Big Blue fans who want to celebrate a win with a flaming sofa but who also want to stay on the Lexington Fire Department's good side have another option: the burning-couch cake.
Employees of Whole Foods Market at The Mall at Lexington Green suggested last year that the store's bakery make a couch-shaped cake decorated with flames, store manager Tiffany Nolan said.
The idea, she said, was that "people could celebrate but not actually burn couches."
"Whole Foods does not condone the burning of couches," bakery employee Torry Love reiterated while showing off the treats on Saturday.
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The store made some of the cakes last year, in the midst of chatter about University of Kentucky students' penchant for setting their old furniture afire after a big win.
Last week, as the NCAA tournament got underway, Whole Foods employees fired up their ovens again.
"They've been really popular," Nolan said. "We can't keep them in."
Heather Robbins, a UK alumna, said she saw a photo of the cakes on Facebook and rushed over on Saturday afternoon to pick one up for her brother-in-law, whose birthday is Monday.
"I love it," she said. "We never did the burning of the couch thing, so this will be our first burning of the couch."
Only this way, Robbins said, is "a lot safer."
Nolan said the store will offer the vanilla pound cakes, decorated with orange- tinted white chocolate flames, through the Cats' tournament run. They were selling for $19.99 Saturday.
"It's a uniquely Kentucky thing," Nolan said.