I am the mother of two wonderful kids … and I am fortunate enough to have a girl and a boy. My eldest is 10 years old … but when I first found out I was pregnant with her, the gender reveal fad had not come in to play yet.
Fast forward 10 years and it has become such a big thing. I can understand why … knowing the sex of your child before it was born is technology at its best. I chose to know the sex of both my children before they were born. I wanted to be prepared … but mainly because I am so impatient and just couldn’t wait to know.
I have never been asked to do a gender reveal cake before … but it was an honour to be asked! So my lovely mother-to-be had her scan at the local hospital and asked the sonographer to write the name of the gender on a piece of paper and seal it in the envelope. She then dropped the envelope through my letterbox (because I was at my day job at the time).
I was so excited to see the envelope on my arrival home. I couldn’t contain my excitement when I opened the envelope. The fact that I knew the gender before the mother-to-be was actually a little surreal! The mother-to-be already had a little boy … seeing the gender written on this little bit of paper was so exciting … and I couldn’t be happier for both of them!
So the idea was the mother – to – be wanted some cupcakes – either pink or blue sponge … she was going to get her little boy to eat one of the cupcakes and tell them both what colour the sponge was … pink or blue (he had just learnt his colours). How cute!
Here’s how I put the whole thing together …
I used silver metallic cupcake cases because they were thick enough to hold the sponge in without it showing from the outside.
I baked the vanilla sponge using my usual vanilla sponge recipe. I then added the food colouring … pink or blue!
I filled the cupcake cases – but this time I didn’t want the sponge to rise to the top of the case when it bakes like it usually does. I wanted it to be a few millimetres under. The reason why I wanted to do this was so that I could add a layer of buttercream to the top of the cupcake and seal in the sponge. This was so that the colour of the sponge was concealed. So I added a little less cupcake batter than I normally would use.
I baked my cupcakes in the oven anf once baked allowed it to cool completely before turning them out.
I then whipped up some vanilla buttercream … then covered the top of the cupcake. In a piping bag using a large round nozzle I piped a generous amount of buttercream to the top of the cupcake. I finished by generously coating the buttercream with some coloured sprinkles.
For two of the cupcakes, I made cupcake toppers … one in pink with the word “girl” and one in blue with the word “boy”. I thought this would give the cupcakes a nice finishing touch.
And there it is … my wonderful gender reveal cupcakes! I think they look absolutely gorgeous. Simple but effective at the same time.
What was the gender of the baby you ask …?
It’s a GIRL!!!
Lots of love to you all!
~The Cake Lady xxx