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4.26.2010

the cake


it should be noted...
(since comments were made about the cake in my latest post)
that i made it.
yes! i know! i who may not know how to cook, can whip up baked goods when push comes to shove.


that being said...
it should also be noted
that i made the frosting.

and that the frosting was not yet hard enough when i placed it on the warm cake.

(it has been a while.
since i baked.
anything).

and that i may have left the party with frosting in my hair.
on my left arm.
a tad on my boot.
and just a wee bit on my skirt.

and that victoria may find frosting in her kitchen for days to come.

that being said,
it was a hit.
(i think.)
{i hope.}



ps:

a word about plagiarism...

i love when people reference my blog. or cite it.
it flatters me to no end. lets me know that things are
relevant and relatable.
(and it always makes my giddy when someone tells me,
but it's not necessary--it's that person's prerogative.)

i get that the blog world is in many ways about
inspiration. and this lends itself to a certain
amount of passing of ideas. we borrow from people.
use their ideas as a spring-board for our own.
it's an amazing phenomenon.
and a lovely form of sharing.

plagiarism is not these things.
it is stealing. you know it when you
see it. you know it when you do it.
if you think maybe you've done it--if
you're unsure--chances are, you have not.

i hate that i'm doing this.
but let it serve as a little public-service
announcement:

(note the sidebar. and then scroll down).

follow up: i was alerted to the plagiarism by a very kind reader. i love it that you all have my back--it means so much.

52 comments:

Katie said...

it is a lovely cake. obviously made with love :)

homemade is always better!

iheartkiwi said...

martha's got nothing on you lady!

off switch said...

i clicked that link and when i saw your call of the father post, i actually got more than a little angry. i don't want to leave a negative comment, so i'll just finish with saying cake that is good. and even better if you can take some home with you. which you did. so, well done. xo.

Jalene said...

man. she copied you word for word!! that makes me really angry. i wish there were plagiarism police or something.

Jalene said...

p.s. i just clicked on her comment section and saw what you wrote! way to be! i'm proud of you.

how did you find out about this? i'm kind of worried about it, but haven't had it happen to me yet... that i know of.

Randi Lee said...

ha! Ballsy blatant plagiarism. Impressive. (please note the sarcasm in 'Impressive' ... didn't want that to get lost in translation)

Sara said...

wow. ballsy of her. quite unbelievable.

bookishtype said...

firstly... the cake looks great and i'm sure it tasted fantastic.

i've been following your blog for well over a year now and i find it to be a great read and something I look forward to reading each week. the blatant plagiarism of this other blogger really shocks me and disheartens me.

you have a fantastic blog - keep up the great work!

brown eyed girl said...

I find it absolutely hilarious that she even plagiarized your note about NOT plagiarizing. word for word.

That cake looks delicious! I love raspberries.

Glad you dealt with the stolen words(in a very classy manner, by the way). Things like that shouldn't easily be gotten away with.

e. del mar said...

Wow. the cake is lovely. her blog is disturbing. the poor sad girl. no words of her own.

Belen said...

Ugh, that plagiarism chick has really got under my skin. I looked at her older posts and she's got entire posts of yours posted as her own. What's her deal?!

Sweet cake by the way, I wish I could bake! I tried cupcakes a few times... they're not as fluffy as they should be. :/ What am I doing wrong?! I followed a cook book for crying out loud!

Dia said...

Great looking cake!!
Why don't you report that blog? There's the "Report abuse" option in the upper left corner of the page. Maybe it works somehow.

Dia said...

On Blogger and infringement here: http://www.google.com/blogger_dmca.html

Anna said...

1. holy copy & paste
2. cake + red bull = awesomeness

chrissybizzle said...

woah, that is some extreme copying, it blows my mind!

but, even more mind-blwing is that beautiful cake and your lovely lovely blog. xo

Claire said...

Keep up the good work. Your blog is beautiful.

Signorina Svizzera said...

that is AWFUL! i just looked at the other blog- you've got to be kidding me!! this is my fear as a blogger!!
go you for calling it out!!! i would do the same, it seems to be the most effective.
in Happier news, that cake looks so unbelievably delicious- who cares about the slightly melted icing, i would still inhale it given the chance!!
sending you good vibes and good luck with "the other"

christine said...

The cake looks awesome!!!!

I suppose you could say that impersonation is the sincerest form of flattery, but then again there are limits to what is sincere and decent.

But the cake looks awesome!!!

heisschic said...

all i'll say about the plagiarism: you've handled this in the best way i could imagine.


im off to see where i can find cake for breakfast... wish me luck!

catlinwhatley said...

i cannot believe she even plagiarized your plagiarism warning!

you are brilliant. thanks for sharing your life.

naomi megan. said...

i cannot believe it. it makes me terribly sad.

i love you. and that cake looks amazing. frosting mishap or not. you know i'd be all over that.

xo

chelina said...

OMG! You don't know me, but I read your blog once and was hooked. I think you write beautifully, and as you said you have served as inspiration for me to push myself harder. But this is INSANE. I just clicked on the link and that blog has YOUR ideas WORD FOR WORD! it is just crazy that someone would take the time to do that. GOOD FOR YOU FOR CALLING HER OUT!!

Brie said...

My word that's got to be annoying. But I also saw your comment on her post and I just have to say very well put!

I came across your blog and you are quite an inspiration to me (but don't worry, I won't be stealing your words to put as my own)

also the cake looks lovely! Well done

Amy Thibodeau said...

wow! That's a pretty vile example of plagiarism.

PS: I love your blog.

Morgan said...

