In case you missed the ‘Cakegate’ drama earlier this week, a baker was asked to make cakes for a ‘well-known’ celeb’s party via a PR company, in exchange for ‘social media exposure’.
It then transpired that the celebrity the PR firm was representing was Catherine Tyldesley, with the actor responding to the claims on her Instagram page.
The Coronation Street star spoke out after finding herself in the middle of accusations she asked the baker to make 100 cakes for free.
In the video, Catherine laughs and says: “Cakegate! WHAT!… So I had no idea those emails were being sent. I’m not working with the lovely OK Magazine on anything that I’m aware of, and NVRLND are an amazing company.
“They’ve supplied me with performers in the past; they’re insane and they’ve been completely misrepresented in this matter.
“Utterly bizarre. I don’t really know what to say. I mean I hope the cake lady got the exposure she was craving.”
She went on to add in the caption that she ‘would never ask anyone to work for free or provide a product for free’.
The bakery had gone viral after they were asked to provide more than 100 cakes for free, with payment being delivered in ‘social media promotion’.
Rebecca Severs owns Three Little Birds Bakery based in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
She was recently contacted by a PR company who were tasked with organising a 40th birthday party for a ‘well-known’ celebrity – who has now been named as Catherine Tyldesley.
For the party, which was set to take place in Manchester, Rebecca was asked to bake a birthday cake for the celeb, a smaller cake for her husband and 100 cupcakes.
According to the publicist, payment would be offered in the form of exposure, saying: “payment would be made in the form of promotion on their socials with over 700k followers”.
The bakery would also be covered in a popular celebrity magazine, with ‘all suppliers credited on these platforms’.
The publicist added: “The party has a guest lists [sic] full of celebrities and industry from tv / film and music, so loads of work would come from it”.
The baker turned down the offer, saying: “I’m so sorry to hear that your client has fallen on such hard times that they can’t afford to pay small businesses for their services.
“Unfortunately, as my mortgage provider doesn’t take payment ‘in the form of promotion on their socials’, and my staff can’t feed their kids with exposure on Instagram, I’ll have to decline your very generous offer.”
Rebecca shared screenshots of the exchange to the bakery’s Facebook, writing: “This poor celebrity apparently can’t afford to pay people for their products and services. Spare a thought! What happened to women supporting women.”
And today, Friday August 4th, the bakery revealed they’d received some vile abuse following the incident, sharing screenshots to their Facebook page.
The post – captioned ‘sounds like someone might need some cake. Even if it is Keighley cake’ – features screenshots showing abusive messages from an individual calling the baker an ‘entitled millennial’, before adding that they ‘deserve to go bankrupt’.
As with the original post, people were quick to take Rebecca’s side, with one writing: “They really don’t get it do they? The whole nation is behind you”.
Another added: “Personally I think what you did was marketing genius and you are so not out of your depth. I’m local (ish), had never heard of you before this (and never would have done if you had done a free cake for a celebrity) but now follow you and will definitely come and buy cake!!
“I don’t think what the PR / party planners did was wrong (that’s what is happening all the time with social media) and you were under no obligation but you had every right to turn it to your advantage.
“Well done and you don’t deserve the above abuse, carry on calling it out. And I’m looking forward to visiting soon”.
A third simply said: “Some days the internet is brilliant isn’t it? Keep sharing, we’re with you!!”
You can give them a follow on Facebook here to stay up to date and order some cakes.
Woman shares sneaky trick on how to get a half price Maccie’s
You can do what?!
She went viral on TikTok for sharing the little known hack where hungry fast food fans can bag a Maccie’s for better than half price.
TikTok user Caroline (@caroline.shops) shared the sneaky trick with her followers where McDonald’s lovers can get a burger and fries for £1.99, saying it works ‘every single time’.
The content creator shares numerous thrifty tips and tricks on her account along with her other passions for wigs and fashion.
So how can I get a Maccie’s for £1.99, I hear you ask. Well, according to Caroline you should order something cheap such as a small soft drink at McDonalds and make sure to get a receipt.
She explains that on the receipt, there is a web address and a code. If you head over to the website and enter the code you will be asked to give feedback on your recent Maccie’s visit.
But Caroline has shared that if you skip past answering the questions by selecting that you do not want to answer, you will eventually come to the end where you will receive a voucher code.
This code will allow you to get a Big Mac and fries or a McPlant and fries for just £1.99.
According to Caroline, this thrifty trick also works on a McChicken Sandwich and fries, a quarter pounder with cheese and fries, a Filet-o-Fish with fries or six McNuggets with fries.
As she says: “This code or voucher and go and get the food – you then end up with a drink and burger and fries for £3.18, which is less than half of what it would usually be.”
