Published On: Sat, Jul 11th, 2015

Virginia baker Mike Sweeney makes Confederate Flag cake, says we can agree to disagree

A Virginia bakery was immersed in a sudden controversy during the ongoing Confederate flag debate as the Fredericksburg shop, 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, addressing the news which has gone national.

“We had like a two-minute conversation about it,” he said, explaining the process to determine if this was a mean-spirited stunt. He posted the photo on Facebook and launched his bakery into the spotlight.

“You are alienating a lot of your local patrons. I just find this disgusting,” one poster said on Facebook.

Confederate flag cake from a Virginia baker photo/ Facebook

Confederate flag cake from a Virginia baker photo/ Facebook

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 Sweeney.

“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 Fox News.

“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.”

Mike and his wife, Sarah, have owned the bakery for about eight months.

Despite all of the negative responses after 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.”

Many customers state 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.

The cake cost $19 and the flavor is chocolate chip — sweet or bitter depending on your taste.


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