WHAT should have been a simple surprise anniversary for an American lesbian couple has turned into an act of homophobia from one bakery in Arlington, Virginia.

It was meant to be a simple carrot cake that was ordered from the bakery’s catalog with the a request for the balloons to be removed from the original cake design, and the message “Happy Anniversary Lindsey! Love, Sarah” iced on top.

However, it turned out to be a chocolate cake, with the balloons still a part of the design, and a messy message written with icing that read: “Lesbian Anniv. No Ballons”.

Sarah, the woman who ordered the cake, told US magazine The Advocate that she had opened the cake inside the shop, then immediately asked to speak with a manager upon seeing the message.

She said that the manager apologised for the sloppy text but not for its inaccurate, homophobic content.

According to the report, he refunded Sarah’s money and offered her a “less sloppy” cake but refused to address the cake’s messaging, even when she pressed the issue.

Sarah said she declined the owner’s offer for a new cake, and planned to eat the cake anyway when she and her partner celebrate their anniversary.

“How could anyone mistake that for something a person would want on a cake?” Sarah told The Advocate.

“And what baker would sell something so messy and unprofessional? When it occurred to me that this was probably an intentional insult to my relationship, I was appalled at the audacity of the cake decorator or baker or whoever was responsible.

“It’s disappointing to know that when I want to honour the most important person in my life, I have to worry about some intolerant person ruining the surprise I had planned.”

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