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June 19, 2013

A nearly purr-fect graduation cake

Zionsville — One Zionsville mom couldn’t help but laugh when she saw her daughter’s graduation cake, and the cake has provided a lot of laughs for many others since.

Carol Gambrel ordered a picture cake from a Marsh bakery for her daughter Laura’s graduation from Indiana University. A misunderstanding when taking the order caused a cat to be drawn on the picture of Laura instead of a graduation cap.

“When I asked if they could draw a cap on the cake, the guy taking the order got this strange look on his face,” Gambrel said. “I thought that maybe they wouldn’t be able to do that part. When I went to pick it up and looked to see how it turned out, I just couldn’t stop laughing. There was something about the way the cat looks that makes me laugh.”

It didn’t take long for a picture of the so-called cat cake to land on the popular websites Reddit and Facebook.

“I didn’t expect it to take off like this,” Gambrel said. “Most people said when they saw it they just laughed out loud.”

Gambrel got a call from a producer of ABC’s Good Morning America the next morning wanting to interview her about the blunder.

“I didn’t think it was that much of a story,” she said. “I just thought it was a funny picture that makes you laugh.”

Gambrel has been interviewed by several television and radio stations including MSNBC. A Google search for “cat cake” turned up 118,000 results.

“My sister-in-law keeps saying she wants to send it to Ellen (DeGeneres),” she said. “I think we’ve ridden it about as far as it will go.”

As for the cake, Gambrel said she liked it better than the original design.

“The bakery offered to fix it, and I told them to just leave it because it’s funnier this way,” she said. “My sister said to me that she couldn’t believe we were talking about the cake so much, but every time I looked at it, I couldn’t help but laugh.”

Marsh Supermarkets even posted on their Facebook page about the gaffe.

The post read, “Luckily, our customer didn’t consider our mistake a CATastrophe and understands that life is too short to expect things to go purrfectly all the time, but we would still like to publicly state that we are willing and able to make cakes with dogs as well.”

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