Excellent cakemenship. :)
And the copy cat blogger... unacceptable. Glad you called her out.

Emily said...

Oh Meg, that cake looks divine! I love birthdays. And frosting.

As for the plagiarism, I am sad for you that your beautiful words were stolen and used in such a blatant and pathetic manner. But I am also sad for this girl, whoever she is, because what kind of sick drip of a person would not have anything to say about herself but instead leech on to another person's identity. That's what she is: a leech.

AbbieBabble said...

Stinking stinking plagiarism.

As for the cake- gorgeous!

Brittany said...

look at you! what a lovely cake.

Mel said...

Messy frosting and all, the cake looks delish. I always say things are better when you see they were made with love, right?!

defining amy said...

oh yikes. that plagiarism is really bad. i'm glad you linked to it, because i was curious. i always love reading what you have to say. i particularly loved the reason you gave of why you blog a few posts back. i feel the same way about forcing myself to see the positive. it's provided hope in a different kind of way. so thanks for all you say.

Katie said...

I'm glad you posted a link. Hopefully she'll notice all the traffic from your blog to hers and WAKE UP! It's ridiculous.

IIDA said...

Okay. Deep breath. I shall not get as angry about this as I'd like to.

But honestly, plagiarism is the worst.

Greta said...

While everybody seems to feel angry, I feel that it's rather creepy. Very creepy. Did you notice her "husband-to-be" sections through-out the blog? How did you find out about this?

Bond Girl said...

oh yuck!!!!!!!!! BOOOOOO PLAGARISM.

YAY FROSTING AND CAKE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

I love your fridge btw.

JKreids said...

I'm with Greta - how DID you find out about this?

For all we know "she" may be a sad, middle-aged guy who's neither a brunette nor a bombshell.

SCARY.

Sorry for you.

Need my address? You can mail me a slice of that cake. I'll pay for shipping.

gigi said...

The cake looks delish! I love raspberries. I think the frosting is nice, it looks kind of like a glaze.

I'm with all the ladies who feel that the plagiarism is creepy. It makes me feel kind of queasy that someone did that. I want to know how you find out about it as well.

Nicole said...

My jaw dropped in slow motion as I read her sidebar. Ridiculous. I'm sad that I gave her site traffic.

Love your cooking skills...

Anonymous said...

The cake does look yummy. Sorry I didn't pass on that bit of instruction --don't put on a warm cake. Actually it probably worked out better, just a nice glaze with those rasberries. Love it.

Reminds me of the first time you made chocolate chip cookies -- when the recipe said "mix by hand" you did exactly that. I'll never forget turning around to see you and your friend with hands covered with cookie dough. I think you guys were the only ones to eat that batch.

Sarah C said...

okay, picking my jaw off the floor now. i can't even believe someone would have the guts to steal so much. because it is blatant stealing.

i'm so upset for you! it seems like such an injustice that people can get away with things like this. i find blogger a place to be creative and express myself. why even start a blog if you are just going to rip off every little piece?? ugh. your words are amazing and inspiring. but geez lousie!

okay. that aside - that cake looks delish! and i cook by covering myself in frosting, as well.

courtney said...

wow. that's astonishing. you are such a brilliant & talented writer. it really is sickening that someone is stealing your work like that.

Camilla Leila said...

you're cake looks delish. and i the ONLY way to leave a proper party is covered in frosting.

that being said...

i'm really sorry to have read your beautiful words on that silly girl's blog. it actually pained me to see her try to sound like you.

shes super lame. and i definitely think you need to report her.

Ashley said...

I feel so bad about what happened to you. I just don't understand how someone can just copy and paste someone else's emotions, thoughts, personal feeling and moments in their life and pass it on as it were their own. I'm truly sorry and I hope she realizes what she is doing is so wrong in so many ways...

Btw your cake looks delish... (:

Courtney said...

holy smokes. Not a fan of that girl. To discover your words, your thoughts used by someone else... creepy. And totally unsettling. I'm sorry, Meg.

But I'm so glad to know the real deal. Your words have meant so much to me since I found your blog and I hope that although you've been... I think maybe defiled would be an appropriate word for this situation... I hope that you will still continue to share with us.

You know, the non-thief types.

Courtney said...

p.s. I definitely think your mom would be proud of your cake making abilities!

Jacob said...

that cake looks great. i hate it when people plagiarize.

aubry. said...

once, a stranger in australia uploaded my brother's facebook profile picture {!!!} and employment history and lived his life as a doppleganger for a month or so. my family had a lot of fun with him... even my parents got in on it - being the kid they never had n' all.

while strange - and totally inappropriate - this could be wildly fun.

beatrice said...

ugh. that's so completely not ok. you're always so honest and amazing, and she loves that enough to copy it and post it, but not to live it.

i am impressed with you, lady. you have not lost your muchness. not at all.

Shoshana said...

I made a similar cake, and frosted it cold, and the frosting still slid down the sides and made puddles at the bottom. I have no idea how to solve that, it seems like a gravity problem...

sheila said...

so... yeah that is just STUPID.

it's making me laugh right now.
your site is MUCH better though.

kura2025 said...

I just don't get it. The only comments on "her" blog are from your readers. What is she getting from plagiarizing? Noone's even reading her blog.....

Mrs. Blimes said...

whoa that is down right wrong! whatever though, you do YOU 100 times better than any knock off ever could!

Monica said...

I'm furious. After all you have gone through and still being brave enough to share you heart and struggles with the world--this is what one meaningless person decides to give back to you.

I'm so glad someone caught her. I wish I could see her reaction to all the comments she's received on your behalf.