LeBron James’ Birthday Controversy: Boca Baker’s Free Cake “Horrible”

Gossip Extra has got to the bottom of the LeBron James birthday cake controversy!

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LeBron James: Having his cakes, and not eat them (Click on the photo for more)

The managing partner of the Shelborne South Beach, the Miami Beach hotel where James celebrated his 27th birthday and was engaged to high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson on New Year’s Eve, said James’ staffers sent to the hotel hours before the party deemed “horrible” the five-tier cake made — free of charge — by baker Alethea Hickman.

Click here for all the photos of the competing cakes

The Boca Raton-based mom-and-pop operator Hickman, who runs two small Passion for Pastry stores in Boca Raton, had been promised wide-spread publicity in exchange for the $3,000-cake. But when she woke up on New Year Day, the pictures that ran online were of a birthday cake made by a competitor, Miami’s Divine Delicacies.

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“It just wasn’t what was expected,” said the Shelborne’s Jared Galbut. “She never provided us with a design. When LeBron’s people saw it, they just didn’t want to use it and decided to bring their own. I can’t tell LeBron James what birthday cake to eat.”

When asked why the hotel requested a freebie from Hickman, Galbut called it a “sponsorship” deal.

Sponsorship for an athlete in the second year of a $100 million-deal with the Miami Heat?

Galbut declined comment when asked if James was charged anything for the entire birthday/engagement party. The Shelborne just underwent a $20 million-revamp and has been looking to make a splash in the press.

“I can’t talk about whatever financial arrangement we may have had,” Galbut said. “That’s private information.”

I also asked Galbut where Hickman’s cake ended up.

“I’m not quite sure,” he said.

Click here to see the photos of the competing cakes.

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Passion for Pastry's Alethea Hickman with LeBron James' cake (click on the Mike Jachles photo for more)

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Comments

  1. Kiki says

    It’s in the trash…. The seagulls and pigeon were eating it new years day…. Hahahahahahahaha

    Cake on the Right by DD cakes rocks!!!

  2. Andres305 says

    poor lady!! her cake is in the garbage.

    why would the hotel though order a cake without making sure Lebron james people hadnt order one already?

    i think that was the problem with all this!
    the hotel was desperate and they called the boca raton bakery.(pastry cake)
    while in the other hand his team had order the cake with who they always order from (Divine delicacies).

    I personally think if maybe the Boca raton cake would have looked presentable they may hae used it too. he would have had two cakes. but by the cake looking very ugly then they decided to only used the one they order.
    i dont know i wasnt there but i do think Lebron’s team didnt want to uses a bakery they had never used before even if it was free.

    I in the other hand would just talk with the hotel. Her cake was something extra they didnt need or liked.
    i would have stayed with the one they choosed all the way!!!

  3. Andres305 says

    EVEN THE HOTEL SAYS IT’S “HORRIBLE” SO HAPPY TO HEAR DIVINE DELICACIES SAVED THE NIGHT!
    THEY DID GOOD IN ORDERING A CAKE FROM MIAMI BAKERY. MAYBE THE HOTEL JUST SHOULDNT HAVE ORDER A CAKE WIHOUT EVEN KNOWING LEBRON ALWAYS ORDERES HIS OWN CAKES

  4. PerezGio says

    She needs to stop. They didnt use her cake, she needs to get over it. Like the hotel said “I can’t make lebron james eat a cake he doesnt want”. She is jealous miami bakery did the cake and her cake went to the trash. I do find wrong though, they didnt even called her to take it back. She did work hard on it. and in her eyes the cake was pretty. Which in reality I don’t know or can say i am an expert in cakes. but It wasnt good looking at all. I wouldn’t be proud to take that out to Lebron and his guets.. I strongly agree the hotel took the right shoot in not presenting it. But anyways his people paid for the other nice cake i’m sure and just went with what they knew.

  5. FOREVERLEBRONFAN says

    UGLY UGLY CAKE!! YOU SHOULD GO OUT OF BUSINESS….
    HOW MANY CAKES A WEKK DO YOU DO? 5?
    BUAHAHAHHAHAHAH

    GO TEAM LEBRON!! IM SOOOO HAPPY YOU DINT EAT IT. LOOK WHAT A TROUBLE MAKER SHE IS!!!

  6. Velez6 says

    Everyone is blaming Lebron James for this. Lebron’s team NEVER asked Mrs.Hickman for a Cake nor less a FREE one. The hotel in the other hand did without not knowing Lebron James people had already order his favorite cake from where he always orders Divine Delicacies.

    Hickmans cake gets delivered earlier. Then The people at DD bakery delivers the cake, the Lebron James people say we didn’t order that cake. This is our cake. The Hotels respect their decision in not using the cake. Next day the Mrs.Hickmans sees how her cake was never brought out to him.

    Then she goes and tries to get attention going to local channels to bash the hotel and that Lebron people didn’t like her cake. Her cake was tasteless and ugly. Not sure why she has been in the food channel, obviously she didn’t win!!!!

    She shouldnt be upset!! Everyone in Miami knows. At least me that Divine Delicacies creates all of the Big “3” cakes for years. I think it’s fair what the Shelborne hotel it’s paying her $500 because that cake does NOT look like it cost $3,000. She is inflating the price to make a big deal Because they did promised her publicity they couldn’t guarantee. But out of this and she has gotten the worst publicity to her business after her poorly showcase of her cake. I myself would never buy a cake from Hickman after this. Her cakes are over price and cartoonish looking. She has given Lebron James and his team a very bad reputation this past days and it’s not fair!! The hotel should be the blame and herself for a very and I say horrendous cake.

    I loved the Cake his team paid and ordered from his prefered bakery Divine Delicacies.

    Lebron haters research before you blame him.