Laurel, who prefers to use only her first name for privacy, posted a picture of the cake and accompanying witty and pun-laden letter on her Ellen DeGeneres fan blog.
‘Good morning parents, I’m gay,’ she writes. ‘I’ve wanted to tell you for a long time. I thought doing it this way would be a piece of cake. I hope you still love me. I mean, it’s hard not to love someone who baked you a cake.’
The teenager said on her blog that she made the cake because she ’was tired of being closeted.
‘And not very well either,’ she added. ‘I am very obvious about my gay-ness. All my friends and teachers already knew. Family was the next big step for me.’
Her letter continued: ‘All my friends know and still love me. Your acceptance would be the icing on the cake. I hope you, much like this cake, are not in tiers.
‘I hope we can look back on this and say “boy, this one really takes the cake.” It gets better. Love, Laurel (sorry for so many puns).’
Her mother and father seemed to take the news better than she expected.
‘My dad saw the cake and came into my room, hugged me and laughed. He said he loved me and the cake and the letter and everything was perfect,’ Laurel said.
‘My mom saw it and cried of happiness. We hugged and cried together. Then, we all ate the cake and talked. I am very lucky to have such supporting parents and to have so much support from you guys. Thanks everyone! Have a gay day!’