Woman's hilarious cake fail goes viral after simple misunderstanding

When a volunteer at a charity requested a Mariah Carey cake for her birthday, the last thing she expected was the face of Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie instead.

But due to a hilarious misunderstanding, that is exactly what Siobhan Casey got.

Her colleague, Liz, thoughtfully organised a chocolate cake and cupcakes complete with candles spelling out “Happy Birthday” for the charity’s valued secretary.

But rather than the face of the American pop singer, the cake topper featured a black and white image of the late Marie Curie, the first woman to win Nobel Prize.

A black and white image featured on the cake after a hilarious misunderstanding. Source: Twitter/Harriet Alida Lye

Ms Casey’s cousin, Harriet Alida Lye who is based in Toronto, Canada, shared a photo of the cake to Twitter.

“My cousin in England told her colleagues she wanted a Mariah Carey birthday cake,” she wrote in the Tweet.

“They misunderstood, and this is the cake they made her instead. It’s Marie Curie, looking very festive.”

It has since been retweeted more than 44,000 times, and even attracted the attention of Mariah Carey herself.

Siobhan is seen reacting to the hilarious misunderstanding. Source: Twitter/Harriet Alida Lye

“This could’ve been me if only I hadn’t failed remedial math. Happy Birthday Siobhan,” the songstress wrote in response to the original Tweet.

The woman behind the now-famous cake expressed her shock at how news of her comedic blunder had spread in a post to the HOPE for Chronic Conditions Facebook page.

“So funny my horrendous cake has gone viral but on the plus side our wonderful secretary of the HOPE charity Siobhan Casey got a happy birthday from Mariah Carey herself,” she wrote.

“Life is wonderfully weird sometimes. This has definitely made the HOPE team’s day.”

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