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Mom outraged by 'naughty' detail on daughter's christening cake

Julie Ryan Evans is an editor and writer who has covered everything from Capitol Hill to the politics of preschool. A mother of two, a runner of races, and a gourmet chef wannabe, she currently lives outside of Orlando, Florida.

Mom and baker disagree about just how inappropriate this cake may be

Sharon Green ordered a lovely pink cake to celebrate her 3-year-old daughter's christening, but what she saw when she got the cake was anything but sweet.

Green says the marzipan teddy bears' private parts were showing — in other words, she saw vaginas on them. Take a look and see what you think. This isn't the actual cake, as hers was pink and had her daughter's name spelled out, but this is a similar one from the same bakery that features the same folds in the bears' nether regions.

Mom and baker disagree about just how inappropriate this cake may be

Image: Occasion Cakes/Facebook

Steve Howarth, owner of Occasion Cakes, the bakery in the United Kingdom that made the cake, says there's no genitalia there, but rather a seam where a real teddy bear would be stitched together. He says they've been making these cakes for 30-plus years, and this is the first time anyone has taken issue with the detail in question. In fact, he says both boy and girl teddy bears are made with the same seam.

Green, however, says those are clearly vaginas and deemed the cake "completely inappropriate." She wrote on the company's Facebook page, "I was horrified to discover that both teddy bears on the cake had been given totally inappropriate detailing regarding their gender by your cake decorator. I find this detailing offensive."

She was so offended she wouldn't even let anyone eat the cake. According to The Bolton News, her guests were served strawberry gâteau and profiteroles instead. That sounds lovely, but what a waste of cake!

We're talking about a line here and what seems like a pretty big overreaction. While I wouldn't specifically request a christening cake for a child with anatomically correct teddy bears, I think finding the humor in the whole thing would have been a lot more fun (and tasty) for everyone. And, I'm not so sure I see vaginas anyway… or I wouldn't have had someone not pointed out the lines in question. Green, however, was blinded by what she deemed obscene.

When she complained, she was given some sugary flowers to hide the bears' private parts, but the bakery reportedly refused to offer a refund. On Facebook, owner Steve Howarth wrote, "I must express my complete amazement at the reason for your complaint… the crease on its stomach is supposed to represent the seam where the bear is sewn together. For anyone to think it is anything else I find incomprehensible — it's a teddy bear!"

So what do you think — bears gone wild or an innocent cake? Personally, I just want to eat the darn thing. Mmmm, cake.

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