According to the Miami Herald, an area baker, Alethea Hickman of Passion For Pastries, put her heart and soul into making a one of a kind cake fit for a king, Lebron James.  As it turns out, Mrs. Hickman made the marvelous cake for free, in return for a ton of free publicity for designing the cake for Lebrons's 27th birthday.  A "sponsorship," and no actual money, was the payoff according to party handler Jared Galbut. If you've ever watched "Cake Boss", "Ace Of Cakes", "Food Network Challenge" or even "Cup Cake Wars", it's pain staking work and talent that goes into producing these elaborate cakes.  According to Mrs. Hickman, she was asked to make the 3 foot, 5 tier, vanilla custard cake for Lebron's birthday/New Year's Eve party by the reps for the Shelborne South Beach Hotel.  In which, she agreed in exchange for publicity for her bakery and free tickets to the party.

After making the $3,000 cake and delivering it, Mrs. Hickman went home to get dressed and when she returned to the party.... her cake was gone!!  Not gone as in eaten, but gone as in replaced by a whole other cake!!!!  Check this out.



Cold blooded right?  So, far there's been no comment from Lebron or his camp.  There's also no word as to whether or not Mrs. Hickman will be compensated for her work.  "I don't even know where my cake went," Hickman said. "I was mortified. They had me do it in the middle of the holiday crush and I hired additional people. Someone needs to pay."

On the other hand, hotel rep Jared Galbut said James' people decided Hickman's work wasn't fit for the king: "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.  I can't tell LeBron James what birthday cake to eat.  It's LeBron James, for Christ's sake."  When Galbut was asked how much he would pay Hickman for the cake, he said "That cake couldn't be worth more than $600. It's flour, eggs and water."



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