MUD CAKES SAVE DAY Woolies best help wed­ding go ahead

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACKHOUSE an­drew. back­house1@ news. com. au

A WOOL­WORTHS mud cake has saved a Townsville cou­ple’s wed­ding from dis­as­ter.

And now the story has gone vi­ral around the world af­ter be­ing posted on so­cial me­dia.

Jade Neil spent two years pre­par­ing for her big day and thought ev­ery­thing was per­fect. But when she ar­rived at the re­cep­tion on Oc­to­ber 7 last year and found there was no cake she was mor­ti­fied.

She quickly rang the cake com­pany and was told they had no record of her cake.

Mrs Neil pro­duced ev­i­dence show­ing she had in fact booked but the com­pany re­sponded it could not pro­vide a cake in time for the re­cep­tion.

She ad­mit­ted she turned into “bridezilla” while on the phone with the com­pany. “I was an­gry but there was noth­ing they could do,” she said.

Re­signed to the fact she would have no wed­ding cake, Mrs Neil went ahead with the re­cep­tion. But her sis­ter- in- law Candice West and friend May Chew had other plans.

They had ducked off to Woolies with a cun­ning scheme – to quickly pro­duce a dec­o­ra­tive wed­ding cake us­ing three mud cakes, Betty Crocker ic­ing and fresh flow­ers.

Mrs Neil said she later dis­cov­ered they had charged through the Townsville CBD Wool­worths yelling, “Ev­ery­one get out of the way, we have a wed­ding cake to make.”

Mrs Neil said she was shocked when they pro­duced the pro­fes­sional- look­ing cake.

“I was blown away when they brought it in,” she said.

“And there was barely any left at the end.”

Only last week she was shown be­hind- the- scenes pho­tos of how they made the cake.

She shared her story on the Wool­worths Face­book page on Fri­day where it went vi­ral, re­ceiv­ing tens of thou­sands of likes and com­ments.

Mrs Neil said she shocked by the re­ac­tion.

“I have a friend that mes­saged me from Canada who said the story had made it to the United States,” she said.

“I was like, holy moly, what, will I end on Ellen DeGeneres next?”

She said peo­ple likely re­lated to the story be­cause of the pos­i­tive out­come.

“There’s so much doom and gloom th­ese days, peo­ple of­ten don’t get to the chance to talk about good sto­ries,” she said.

She has been in­un­dated with mes­sages from peo­ple say­ing they loved the story and it had made their day.

“The best things are the posts show­ing what other peo­ple have done with mud cakes. Things I would have never dreamed of like a uni­corn cake,” Mrs Neil said.

She had planned to freeze her wed­ding cake and eat a slice with her hus­band Ro­han Neil on their an­niver­sary.

“On the plus side now we can go to Woolies and get a Woolies mud cake at any time of the year,” she said. was

Main Pic­ture: SCOTT RADFORD- CHISHOLM

GRATE­FUL BRIDE: Jade Neil with chil­dren Ro­man, 3 months, and Scar­lette, 8; and the makeshift cake ( in­set) that saved her wed­ding.

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