Miami Heat’s LeBron James turned 27 last Friday (Dec. 30) and, of course, a party was thrown. And as so often happens when celebrities are involved, certain things — like his birthday cake — were expected to magically appear without anyone writing a check or forking over their credit card.
Local baker Alethea Hickman‘s Passion for Pastry was contacted two days before the party and asked to create a five-tier cake that would feed 250 party goers. Normally, Hickman would charge $3,000 for her creation. Instead, James’ people and the event co-ordinators told her that she would be paid in scads of free publicity.
So, even though she was still in the middle of the holiday rush, Hickman rolled up her sleeves, hired some additional helpers and got it done.
Except, come Sunday morning when she went to check the Internet for all her free publicity, it wasn’t her cake that she was seeing pictures of.
“It just wasn’t what was expected. When LeBron’s people saw it, they just didn’t want to use it and decided to bring their own cake,” party handler Jared Galbut tells the Miami Herald. “I can’t tell LeBron James what birthday cake to eat. It’s LeBron James, for Christ’s sake.”
“That cake couldn’t be worth more than $600. It’s flour, eggs and water.”
Perhaps it was rejected because it looked like a smaller, rougher version of James’ birthday cake last year which was over 8-feet tall, had vanilla rum, red velvet and Godiva chocolate layers, along with 10,000 Swarovski crystals and an edible crown.
Sorry, Alethea, we don’t see any Swarovskis on yours.
The cake that was presented to James was from the same Miami bakery that did last year’s cake, Divine Delicacies and let’s just say not all five-tier cakes are created equal.
The fondant-covered vanilla rum cake featured edible gold lions and was topped with James’ initials.
Divine Delicacies’ Laura Candeau tells the Miami New Times that as of the morning of Saturday’s party they hadn’t received an order, but she had extra cakes baked just in case.
“I knew he played on his birthday in Minnesota the day before and wasn’t at home to celebrate,” she says, “And I knew that if he was going to do a birthday affair he would have his team contact us for the cake. What the King wants he gets!”