A WHITE LIE CHURCH CAKE !
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 dressing and 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
She said, "Oh dear, there's no time to bake another
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 participating 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 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 they think? Oh,
my God she wailed! She would be ostracized, talked
about, 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 about her behind her back.
The next day, Alice promised herself that she would
try not to think about the cake and she would
attended 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 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