If you are like me, you probably have seen an episode of Ace of Cakes or the Cake Boss and been amazed at what these guys can construct out of cakes. While not as elaborate as some of the cakes you will see on either of those shows, Jennifer Montalto, owner of Jenny-Lu's bakery in Middlebury, Connecticutt caught some backlash from an outstanding pro Second Amendment birthday cake with an AR-15 and Gadsden flag on it which she created for a local chapter of Friends of the NRA birthday dinner.
Elizabeth Mais wanted to order her husband Bill an AR-15 crafted cake for his 51st birthday, but she was turned down by a number of local bakers who didn't approve of her idea. Determined to find someone to create the highly detailed dessert, Mais came across Montalto who said she had no problem creating the sporting rifle cake with a 'Don't Tread on Me' flag draped on top. "I don't think about politics when I'm doing my cakes," she said Tuesday. "A friend contacted me about it because they couldn't find anyone to make it… It was a challenge." She said she is "definitely pro-Second Amendment."
Mais said, "Finding a cake sculptor was not an easy task. "Saddened and frustrated I was determined to find a pro 2nd amendment baker. Thankfully, my employer's wife referred me to Jennifer Montalto."
She wrote a letter to the NRA explaining why she wanted the AR-15 and Gadsden "Don't Tread On Me" flag:
A few reasons why I wanted a rifle shaped cake. 1. We both love ARs. 2. I could not find the real thing! 3. In light of the ridiculous gun bans proposed here in CT, I thought an AR cake with the Gadsden flag draped over the rifle case was fitting. Both Bill & I strongly oppose any ban that restricts Americans from enjoying the best sporting rifle created. Bill has even testified at the state capital fighting against such restrictions.
After creating the cake Montalto received some hate online via Facebook and Yelp reviews (which have since been removed). She was labeled "insensitive" and guilty of "ridiculing the tragedy in Newtown."
Montalto was shaken up by the backlash. She said, "I cried for three days straight when everything happened. But in my mind, it wasn't the gun that killed people, it was a very sick individual."
"To each their own — if someone enjoys it, that doesn't make them an evil person," she said. "Don't make someone out to be evil over a cake."
Local gun owners have given Montalto and her bakery positive attention and support since the incident.
Jenny-Lu's Facebook page apparently saw a lot of love. On March 28 they listed 403 likes. As of today, they have 4,855. Let's encourage businesses like Jenny-Lu's, that while they may not be in the gun industry, they are Americans who stand up for liberty.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.