A cake made to celebrate the birthday of veteran Dorset "grand dame" Mrs Edna Whisky McNightly did not not turn out exactly as planned today.
Friends and relatives had gathered together to mark yet another milestone in the octogenarian's life journey but were disappointed to discover at the cake's unveiling that its creators - Cakes-Online'R-Us of Melcombe Horsey - had interpreted a little too literally the instructions issued in the short text message sent by party organisers.
"I am not sure how we were supposed to know", Mel Tinja-Mowth, founder and proprietor said. "As far as we are concerned the message was clear on the form. In the section "Message to read" it said: "Just put Happy Birthday Edna". Admittedly we didn't get some of the spelling quite right but that's within the normal industry tolerances - I mean it's a cake not a ruddy birth certificate". "It's just as well we stopped there", Head of Decorative Icing Fran Jippan added: "we could have iced the "Further Instructions". Now that would have been something to cry about".
A spokesperson for the Threadbone Corporation said that a full inquiry into the incident was underway and that Mrs Amanda J Threadbone had taken a personal interest in the matter. "As a participant in the event, Mrs Threadbone felt the full force of the faux pas and is in no mood to temporise", he said. Through a statement issued by her solicitors, Mrs Tinja-Mowth said she would not be commenting further on the matter describing a potential lawsuit as "just about the f*****g icing on the cake". The Royal Dorset Institute of Cake Decorators [RDICD] is unlikely to be asked to arbitrate, given that its Chairperson - Mrs Amanda J Threadbone - is "an interested party in the matter".
Judge for yourself: that form in full: