they thought the baby was. Then, after Dan and I teased our way through dinner, the time finally came for my family to bite into the cupcakes. We counted to three and there were squeals of excitement and someone announced “IT’S A BOY!!”. It was just so darn fun! I totally recommend something along these lines as a way to reveal a baby gender.
Just, remember to bring your camera.