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The icing on the cake? Another ‘Housewives’ catfight


Whitfield's "Independence Party" cake created by Highland Bakery's Karen Portaleo. Photo courtesy" Highland Bakery.

Whitfield's "Independence Party" cake created by Highland Bakery's Karen Portaleo. Photos courtesy of The Highland Bakery.

Highland Bakery sugar artist Karen Portaleo had mixed feelings after viewing Thursday night’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Portaleo tuned in to see the footage of her gorgeous “Independence” cake she created for “Housewives” cast member Sheree Whitfield who threw herself a party at Midtown’s Door 44 nightclub, following her divorce from NFL star hubby Bob Whitfield.

But naturally, the beauty of Portaleo’s creation and the evening in general were marred by a series of catfights that erupted between “Housewives” Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes. The normally reserved newest cast member Kandi Burruss was even drawn into the altercation.

“Oh, my God, I made my mom and dad watch this trashy show tonight!” said Portaleo in a late night call to Buzz Central following the broadcast. “Andy Warhol may have exaggerated. I don’t think I was actually on for more than a few seconds. But I’m going to count it!”cake02

Portaleo was invited by Whitfield to stay and serve the cake at the party, which was probably a wise move considering some of the requested ingredients from the divorcee.

The tiered cake was a ball and chain with a opened cuff and purple butterflies flying off. The cuff contained real rhinestones.

“Sheree was very cool,” recalled Portaleo who created the confection early this spring. “She just told me, ‘I want this cake to be fabulous! And lots of bling. I’m a fashion designer. I want it covered in bling!’ ”

The sugar artist tells us similar cakes at the Highland Bakery usually serve between 150 to 180 folks and run between $1,200 to $1,500 a piece.

And yes, Portaleo was still present when the fight erupted between Zolciak and Leakes after the alleged singer backtracked on a plan to turn her dance single “Tardy for the Party” into a duet with Leakes.

“My opinion?” Leakes told Zolciak. “You can’t sell the song without me. Because of who I am, my personality, everything that has to do with me. More people would buy the song if I was on it.”

Later, Leakes got in Burress’ face for overseeing the recording of the song, prompting the usually quiet singer to caution Leakes: “Bring it down, BRING IT DOWN!”

Whitfield’s response: “Not tonight, ladies. Not on my night!”cake03

“I remember all that yelling and screaming,”  Portaleo recalled. “It was fascinating to observe. People were very quick to step up to the cameras to give their opinion of the fight. It was a little like watching ‘The Wave’ at a sporting event. As the camera panned the room, people got very excited and animated. But when the cameras weren’t pointed at them, the energy subsided quickly. I’m just grateful no one choked on a rhinestone!”

To read AJC Radio TV Talk blogger Rodney Ho’s complete “RHOA” episode recap, click here.

110 comments Add your comment


September 25th, 2009
2:43 pm

NeNe is a very jealous person. Sheree wants to have class but using the “F” word in the parking lot at Kim’s fashion show was BAD. What do these people hope to teach their children??? Oh bring back the Housewives of New York and California at least they have some class.


September 25th, 2009
2:50 pm

I don’t understand why the bakery didn’t do their research on RHOA before appearing on the show. I must admit last night’s show was a bit more “trashy” than some of the previous shows; however, the baker should have done more to find out about the show. If you are approached by someone that has a TV show and they tell you your product is going to be on national TV, wouldn’t you at least try to find out more about what kind of show it is. Had the baker done her research, she would have had enough time to decide if she wanted to participate in the “trash,” and would have made a better informed business decision. I mean, isn’t that how a lot of people are going to from now on recognize her and the bakery? “Oh, I saw your cake on the Real Housewives of Atlanta!” I’m sure the baker may have been seeing potential dollar signs in her eyes instead of the reality behind the show’s concept and characters. Next time, do your research and you wouldn’t have to subject your family or business to something that may not be up to your standards!

Donny Azman

September 25th, 2009
3:04 pm

Sharee has a pretty nice body, but looks like a man in drag from the neck up.
On top of looking like a mine she has a bad attitude.
Dayum Bob she got-chu for your loot.
I’m sorry dawg!
You had to put up with her, then she gets paid in full.
Life is cruel dude.


September 25th, 2009
3:12 pm

Too many people put NeNe on that high throne, and now her jealousy and mental disorders have come out.She acts like Kim’s friend at the beginning of the talk of a photo shoot and then downs her to Lisa and Sheree. Kandi, you are the BEST!!!! You are so genuine and good hearted, I wish you and your fiance much happiness. How about next time throwing NeNe and Sheree off the show and maybe if there is a next one Atlanta can bring itself out of the Trash……


September 25th, 2009
3:16 pm

These trashy lowlifes are truly an embarassment to the city.And, ZooAtlanta is doing the city no favor by using them to promote the pandas. In fact, if I was a panda, I’d be embarassed to have them associated with me.

