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Divorce Cakes

Is your marriage not working out? Your “perfect” man not as perfect as you thought he was? Perhaps you can’t stand the way he snores at night. The way he snorts when he laughs isn’t so cute anymore. Maybe it’s time to think about divorce.

Celebrities do it all the time. Remember Britney Spears’ disastrously short (55 hours) wedding? Another couple that has recently decided to call it quits is Mel Gibson and his wife Robyn. They have been together for 28 years. They did release a statement:

Throughout our marriage and separation we have always strived to maintain the privacy and integrity of our family and will continue to do so.

Sean Penn has filed for divorce once again, reports Extra. This is the second time in two years. The couple have been married for 12 years, and have two teenage children. Penn was previously married to Madonna. 

This site has celebrity divorce stats, along with the shortest weddings and the largest marriage settlements. 

50% of marriages end in divorce. Divorce is becoming something that is normal. Remember the good ol’ days when to get a divorce meant that the pope would excommunicate you on the spot? Those days are long gone, and that means that you are free to do whatever you want.

Here is an article on why divorce is good for marriage

…Unilateral divorce does make for less committed marriages.  In states that allow unilateral divorce, a spouse is 10 percent less likely to be putting the partner through school.  The obvious fear is that once the costly education is over, the beneficiary will leave the marriage. In states with unilateral divorce, adjusting for the relevant demographics, a couple is 6 percent less likely to have a child.  Again, couples seem to be making decisions with the prospect of divorce in the back (or the front) of their minds.

divorce1_fullAnd when  you do get that divorce you’ve always wanted, you can commemorate this event with a divorce cake. Elite Cake Creations in Florida has recently added this cake to their line. These cakes are quite popular – some of their customers have even ordered wedding cakes from them years ago. After all, “No milestone should go unnoticed,” as Beatriz Otero (the co-owner of the bakery) says. 

These cakes are works of art. 

Divorce cakes look and taste like wedding cakes, but the cake-top depicts scenes of domestic discord, not bliss. A heart-shaped cake broken in pieces features a groom standing on one piece, the bride on another. A cake made to look like the blackened walls of a prison cell is decorated with a ball and broken chain. Scenes portray chaos and mayhem: A bride takes her groom out with the trash; a man sits dejected on a curb; a woman is about to dump her man over a waterfall. A cemetery of broken marriages is marked by tiny tombstones, an open casket bears a ring.

As it turns out, this custom is not new. 14 months ago, Tampa Bay’s 10 News published an article about another shop which sells divorce cakes. Larry Bach’s shop is called “Sprinkles Custom Cakes.” 

The story started six years ago, when a familiar face stopped by his shop, “A lady came into my store, standing in my doorway, and she says to me, do you remember me? ‘Well let me guess. I did your wedding cake.’ You did my wedding 18 months ago and your wedding cake was the best part of my marriage,” Bach says with laughter. So he baked for her what she insisted in sharing with the bridesmaids from her wedding, a divorce cake. It was a slice of heaven in the midst of a matrimonial hell.

On average, he gets about 185 dollars per cake. His wedding cakes go for much more. However, he says that the wedding cakes are much sweeter, and that if he never sells another divorce cake, it wouldn’t leave him with a sour taste in his mouth. has another story. A lady decided to throw a divorce party as a new way to express being single. The cake would be something different. A cute idea. She had no idea that she was part of a growing movement.

Evidently this was a movement that was followed by TV stars as well. Shanna Moakler got a divorce from a band drummer. At her party, she served a cake where a knife-wielding bride stood on the top. The mortally wounded groom lay at the bottom of the cake. 

The title of the article was followed by this:

Revenge can be sweet if a soured marriage that ends in divorce inspires a darkly funny cake.

In any case, divorce is a part of life. Birthday cakes, graduation cakes, first date cakes, engagement cakes, wedding cakes, divorce cakes. Even if you’re a happy bride, you don’t know whether you’ll be the one taking the garbage out at the end of the year. 

Disclaimer: I feel that I have to add one here. While I don’t like divorce, I realize that in some cases it is necessary (like in an abusive relationship). At the same time, I greatly dislike divorces for frivolous reasons, as well as marriages for frivolous reasons. I don’t like the idea of revenge either, no matter how bad he has been. At some point you just gotta move on. 


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