Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield
24 cupcakes

One of the happiest events we celebrate is the arrival of a new baby. Whether boy or girl, it is always exciting. The newest craze is to reveal the sex of the baby by colored cake or filling hidden underneath a layer of white or chocolate frosting. When you take your first bite, the blue or pink announces the coming of a son or daughter.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

Step 2

Place paper baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely.

Step 3

To prepare Vanilla Frosting, beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy. Make 3 cups.

Step 4

Divide frosting into two bowls. Using food coloring gels, tint 1 bowl of frosting pale pink and 1 bowl of frosting pale blue, stirring until blended.

Step 5

Frost 12 cupcakes pink and 12 cupcakes blue. Roll edges of cupcakes in white sprinkles. Top with baby shower decorations. (We like onesies, baby faces, and baby booties.)

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