Parents swap sonograms for gender-reveal cakes

As family and friends anxiously watch, Dan and Lisa Ramish slice into their gender-reveal cake to find out if they will have a boy or girl. Gender-reveal parties are becoming a popular new trend for expecting parents in the D.C. area. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
A gender-reveal cake by Creative Cakes in Silver Spring, Md. (Courtesy of Creative Cakes)
Gender-reveal cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake based in D.C. Owner Sophie LaMontagne says the business receives about 50 orders a week for the special cupcakes. (Courtesy of Georgetown Cupcake)
A reveal cake in the shape of a onesie. The inside had either pink or blue batter to indicate if the baby is a boy or girl. (Courtesy of Sweet Themez)
The Ramish's gender-reveal cake made by Sweet Themez in Adams Morgan. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
Father-to-be Dan Ramish talks to a relative on the phone to get his vote on whether the baby will be a boy or girl. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
For her gender-reveal party, expecting mother Lisa Ramish made finger food like mini tacos and served blueberry and raspberry punch. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
Sonogram pictures of the Ramish's baby at various stages were on display. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
Friends and family sat around the cake as they played gender-guessing games. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
Lisa's sister Becky Edmonds dangles a necklace over Lisa's palm. A wives' tale says that if you dangle a chain with a charm over an expecting mother's palm and it swings back and forth, the baby will be a boy. If it swings in a circle, the baby will be a girl. Lisa's necklace swung back and forth. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
Lisa asked her guests fill out a survey based on wives' tales to guess if the baby was going to be a boy or girl. For example, if a pregnant mother sleeps on her left side, that means the baby will be a boy. If a mother has mood swings, the baby will be a girl. Lisa said she neither sleeps on her left side nor has mood swings. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
Lisa posted gender-based facts around her house and had guests hang congratulatory messages on a tree. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
The sign on the TV had a fun tidbit about Brad Pitt, who was the first man to star in a Chanel No. 5 ad. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
If Lisa is nervous about learning the gender of her baby, she doesn't show it, as she jokes and laughs before cutting the cake. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
Finally it's time. Dan and Lisa grab hold of the silver cutter and begin to slice into the cake. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
And ... it's a boy! (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
Dan's brother, who lives in Nashville, Tenn., watched the reveal moment via Skype. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
Lisa cuts thin slices of blue cake while Dan pulls out a sonogram from a few days before. They try to judge if it's a boy based on the photo. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
A pink and blue iPhone were unintentionally placed on the table next to each other. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
While the cake transformed tongues a bright blue hue, the dessert was a hit. Everyone had a piece except for Lisa, whose pregnancy has thrown off her sweet tooth cravings. (WTOP/Stephanie Steinberg)
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Stephanie Steinberg, wtop.com

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