If you’d rather order a medium drink it will cost you 50p more but you’ll still be saving quite a bit on a meal that would usually cost around £6.49.
And, another way to bag yourself a free meal is by playing the McDonald’s Monopoly, which is running at the moment. Caroline points this out in her clip also.
Social media users jumped to the comments to say how they are already onto this cheeky tip, with one clever person suggesting: “Order a dip next time it’s 10p still get a receipt.”
Another commented: “I have been using this for years.” And a third said: “I do this every time. I also do this all whilst logging into the app at the ordering machines so I earn points too!!”
Meanwhile, others had no idea about the handy hack and thanked Caroline for bringing it to their attention. One person typed: “I didn’t actually know this, thanks!” A second put: “Smart move,” added a second.
And, a third said: “Thinking about all the mcdonalds receipts I’ve thrown out.”
Man divides internet with ‘genius’ method of cooking a fry-up
But some people weren’t so sure
A man has gone viral on TikTok as he shared the strange method of how he cooks a fry-up, with some labelling it as ‘genius’.
TikToker Lawrence (@lawrencetiktok90) stunned followers with the rather different way he likes to make a Full English.
There’s already a huge debate around what does and doesn’t belong on the plate of a full brekky, with many who believe hash browns do not and others claiming neither do black or white puddings.
Afterall, the dish is a British staple and has been known to be the cure for many a hangover. However, we all don’t seem to disagree much over the way to put one together.
But people have been left absolutely gobsmacked at seeing how Lawrence chooses to cook his fried breakfast.
Apart from the tinned items, the rest of the food is usually fried – except those who choose to make it a little healthier and use the grill.
The usual cooking method means multiple pans are being used across the hobs at once and involves quite a bit of washing up to do.
Well, not when Lawrence cooks. He likes to pack all the ingredients into just one pan, including the tinned items – and the tins aswell by the way.
In the video he wraps his hand in a tea-towel and warns his audience: “Be careful it’s not too hot.” He then removes the lid off the beans he describes as ‘lovely’, and slops them out onto the plate.
Then he carefully opens the tin of plum tomatoes and scoops some out onto a plate, while using the tea towel to hold the heated tin.
If you’re not a fan of the clean up job after cooking a Full English then this hack could be the way forward. The one pan does make for less washing up and some have even called the technique ‘genius’.
Commenting on the clip, one user simply said: “That sir is genius.” While another put: “Easiest way to heat up food while camping keeping it in the tin but never thought of doing it at home.”
Someone else wrote: “Lawrence with the 200 IQ cooking move.” While someone who clearly hates doing the dishes typed: “One pan dinner, love it.” And another added: “This is pure gold!”
Others weren’t as convinced by the idea, as one penned: “Hazardous.” And someone commented: “The tea towel dipping into the food upset me more than the tins on the pan.”
Another asked: “How do you know that the tin is hygienic to be on the pan with the other food (sorry I’m a bit ocd).”
Completely against the idea, a fourth said: “Nah. Beans and tomatoes cooked in the can IN THE PAN is bananas.”
Heinz set to launch new curry flavour range of its baked beans
There’s a new twist on the staple
Baked beans brand Heinz has announced it will be launching a range of new flavours of its baked beans, which is sure to have fans divided.
The new flavours are sure to add a little spice to the tomatoey blend of sauce and beans as it brings out three new curry flavours.
The new twist on the original will see them come in the flavours of Tikka, Jalfrezi and Vindaloo, and will be available to shop in Asda from this Thursday (October 5th).
The launch coincides with National curry Week which celebrates traditional Eastern cuisine which became a favourite dish among Brits.
Now, households can spice up their beans on toast with all the taste of their favourite takeaway.
Around 40% of Brits already admit to adding some form of spice to their beans, but now they don’t have to with these three new flavours.
The Tikka Masala beans come in a creamy warmly spiced sauce, the Jalfrezi has a medium kick to it, while the Vindaloo is much more fiery and intense.
But will the new curry range go down as well with baked beans fans? We’ll have to wait and see. The manufacturer already sells up to 2.5 million tins of beans a day.
Alessandra de Dreuille, director of meals and insights for Heinz, said: “We think it’s about time that two of the nation’s favourite dishes, curry and Heinz Beanz, came together, and as soon as we heard that Brits were adding spice to their Beanz, we knew we were on to something!”
According to The Sun, the new curry range announcement comes after some Heinz fans realised the company had cut the number of beans and upped the amount of sauce in their cans this year.
The 415g cans went from 51% beans to 50%. It works out as around an estimated 10 fewer beans per tin.
Meanwhile, the price has gone up from £1 to £1.40 in the past year.