When Luc and I found out we were expecting, we already knew that we wanted to do a gender reveal cake. We had had the opportunity to make quite a few of them in the past and when we saw the reactions of our couples when they cut into their cake, we knew it was how we also wanted to find out the gender and to share it with our families.
My pregnancy has been going well, but in the first few weeks when I was adjusting to pregnant life, Marieke was able to step up and take charge of everything at the studio. As a sort of “reward” we decided that Marieke would be the only one to find out the gender of our baby after we had our ultrasound. She likes secrets, so we thought we would test out her abilities! She found out the gender on the Thursday before our party (which was on a Sunday) and we had to work together for three days straight, but she still managed to keep it a secret from everyone!
To be honest, I was worried I would want to harass Marieke for the gender (and I think in the end she was hoping for that “power” as well), but I found myself more interested in the design of our cake! We gave Marieke complete freedom to do what she wanted, and she kept dropping hints but I was never able to pin down what she had in mind; come to find out later, she kept changing her mind up until the last minute!
On the day of the gender reveal, we were really excited to find out the gender. Luc and I decided to come in blue, because had had a strong feeling about a boy since the beginning, but what we didn’t realize was that everyone else accidentally came dressed in gender colors as well! 14 out of 15 of us came in gender colors, and 11 out of 14 of us were in blue; go figure!
When I saw the cake, I was so excited! I had absolutely no idea what to expect, and it was beyond perfect. The topper had me dying of laughter, because we had been joking about our baby being a panda from the beginning and that I was going to buy it a fuzzy panda onesie to keep it warm during winter; no matter how many judgmental looks I would get. Luc and I really love simple and geometric designs as well, so the pastel hexagons were a perfect touch (we might even use it as inspiration to decorate the nursery)!
When it was time to finally cut the cake, and I could no longer contain myself. I had been fine for the three days Marieke knew the gender and we didn’t, but with the cake in front of me now, I wanted to dive right in. We discussed our cutting technique prior to the moment, to make sure it would go smoothly and quickly, and also made sure everyone arrived to the party on time!
The second I cut into the cake, I could already see the color on the inside and couldn’t contain my excitement! I didn’t want to ruin it for everyone else until the piece was out, so I didn’t say anything, but as you can see in the video, I was clearly trying to rip the piece out as quick as I could so I could yell, “It’s a boy!” Afterwards, Luc told me he was looking away from the cake when I started yelling “I see color!” so he wouldn’t see anything until the piece was out, so I am glad I kept my mouth shut. I think in the end, the photos and video pretty much show our excitement and how special it was to find out the gender with a cake and to share it with our friends and family. It definitely isn’t for everybody, but if you are looking for a sweet and fun way to share the news with your family, I would definitely recommend it!
A big thank you to Alexandra Vonk for the beautiful photos!