A mother in Bolton was furious and demanded a refund when a christening cake for her daughter featured teddy bears with “totally inappropriate” detailing.
Sharon Green says she was horrified when she spotted that the cake for her three-year-old daughter Tahlia Rose had creases which made the marzipan bears look like they had female genitals.
Mrs Green complained to Occasion Cakes and demanded a refund for the £60 cake, but she has not been given her money back.
I was shocked — I just presumed it would be okay, and the same as what I ordered. This was not the cake I ordered — the display model definitely didn’t have this crease on it. It is completely inappropriate. The cake is supposed to be for a three-year-old girl. It is not just me who thought this, it was a talking point at the christening — everyone was commenting on it.
However, the Wigan company claim that the line on the bears is intended to represent where they have been sewn together.
Occasion Cakes is run by husband and wife Steve and Angela Howarth, who say they have never received any such complaints before and pointed out that the crease is used on both male and female teddies.
They claim Mrs Green has made a “bizarre and distasteful” connection.
A spokesman for Occasion Cakes said:
The small bear on top of the cake is exactly that — a teddy bear — and the crease on its stomach is supposed to represent the seam where the bear is sewn together. We have been making girl and boy teddies this way for 30 years and no-one has ever drawn such a bizarre, and, quite frankly, distasteful, connection.
Also we made every effort to sort out this customer’s ‘problem’. A member of our staff at the Wigan shop even came back after closing for the night to give her edible flowers to put on the cake to cover up that part of the teddy ornament.
Mrs Green, 45, and her husband Chris said they did not eat the cake as they were still hoping to claim a refund.
To be fair, if the company’s christening cake business falls through, they’ll probably now be able to fall back on Stag and Hen Parties in the future.