Oh, Baby! Katherine's Little Cupcake Has Arrived!

03/07/2013

Dc-cupcakes-baby-shower-2We are so excited for this new episode of DC Cupcakes: Baby Cakes! This is a roller coaster of an episode, spanning Katherine’s entire pregnancy to the birth of the newest member of our family! 

Anyone who has ever expected a baby in their family knows that it is a very emotional time, and planning and throwing a baby shower can be very stressful. Since this was the first baby in our family, we threw the biggest ducky cupcake baby shower ever -– including a gigantic rubber ducky made out of cupcakes floating in a swimming pool! One of our favorite parts of this episode is finding out the sex of Katherine’s baby. 

You’ll see the drama surrounding our surprise baby “reveal” cupcakes. This is a fun and dramatic way to find out if you are having a boy or a girl. When the mom-to-be and guests bite into their cupcakes, they’re surprised with a filling of either baby pink or baby blue buttercream inside.

Watch us all find out the big news –- at the same time -– by biting into our reveal cupcakes together at Katherine’s baby shower!  Below, we share the recipe for our baby “reveal” cupcakes so that you can make them at home. We hope that you enjoy this episode and especially the sweet ending! 

Don’t miss DC Cupcakes: Baby Cakes Tuesday, March 12 10|9c on TLC!
xoxo,
Katherine & Sophie

Dc-cupcakes-baby-shower-1Georgetown Cupcake Yellow Ducky Cupcakes with Baby Blue or Baby Pink Buttercream Frosting & Filling
Makes 18 cupcakes

Ingredients:
For the Cupcakes:
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
½ teaspoon baking powder, sifted
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cup milk
2 ¼ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Baby Blue or Baby Pink Vanilla Buttercream:
16 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon whole milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoons of blue or red gel food coloring

Directions:
For the Cupcakes:
1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a cupcake pan with 12 paper baking cups and a second cupcake pan with 6 baking cups.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside in a bowl.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, approximately 3-5 minutes.
4. Add eggs and egg yolks slowly, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition.
5. Add vanilla to milk and set aside.
6. Add 1/3 of flour mixture to mixing bowl. Mix on low speed. Add 1/3 of milk mixture, and mix on low speed. Add second third of flour mixture, and mix on low speed. Add the second third of the milk mixture, and mix on low speed. Finally, add the remaining 1/3 of the flour mixture, mixing on low speed, and the final 1/3 of the milk mixture, mixing on low speed, until just incorporated.
7. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.
8. Using a standard sized ice cream scoop fill each baking cup so that it is 2/3 full.
10. Bake 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
11. Let cupcakes cool on wire rack for approximately 20 minutes.

For the Frosting:
1. Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on high speed until light and airy, approximately 3-5 minutes.
2. Remove ¼ of the frosting from the bowl of the mixer and place in a smaller bowl.
3. To the 1/4 of the frosting, add your pink or blue food coloring, and mix until your desired shade of pink or blue is achieved. 

Filling the Cupcakes:
Using an apple corer, remove the centers of each of your cupcakes. Fill an icing bag with your pink or blue frosting, and pipe the buttercream in the center of each cupcake. Then, frost the top of each cupcake with a signature swirl of the plain vanilla buttercream.

Decoration: Fondant Duckies
Start with 8 ounces of yellow fondant, and break off a piece roughly the size of a walnut. Pinch off about 1/3 of the yellow fondant and roll into a ball. This will be the head of your duck. Shape the other 2/3 into a crescent shape. This will be the body of your duck. Using some piping gel, attach the ball to the crescent. Then, take a piece of orange fondant, the size of a pea, and form the bill of your duck. Using some piping gel, attach the bill to the duck’s head. Finally, take two tiny pieces of white and blue fondant, and place them on the duck’s head as eyes. Place on top of the cupcake! Serve and make sure to have all your guests take the first bite together for the big surprise reveal!

Photos by Elizabeth Messina

About the Author

Meet cupcake mavens Sophie and Katherine. Together, they launched a cupcakery that went from small business to sweet, sweeping sensation! Get their thoughts on their shop and the series here.
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