(WTXF/STORYFUL) -- People are rallying around a woman after a cake she made that was intended to resemble Queen Elsa from Disney’s Frozen drew ridicule.
Lisa Randolph-Gant is a volunteer for Icing Smiles Inc., “a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child.”
She created the cake for a sick child affiliated with Icing Smiles, and has explained via Facebook the personal struggles she had to battle through to get the cake to the child on time, including a death in the family, time constraints, and mishaps relating to weather.
An image of the cake went viral on social media over the holiday weekend and was made the subject of ridicule. It was also compared to other confectionary creations like another Elsa cake from McGreevey Cakes, a New York-based bakery.
As the image of Randolph-Gant’s Elsa cake has made the rounds, statements have been posted from Icing Smiles, McGreevey Cakes and thousands of others encouraging her and applauding her creation.
Shawna McGreevey from McGreevey cakes wrote: “I think someone tried. I think someone had the guts to go for it… even when, I’m sure, they didn’t know if they could pull it off. They took the chance anyway and put themselves out there. And maybe it didn’t come out the way they were hoping, but it’s their WORK.”
Randolph-Gant replied to McGreevey’s post, thanking her for her words. She explained that the cake was made for Icing Smiles and “a really sick little girl.” She then explained the backstory behind the cake, including the recent death of her grandmother, a two-hour time constraint to finish the cake, and the cake nearly being ruined by rain.
“Yes I've seen all the really mean comments, some even posted by some of my so called cake friends that know it's my cake. At the end of the day, I DIDN'T let that sick baby down l gave it all I had to give, so make fun all [sic] me all you guy's [sic] want if that is what you need to do to feel good about yourself,” Randolph-Gant wrote.
Tracy from Icing Smiles posted a statement to the organization’s Facebook page. In part, she wrote: “Unless you have been in a cave, you know that one of our cakes was unfavorably compared against the INSANELY talented work of McGreevy Cakes. It has gone viral and it broke my heart.
“My heart broke for the baker because I know how much of herself she puts into her donations. My heart broke for the family should they come across the posts because it may take from their joy of receiving the gift. It broke for our team whose extraordinary efforts were used in this way. Our Sugar Angel wasn't commissioned to copy Shawna's work, she was asked for a Frozen cake for a sick child and she did just that.”