Sam Faulkner, organised for a "professional" cake to be made for her brother's 30th birthday. However she was not happy and was left "distraught" when she received the £50 cake she paid for.
Sam, who lives in Calcot, got in touch with Emma Beth Mh – a cake baker – to bake a cake she has seen on Pinterest. The reference she presented the baker was of a fishing-themed cake, which she knew her angler brother Graham would love.
The terrible news of the skills of the baker became apparent when it arrived. Sam was "distraught" with the fact that the cake not only look nothing like what she asked for, but was covered in dog hair as well.
Her mother, Sue Faulkner, thought it best to post about the story on the Earley Residents Discussion Group Facebook page. Sue wrote; "Cake on left was what was ordered but cake on right was was we got !!!! Trading standards????"
Professional cake makers, however, saw the post and offered their support and advice for what her daughter could do.
"My daughter was distraught when she opened the box. It was nothing like the picture. She'd paid half the money for the cake to this woman and what came back looked like it was made by a child. Honestly, it was laughably bad. The name 'Graham' didn't even have a capital letter, it was that bad. I was very cross, so I said 'I'm putting it on Facebook'. Once I did that, it became clear there were other people who had encountered her as well. I tried to contact her and she blocked me straight away and deleted the page," Sue explained.
BerkshireLive tried to reach out to "Emma Beth Mh" through Facebook but the page was immediately taken down.
Sue added that "I'm going to Trading Standards as she's clearly not a proper cake maker. We're now able to see the funny side of it afterwards, but at the time we were very upset. Even though we had a laugh about it, I still want to warn people this fake cake maker is out there producing these monstrosities and charging people for these terrible attempts at cakes."
£15 was returned to Sam which is "about as good as we'll get".
Reading Borough Council stated that the authority received several complaints and was carrying out an investigation in which its Environmental Health team was also involved in.
Hopefully there won’t be any more bad cakes made, and that the world is one bad baker free.