KPRC-TV [Houston, TX]
2 June 2019
Pasadena family upset after receiving graduation cake made of Styrofoam from Walmart
PASADENA, Texas - A Pasadena family is upset because they said they received a graduation cake made of Styrofoam. Marsy Flores […] said that when she went to pick up the graduation cake the morning of the ceremony, she hit a snag. She said Walmart lost her order for a two-tier cake. […] Flores said the store offered to give her a different cake free of charge. She said she chose a smaller cake and the bakery added a picture and several adornments to the frosting. Flores said that she thought that the party was back on track but realized she had another problem when she went to cut the cake and realized it was Styrofoam underneath the frosting. […]
If this incident were in the form of a contemporary legend, before the cake is cut the mother would boast about having baked it herself.
For a woman taking credit for baking a cake which, unbeknownst to her, contains toilet paper, see Jan Harold Brunvand, Too Good To Be True, rev. ed. (New York: W. W. Norton, 2014), 72-3. Brunvand says the story, which he calls “The Fallen Angel Cake,” appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald “around 1980.” In Arthur Goldstuck, The Leopard in the Luggage (Johannesburg: Penguin Books, 1993), 250-1, the cake is stuffed with tissue paper.
A fictional variant featured in the NBC Radio comedy, The Great Gildersleeve. In the episode called “Marjorie’s Cake,” broadcast on 7 September 1941, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve mistakenly eats a cake that his niece has made to impress her boyfriend's snooty mother. After botching an attempt to secretly bake a replacement, he hastens to a bakery and buys a fancy cake in the store's window. When he tries to cut it in the presence of the woman, it falls on the floor and breaks into pieces, revealing it to be made of plaster of Paris.
On 1 October 2003, Snopes.com co-founder Barbara Mikkelson forwarded the following message to the site’s e-mail list.
Comment: In reference to your article where a woman claims a cake bought at a bake sale as her own reminded me of an incident involving my ex-wife.
We had been invited to a picnic with a lot of friends from work. My wife bragged about her apple pie recipe and said she would bake one for the picnic. As days wore on and my wife would talk to the other wives she would continually brag about her apple pie. On the morning of the picnic she baked the pie as promised. However, the pie was forgot about in the oven and burned. Not having time to make another one, she decided to stop at the supermarket and buy an apple pie, take it out of the box, and claim it as her own. On the way to the party, she removed the pie from the box, and when we arrived she started telling everyone again how much they were going to like her apple pie. When dessert time came she cut into the pie and found out the box had been mislabelled. It was a pineapple pie.
Annabel Allott, ed., Allsorts of Funny Business (London: Robson Books, 1989), 122.
Frank Saxby, Director, Saxby Brothers
The Saxby’s stand at the Ideal Home Exhibition was most impressive – notably the several large dummy pies ranged in the background, with 1 lb and smaller pies on offer on the counter.
One admiring customer asked for a ‘large pie’ for a special party. The assistant duly wrapped and sold a large pie.
We got a phone call some time later from a tearful and furious customer. She had cut the pie in front of her guests and out flowed…sawdust! She wasn’t easily pacified.