This Time, Acceptance Takes the Cake.


A trans Ken doll cake created by Freeport Bakery in Sacramento. (KTXL-TV).

SACRAMENTO — A local bakery is getting a flood of support after one of its custom cakes caught quite a bit of flack on social media. The cake was baked and molded into a transgender Ken doll.

“It wasn’t that unusual, we do doll cakes all the time.”

Eggs, milk, butter and a dash of controversy, the recipe at Freeport Bakery for the unorthodox custom cake.

A Ken doll wore a pink dress made of frosting, a sash, a tiara and jewelry.

“Naively, I guess I just thought this is a really cool cake, and look at how great they did with the butter cream,” said Marlene Goetzeler, co-owner of the bakery. “What’s wrong with a Ken cake?”

Baked at 350 degrees, but the real heat didn’t come until Goetzeler posted a picture of the dolled up delicacy on Facebook.

“I started getting some negative comments … Then a couple days later I noticed there was a big dip in unlikes. I was kind of surprised,” said Goetzeler.

An LGBT debate ensued. After a few hundred comments, and more than a thousand reactions, the bakery’s page lost dozens of Facebook likes and potential business, all because of the post.

“I was shocked that somebody would be offended,” said Goetzeler.

“Oh, I thought it was fantastic,” said Chad Graham, who attended the party where the cake was served.

Graham says it was at the birthday party for a member of a group that meets once a month for a dice game. He says the cake’s recipient is not transgender nor was he trying to make a political statement whatsoever. The cake’s recipient didn’t wish to speak to FOX40. The backlash took the group by surprise.

“I thought it was a little ridiculous. It was just cake,” said Graham.

But when word of the confection controversy began to spread, hundreds of people came to the bakery’s defense, both on social media and at the storefront.

“In the beginning, I thought ‘What’s the big deal?’ but now I realize how important it is to take a stand if you believe in something,” said Goetzeler.

A small gesture with a big impact. Goetzeler says this time acceptance takes the cake.

I think that’s a great cake, and I’m really happy that so many people took a stand and supported the Bakery.

Via Fox40.


  1. Siobhan says

    If you think it’s nuts how people flip out over a gender nonconforming doll (or cake decoration) you should see how they respond to actual trans people!

    …It’s about the same.

  2. says


    That is wonderful, and very well done too.

    I think so too, and it’s great that all the bigots got firmly quashed down by all the acceptance.

  3. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    I see something like this and ask “what’s the problem”? The answer is always as vague and irrelevant as when I ask, “the Redhead’s cousin married his long time partner, so how does that hurt the Redhead’s an my marriage?” I have never heard a cogent answer to either to date.
    Applause to the bakery, and the people that supported it.

  4. rq says

    It’s one of those cakes that I feel bad about eating. Because it’s not just a cake, it’s art. I love it and I’m glad the bakery experienced some positive pushback against the bigots, too. I hope that, for every ‘like’ or customer that they lost, that they got at least 2 in return.

  5. blf says

    It’s one of those cakes that I feel bad about eating. Because it’s not just a cake, it’s art.

    The mildly deranged penguin has a simple solution to the problem: (1) Is it made of cheese? If so, eat! (then goto step 5). (2) If not, add cheese; and (3) Remove cake; and (4) Eat cheese; then (5) Find another cake and repeat (goto step 1).

    She points out an easy solution to the “Find…” in step 5 is — if the cake wasn’t cheese — to find the same cake again (discarded in step 3). However, after awhile it can get a bit moldy and be mistaken for a cheese…

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