After an initial backlash, a Sacramento bakery has won support online after its special birthday cake order started getting attention, KTXL-TV reported.
Earlier this month, Freeport Bakery co-owner Marlene Goetzeler said, the business’ Facebook page lost support after she posted a picture of a trans Ken doll cake, featuring a tiara and a dress made of pink frosting.
“I guess I just thought this is a really cool cake, and look at how great they did with the butter cream,” she said. “What’s wrong with a Ken cake?”
The negative reaction that ensued, she said, “shocked” her. But after deleting the negative comments, other Facebook users came to the bakery’s defense.
“I have a transgender son.. I think this cake is brilliant!,” one comment stated. “Even though this wasn’t for someone who is transgender. This is still an awesome cake… Keep making great cakes.. Turn a blind eye to closed minded people. I like it..”
A follow-up post thanking supporters generated more positive comments, including one Facebook user from Michigan.
“Bravo for you. If I lived in Sacramento,CA. I’d be getting baked goods from you weekly!” they stated. “Sharing your story to my page. I have friends,not close to you in CA.,but thinking they have friends in Sacramento,,,spreading the Love n the Buttercream Frosting!!!”
Meanwhile, the customer who received the birthday cake as a surprise was also reportedly satisfied. The recipient did not speak on-camera to KTXL, but one of their guests, Chad Graham, said they do not identify as transgender.
“I thought it was a little ridiculous,” Graham said of the initial furor. “It was just cake.”
Watch KTXL’s report, as aired on Tuesday, below.