Chris Holmes, an immigration officer for Border Force at Stansted Airport, handed in his resignation on a cake, beautifully piped in neat black letters on a flawless page of white royal icing, the Guardian reported.
Addressing his letter “To The Management”, Holmes writes in upright and looping script: “Having recently become a father I now realise how precious life is and how important it is to spend my time doing something that makes me, and other people, happy. For that reason, I hereby give notice of my resignation, in order that I may devote my time and energy to my family, and my cake business.”
Holmes, 31, who lives in Sawston, is otherwise known as Mr Cake, in the baking business that he has been building up in his spare time over the past two or three years.
He arrived for his day job at Stansted on Monday with his large rectangular passion cake in a box – “a spiced carrot cake with pecans and sultanas and coconut” – and a resignation letter, and handed over both at once to the duty manager sitting on the podium behind the immigration desks.
The manager and his colleagues “were surprised and amazed”, Holmes said.
Holmes, who became a father five weeks ago when his son, Benjamin, was born, came up with the plan to bake a resignation cake six months ago, when his wife was still pregnant.
He told no one about his idea, but kept it in his head, quietly thinking it over, cooking it through, until it too had reached its full term.