“In Canada, when you ask for a gay cake, you get a gay cake.”
The US Supreme Court is currently hearing a case about a gay couple denied a wedding cake by a bakery. But meanwhile in Canada, when you order a gay cake, you get the gayest possible cake.
It all started with Chris Farias, a creative director in Hamilton, Ontario. He and his fiancé Jared love a good cake after a long day, and this time he decided to make a statement.
To celebrate a year of their engagement, Farias called up Cake and Loaf Bakery in Hamilton and asked for the gayest cake they could make.
“With what’s going on in the world I really wanted to show that in Canada we really celebrate diversity and I wanted the gayest cake ever,” he told BuzzFeed Canada.
The task went to cake decorator Quinn Pallister. As the child of two moms, she wanted to make something special.
“Seeing my moms being part of the LGBT community, it’s just really important to me that everybody feels included,” she said.
“I never got to make them a wedding cake, so this was like making something for everybody that’s part of the community.”
The result is a towering, rainbow-hued cake, topped with gold and a unicorn horn, with identities and affirmations surrounding the whole thing. There's even rainbow sprinkles inside.
When Farias came to pick it up, he was overwhelmed. “She showed it to me and I just started crying and gave her a huge hug. It was everything — it was just right.”
It was an emotional moment for the whole bakery, including owner Nicole Miller. She told BuzzFeed Canada that, just a few years ago, she made a wedding cake for a gay couple who'd been rejected by other bakeries in the area.
“We really want to embody a positive, all-inclusive safe space for all of our employees and customers,” she said.
Farias posted pictures of the cake on Instagram and Facebook, with hundreds of people sharing them and leaving supportive comments.
“I have perfect strangers who are congratulating us on our upcoming wedding and I have people I’ve never met before saying how happy it made them,” said Farias.
“With what’s going on in the world I really wanted to show that in Canada we really celebrate diversity,” said Farias.
“I'm really proud to be Canadian,” he added. “I think Canada has a responsibility to be an example of inclusivity for the rest of the world.”