Spice Girl’s Fruit Cake Prompts Commentary

I’m a bit of a Posh Spice fan. I can admit it. Although when the Spice Girls were big I probably appreciated Ginger Spice more. But, Victoria’s last name says it all, really. She landed David Beckham. And, although I love my own husband, of course, David Beckham is very much on my list. 

Victoria’s Birthday Cake

So, when I saw a blog criticizing Victoria Beckham’s birthday cake, I couldn’t click on the link fast enough to see what the fuss was about. Turns out, the fuss was about Watermelon. The kitchn story announced: “Victoria Beckham’s Birthday “Cake” Is Just a Big Watermelon in Disguise.”

When Beckham turned 44, she posted a video of her daughter sweetly singing “Happy Birthday” as the cake was sliced in front of handmade cards on Instagram. 

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And the commentary began: 

The kitchn columnist said, “If you put this ‘cake’ and a real cake in the same place, no one would eat this one because there would be real cake.”

She collected some of the twitter responses, and I did quite enjoy these ones:

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Cake Alternative Accepted

Still, I have to say there is nothing wrong with a healthy alternative to cake (at least not for someone else, that is). Not everyone loves cake. If I loved cake less, I could likely go to the gym less too…

To me, it’s one thing to have a few laughs over the cake, but quite another to bash her eating choices overall. Those comments I won’t be repeating. She was happy with the cake, and loved that her family knew her so well. 

Her daughter sang! There are handmade cards, people! In March Time reported, her “net worth is about $450 million, thanks to brand sponsorships, modeling contracts, and a massively popular fashion label.” That’s just her net worth, without David. The kids could probably afford greeting cards — but they made them! And they made her a fruit cake instead of having a seven-tier something-or-other custom-made by some celeb chef. 

Say what you might about the watermelon having seeds or it not being a real cake, but it was prepared with love, which is what birthdays are about in the end!

Influence for Birthdays

 

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Lately I’ve been writing in my day job about influencer and affiliate marketing. This is when a brand or business partners with someone who has a loyal following on social media or a blog or YouTube channel to get the message out about their products or services. It’s why you now see a #affiliate these days — affiliate marketing needs to be disclosed per the FTC’s Truth in Advertising rules.

But what does this have to do with birthdays? Well, back three years ago when I started this blog one idea I had was to try affiliate marketing. There are all kinds of “rah rah” articles out there about this being a great source of “passive income.” But, I never did anything to follow up on that angle.

Now, as I’ve been writing about the trend, I’ve been thinking how much I could enjoy being a birthday influencer. I’ve even come up with the categories I would happily influence — since it can mean getting free product, or early releases, or more reach for this blog too.

Birthday Influence Ideas

My thinking is  birthdaysarebest.com could hold sway regarding:

  • Chocolate.
  • Birthday cakes.
  • Cupcakes.
  • Other birthday yumminess.
  • Balloons.
  • Birthday cards.
  • Birthday party planning.
  • Birthday apps.
  • Birthday presents (especially costly electronics or any athletic shoes my son would love me forever for getting earlier than his friends).
  • Destination travel.

Really, I could be very influential — and, I’m good at finding a way to spin things to relate to birthdays! So, in 2018 if any of my readers are looking for an influencer for birthday content, let me know! In the meantime, consider this fair warning that I might be trying out some new ideas next year on the website to test out this whole “passive income” theory. It shouldn’t impact what I write, or the fun you have reading this blog, but it may mean there will be an ad inserted somewhere on the website.

In the meantime, Happy Birthday 2018!