Ms. Capp

September 25th, 2009
3:17 pm

The Cake was GORGEOUS! Much NICER than the cakes shown on CAKE BOSS! You should get your OWN show!!!


September 25th, 2009
3:30 pm

This is driving up the ratings! Yes! I love the drama every week! Makes me love my life even more…LOL Cake sales are going through the roof as we speak! Yes!!!

Lusty Grandma

September 25th, 2009
3:32 pm

Enter your comments here: It has been very gratifying to read some of the quotes. From a black mother who is so ashamed of herself that she wants her son to choose some other race for a mate to the people who want to boycott the baker for doing her job. The cake was magnificent and I am sure that all the people who are boycotting the baker, has just made her a very rich woman. And to the black mother who wants to rule her son, she should first make sure he becomes a good man for any woman her chooses. Michelle Obama, is black, Maya Angelou is black, Toni Morrison is black, etc, these are all great black women and I am sure there are more being groomed today to take their place in society. There has always been good black women & trashy black women, just like the rest of society. I would not want my son to marry a conniving, hateful, sleazy, woman no matter what race. Bottom line, this show is entertainment and everyone is getting paid. One is being paid to be outrageous, one is paid to be concilitory and the rest is being paid to be background and move the action along. Get a life people, enjoy the ride!


September 25th, 2009
3:32 pm

Donny Azman: Good points all the way around. I def. agree with you.


September 25th, 2009
3:44 pm

You morons complaining about Karen are amusing. [I'm looking at you Daniel]. She was hired by Sheere to make a cake… then invited by Sheere to serve said cake. She is not an actress nor is she a “cast member” of this reality train wreck. Do yourself a favor Daniel… get over yourself! I think she made an amazing cake and I think you are a worthless a**hat for wasting your time complaining about this… get off your mother’s couch and go get a job you loser.


September 25th, 2009
4:38 pm

If you want to boycott every bussiness that has vain, self-important b**ches as part of its clientele, you should move to another town…or planet.


September 25th, 2009
4:41 pm

PnR- I am not a moron. I guess you really didn’t read the article, because it was Ms. Portaleo who said she was ashamed to have her mother watch a trashy show, not me. I just said that as a business owner you have to cater to your clientele, and people judge a business like hers have to be very aware of their image.

Missy- nice language, you are a classy lady.


September 25th, 2009
4:44 pm

Enter your comments here
Kandi… PLEASE LEAVE THIS SHOW… PLEASE.. YOU ARE WAY BEYOND THESE SO CALLED “LADIES” It’s obvious they are not taking it off the air so, PLEASE leave it.

CONGRATS BOB WHITFIELD- I think you are the one that really got your freedom!

Portaleo- Either you were being really naive or you have never heard of this show. Clearly you could not have thought a catfight or some disaster wouldn’t accompany anything related to this??? As another post stated…you got your 15 sec of fame and will receive more business due to your time on the show. You sound as crazy as NeNe saying, “Oh, my God, I made my mom and dad watch this trashy show tonight!” – Whatever…


September 25th, 2009
4:50 pm

Bebe, Missy and PnR:

All of your responses which are so full of thoughtful and articulate language suggest a lot about your character. You don’t have to agree with me, but I have not called anyone a name, nor used profanity. I hope that you all have a nice weekend and find a healthy way to lose some of that anger. It is very unbecoming.


September 25th, 2009
4:51 pm

Sheree Whitfield, in order for to truly free yourself from your past marriage you must stop using former NFL star hubby Bob Whitfield, name and image in your life. I am a divorcee. I have been divorced 12 years. You make yourself into a professional victim when you hold former NFL star hubby Bob Whitfield in such low regards, even if he deserves it. If you want to truly be the beautiful woman that you are stop using former NFL star hubby Bob Whitfield as advertisement, an excuse, or anything else. That was the mistake that Whitney Houston made. No one cares who was at fault in someone’s marriage. When whitney went on Opra’s show and bad mouth Bobby Brown, she thought that would be a pink victim’s pass back into the lime light. She was wrong and so are you. You only show the world what kind of person you are and what kind of sould you have when you continue to mention former NFL star Bob Whitfield name……..I mean no disrespect. Forgive me for being honest ….


