Gender Reveal Cupcakes

Yesterday was a big day at our house. After 17 weeks of patiently waiting, we finally had a sonogram to tell us the sex of our baby. We have been so excited these past few weeks awaiting the sonogram. After just a few seconds the sonographer pointed out what we had been waiting for…it was a BOY!!! I was so excited to tell anyone and everyone the exciting news, but Andrew and I had talked about surprising friends and coworkers by making some gender reveal cupcakes! I was inspired months ago when I saw some incredibly cute Gender Reveal Cupcakes on Pinterest by Cream and Flutter. I immediately pinned them, knowing that it would be the perfect way to celebrate such exciting news! Is it a boy? Is it a girl? You’ll have to take a bite to find out! 😀 Dark chocolate cupcakes filled with a fluffy tinted marshmallow filling and topped with a layer of decadent chocolate ganache. The cupcakes are then finished off with a mysterious little question mark! Such a fun and exciting way to reveal the gender of a coming baby!! Even if you aren’t having a baby or throwing a gender reveal party, these cupcakes can be customized for any holiday or occasion. I am thinking red, white and blue for the 4th of July, or perhaps red and green filling for Christmas….so many different and fun options!

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Gender Reveal Cupcakes

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For Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup strong black coffee (just brewed and still warm)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Marshmallow Filling:

  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ½ cups Marshmallow Fluff
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Blue or Pink Icing Color

Chocolate Ganache Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with baking cup liners.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Batter will be thin. Transfer batter to a glass measuring cup with a pour spout and pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from pan. Cool the cupcakes in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool completely on a cooling rack.
  4. To make the marshmallow filling: in a medium bowl beat together the butter, confectioners’ sugar, Marshmallow Fluff and heavy cream on medium speed until fluffy. Remove ⅓ cup of marshmallow filling (you will use this to pipe the question marks on the top of the cupcake) and transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a small plain round tip. Color the remaining filling  your desired color. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a ¼ – inch plain round tip.
  5. Once cupcakes have cooled, use a paring knife or apple corer to cut out a small circle in the center of each cupcake. Remove the core and trim leaving the core just big enough to be used to plug the hole once it is filled. Pipe the tinted marshmallow filling into each hollowed cupcake.Once the filling is in place, place the trimmed core of the cupcake back into place. (To see detailed pictures on how to core and fill the cupcakes, click HERE)
  6. To make the chocolate ganache frosting, in a small saucepan, heat cream until steaming. Remove from the heat, add chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the butter and stir until smooth. Transfer the frosting to a small bowl and dip the top of each cupcake to thoroughly coat. Allow frosting to set, if desired, refrigerate the cupcakes to speed up the process.
  7. Using the reserved marshmallow filling, pipe question marks across the center of each cupcake.

Yields: 24 cupcakes
Bake Time: 15 minutes

Source: inspired by Cream and Flutter, cupcakes adapted from Black Magic Cupcakes, marshmallow filling adapted from Chocolate Cupcakes, chocolate ganache from Bean Town Baker

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69 Responses to Gender Reveal Cupcakes

  1. Donna Howard says:

    so so cute – and clever!! congratulations!

  2. Becca says:

    WOOT WOOT! I’m SO excited for you 🙂 Have you decided on a name yet??

  3. Valerie Endicott says:

    So very exciting! Congrats and LOVE the cupcakes!

  4. Annie says:

    Congrats!! Super cute cupcakes!

  5. darlene says:

    Congratulation!! And what a fun way to tell everyone!!!

  6. ♥, Ange says:

    AW!! Congratulations! And your cupcakes look so so yummy!!

  7. First- congrats!! And second, such a cute and clever idea! Who bit into them first??!

  8. Karista says:

    Congratulations Christina!! What wonderful news! I have two girls but I have one nephew/Godson and I completely adore him. You will have so much fun with your new little Angel. Many Blessings!

  9. Stefanie says:

    Congrats on a boy!! What a cute way to reveal the gender 🙂

  10. Becki says:

    Congratulations! What an adventure awaits you. We have 3 sons. I had a miscarriage between sons 1 and 2, so I’m guessing that was probably my girl. I married the youngest of 3 sons myself. But almost 6 years ago our eldest son and his (then) wife had the first girl in 3 generations! This would’ve been a great revealing had they used this method. The cupcakes look scrumptious.

  11. Ashley says:

    YAY! a baby boy!

  12. Chelsea says:

    These are such a cute idea! Congrats!!

  13. Congratulations and what a fun idea!

  14. Laura B. says:

    Congratulations! Boys are awesome…my little man will be three in just a few weeks and he gets more fun by the day.

  15. Lori S. says:

    Congrats on the baby boy! I’ve got one girl and three boys – it’s amazing their differences both when little and as they grow. So much fun.

