For his 7th birthday this year, little Oliver Sipes definitely had his cake and ate it too.
During his birthday celebrations last night with his family, Oliver, a huge “Cake Boss” fan, got the surprise of a lifetime. His colorful, imaginative drawing of a cake he had done just days earlier turned into a reality equipped with his “Star Wars” characters, stripes, swirls and all.
Needless to say, he was floored.
“He had no idea it was coming, nor did he ask for it,” Oliver’s mom, Marlow Sipes, told ABC News. “He was so excited. He first looked at it kind of sideways and then his face lit up. It was adorable. He bent over and looked in the trap door and was so excited.”
The little boy’s wild imagination turned into reality thanks to his father’s coworker and baking enthusiast, Alyvia Munos, who loved taking on the challenge.
“It was definitely one of the most fun cakes I’ve ever made,” said Munos, who is receiving lots of praise online for her depiction. “A little kid pictured it and that’s exactly what he was wanting, and it’s fun to know that’s what he got. It’s awesome. That’s why I’ve always made cakes. His reaction is the best.”
Ever since Oliver’s dad, Scott, posted the photo comparison to Reddit, the side-by-side comparison has gotten more than 1.2 million views.
“He is very artistic and is obsessed with ‘Cake Boss,’” said Marlow. “He’s been saying since he was 3 or 4 that he was going to be a ‘cooker’ when he grows up. He had gotten a bunch of Sharpies for Christmas and just decided he was going to draw this cake for fun. He had been watching ‘Cake Boss’ and knew his birthday was coming up, so he drew it and showed it to us. He loves stripes and ‘Star Wars’ and candy. It had all his favorite things on it. On bottom right there’s even a trap door and he was so excited. She did such an amazing job of literally creating his real-life imagination.”
There is one slight imperfection, however. Oliver is so thorough that he wanted the “Star Wars” characters to be made of fondant instead of actual toys.
“He’s very specific in life,” his mom said. “He has been since the day he was born. He did want them to be fondant. You can even see on the picture that there are sticks holding up the characters, so he was planning on how they’d be propped up.”