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Royal Baby Crown Reveal Cupcakes

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  • Servings 12
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Prince or princess? Celebrate the birth of the newest member of the British royal family – or your own family – with this fun recipe for gender-reveal cupcakes. Make them pink or blue – or both! This recipe was inspired by blogger Not Your Momma's Cookie.
Updated May 24, 2022
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  • 2 boxes Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ White Cake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tubs (12 oz) Betty Crocker™ Whipped Fluffy White Frosting
  • Betty Crocker™ neon food coloring gels (pink or blue for crowns, purple for frosting)
  • 1/4 cup purple sprinkling sugar


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 300°F. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick baking spray.
  • 2
    For the crowns: In a large bowl, whisk together one box of cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup of the oil, and 1/2 cup of the water. Tint the batter pink or blue with gel food coloring. Pour the colored batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 17-21 minutes, or just until the batter springs back when touched lightly in the center. Remove cake from the pan and cool completely.
  • 3
    Cut the cooled colored cake into 2x2-inch squares. With a sharp knife, carve each square into a little crown. Each crown should be no more than 1-1/2-inches wide.
  • 4
    For the cupcakes: In a large bowl, whisk together second box of cake mix, 3 egg whites, the remaining 1/3 cup of oil, and remaining 1 cup of the water until smooth. Line a 12-count muffin tin with cupcake wrappers and spoon a small amount of the white batter into the bottom of each wrapper. Press a pink cake crown into the center of each cup, then cover the crowns with the remaining white batter, dividing equally between them, and filling each muffin cup 3/4 of the way full.
  • 5
    Bake cupcakes in a preheated oven for 17-20 minutes, or just until the center of each cupcake springs back when touched lightly. Cool completely.
  • 6
    For the frosting: Tint the Betty Crocker™ frosting with purple gel coloring. Transfer the tinted frosting to a pastry bag fitting with a large star tip. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with purple sugar. Allow frosting to set before serving.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    You will need 12 cupcake wrappers for this recipe.
  • tip 2
    To have the crowns show as pictured when you slice into each cupcake, set the crowns in the same direction when you set them on the batter in the pan. Keep cupcakes in the pan to cool completely, then frost each, marking the front of each cupcake with a small dot of frosting so you can later tell the direction of the crown inside. When ready to serve, slice (or have each guest slice) into the cupcakes to display the crowns!

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More About This Recipe

  • For royal watchers or your own baby gender reveal party!

    With Prince George of Cambridge awaiting a brand-new brother or sister, we’re sure the royal household is buzzing with countdown preparations. Will they be buying pink or blue nappies, blankies, and bonnets?

    We thought these adorable crown reveal cupcakes by blogger Not Your Momma’s Cookie are just the cutest. They seemed the perfect way to have a little fun while awaiting the little prince or princess. So we made a batch in pink and another batch in blue!

    But to be sure, these cute cupcakes would be the best-ever way to announce the gender of your own baby to family and friends, too!

    Want to celebrate with us? Here's how:

    Start with a box of cake mix, tinting it into pink or blue (or pink AND blue!) batter.

    (To make both, either split the colored cake batter half and half, or double the recipe.)

    Spread the colored batter into the bottom of a baking dish, bake and cool completely.

    Then cut the colored cake into little crowns.

    We found the fastest way to make these isn’t to use a cookie cutter – it’s easier to use a knife to slice the cake into little squares. Then, gently use the knife to snip out two triangles from the top – you’ll have teeny weeny crowns in no time at all!

    Now whip up a batch of white cake batter, pour a bit into the bottom of some cute cupcake wrappers set into a muffin tin, and press the crowns into the centers of each cup.

    Cover the crowns with the remaining white batter.

    Then pop the cupcakes into the oven and bake until golden.

    Once your cupcakes are baked, you’ll want to let them cool completely before frosting.

    Then simply tint the vanilla frosting with gel food coloring. Easy!

    Use a star tip to pipe on pretty frosting swirls like this.

    Here's a royal secret: See how we’ve frosted our cupcakes in the pan? That way the crowns were baked inside the cupcakes facing the same direction -- so they’d be easy to slice and show off when serving.

    Put a teeny tiny frosting dot in the front-center of the cupcake so you can slice every cupcake to reveal the colored crown inside later!

    Look how pretty they are – but the best part is the fun surprise they hide inside!

    Now it’s time to serve!

    Three cheers (and a cupcake) for the new royal – whether in Britain or in your own home!

    Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's Tablespoon profile to see what she cooks up next!
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