Alice Grayson was tobake a cake for the Baptist Church Ladies' Group in Tuscaloosa , but forgot to do it until the last minute.
She remembered it the morningof the bake sale and after rummaging through cabinets, found an angelfood cake mix & quickly made it while drying her hair, dressing, and helping her son pack for scout camp.
When she took the cake from the oven, the center had dropped flat
Andthe cake was horribly disfigured and she exclaimed,
"Oh dear, there isnot time to bake another cake!"
So, being inventive, she looked around the house
for something to build up the center of the cake.
She found it in the bathroom - a roll of toilet Paper.
She plunked it in and then coveredit with icing.
Not only did the finished product look beautiful, itlooked perfect.
And, before she left the house to drop the cake by thechurch and head for work, Alice woke her daughter and gave her somemoney and specific instructions to be at the bake sale the moment itopened at 9:30 and to buy the cake and bring it home.
When thedaughter arrived at the sale, she found the attractive,
perfect cakehad already been sold. Amanda grabbed her cell phone and called her mom. Alice was horrified-she was beside herself! Everyone would know!
Whatwould they think? She would be ostracized, talked about, ridiculed! All night, Alice lay awake in bed thinking about people pointingfingers at her
And talking about her behind her back. The next day, Alice promised herself she would try not to think aboutthe cake
And would attend the fancy luncheon/bridal shower at the homeof a fellow church member and try to have a good time. She did not really want to attend because the hostess was a snob who more thanonce had looked down her nose at the fact that Alice was a singleparent and not from the founding families of Tuscaloosa , but havingalready RSVP'd , she couldn't think of a believable excuse to stayhome.
The meal was elegant, the company was definitely upper crust oldsouth and to Alice 's horror, the cake in question was presented for desert!
Alice felt the blood drain from her body when she saw the cake!
Shestarted out of her chair to tell the hostess all about it, but beforeshe could get to her feet, the Mayor's wife said, "what a beautifulcake!"
Alice , still stunned, sat back in her chair when she heard the hostess