Gender Reveal Parties Use Cake to Announce Baby's Sex

Filed under: In The News, Weird But True

Finding out the sex of a baby? It's a piece of cake -- and an excuse for yet another party parents-to-be expect you to attend with gift in tow.

Gender reveal parties are popping up all over the Internet, according to all sorts of blogs, including TheAwl.

Basically, the expectant baby mama asks her ultrasound tech to jot down the baby's sex on a piece of paper and the note is tucked into a sealed envelope. Then, she scurries over to a bakery, where the baker reads the sex and uses either blue or pink-colored cake batter, frosting the cake in a gender-neutral color.

The parents-to-be then host the gender reveal party for family and friends, with the baby's sex announced when they cut into the cake and discover the color.

Josh and Anna Duggar, son and daughter-in-law of the parents with 19 kids, who star in "19 and Counting" on TLC, helped launch this new trend when they revealed they are having a girl earlier this year on "Today."

But although the gender cake trend is getting a lot of attention on the Internet, not everyone thinks it's such a sweet idea.

"What I do have a problem with, is how obnoxious and self-centered it is to expect a bunch of people to give up an entire afternoon or evening just for the purpose of finding out the sex of your unborn child," Same Old Shannon writes on the Chicago Moms blog. "Now, obviously we all attend baby showers to celebrate upcoming arrivals, but baby showers are enough."

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