September 25th, 2009
4:52 pm

You too Daniel! I heard there is a Passive Aggressive seminar at the Ramada Inn… you shoul dcheck it out after reading your own posts…


September 25th, 2009
4:54 pm

Doann- your response to Ms. Portaleo is exactly the point that I have been trying to make. It is obvious that she knows what goes on with the show, she agreed to be on it, and she called the AJC to react with shock and awe. She is looking for media attention by both attaching herself to the show and then condeming at the same time. I find that much worse than the housewives who as many have stated are probably just “playing a part” for ratings. Nice to see that someone else is paying attention.


September 25th, 2009
4:56 pm

PnR- that is funny do you write your own material?

Simpson Road Scholar

September 25th, 2009
5:00 pm

The broads are garbage. They are a poor example of southern ladies. Bravo chose these clowns for rating only. They found the dumbest, loudest, animated, gold diggin, trashy, and ego driven women to make a spectacle of themselves. Unfortunately they have the country thinking that the women here are rich trash or golddigging tricks. I watched that show and thought my mom would be discusted to see this mess. World this is not an example of Atlanta women. These clowns are transients.


September 25th, 2009
5:07 pm

Hey Simpson Road Scholar: Well, Kandi is NOT a transient, she was born and raised in the ATL. She admitted to watching the show last season and agreed to be on the show anyway. Believe me , she is no less ghetto than the rest of them. And, by the way, when is the last time you heard her singing on the radio before she was on this show???–twenty years ago!


September 25th, 2009
5:10 pm

KDG, quit being a whinner, i’m sure Highland Bakery will not miss your 15 slices of cake.


September 25th, 2009
5:24 pm

Karen’s cake was amazing! wonderful artistry. Nevertheless, I laughed so hard when NeNe showed out! We all have a NeNe in our family, church, school, and the strip club. LoL. It is what it is; pure entertainment! Have a great weekend everyone!


September 25th, 2009
5:46 pm

Although the cake was beautiful, it did not look moist at all. It appeared the slices were crumbling b/c the person cutting didn’t know how to handle it. And now we know the baker served it. Well then. $1500? Not impressed.


September 25th, 2009
6:02 pm

Enter your comments here lol what i wouldnt to give to be on that show im not a house wife dont have any money lol but i bet i can out class them lol seriously every woman has some hood in them but it takes a lot more to bring it out and some are just plain hood that married the right man i used to like nene i thought she was real and down to earth but shes just a hood chick with money and you dont have to be raised in the projects to be hood


September 25th, 2009
6:48 pm

Can someone help me out. KDJ and Stephanie will not support any business that supports the Real Housewives of Atlanta right. So why did they read this Blog?????Interested in the show?? And by the way the AJC supports the show because they write about it every week and feature all of the ladies on show in different articles.There’s another reason you should not be on this web site. So since you can’t beat us join us! After all your still reading. Are you not?


September 25th, 2009
6:58 pm

Beautiful cake. Cudos to the Highland!


September 25th, 2009
8:06 pm

Sheree you got what deserved. Remember Lisa’s stylist telling you “What Goes Around… Comes Around… when you dissed Lisa’s fashion show. Well eat it you DIVA. yum yum how did you like that? Glad your party was a disaster! Also remember your name is mudd in the industry.

Kay Kay X

September 25th, 2009
8:17 pm

A lot of whitey in this city rocks. A lot of choc in this city rocks. what we have here now is a bunch of trash, no matter what color.
Your cake and skills are beautiful, dear. I do hope, and know, you will benefit from being caught in this circus of trash.


September 25th, 2009
8:46 pm

They should have had SHO on to sing. Everyone would have felt alot better then!


September 25th, 2009
9:19 pm

I have been a regular guest of the Highland Bakery for the past three years. The food and service is always consistent. I have never had a bad meal or tried something on the menu that wasn’t absolutely delicious. As for not going to the restaurant comments from Daniel, I’m so glad that I won’t have to wait in line behind you after church this Sunday. Thanks for saving me a little time.
By the way, the cakes that I’ve ordered were WAY less than $1,500 (around $100.00) and were very moist and absolutely delicious. We did my parents anniversary cake last spring and anytime an event comes up, it’s always an automatic to order our cake from the Highland Bakery. The cake is just like the food in the restaurant- ALWAYS consistent and delicious.


September 25th, 2009
10:14 pm

Some people are funny to me!! You are going to boycott every establishment associated with the show??? So that means you should boycott Atlanta! Don’t stop there – boycott Georgia!!! Yet you and your friends must watch the show decide what businesses to boycott!? Genius. Pure Genius.

