Last week the Internet exploded as thousands made fun of a cake that was supposed to look like Princess Elsa from Frozen—but what most people didn’t realize was that the cake has an incredible back story.
What started as a normal morning for bakery owner Lisa Randolph-Gant—waking up, having her morning coffee—quickly turned into a nightmare when she discovered thousands of posts on her Facebook feed criticizing a cake she had made, calling it “hideous” and a “cake fail.” But what the critics didn’t know was that this was no ordinary cake.
The ‘Elsa’ cake was made for Icing Smiles, a charitable organization that makes cakes for sick children, and was given to a very special little girl for her birthday. The girl who received the ‘Elsa’ cake had been thrilled, but when she saw the horrible things people were posting online about its appearance, she was devastated.
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Randolph-Gant did her best to comfort the child and then decided to set the record straight. After realizing that “God's plan [was] bigger than me,” she wrote a Facebook post using grace to explain the story behind the cake. And to her surprise, her story went viral again—this time in a completely different way.
“I had just lost my grandmother, and I was literally working on that cake in tears,” Randolph-Gant wrote in the post, explaining why she only had two hours to bake the complicated cake, and said she even asked for prayers on Facebook just to get it finished in time. “I had been with my Mom all day comforting her, but I didn’t want to break my commitment to that little girl.”
News outlets apologized and Icing Smiles received more than 200 donations overnight, six times more than they usually receive in an entire week.
Now, Randolph-Gant is amazed at all the good that came out of responding to negativity with love and compassion.
“Now I try to find humor in it,” Randolph-Gant said of the incident. “The Lord will use you for his purpose when you might not want be used, so we have to be ready.”
So, what’s next for the baker?
She wanted to make up for all the cruel comments to the girl who requested the ‘Elsa’ design in the first place. This story ends much like it began: with a servant-hearted, God-loving woman making a cake for a child in need.