  16. Caroline says:

    CONGRATS Christina, that’s so exciting!!!! And what a cute and clever way to tell your friends and coworkers. 🙂

  17. Kathy says:

    Congrats! Love the cupcake idea.

  18. Congratulations!! And I LOVE the cupcakes!! 🙂

  19. overtimecook says:

    Congrats!!! Little boys are just so cute. 🙂

  20. How cute are these?! I love them! Congrats, boys are so much fun! My baby boy is 7 already!

  21. bijee says:

    Awwww congrats! We find out next week. Well be 19 weeks. I hope ours can be blue filled too!!!

  22. teacher-chef says:

    CONGRATULATIONS on the upcoming baby boy AND on making yet another delicious amazing treat, love these (and will hopefully get to make some of these for my friends/family in the next few years too)

  23. Stacy says:

    These are a great idea! I am 17 weeks pregnant and looking forward to our gender reveal ultrasound in a couple weeks. I’ll be making these to bring to our extended family get together!

  24. What a cute idea, congrats on the baby boy!

  25. Michael says:

    Those cupcakes are awesome! Congratulations on the boy!

  26. ChgoJohn says:

    Congratulations, Christina, and what a great way to share the news! Very clever!

  27. Congrats – A Boy – YAY!!! Have a Wonderful Weekend!

  28. Kathy says:

    Congratulations it’s a Boy! My First Grandchild will be a Boy!!

  29. ideeintavola says:


  30. Helen says:

    Wow, congratulations! What a great idea to tell!!

  31. congratulations!! have you thought of names, room decorations, this is soo exciting 😀
    Also, I love your reveal method – – such a cute idea.

  32. Karen says:

    How cute! What a nice way to tell friends and family. Congratulations and tharnkyuou for all your nice delicious recipes .

  33. Rachel says:

    Congratulations again! Boys are great! 😀

  34. Cordelia says:

    I just have to say that I’m also expecting and all your recipes lately seem to be perfect timing for what I want or need! We’re having our anatomy ultrasound on Monday and I was looking for a clever way to announce, with all his family arriving next week for a wedding 🙂

  35. MissMessy says:

    Amazing! congrats 😀

  36. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

  37. kat says:

    this is so cute! congratulations! 🙂

  38. Lisa says:

    Congratulations to you and your husband on your baby boy ‘bun’. I’m so happy for you, Christina! These cupcakes are a fantastic way to reveal the sex to your friends and family – not to mention, they look awesome!

  39. muppy says:

    wow, congratulations so excited for you! love love love the cupcake idea 🙂

  40. What a fabulous idea!!! Love it. And you’ve executed it so beautifully! 🙂

  41. What a totally fun idea!! Congrats on the baby!

  42. oh my gosh what a fun and creative idea!! congrats! how exciting!

  43. Villy says:

    SO cute and delicious!! Congrats!!

  44. Liz says:

    Such a fun idea…and a delicious one, too! Congratulations!!!!

  45. Stephanie says:

    This is such a cute idea! And congrats on the little man!

  46. Aggie says:

    Fun!! And congrats on your Boy!!

  47. Abby says:

    These are absolutely adorable, and Congratulations!

  48. Karen says:

    Congratulations…that is terrific. Love the cupcakes as they are such a clever way of letting your friends know.

  49. Congratulations!!! Those cupcakes are just too cute, and such a fun way to reveal the Gender!!

  50. These are so cool!! Too cute!! Congratulations!!! These cupcakes are not only cute, but they look so good! Amazing idea! My husband and I are awaiting our first positive pregnancy result ( 2 week wait ), and we were thinking of ways to tell our parents if and when we are pregnant, but this just ”takes the cake”! I love the question marks and the blue filling … It all looks so good!

  51. Congratulations! How exciting!

  52. This is such an adorable way to reveal! Congratulations on your baby boy 🙂

  53. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    OMG this is the cutest idea!!! I have a couple of friends who are waiting for the gender of baby. I got to share this recipe with them. Not all of them are bakers, but oh well someone might make it for fun!

  54. What an adorable idea!! Congrats!

  55. Rach @ This Italian Family says:

    How exciting!!

  56. Congratulations on your little boy! Love this idea, and love the play on Hostess cupcakes too.

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  58. Sarah Andrews says:

    Congrats!!! 🙂 I LOVE your blog, by the way! I have nine brothers and sisters! 🙂

  59. Congratulations!! I love my boy and I know you will be just smitten!!! I saw these cupcakes on pinterest and so excited to see someone has made them!!

  60. Sara says:

    So cute, I love this idea! Congrats!! 🙂

  61. DebBurroughs says:


  62. missbetty325 says:

    You are so clever!! And, I add my congratulations.

  63. Cute idea for a shower. You sound so happy!

  64. Suzie says:

    Wow what a great way to surprise your loved ones with what gender your baby is! I just love how fun, colorful, and creative this cupcake turned out! I would totally try this out when one of my family members have a newborn 🙂

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