Bakery owner's furious rant goes viral after cakes reported for 'illegal' sprinkles

By Joe Pagnelli & Fionnula Hainey

A bakery owner's furious rant has gone viral on social media after his cake shop was reported to Trading Standards for using 'illegal' sprinkles.

The popular cake shop in Leeds was even forced to temporarily close following a surprise visit from officials, who evetnually told them to stop using the colourful topping 'with immediate effect' because it contained an additive which is banned in the UK.

In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, Get Baked described what has been dubbed 'Sprinklegate' as "very f***ing annoying", Leeds Live reports.

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The sprinkle saga began on October 3, when the bakery posted about a ‘lovely visit’ from Trading Standards after a disgruntled customer made a complaint.

The Headingley bakery, which is known for its giant layered 'Bruce' cakes, explained that the American sprinkles may contain colourings that aren’t allowed in the UK, and they needed to be tested.

Vowing to go on "sprinkle strike", the bakery said they were only prepared to use those sprinkles and no others.

"Sprinkles you can get in this country are totally s**t," the bakery said. "They look w***, they bake w***. Birthday Bruce will never be the same again."

Get Baked remained defiant three days later when they issued another update to fans, saying they were waiting to hear from officials on their final verdict.

The bakery posted: "Still haven’t heard from Trading Standards in regards to the Sprinklegate scandal. Therefore, for now, Raspberry Glazed Cookies are still available."

The cake shop is known for its giant layered 'Bruce' cakes (Leeds Live / Get Baked)

But, on October 11, Get Baked was forced to finally throw the towel in and stop using their much-loved sprinkles.

“It’s not good news," they said in an exasperated post.

“We have heard back from Trading Standards, and have been told that we must cease use of our sprinkles with immediate effect.

“Obviously, we will be following the rules, and removing them as of now."

In a sweary rant, they went on to explain why Sprinklegate was such a hassle for them.

“Whilst this might seem like it’s not a big deal, it’s actually very f**king annoying, as A LOT of people ask for Birthday Bruce’s and Rasperry Glazed Donut Cookies are not only our best selling cookie, but they’re utterly sensational," the bakery said.

“It is HIGHLY unlikely that we will find any legal sprinkles that we will use as a replacement.”

The bakery said it was "extremely passionate about sprinkles", and added that British sprinkles "just aren’t the same".

The cake shop said they would need to "make some adjustments to the menu in order to compensate for this truly horrendous ordeal".

They also had a message for the person who grassed them up to the authorities.

“To whoever reported us to Trading Standards, all I have to say is, dear lord, what a sad little life Jane," the post said, referencing a famous Come Dine With Me episode.

“My daughter, who is now 7 months, has to live with the fact that daddy can’t take her to Disneyland, because man can’t sell any f***ing cookies," it added.

The bakery says it will struggle to find sprinkles as good as the 'illegal' American ones (Leeds Live / Get Baked)

Assistant manager Roisin Taylor, 25, said the entire situation was "utterly ridiculous" and the complaint came as a "massive shock".

"They are amazing sprinkles, and everything we do we do to make the best product possible and the American sprinkles are simply the best," she said.

"It's the only thing we use from abroad but it makes the biggest difference.

"This has upset all of us and I can't believe someone would go out of their way to do this.

"We just want to bring joy and happiness to people through our sweet treats and make the best product we can."

Get Baked has been told to stop using the 'illegal' sprinkles that they import from the US (Leeds Live / Get Baked)

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Trading Standards told the Manchester Evening News: "West Yorkshire Trading Standards can confirm that we have advised the business concerned that the use of E127 is not permitted in this type of confectionery item.

"We stand by this advice and would urge all food business operators, when seeking to use imported foods containing additives, to check that they are permitted for use in the UK.”

EU rules, which are still enforced in the UK, ban the use of the colouring E127 from food as it contains coal tar dye, and scientists have linked the use of E127 to hyperactive children and behavioural problems.

The addictive colouring is used in America as a cherry colouring in cake decorating and sprinkles.

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