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Friday, 4 April 2014

KBR Short Story: A Cake for Everyone!

by Kristy Jaeckel

Vincent von Vanilla-Bean opened a cake shop at the bottom of Raspberry Hill. It had big windows and a little sign that read: A Cake for Everyone.

He quickly got to work sifting, mixing, whisking and pouring, until the delicious smell of freshly baked cakes filled the town. In no time, A Cake for Everyone was the place to go.

No cake too big, no cake too small and no cake too difficult for Vincent von Vanilla-Bean!

One day, Vincent von Vanilla-Bean was just finishing Suzanna Strawberry-Tart’s birthday cake when … ding, dong, in the doorway was the biggest toe he had ever seen.

“How can I help you?” he shouted.

“I need a cake!” boomed a giant voice from way up in the clouds.

“Certainly. What’s the occasion?”

“I’ve just finished my annual beanstalk chop and need a cake to celebrate. Have it ready by ten o’clock tomorrow morning on the top of Raspberry Hill!” the giant instructed, and stomped away.

Vincent quickly got to work sifting, mixing, whisking and pouring, until he had turned out hundreds and hundreds of delicious cakes. He built them up high into the sky and finished them with buckets of icing and fondant beanstalk leaves.

At ten o’clock, on the top of Raspberry Hill, sat a cake fit for a giant. The giant was pleased and dropped a huge golden egg at Vincent von Vanilla-Bean’s feet.

No cake too big, no cake too small and no cake too difficult for Vincent von Vanilla-Bean!

The next day Vincent von Vanilla-Bean was just finishing Patty van Strudel’s wedding cake when … ding, dong, in flew a fairy in a cloud of sparkles.

“How can I help you?” he whispered.

“I need 100 fairy cakes,” replied a tinkling voice.

“Certainly. What’s the occasion?”

“I’ve just collected my hundredth tooth and I’d like some cakes to celebrate. Have them ready for nine o’clock tomorrow morning!” she instructed and fluttered away.

Vincent quickly got to work sifting, mixing, whisking and pouring, until he had turned out 100 fairy cakes the size of buttons. He sprinkled the fairy cakes with glittering icing sugar and drew a tooth on every one.

At nine o’clock in flittered the fairies. They were pleased and placed a bag of jewels in Vincent von Vanilla-Bean’s hand.

No cake too big, no cake too small and no cake too difficult for Vincent von Vanilla-Bean!

That evening Vincent von Vanilla-Bean was just finishing Len Lamington’s retirement cake when … ding, dong, the door burst open.

“How can I help you?” he asked, looking around.

“I need a cake!” said a ghostly voice.

“Certainly. What’s the occasion?”

“I’ve been dead for 100 years and I’m really hungry!” moaned the voice.

Vincent von Vanilla-Bean scratched his head. He threw down his bowl and his wooden spoon and scuffled to the little shop sign that now reads: A Cake for Almost Everyone!

No cake too big, no cake too small and mostly no cake too difficult for Vincent von Vanilla-Bean!


Kristy Jaeckel writes children's stories as a hobby and enjoys submitting her work to Kids' Book Review's Short Story Challenge every month.

KBR Short Stories are a way to get your work ‘out there’ — and to delight our KBR readers. Stories are set to a monthly theme and entries are due in the 25th of each month. Find out more here.

1 comment:

  1. A really fun story, Kristy. I loved Vincent and especially loved the ending.

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