There is controversy involving a Virginia bakery and the ongoing Confederate flag debate. This shop in Fredericksburg makes crunchy cookies, gooey cinnamon rolls, creamy cupcakes and cake. But the bakery, Crumb and Get It, has made a cookie cake that features the Confederate flag.
“It was for us a business decision to do that,” said Mike Sweeney.
Why did they make it? Well, because somebody asked.
“We had like a two-minute conversation about it,” he said.
But the conversation on Facebook was much longer than that. Some wanted to rush right over to buy one and with people asking what their hours were.
Others had just the opposite reaction with one person commenting on their page: “You are alienating a lot of your local patrons. I just find this disgusting."
Another wrote: "Ignorance, whether it be intentional or inadvertent, will taste sour when it finds itself on your dessert plate."
“Some of it was mean-spirited, but we didn't let it bother us too much,” said Mike.
Mike and Sarah Sweeney have owned the bakery for about eight months.
“It should still be that you can agree to disagree with somebody, and if they don't agree with you, you just move on and keep living your life,” Mike told us. “We had someone threatening to sue us and threaten to protest our store and making all these demands. To us, it just seemed like strong-arming, trying to get their way versus realizing that we're all individuals with our own opinions.”
Has making the Confederate flag cake helped or hurt their business? The Sweeneys said since they posted the photo of the original flag cake on Facebook last week, about 20 more people have ordered one.
“There is a lot of Civil War history here in Fredericksburg,” said Mike. “We definitely had no idea that it would be as popular as it has gotten.”
They said the flag is just a symbol.
“The Bible can do that to people, guns, a police badge -- it’s all symbols that can be used for good or bad,” Mike said.
When people asked about something else that has been in the news -- gay marriage -- Mike told us, “We had people calling for those and we told them we would be happy to make a cake celebrating that.”
The cake cost $19 and the flavor is chocolate chip -- sweet or bitter depending on your taste.