Ok, I’m reminiscing a little here. Before this blog came to be, I had another blog that I deleted in order to make this one. I did it for a few reasons, some being that I wanted to move to WordPress and I wanted to change the name. I didn’t spend the time or money to move all my posts over, it was only for a few months worth anyway. Unfortunately, those few months consisted of quite a few pregnancy updates and photos. Luckily, I kept the photos and the writing so I could recreate the posts if I ever needed to…so that’s just what I’m going to do today!
When we found out we were having a boy, we wanted to surprise our friends and family in a unique way…so we chose to do it with gender reveal cupcakes! Leading up to the gathering, I had a little fun by teasing everyone on Facebook…
Here’s how Brett made the cupcakes:
Any box of cake mix (be sure your filling frosting color will stand out in it)
White or cream cheese frosting (to mix with the food coloring)
Red (or pink) or blue food coloring (to mix with the filling frosting – you could also use strawberry frosting for pink)
12 oz. of Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup of heavy cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla
To make the chocolate ganache frosting:
Pour the chocolate chips into a large bowl
Bring 1 cup of heavy cream to a boil over medium heat
As soon as it boils, pour it over the chips in a bowl
Slowly stir until smooth and then stir in the vanilla
Cover it with plastic wrap (literally touching the surface) and chill in fridge for 1 hour. The longer you refrigerate it, the thicker it will be.
You can then either frost it on smooth or whisk it until it’s more like a frosting and put it in a piping bag (which we did).
Bake cake mix as indicated on the box.
To make the filling frosting:
Scoop frosting into a mixing bowl.
Mix food coloring into the frosting until the desired color is reached.
Putting it all together:
Scoop holes out of the cupcakes. We used a cupcake corer, which makes a perfect circle and allows for the cores to be put back on top.
Fill holes with the colored frosting. Using a piping bag makes this task quicker with no mess.
Place cupcake cores back on top.
Frost the cupcakes with the ganache frosting. Again, we used a piping bag for this.
For added fun, decorate the top! We put a simple white question mark.
Be sure to check for any traces of pink or blue frosting around the edges, on the container, on your clothes, everywhere! Trust me, the family will find it!
The family gathered into a half-circle, took a cupcake and took a BIG bite as soon as we said GO!
It was such a fun way to share the news! Afterward, we shared this photo (using our word bubble chalkboard) on Facebook in order to break the news to the rest of the world.
Do any of you have a fun gender announcement story? I’d love to hear them in the comments…who knows, we may need an idea for our next gender reveal when the time comes!
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