World

She ordered a Mariah Carey cake. What she got instead set the internet aglow

A woman in England who asked for a birthday cake featuring pop singer Mariah Carey set social media aglow when she instead received a cake featuring scientist Marie Curie, who discovered radium.
A woman in England who asked for a birthday cake featuring pop singer Mariah Carey set social media aglow when she instead received a cake featuring scientist Marie Curie, who discovered radium. Screengrab from Twitter

Apparent confusion over a request for a Mariah Carey-themed birthday cake in England has Twitter glowing with praise — with Carey herself weighing in.

Author Harriet Alida Lye recounted the story on Twitter.

“My cousin in England told her colleagues she wanted a Mariah Carey birthday cake,” Lye wrote. “They misunderstood, and (this) is the cake they made her instead. It’s Marie Curie, looking very festive.”

Carey, an American singer, songwriter and actress, has won five Grammy Awards. Curie, who died in 1934, discovered radium and polonium. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.

The accidental Curie cake got a thumbs-up from Twitter.

But a few had reservations about eating a cake featuring Curie, who died as a result of the radiation she absorbed experimenting with radium and other elements.

Carey herself took the mix-up in stride, wishing the recipient a happy birthday nonetheless.

As for the recipient, she got a big laugh out of the cake, baked by a colleague at a charity for which she volunteers, according to a Twitter post by Lye.

Related stories from Sacramento Bee

Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.
  Comments