We had a close call today and almost gave a wedding cake to the wrong customer. While "officially" closed until Tuesday, we had two small wedding cakes and three birthday cake orders for the day after Christmas.
One of my brothers has a birthday on December 24, so I know how important is is not to mix Christmas and birthdays. Christmas babies often feel cheated out of a birthday cake or gift because of the holiday. In fact, most of the birthday cakes we had this week were specifically NOT Christmas cakes.
And this is why, while most bakeries in town were closed today, we were decorating cakes.
It was about noon and there were two cakes left to be picked up -- one mid-sized wedding cake and one small-ish birthday cake.
The phone rings, the step-father of the bride (Amanda) is on his way to pick up the cake.
The father of 11-year old Lily is also on his way to pick up a cake.
An older gentleman walks in the door.
Him: "Im here to pick up a cake."
Me: "Are you here for Amanda's wedding cake?"
As one of my decorators takes the wedding cake out the door to his truck, two other men walk in asking about Lily's birthday cake. We ring them up and just as we are about to step out the door with that last cake, a fourth man walks in.
Him: "I'm here for Amanda's wedding cake."
Me: "Just a minute."
I wonder if he could see the panicked look on my face as I rushed out the door.
Turns out the first older gentleman was Lily's grandfather who must be a bit hard of hearing. Lily's father and brother were just getting to the truck with the birthday cake and saw the second cake being loaded into the truck.
I am pretty sure they never would have driven off with both cakes but it was a close call.