Bride-to-be devastated at cake which looked like ‘lopsided turkey with leprosy’
A loved-up woman planning her dream wedding thought she had found the ideal cake for her big day – but was left gutted when it arrived.
Having forked out a sizable sum – $300 (£245.51) for a design which was supposed to resemble a graceful peacock, Rena Davis claims the cake looked more like a "lop-sided turkey with leprosy" with its head coming off.
The 52-year-old said she was "heartbroken" when, as the baker who made and delivered the cake drove away, one of the peacocks' heads fell off.
And not only that – the supposed fondant icing was in fact mere buttercream.
Rena had booked the baker to create her ideal celebration cake, featuring two birds, a heart shaped sponge and chocolate cupcakes.
After showing the baker a picture of a similar cake, featuring one blue peacock, the 52-year-old bride-to-be handed over the cash a month before her big day.
As the weeks ticked by, Rena was reassured that everything was going 'to plan', but the night before her wedding, she received a completely different cake that was falling apart.
Despite chasing the baker for a refund, Rena claim she was initially refused until after sharing her ordeal on social media, after which she received an envelope in her letterbox including $300 yesterday.
Rena, from Griffin, in Georgia, US, said: "I felt heartbroken. I saw [the cake] and walked out of the room.
"It was a lop-sided mess – nothing like I thought it would be like.
"[Before yesterday], we'd heard nothing from her since. She had not called or anything.
"The only reason she gave a refund now was because of the viral post. She said she couldn't give me my money back at first because she had 50 hours in it and she had to pay her mom for helping."
Shaming the cake on social media, Rena's sister-in-law Annette Hill wrote: "The one 'peacock' looks like a turkey with leprosy or something, and the white bird, which isn't white at all, doesn't even have a tail or look like a bird in any way, it's just a brown BLOB!
"There's NOTHING supporting the 'birds' and the cake was already sinking so bad from their weight when it was delivered and it continued to sink worse overnight until the next morning, the day of the wedding, the birds were almost sitting on the bottom layer.
"So, on the morning of her wedding, the bride was going from store to store trying to find a cake that would be suitable to use for her wedding."
After the baker dropped off the wedding cake, which was supposed to feature two green and purple peacocks, one of the birds' heads reportedly fell off onto Rena's floor.
Rena asked for a refund but claims she was immediately refused, so the baker returned 'with a box of Rice Krispies' to try and rebuild the animal.
The cake maker even claimed the fondant icing 'kept getting bubbles in it'.
Rena said: "[The baker] had made a cake for my best friend one time. Since then, she had supposedly finished baking school in town.
"First off we sent her a picture via text and she said she could make the cake.
"I called her and we agreed she would make the cake in a heart shape, and instead of one peacock she would make two.
"She came the night before the wedding. She set it up on the table and all the time, I'm looking at this cake, thinking 'really, are you serious?'
"I just walked out of the room. I had nothing else to say to her.
"Five minutes after she'd left, one of the peacocks' heads had fallen off. I text her and asked for my money back, but she said she'd think what she could do.
"The next few minutes she shows up at my house with a box of Rice Krispies. The peacocks were supposed to be fondant too, but I don't know what she had on them.
"When she came back so tried to fix the white bird's head.
"She went outside to tell my husband that she had worked 50 hours on that cake, that she'd taken time off her job.
"It looked like it'd been thrown together the night before. All I asked her was to please give me my money back.
"I text her when she left to say the cake was not how it was supposed to be. It wasn't fondant, it was buttercream, and it wasn't the colours I wanted.
"She said 'well, I couldn't get the fondant to do right – it kept getting bubbles in it'.
"I thought, well at least call me? Never once did I get a call. Everything was always going according to plan and she maintained it'd be there the night before the wedding."
Rena was so upset by the cake, she texted to ask the cake maker to collect it, but she refused.
The cake remained in her fridge for three days until after the wedding, when she threw it in the bin.
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