We’ve all been there. Attempting to recreate a beautiful cake, and it turns out looking like it got run over by a truck on the highway! But one such Frozen Cake recreation went viral after social media noticed how unlike the two cakes were – putting Icing Smiles Bakery in the spotlight. It was every baker’s nightmare.
The person who made the cake is Lisa Randolph Gant, owner of private bakery Let’s Make a Cake. Gant has made five cakes for Icing Smiles over the years.
“Yes I know the cake looks a HOT MESS … BUT here is the back story … I had just lost my grandmother I had been with my Mom all day comforting her, I came back to work on the cake I HAD 2 hours to get it done and delivered,” Gant posted on Facebook. “Yes I’ve seen all the really mean comments, some even posted by some of my so called cake friends that know it’s my cake. At the end of the day, I DIDN’T let that sick baby down. I gave it all I had to give, so make fun [of] me all you … want if that is what you need to do to feel good about yourself.”
As for the birthday girl, she suddenly found her ‘perfect’ birthday cake being ripped apart on social media.
“That cake was done for us roughly a year ago for a child in California. She had been perfectly happy with the cake until this happened,” Icing Smiles founder and executive director Tracy Quisenberry told ABC News. “The child is so upset her cake is being made fun of. It’s impacted her as well and we’re dealing with a sick child that now is down in spirits and we’re coming back in and re-serving her with another cake to try and boost her spirits again.”
According to Shawna McGreevy, founder of McGreevy Cakes and a popular cake maker, who made the cake on the right, her cake took her nearly 20 hours to make – 18 more than Gant was able to give.
“It’s a difficult thing to pull off especially if you’ve never done it before,” McGreevy told ABC News. “Somebody tried and at the end of the day that’s what I think it’s all about: trying.”
The silver lining to this story is the attention it’s brought to Icing Smiles. According to Quisenberry, there have been more than 200 offers for donations since last night, when a typical week sees about 30 offers.
“Hopefully, the result of the attention we’re getting is we’ll be able to serve more kids,” she said
Regardless of what people have to say, cake is cake! And if the birthday girl is happy we should leave it at that! Hopefully your birthday cake won’t be the talk of the town anytime soon!