Monday, November 22, 2010

White Lie Church Cake

This story was too good for me to pass up passing on to you all. Just be sure not to read ahead to the end and I have no doubt you'll appreciate it.

Have you ever told a white lie? You are going to love this --especially all of the ladies who bake for church events.

Alice Grayson was to bake a cake for the Baptist Church ladies' group bake sale in Tuscaloosa, but she forgot to do it until the last minute.

She remembered it the morning of the bake sale and after rummaging through cabinets she found a dusty old Angel food cake mix in the back of her kitchen cabinet and quickly made it while drying her hair and getting dressed, while helping her son Bryan pack up for Scout camp.

But when Alice took the cake from the oven the center had dropped flat and the cake was horribly disfigured. She said, "Oh dear, there's no time to bake another cake." This cake was so important to Alice because she did so want to fit in at her new church, and in her new community of new friends. So, being inventive and not wanting anyone to think she was not the perfect woman able to handle all things at all times or that, God forbid, she not participate in her church's bazaar, 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 off for work, Alice woke her daughter Amanda and gave her some money and specific instructions to be at the bake sale the minute it opened at 9:30, and to buy that cake and bring it home.

When the daughter arrived at the sale, she found that 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 she do, she would be ridiculed. She would have to move or kill herself! All night Alice lay awake in bed thinking about people pointing their fingers at her and talking, What would they think?
"Oh, my goodness; what can I do?" she wailed! She would be ostracized, talked about behind her back.

The next day, Alice promised herself that she would try not to think about the cake and she would attend a fancy luncheon/bridal shower at the home of a friend of a friend 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 at the fact that Alice was a single parent and not from the founding families of Tuscaloosa, but having already RSVP she could not 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 to get out of her chair to rush into the kitchen to tell her hostess all about it, but before she could get to her feet, the Mayor's wife said, "What a beautiful cake!"

Alice who was still stunned and trying to formulate what words she would use to explain the situation, 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 "THERE IS A GOD!!!!!!!

*I found this story at Christian Life Stories and thank them for sharing it.*


Mary R. said...

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm making a link back to this post on your blog, from mine.

Too funny!!

LisaShaw said...

Oh my goodness this is good Maxine!!! A few lessons within this funny sharing!

Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family dear sister in Christ!

Linda said...

Had to read this one out loud to the husband Maxine!! Just great!!
I have to say, though, that beneath the humor is great truth. I have found myself guilty of those little white lies more often than I'd like to admit. I am really working on it.

Karen said...

I've already told this twice this evening. What a hilarious story!

Maxine said...

Hey, guys, you are so right. So much truth and so many lessons. I especially love the final sentence!!!

Anonymous said...


I found your story through my friend Mary R.'s blog.

That sure is a wild story, goodness! I think if I were that woman, I would be quite besides myself. :)


-Lady Rose

Maxine said...

Hi Lady Rose,
Thanks for coming over. Amusing stories do lift us up on a busy day. Blessings to you!

Laurie said...

Oh, Maxine, this is a jewel! I'd like to pass it on with a link to here, if you don't mind. This made my day!

Happy Thanksgiving, dear friend, to you and your family!
Love and blessings,

Maxine said...

Help yourself, Laurie! :) The more to enjoy this the better.

Beverly said...

I love that! The punch line was excellent - I really didn't see it coming :-) What a great reminder!