Sunday, May 3, 2009

Story of the Ugly Cake

Some personal stories are too good to not share... this is the story of the ugly cake. Short and sweet (pardon the pun)...
My daughter and her fiance' recently graduated college. Foregoing the ceremonies, they instead opted for a celebratory dinner with their parents. Nice, huh?
Feeling a cake was in order but lacking the time or cake-decorating skills to make it myself, I called a local grocery store bakery department and ordered one. Chocolate cake, white icing with red lettering -- that was my request. I made sure the young man on the phone had the correct spellings for the names. All was set.
It's about a 2 1/2 hour drive to the dinner's location. The plan was to pick the cake up on my way out of town.
The nice lady at the bakery counter took a long time to come back after I requested the cake. When she finally appeared, boxed cake in hand, she had an odd look on her face.
"Is this what you asked for?" she wanted to know, holding out this very red cake with big blobby brown lettering and strange brown tendrils overlaying the white edging.
Nope. Not really.
I tried to make light of it as she explained that the employee who had taken the order and done the deed was new and obviously untrained. "I'm sure it will taste fine," I said, taking the box with the ugly cake out of her hands. The cake was so red, the lettering was unsightly, but at least the names were spelled right.
She offered to redo it, but I explained I was on my way out of town and didn't have the time. "No problem," I told her, repeating that it would no doubt be delicious.
I walked away, ugly cake in my cart.
Before I got as far as the checkout the nice bakery lady, manager in tow, chased me down. The manager took one look and said that he could not allow me to pay for the ugly cake and that if I insisted on taking it, it was free.
Now, of course, I was feeling just fine about the red cake with the brown lettering. Free is my favorite price!
It wasn't until it was on the table at my daughter's place that we realized that the word "congratulations" was misspelled and lacking an "s". Honestly, I think that made us love it even more! And it was delicious!


Originals by Lauren said...

How funny, and as long as it tasted good, you got a smile. We had a 50th anniversary party for my parents and when the cake was delivered it said Happy 50th Birthday Larry and Jean. I guess they thought they were twins

aosLeather said...

Lol -- sometimes the goof-ups make for much better stories, don't you think? If Larry & Jean had a perfect cake, no one would still be talking about it!

Vineyard Painter said...

The story of the ugly cake made me smile... I enjoyed reading it. Sounds like you were a good sport. On one of my first jobs as a teenager I was told to bake a carrot cake. I was left alone in the kitchen to figure everything out. When a lady bought a slice of the cake and tasted it she said, "I think someone forgot to put sugar in this." Opps! I accepted the sugarless carrot cake as my pay that day.

aosLeather said...

Truth told, I thought the new-kid that tried so hard despite obviously not knowing what he was doing had moxie! He'll go far in life if he keeps that can-do spirit!

Tom and Cher said...

Next cake, try Sams club. They're fast professional and phenomally inexpensive. I've done 2 cakes with buttercream icing and they are delish.

(No , I don't work there or own stock in their bakery, just impressed and love spreading the icing I mean word.

Check out my Granddaughters' cake here

aosLeather said...

That's a lovely cake, Cher! sadly, the closest Sam's Club lies 25 miles in the opposite direction from the path I was on that day, but i will certainly keep that in mind for the future$!

Kristin said...

There is a hilarious blog out there called "Cake Wrecks", where people send in their photos & pics of "professional cakes that go horribly, hilariously wrong". I think your cake is definitely a candidate for this site!
Check it out at

aosLeather said...

I just took a look at the cake wrecks blog -- hilarious!! Thanks for sharing!

BlenderBach said...

Love this ugly cake story :)

Thunder-Moon Creations said...

That is JUST hysterical! So funny! This was my first visit to your blog...but count me in as a follower! :)

Anonymous said...

Dont know if this was intentional since it was a GRAD cake, but shouldnt the D be a T in congratulations? hehehe

aosLeather said...

yup, there certainly should be ;-)
Adds to the charm, doesn't it?