White Lie Cake
Courtesy of Ken G.
Alice Grayson was to bake a cake for the Baptist
Church Ladies' Group in Tuscaloosa , but forgot to do
it until the last minute. She remembered it the
morning of the bake sale and after rummaging through
cabinets, found an angel food cake mix and quickly
made it while drying her hair, dressing, and helping
her son pack up for Scout camp.
When Alice took the cake from the oven, the center
had dropped flat and the cake was horribly
disfigured. she said, "Oh dear, there is not time to
bake another cake."
This cake was important to Alice because she did so
want to fit in at her new church, and in her new
community of friends. So, being inventive, she looked around
the house for something to build up the center of the cake.
Alice found it in the bathroom-a roll of Toilet
paper. She plunked it in and then covered it with
icing. Not only did the finished product look
beautiful, it looked perfect.
Before she left the house to drop the cake by the
church and head for work, Alice woke her daughter
and gave her some money and specific instructions to
be at the bake sale the moment it opened at 9:30 and
to buy the cake and bring it home.
When the daughter arrived at the sale, she found
the attractive, perfect cake had already been sold. Amanda grabbed
her cell phone and called her mom. Alice was horrified-she was beside
herself. Everyone would know! What would they think? She would be
ostracized, talked about, ridiculed! All night, Alice lay
awake in bed thinking about people pointing fingers at her and
talking about her behind her back.
The next day, Alice promised herself she would try
not to think about the cake and would attend the
fancy luncheon/bridal shower at the home of a fellow
church member and try to have a good time.
Alice did not really want to attend because the hostess
was a snob who more than once had looked down her
nose the fact Alice was a single parent and not from
the founding families of Tuscaloosa, but having
already RSVP'd, she couldn't think of a believable
excuse to stay home.
The meal was elegant, the company was definitely
upper crust old South and to Alice's horror, the
cake in question was presented for dessert! Alice
felt the blood drain from her body when she saw the
cake! She started out of her chair to tell the
hostess all about it, but before she could get to
her feet, the Mayor's wife said, "what a beautiful cake!"
Alice still stunned, sat back in her chair when she
heard the hostess (who was a prominent church
member) say, "Thank you, I baked it myself."
Alice smiled and thought to herself, "God is good."