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Dark chocolate gender reveal cupcakes filled with pink (or blue) frosting. A fun way to reveal baby’s gender!

Dark chocolate gender reveal cupcakes filled with pink (or blue) frosting. A fun way to reveal baby's gender! | www.persnicketyplates.com

DARK CHOCOLATE GENDER REVEAL CUPCAKES

I’ve had a “hypothetical baby” board on Pinterest for a couple years and the idea for these gender reveal cupcakes are one of the first things I pinned. I’m happy I finally got to make them.

Last week we did our anatomy scan and, most importantly, all the parts/organs are in tact and growing like they should be.

The second most exciting thing was, we decided to find out the sex of the baby. {p.s. I realize the proper name should be sex reveal, not a gender reveal, but “sex reveal cupcakes” just sounds wrong to me}

 If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve already seen these (& heard the news), but here are the official photos and announcement.

Dark chocolate gender reveal cupcakes filled with pink (or blue) frosting. A fun way to reveal baby's gender! | www.persnicketyplates.com

Pretty much my whole life I wanted a boy. But a couple weeks ago I woke up in the middle of the night wanting a girl. I think God was trying to tell me something. I have visions of unicorns, sparkles, and bows floating through my head…

After our ultrasound appointment, we ran home for me to make these cupcakes and deliver them to our family.

Because I was excited (and kinda rushing) I didn’t take the amazing photos that I envisioned. But, I did love the way they turned out.

They were delicious, most of all. The ganache was perfect (though shiny & reflective in photos). I love this cake recipe because it’s very moist and not at all dry. It turns out great for me every time.

Ok, on to the steps.

What is this thing? I should probably know. I found it in my drawer (I think it came with a knife set?) but it works great for coring cupcakes to fill them with frosting. So, that’s what I use it for. (it’s basically this thing)

Dark chocolate gender reveal cupcakes filled with pink (or blue) frosting. A fun way to reveal baby's gender! | www.persnicketyplates.com
After I made a hole (not sure why this one looks so gaping), I filled them up with pink frosting. I took a shortcut and used Betty Crocker Vanilla frosting (about 1/2 cup) and dyed it with 8 drops of Betty Crocker red gel food coloring.
Dark chocolate gender reveal cupcakes filled with pink (or blue) frosting. A fun way to reveal baby's gender! | www.persnicketyplates.com
Use the piece of the cupcake you cored out and tuck it back inside so you have a flat surface to frost.
Dark chocolate gender reveal cupcakes filled with pink (or blue) frosting. A fun way to reveal baby's gender! | www.persnicketyplates.com
I dipped them in chocolate ganache, let them set up a bit, then piped on white question marks using the rest of the vanilla frosting.
Dark chocolate gender reveal cupcakes filled with pink (or blue) frosting. A fun way to reveal baby's gender! | www.persnicketyplates.com
I also bought star sprinkles, because I love stars and they were pretty, so I frosted half with vanilla frosting and used the sprinkles.
Dark chocolate gender reveal cupcakes filled with pink (or blue) frosting. A fun way to reveal baby's gender! | www.persnicketyplates.com

Other fun gender reveal ideas…
Gender Reveal Scratch Offs from Wine & Glue
White Gender Reveal Cupcakes from LMLD
Surprise Inside Gender Reveal Cupcakes from Dessert Now Dinner Later

Dark Chocolate Gender Reveal Cupcakes

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
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Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 21 cupcakes

Ingredients
  

For the cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder I used Hershey's Special Dark
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup milk I used 2%
  • 2/3 cup hot water

For the ganache

  • 1 cup chocolate chips I use Ghirardelli baking chips
  • 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup heavy cream

Instructions
 

For the cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and fill two cupcake trays with liners (mine made 21), so almost 2 trays.
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, cocoa powders, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix with a whisk.
  • Add in the eggs, oil, vanilla, and milk and whisk until just combined.
  • Add in the hot water and mix. It will look runny, but it will come together.
  • Using a cookie scoop, fill each cupcake well about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to fully cool before you attempt to core them and fill them. Patience!
  • For the pink frosting, I used about 1/2 cup of vanilla frosting mixed with 8 drops of red gel food coloring.

For the ganache

  • Add the chocolate chips and heavy cream to a microwave safe bowl and stir them up to combine.
  • Microwave for 20-30 seconds, then stir (I like to use a spatula). Microwave another 20-30 seconds and stir again. The chocolate should be smooth and shiny.

Notes

cupcake recipe slightly adapted from Bakerella, idea inspired by Cake & Flutter via The Cake Blog

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Posin’ with our cupcakes. My mom bought both “It’s a Boy!” and “It’s a Girl!” balloons to be prepared. I don’t know why I look so, so, so wide in this picture. I’m not that big…yet.

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  1. BecHeflin says

    OK, Melissa, here’s the thing… *squeeee* 😀
    I’m so excited and happy for you!
    The fact that you cared one iota about how your cupcakes looked in the photos, made me giggle!
    I would have been too excited to share the news.. I probably wouldn’t have baked at all! LOL

  2. Lisa Longley says

    So excited for you!! Boys and girls are both so wonderful, but in such different ways! I’m so happy that everything about your little girl looks healthy and perfect. Your cupcakes turned out great!

  3. kindra954 says

    By the way, that orange thing is for juicing oranges I think. You stick it in the orange and juice comes out. Very cute idea with cupcakes instead of cake. Can’t wait to do something like this for my next baby, whenever that is.

  4. Angela Paris says

    YAHOO! So excited for you – and I just love these cute cupcakes! 🙂

  5. Whitney says

    Thank you for the coring idea! I have one of those things at home, GENIUS!!!

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