There’s a conversation on the Shrink4Men Forum in which members are discussing a viral email that’s currently being passed around the web with a link to “funny divorce cakes.” I haven’t received this email, so decided to do a quick Google image search and, lo and behold, there’s a divorce cake industry. Who knew?
TheExaminer describes the trend:
Times have certainly changed. While in the ’50s it was women who suffered the most public shame about divorce (merely being designated a divorcee made people whisper), today it’s the women who are more likely to throw divorce parties in celebration of their new freedom, with a sugary divorce cake as part of the festivities.
How exactly is a divorce cake decorated? With a heavy dose of humor. Divorce cake toppers are often spoofs of regular wedding cake toppers, with the traditional bride and groom figures in some not-so-loving poses. Many divorce cake toppers feature a bride standing triumphant as a groom topples down the side of the cake.
Other divorce cakes take a darker approach to humor, even bordering on the gruesome, with black frosting and bloody-looking accents. Some are even decked out with coffins and tombstones. Even with the most macabre of divorce cakes, though, the spirit is decidedly tongue-in-cheek. The humor may be black, but it’s still humor.
I appreciate gallows humor, in fact, my sense of humor borders on the dark. However, I just don’t find most of these funny divorce cakes funny. Would they seem as funny to the women who purchase and eat them if the ex-wife cake figures were the targets of violence? My search results yielded only two images of ex-brides lying in a pool of blood at the bottom cake tier.
What do you think about divorce cakes? The following images are featured on TheExaminer:
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