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Bride’s Homemade Cake Collapses Hours Before Wedding So Complete Stranger Salvages What’s Left

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Millie and Matt were so excited for their wedding — everything was planned and ready to go.

A few days before the big day, Millie spent hours and hours making her own wedding cake.

It was a gorgeous light pink cake, with a quilted tier, a floral tier, and a simple white tier. When Millie and Matt got to their venue, which was a few hundred miles from home, they took the cake out of the car and realized it had completely collapsed.

The bride’s homemade cake was ruined.

Millie and Matt had no idea what they were going to do, but Millie had faith that everything would work out.

What the bride and groom didn’t know was that there was a professional baker at the hotel, delivering cupcakes. When someone mentioned that a bride’s homemade cake had been destroyed, the baker knew she could help — so she immediately got to work.

[H/T: Love What Matters]

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The baker, Clare, shared her side of the story on the Facebook page Love What Matters, where it got a lot of attention. Within just two days, the post had over 22,000 reactions.

Clare wrote:

Yesterday every cake maker’s worst nightmare sadly happened for one bride and groom. The bride will have spent hours, and I mean hours, creating her beautiful masterpiece for her special day today. 

destroyed cake

Those ruffles alone will have taken at least 6 hours I would say…..there were hundreds of beautiful ombre ruffles.

They traveled from Lincoln yesterday but devastatingly the cake did not. These things happen but when you’re a couple hundred miles away from home what do you do?

fixed cake

I happened to be in the right place at the right time yesterday at The Berry Head Hotel delivering my cupcakes. So we put our ice cream munching plans on hold and we quickly called Ace Taxis to whip me back home with my 2 little ladies to fix the cake.

With time against me, I just didn’t have time to bake cool and decorate a new middle tier, so thankfully I had a dummy cake which I used to create the new middle tier.

I managed to near enough color match the pink to the original cake too which was a bonus. The top tier (a delicious smelling Lemon cake) thankfully I could save. So i stripped it back down, crumbcoated and re-covered in white.

cake topper

I cleaned up as best I could the gorgeous bottom tier and washed the ribbons. This morning, Ace Taxis again helped me redeliver the “new” wedding cake to a most beautifully decorated room.

I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting the bride and groom, I don’t even know their name other than Mille and Matt from the lovely cake topper……….so Mrs. Mille and Mr. Matt…..whilst cake plans sadly didn’t go in our favour, I am pleased to have hopefully saved the day with a cake that is not as perfect as your original, but will help make memories of your special day.

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With the sun shining, a stunning wedding location and fabulous food, I take this opportunity to wish you both the most splendid of wedding days and a fabulous married life full of love, laughter, and happiness.

After Clare shared the post, Millie saw it and responded. Millie explained:

5 stars doesn’t seem to do her justice! 

I turned up to my wedding location after a very long, hot, and traffic-filled journey down to Devon in our car. I had baked, secured, dowelled and decorated my own cake, and we were quite cautious to drive carefully.

However, when we arrived and opened the cake box it appeared that the hot weather caused the buttercream to melt and the cake just gave up.

millie matt

I was a very calm bride and it didn’t seem to matter as I was marrying the man of my dreams and everything else seemed so insignificant. Matt on the other hand was heartbroken; he felt awful as I had taken so long to bake and decorate the cake and I had been taunting him about how yummy the cake was going to be.

I was sad to think that we wouldn’t have a cake — I’ve always been the crafty/baking type, and I knew my family would be expecting to see something amazing. 

matt millie wedding

The hotel whisked away the cake and told me that they would figure something out for me. I pushed it to the back of my mind and tried to enjoy having all my family around me the night before my wedding day. 

The next morning, my sister ran up to the room I was staying in with pictures of my saved cake. I was in awe, it looked pretty much identical to how I had decorated it. 

cutting cake

Shortly after I found out that Clare had just happened to be in the venue delivering cupcakes, saw the cake and had no hesitation in offering to fix it for me. She spent her evening cleaning the bottom tier decorations, covering a new dummy cake for my middles tier and fixing the dented and squashed top tier. 

To take the time to do that for a stranger is just astounding, and something you just don’t see anymore.

wedding dance

I don’t think i’ll ever be able to thank Clare enough. I’m just glad that the hotel gave their fee for having it fixed to Clare as she deserved every penny!  

Clare — I am so glad you’ve received so many lovely comments and recognition. You are an absolutely incredible person and I hope you know how much your kindness and selflessness made my day perfect. 

wedding matt millie

So THANK YOU from both Matt and I from the bottom of our hearts, we had the most amazing day and part of that is down to your kind nature!

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