When 3-year-old Leona from Minnesota was given the responsibility of choosing her birthday cake, she knew she had to take advantage of the opportunity.
Leona, who celebrated her birthday on May 28, initially requested a live donkey for a birthday present. But after her mom said no, the pair compromised with a themed cake.
When Leona’s mom, Alison Feigh, asked what she wanted on her cake, Leona’s answer came as somewhat of a surprise.
The smart 3-year-old asked for a Lion King cake- which seems pretty normal for a child of her age. But it turned out that she wanted a specific scene depicted on her cake– the tragic death scene of Mufasa, Simba’s father.
Hoping her daughter would change her mind, Leona’s mom waited a few weeks before finally emailing a local bakery called Thirsty Whale Bakery in Minneapolis.
Surprisingly, they emailed back saying they would be delighted to create the cake for Leona.
“My sister originally emailed them (the bakery) the order because she was too embarrassed to go in person or to call,” Casey Feigh, Leona’s uncle told FOX TV. “She thought that if she emailed them, maybe they would just write back, ‘Hey, you’re a weirdo,’ rather than having to get it in a phone call. But they were great, and they in fact gave her options of different moments in the death scene. They did all the work.”
When the cake arrived, it soon became clear what Leona’s secret motive had been. Sharing some photos of the cake on Twitter, Casey wrote:
My niece turned 3 today!! She asked for a Lion King cake but specifically the moment where Mufasa dies, because “everyone will be too sad to eat the cake and it will be all for me.” pic.twitter.com/UOatqCUSj0
— Casey Feigh (@caseyfeigh) May 29, 2021
So how did Leona’s plan fare out?
“She did not eat the whole cake herself, in fact, she licked the frosting off it, had a bite and she was full and the adults got to eat the rest of it,” Casey said.
We have to admit, while sad, this cake does look surprisingly delicious.
It wasn’t long until Casey’s post went viral, receiving over 758k likes and 129k retweets.
“I thought, I’m a comedian and a writer so I thought it’d be like a fun thing to show to people I’ve got a cool niece who’s funny. I guess I get why it connects,” Casey said. “That movie is universal, worldwide famous, and kids say the darndest things is certainly a type of comedy, so I get why it happened.”
Leona’s uncle hopes that Leona will look back at her 3rd birthday with fond memories.
“Hopefully this is just a nice little story in her scrapbook of life,” he said.
Something tells us this is a memory that Leona’s family won’t ever let her forget about!
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