Wednesday, May 28, 2014

All About Gender-Reveal Cupcakes

A couple people have asked me about gender-reveal cupcakes. Particularly, "how do they work?" So, I decided the topic was worth a post.

How Do Cupcakes Determine A Baby's Gender?

Step One: Cupcake Selection

Make sure you choose your cupcake carefully. It can be fresh baked or from a box. It doesn't matter. Just select your flavor of choice. But make sure you check the ingredients label. This is critical. You must select a cupcake with an IQ greater than 90. Bonus if your cupcake has graduated from the second grade. Because the FDA has recently adopted strict labelling regulations regarding the IQ of food items, you can be sure that you are getting a cupcake as smart as advertised on its packaging.

Step Two: Contract Negotiation

It's important to have a written agreement in place with your cupcake. You don't want your cupcake going around telling the entire neighborhood about your baby's gender before you even know! Make sure you have a confidentiality clause. Also sort out things like: liability insurance for dropping the cupcake on the floor, damages for premature cupcake eating, what happens if your cupcake is wrong, and unwanted weight gain from eating the cupcake. These are pretty standard provisions in a Gender Reveal Cupcake Agreement.

Step Three: Ultrasound

Next, schedule your ultrasound. You can do this one of two ways. You can ask the ultrasound technician to write down the gender of your baby and put it in a sealed envelope. NO PEEKING! If your cupcake has not passed the second grade and cannot read, you might want to ask the technician to do some color coding. Blue for boy. Pink for Girl. Obvi. Unless you and your cupcake agree to different terms.

OR, if your cupcake is available, invite it to come along to your ultrasound. Then, you can glance away from the ultrasound screen while your cupcake takes a peek at the gender.

Step Four: Plan A Party

Invite people to your gender reveal party. Your party can be as large or as intimate as you wish. If you DO invite a large group, make sure your cupcake is comfortable removing its lining in front of other people. The last thing you want is a cupcake going all stage-shy on you right in the middle of the action.

Step Five: Cupcake Transformation

Now that your cupcake knows your baby's gender, it's time for it to do its thing! Your cupcake will fill with pink frosting if you are having a girl or blue frosting if you are having a boy (unless otherwise agreed). Your cupcake should take care not to let any filling visibly show from the outside. It's supposed to be a surprise!

Step Six: The Reveal

Finally, the moment you have been waiting for! In front of your guests, pick up the cupcake, remove the lining, and take a large bite. Then revel in the surprise of your new baby's gender! Guests should "oooh" and "ahhhh" appropriately. Note: it is not acceptable to cry in disgust if your baby is not the gender you had hoped. You must remain composed and fake that you are thrilled until all guests have left.

That pretty much sums it up. Feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comments section below. Thanks!

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