Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Misadventures of Buying a Cake.

So today I went to Wal-Mart to go about purchasing a cake for Annie's bridal shower.

easier said than done when you're "That Girl..."

I promise, it wasn't me this time. I walked in this evening, ready to order a few cakes. You see, rule #362 of being "That Girl.." is the innate ability to procrastinate. It's an art, really. My procrastination should be viewed as a work of Sistine Chapel proportions, but nobody's calling me Michaelangelo. Whatever. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I think my 10-page paper started at midnight, finished at 5 am, and turned in at 8 is a true work of brilliance. But not everyone appreciates that. That's why it's an art.

So I had put off ordering the cake for a really long time. With the move, the new job, and the awesome Emmaus stuff going on, I didn't have a lot of time.

[Alright, it snuck up on me. We started planning this thing months ago and then I awaken one day and there are like 8 days to go.] OH CRAP. I am the worst bridesmaid ever. Heh, ironic. You would think with all the blessed practice I've had, I'd be a little bit better at it. So on with the story. I march into the Corazon del Diablo (aka Wal-Mart--sorry Andi, forgive me?) looking for trouble and enough cake to feed a small nation.

by the way, did you know that Wal-Mart now sells wedding cakes? Am I the only one who is slightly weirded out by that?

noooooooooo. make it yourself before you buy it from Wal-Mart.
dude. Don't do it. I don't care how much money you can save.

Since no one was at the counter--a telltale sign--I began to sort through the designs looking for an appropriate beach scene/island adventure cake decoration. The theme of the shower is beach/hawaiian, as Adam asked Annie to marry him on the beach in FL. Cute, huh?
But no such luck on the cute hawaiian flower print design I had in mind.

So I am standing there and finally a girl comes up to help. Only, she cannot. She cannot tell me that which I desire to know the most...how many people does this dang cake serve?

she had no clue. Awesome. JUST awesome. She finally rang the manager, who also had no clue. Well, at this point I am so frustrated I have a few of Sam's Choice words ready to tumble out. NOT REALLY, but I was wondering how I was going to feed cake to 150 people when the largest retailer in America can't make it happen for me.

That's when I called in the big guns. That's what I now call my friend Elaine, who is a master cake-baker in Loogootee. Yep, she can do it for Saturday and saved me a heap o' money along with it.

Bless her, Lord.

Sam Walton is rolling over in his grave someplace 'cause he found out nobody knows how many people his cakes will serve.

and Annie will have much better cake, thanks to Saint Elaine.

i'll save you a piece if you're good and you take care of Annie's leftover registry items.


Carol said...

check out www.cakewrecks.blogspot.com Just came across it and had to get on here to tell you...funny!

beverlyj said...

I had the WORST experience with odering a cake from Wal-Mart. The cake was supposed to be a full sheet cake. I got there and to begin with they brought out a half sheet cake with Thomas the Train on it. I was like um.......no I was supposed to have a full with a picture of Grace on it. She told me no this is what I ordered. I had a little heart failure and asked her to check again. She huffed at me that she really didn't have time for this but brought the right cake out. Phew! Right? Wrong! The picture of Grace was all wrinkled. I asked her if that could be fixed and she shrugged and stuck her finger through Grace's face trying to smooth it out. She then looked at me and said, "you know really, I don't have time to mess with you". I told her she could KEEP her cake and went and told the manager about it. She did nothing but at least I did all I could. I went to J.C.'s and bought 4 cakes and those girls saved my day by putting happy birthday Grace on them. I think they could see the panic and tears in my eyes. It really upset me. You have to have a cake for a little girl's birthday! So, I will never ever in my life buy another cake from Wal-Mart for any reason. They can take their cakes and their worthless bakery workers and keep em!