How adorable are these brownies?
Two very good friends of ours recently found out they’re pregnant and we could not be more happy for them. Seriously, they’re two of the kindest and most sincere people you’ll ever meet and will be the BEST parents on the planet. However, regrettably for her she was quite nauseous for the first trimester. Unfortunate for her also because despite her nausea I was that friend that kept asking “What are you craving? Anything I can bake for you?!”
I’m sure at first she wanted to throw up just thinking about food, but finally…finally…she told me she’s found something she’s been craving and just can’t get enough of.
Which upon hearing this made me feel so excited because not only are we SO SO happy for them and this exciting time, we all know I love me a good theme or reason to bake something. And since they were finding out the gender of their little one the day before we saw them, it dawned on me to make these gender reveal brownies. They’re DIVINE. And since they’re having a party with their family next month before telling the rest of the world, I was left to my own devices for the colors. And of course I had to do both. Don’t want to jinx anything here, people! But if you’re making this for a mama-to-be who knows the gender feel free to just use blue or pink.
Can we please discuss my adorable cupcake bracelet too please? It’s a custom bracelet from Happy Buddha’s Etsy Page and I’m kind of, sort of obsessed with it.
The brownie is a solid go-to recipe that I spruce up with some chopped up chocolate. You could even add nuts to the batter or little chunks of colored candy that works with boy/girl. I personally like this method because it still tastes like a brownie with that yummy cream cheese frosting that pairs perfectly together. I could eat this cream cheese frosting off of a piece of cardboard and it would still be good. I had to play around with the measurements a bit but above all else I’d recommend using whipped cream cheese for this. It just blends better and it’s easy to get that fluffy and light texture we all know and love.
I made these in an 8x8 inch pan since I was giving them away, but feel free to double the recipe if you need to make a bigger batch. I guarantee these babies are going to be loved and adored by everyone…
Gender Reveal Brownies
1 C. AP flour
½ C. Cocoa Powder
2 C. Sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking powder
½ C. Butter, melted
¼ C. Vegetable Oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ C. Almond butter
½ C. Chopped chocolate chunks or chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray your 8x8 baking pan with non-stick spray
Combine all dry ingredients and whisk to combine in a large bowl.
Add in the eggs, melted butter, oil, vanilla, and almond butter and mix until just combined.
Mix in the chocolate chunks in gently to equally disperse them.
Pour batter into your pan and baker it for 45-50 minutes.
Allow to cool completely after taking it out before frosting.
Whipped Maple Frosting:
1 stick butter, at room temperature
2 ½ C. Powdered sugar
4 oz. whipped cream cheese (approx half of a standard 8 oz. container)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tbsp milk
¼ tsp salt
Pink and/or blue gel food color, optional
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and cream cheese on low speed until smooth. Turn the mixer off, scrape down the sides of the bowl and the bottom to mix in any lumps.
Add in the maple syrup, milk and salt and mix on low/medium speed until thoroughly mixed and fluffy, approx 2-3 full minutes.
In two smaller bowls, place 1/4 C of the frosting into each bowl and place 2 drops of pink gel coloring into one bowl and 2 drops of blue into the other (if the blue/pink swirl above is what you want. Otherwise just mix ½ C frosting with your desired color). Put each frosting into piping bags with the tip cut
Once brownies have cooled completely, spread the rest of the white frosting over the top with an offset spatula. Dot the blue and pink icing onto the top of that and swirl around with a long skewer or toothpick (Even the back spine of a butter knife would work!)
Cover the brownies with aluminum foil and refrigerate until ready to serve to a glowing mama-to-be