A woman was left baffled after ordering a cake to celebrate her son’s engagement – only for it to arrive looking like a “bad rash” and tasting “inedible”.
Kathy Whittle, 48, from Bromley, London, said she originally ordered an ornate white cake for £30 from a local baker to celebrate the special family moment.
But what she got instead was an “inedible” cake that some likened to a “bad rash” or the “statue of Strepsil on somebody’s tongue”, MyLondon reports.
Kathy took to Facebook to share pictures of what came as a collapsed red blob, joking about how the cake would’ve been perfect if her son’s partner had said ‘no’.
But Kathy said the cake hadn’t ruined the big day as the family were “laughing it off”.
“It was meant to be a surprise for the happy couple,” Kathy told My London. “She said yes, but the cake would have been perfect if she said no.
“They have made it very clear I am not allowed to order the wedding cake.”
The cake was ordered from a self-described “hobby baker” known on Facebook as Yummy Mummy Bakes.
In the comments on a local Facebook group, the baker has defended herself, saying she offered Kathy a choice of either a 50 per cent refund or “a new cake at a later date”.
“I’m a hobby baker,” she wrote. “I’m no scammer, [I’m] simply only charging for ingredients.”
When contacted by My London she said: “Kathy paid £30 for a cake that she didn’t like. Do you expect me to take it back when I do not make a profit and therefore would be out of pocket?”
Kathy told My London she hasn’t tried the cake as she “wasn’t brave enough”, but said her son had tasted a bite and thought it was “awful” and “really not edible”.
She added: “I have asked her [the baker] to come and collect the cake, as it is scaring the grandkids.
“She needs to find a new hobby.”
Commenters on a Beckenham Facebook group had a field day with the cake, with one writing: “Omg. That is terrible – but on the plus side – think how many laughs you are going to have in years to come whenever you reminisce on your son’s engagement.”
Another said: “You wouldn’t forget your engagement for sure.”
“What colour was she trying to achieve?” asked a third. “It looks like a bad rash.
And another likened the cake to “a sculpture of a Strepsil on somebody’s tongue”.
Kathy has since told My London she has moved on from the disappointment from the cake.
“It could have ruined a really lovely day,” she said. “But thankfully we all have a sense of humour and are laughing it off.”