The Hockey Cake: Bakery error spoils young Leafs fan’s birthday cake

In 1979, author Roch Carrier famously penned a story about a young hockey fan who receives the wrong team’s jersey in the mail by mistake, much to his chagrin.

Eight-year-old Jacob Bertrand of Mascouche, Que., a suburb north-east of Montreal, can relate all too well.

Bertrand, a Toronto Maple Leafs fan deep in Montreal Canadiens territory, had his eighth birthday spoiled on the weekend by some botched imagery on his birthday cake.

His stepmother, Tania Levesque, ordered the cake at a local bakery asking for the crest of Bertrand’s favourite team on it, only to receive one with the logo of Maple Leaf Foods, a packaged meats company.

“The bakery obviously went on Google to find the logo, but didn’t write ‘Toronto,’” Levesque said in a Facebook post.

“This birthday is sponsored by Maple Leaf Foods.”

Levesque’s post, which included an image of the red-leafed cake, has garnered over 1,400 shares and 500 comments as of Monday afternoon.

The mistake came as a surprise since the bakery had correctly put the logo of the hockey team on a cake for Jacob’s seventh birthday.

Jacob refused to eat the cake, although his friends did not.

The whole saga would reach a happy ending, as Maple Leaf Foods responded by tweeting that they would send Jacob and his family to a Toronto Maple Leafs’ game.