The Truth

September 25th, 2009
11:10 pm

Just how snotty and obnoxious does a person have to be in order to boycott a business just because they made a fantastic cake that appeared on a T.V. show? Do you boycott all consumer products that appear on shows you don’t like or favor? Sounds like the Atlanta Housewives is missing one snotty, self-righteous, narcissistic, self-absorbed, all-too-special brat from your comment. You should audition to be on next season’s show to let everyone see how low-class should REALLY be done in Atlanta.


September 26th, 2009
12:00 am

The cake was beautiful. I have to check the bakery out.

Team Kandi. For all her faults, Kim does immediately disengage herself from fights. She left NeNe standing there looking like a fool! But NeNe kept going like the Energizer Bunny. Did anyone that one of NeNe’s eyes looked a bit droopy at the party? Send Tania Home. Dwight should have been at the party.


September 26th, 2009
12:33 am

This show is histerical. It just goes to show, that you money don’t alway buy you happiness. To the cake designer…it looked great. but I know from experience that a lot of cakes that look good don’t necessarily taste that good. Remember Kim’s daughter’s bday party with the bogus planner in season 1. Her caked sucked.
The idea behind most reality t.v sows today (and there are alooooot of them) is to keep up the ratings for the network snd make money. Noone had even heard of these ladies prior to this show. They are all trying to get a business jumpstarted in some form or fashion – is NeNe tinking of going into photograpy?? In any manner they do what they have to to keep those lifestyles….hey we are all in a “recession” and we all need the exposure. As far as Kim and NeNe goes well two wrongs don’t make a right. What can I say about Sheree she tries so hard to be something she is not…just be yourself girl people will love you for who you are not the image you provide them with. I’m sure all these ladies are somewhat different in person but we won’t ever know that. Rumors fly like the wind and they are all the buzz here in Atlanta.Only advice I have is to live life don’t let other people live if for you because you will only end up with sorrow and years of regret that you will never get back.


September 26th, 2009
8:40 am

Interesting responses, So would you then boycott the advertisers who sponsor the show? i agree with other posters, it is simply a t.v show, if you don’t like it turn the channel, but most of you will continue to watch it and complain, thats so funny to me. Now who needs the help, lol.

Word of advice to those who don’t like the show, if you all stop watching it, the ratings will go down and then it will cancel, but you all are addicted to the show and are not strong enough to admit, get some help. Its been at least 8 episodes all ready and you haven’t decided not to watch the show, you are not gonna stop.


September 26th, 2009
3:06 pm

the cake * * absolutely stunning! Either way, its great product placement for PR.

Wow, NeNe was my favorite last season. She’s is the type of girl that can woo you in for the back stab!!! Khandi – good for you! You’re a real lady. Your definition of ghetto (state of mind+being) was on point. Kim do all that you can to leglize the use of the song for you.
Lots of great PR opps here….


September 26th, 2009
4:09 pm

Can someone tell me when there will be a reality show featuring mature blacks? I get so sick and tired of seeing the same mess screaming and hollering, trash talking women, fighting in the street, he said, she said and all for the sake of 2 mins of fame and some money. I mean really, why do we fall prey for this? You mean to tell me that’s all that’s in ATL? Frankie and Neffie Hot mess and ghetto, ATL Housewives Hot mess and Ghetto. This show is a embarrassment and I can’t believe this is the best they could come up with in all of ATL. Sad!


September 27th, 2009
10:25 am

Enter your comments here this trash needs to be taken off television .


September 27th, 2009
10:29 am

Enter your comments here The Altanta Housewives are an insult to real Atlanta housewives


September 27th, 2009
10:51 am

OMG its just a tv show…some people are taking this way to seriously! If you dont like the show and you think its trashy I have a great solution…TURN THE CHANNEL! No one is forcing you to watch it…I watch it and just laugh. Its simply entertainment and thats all it is. I cant believe people are talking about boycotting any business associated with the show. I thought we were in America were everyone should be treated equally. What would happen if we start boycotting businesses that sell to blacks or whites or women or men I mean come on…that is very ignorant and childish. Its obvious you were never a real customer in the first place. As for the mother who is teaching her son not to date black women, that is very sad. LustyGrama put it very well. There are some ignorant black women and there are some ignorant white women. You should be teaching him to find a respectable, trustworthy, honest god fearing women. No matter what the race! Also Everydayjane you rock! Couldnt have said it better!


September 27th, 2009
10:58 am

I am not a business person, but I would definitely patronize Highland Bakery. The way these women portrayed themselves is not unusual. The Baker is not responsible for women acting like alley cats. As a matter of fact the next time my husband and I visit the Highland Tap, we will be sure to visit Highland Bakery as well. P.S. prior to the show I did not know about Highland Bakery.


