Boy or Girl? Surprise Gender Reveal Cupcakes


Trying to brainstorm a creative way to share baby’s gender with family and friends? Use the recipe for these classic gender reveal cupcakes!


So guys… we caved. We found out the baby’s gender after I had convinced myself we wouldn’t.


I am a planner… and in reality, I don’t love surprises. It was simply causing me more stress not to know. So when I had a chance at a follow-up ultrasound, I had the (super sweet!) ultrasound tech write down the baby’s gender on a little card, and seal it in an envelope. I brought it home to open with Mack… it was the longest drive ever.

I thought these gender reveal cupcakes would be a fun way to share our exciting news!


It’s a girl!

We are completely thrilled, and the baby is growing and healthy! :) Before we found out, I never had a “feeling” or “intuition” about the gender. I have been craving sweets like crazy- chocolate, yogurt, fruit, and candy. Do not to give credit to the old wive’s tales- I did when I was pregnant with Cooper, too. I still have some morning sickness on and off, but it’s actually in the morning now when it does happen, rather than all day. The baby feels low- but everyone tells me she looks high! I’m already having those leg cramps at night. Boo and also ouch! I had my first ever mommy massage a few weeks ago at a spa, which was Mack’s anniversary gift to me. OH MY GOODNESS. I will be repeating that for sure, maybe for my birthday and Christmas and any other random holiday I can possibly justify. I feel so good today, almost back to my “normal” self! I can’t believe I skipped it with the first two! 20 weeks to go, and hopefully baby comes a little early or on time like her big brothers!

Typically, the boys have mixed emotions about having a little sister. Logan was hoping for one all along, and Cooper has warmed up a bit to the idea… but he was really leaning more toward having a little brother. ;)

And I’ve been asked a few times, but I don’t regret finding out! It actually made the first half of the pregnancy go by a lot faster, since I wasn’t counting down the days to the ultrasound. While the delivery room surprise would have been neat, my Type A soul is completely at peace in knowing. And shopping.


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To make things even sweeter here is my favorite classic vanilla cupcakes with buttercream recipe, which I used to make these. To core the cupcake and add the colored frosting, I use a cupcake corer (yes, this is a thing) to remove a bit of the middle and simply pipe in a bit of colored frosting before frosting regularly with the non-tinted buttercream. You can also use a knife to achieve the same result.

Gender Reveal Cupcakes- Classic Vanilla Cupcakes with Basic Buttercream

Yields 12

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 22 min
Total Time: 32 min

Classic Vanilla Cake Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup room temp or softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup of milk or creamer

Basic Buttercream Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened/room temperature
  • 1lb (half a bag) of confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Light Cream

Classic Vanilla Cake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • Cream together butter and sugar in stand mixer. Add eggs one at a time until combined. Mix in vanilla.
  • Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl. Add to wet batter in thirds alternating with milk/cream. You may find that you don’t need all of the milk/cream, or you may find you need to add more. You want a loose consistency.
  • Scoop batter into cupcake liners until they are 3/4 full. Bake for 22 minutes.

Basic Buttercream Instructions

  • Beat butter and confectioner’s sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer until fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and light cream, if needed.
  • The consistency of your buttercream should be similar to peanut butter. Add additional sugar or cream to achieve desired result.

I frosted these cupcakes using a Wilton #1M Star Tip, large coupler, and pastry bag.

Trying to brainstorm a creative way to share baby's gender with family and friends? Use the recipe for these classic gender reveal cupcakes!

5 thoughts on “Boy or Girl? Surprise Gender Reveal Cupcakes

  1. Congrats!! I totally get why you needed to find out, I was exactly the same way. Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy and I look forward to making these cupcakes!

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