Two summers ago, a family ordered a cake featuring the character Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen. When the cake arrived, the family shared a photo of the cake they had requested and the final version. When people saw the photo online, they began to make fun of it.
Reddit users began to call it “ugly,” “horrific,” “terrible,” and a slew of other insults.
However, the online bullies had no idea that there was a bittersweet story behind it. The family ordered a cake from Icing Smiles, a nonprofit organization that uses volunteer bakers, not professional ones, to provide custom cakes to families who have children with critical illnesses.
The baker who designed the original “good version” of the Elsa cake, Shawna McGreevy, was quick to defend the volunteer baker.
“I think someone had the guts to go for it… even when, I’m sure, they didn’t know if they could pull it off. They took the chance anyway and put themselves out there,” Shawna wrote on Facebook.”I’ve had epic fails. LOTS of them. Am I hoping they’re never put in the spotlight for all of the world to laugh at? Yes.”
Then something else amazing happened: Lisa Randolph-Grant, the volunteer baker, revealed her side of the story.
“The cake was made for Icing Smiles, for a really sick little girl. Yes, I know the cake looks a HOT MESS… 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 was so upset I remember asking for prayer on Facebook to get it done,” Lisa said.
She revealed that the cake had gotten wet in a rainstorm and the photo was taken after she patted the face with a paper towel.
“At the end of the day, I didn’t let that sick baby down. I gave it all I had to give,” Lisa said.
The funny thing is that the organization said that the little girl loved the cake! Once everyone knew why the cake appeared the way it did, Lisa was praised instead of ridiculed.
“No matter what the others may have to say, you were awesome, because despite your own personal issues you were dealing with, you still made sure [that] you made that little girl happy, and that’s what matters most,” someone commented.
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