September 27th, 2009
12:16 pm

And to all of you find it so shocking that a lot of us feel the need to boycott establishments featured in the show … of course you wouldn’t understand … “it’s all just TV … turn the channel” … of course. You obviously do not have the class and can’t understand those of us who have chosen Atlanta as our homes, those of us who have lived here for over 40 years and appreciate all the city has to offer. To promote themselves as “real housewives of Atlanta” is a monster joke. We take our city seriously and love so many things about the real Atlanta, the history, the diversity, the nostalgia. For five women to portray this town the way they do is what we are upset about — but then, again, you wouldn’t understand. I’m sure your lives are all about texting, Jello shots at sports bars, and racking up debt you have no intenting of paying. We know all about you. We just hate that you are in this city with this.


September 27th, 2009
1:14 pm

Why does anyone continue to give credibility to this foolishness. First of all, only two of the women are married. Secondly, men are the ones who should really be up in arms. It has always been rumored the majority of men in Atlanta, Black and White, are gay. In this show the time I watched the all the men were gay except the two husbands. The Black gay men are so over the top it is an insult. This is no more than a day at the circus.


September 27th, 2009
1:33 pm

Hoodtechie, It’s your son’s lost not the black woman’s. There will always be a guy(black or white) who would gladly date the many smart, educated, respectful black women in this world. It seems to me that you had this hate for black women before the show maybe stemming from your self hatred(if you’re black) and I highly suggest you get help for that because you are only depriving yourself sweety. Best of wishes to you.

The show on the other hand is a little over the top but people should be able to draw their conclusions about people from having some sort of face to face, personal interaction with that person. When did TV start becoming the judge and jury of how a certain race or gender is. People get it together and get some common sense about yourselves. Yall sitting behind yall computers mad as I don’t know what over this tv show that is meant basically for entertainment(it’s not CNN people) and in the mean time, these ladies are getting richer. You think they care about what yall faceless people care about them?

Doc Media

September 27th, 2009
1:49 pm

Interesting people here. For all the complaining commenters: If you owned a small business, I would bet that not one of you would turn down $1500 in revenues and a chance to have your best work featured on a (surprisingly) popular television show. Especially in the current economic times, if you get the opportunity to earn money by any moral means, you should make the money. Noone says that she (or any of the other local businesses seen on the show) actually supports the foolishness that is RHOA. They are beneficiaries, perhaps the only good thing about the show at all.


September 27th, 2009
2:03 pm

Cake lady. You got mad skills.

“Independance Party”????? My left toe. Sheree wouldn’t be able to do anything without Bob Whitfield’s money.

NeNe is the real ghetto one.

Kim is in denial about who her real friends are and she, like Sheree, wouldn’t be where she is if it wasn’t for a man.

Lisa is cool with me and fine too. ; )

Kandi is ATL country, but that is cool with me. She is probably the most down-to-earth out of all the women and really needs to leave this show ASAP if she want any chance of getting her career back.


September 27th, 2009
2:37 pm

WOW!! You people are hilarious. I just stumbled across this article and having read the comments posted I cannot decide who’s worse, the over-the-top drama ladies of Housewives or the hypocritical petty people of Atlanta (who really need to go off their soap box). I watched the show a few times in the first season and decided it wasn’t for me, which doesn’t mean I have the right to ban, boycott, or whatever anyone who stars, works or appears on that show. That is just stupid, like most of the comments I have read. If you hate the show so much just DON”T WATCH IT! It’s not rocket science.
These are hard times for everyone and I think that the idiots, like KDJ, should wake up and smell the recession. And btw KDJ, you say you boycott the restaurants shown on the show but how do you know which restauarants are shown? You must watch the show or keep up with it somehow. Hi kettle, meet your friend black.
But I also want to thank you for reminding me that Atlanta is a great city not defined by a tv show, but by it’s history and it’s people. If you allow it to be defined by it then you are no better than the one’s you judge. So let them eat cake!!!!! (Which I’m doing as I type this. It’s from Highland Bakery and it’s damn good!!!!)


September 27th, 2009
2:49 pm

Did the gay party planner plan this even for her?


September 27th, 2009
3:15 pm

That’s just stupid to boycott someone’s business because their product appeared on the show, how is the service provider supposed to be responsible for the behavior or gathering of people they don’t know, duh. The people who take any of this seriously there is a problem with you, this show is for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. They do not represent Atlanta Housewives, me as a black woman, they only represent themselves however good or bad.


September 27th, 2009
3:16 pm

What would it take to relocate these “ladies” out of Atlanta…I am getting tired of it and Bravo making Georgia look bad!!!!