Remember this photo of the “terrible” Queen Elsa cake that has been making serious rounds on social media this past weekend? Well, what you may not know is the real story behind it.
It all started when a family ordered a cake of Queen Elsa to be delivered for a little girl’s birthday party. The family had seen the cake created by professional baker, Shawna McGreevy of McGreevy Cakes and thought it would be a great birthday present for the young celebrant. Unfortunately they didn’t get what they bargained for and social media has been very “expressive” with their thoughts of the imitation.
What a lot of people don’t know is that the cake was made by a volunteer, Lisa Randolph-Grant from a charity bakery, Icing Smiles that makes cakes for sick kids.
Speaking on the reaction to the photo, Icing Smiles commented on their Facebook saying;
“This is a very personal post for me. What has happened in the last few days as a result of a popular cake blog has caused me to ride a roller coaster of emotion. Unless you have been in a cave, you know that one of our cakes was unfavorably compared against the INSANELY talented work of McGreevy Cakes. It has gone viral and it broke my heart.
My heart broke for the baker because I know how much of herself she puts into her donations. My heart broke for the family should they come across the posts because it may take from their joy of receiving the gift. It broke for our team whose extraordinary efforts were used in this way. Our Sugar Angel wasn’t commissioned to copy Shawna’s work, she was asked for a Frozen cake for a sick child and she did just that.”
The non-profit organisation creates cakes and other treats for families impacted by the critical illness of a child. The charities’ website says that their goal is “to create a custom cake for the ill child, or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time.“
The volunteer, Lisa, later went on the post to comment;
“As you most know I am the baker of the other cake . The cake was made for Icing smiles, for a really sick little girl. 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, I was so upset I remember asking for prayer on Facebook to get it done.
As I leave to deliver the cake it started raining cat’s and dog’s as I was taking the cake out of the truck the top of the box blows back and the cake get soaking wet . So the photo that was posted was after I had wiped her face with a paper towel . 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 l gave it all I had to give, so make fun all me all you guy’s want if that is what you need to do to feel good about yourself.“
The posts have been taken off Facebook. These quotes were gotten via BuzzFeed.
The baker who made the original Queen Elsa cake, later commented commending the efforts of Lisa. She said;