Divorce cakes latest thing in dessert treats

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

We haven’t seen one yet, but it’s probably only a matter of time before you can buy locally one of the fastest-growing categories of desserts — a divorce cake.

We do mark milestones like birthdays, weddings are retirements with cakes, so it was probably inevitable that bakeries around the world have begin offering “divorce cakes” to help ease the pain of a breakup by taking in some calories with our remaining friends.

A Houston bakery, for example, told NPR they have a wide selection of divorce cakes, and one of their best customers is a lawyer who orders several each year to send to clients.

Some show the traditional bridal figurines on the top layer, divided by a crevasse. One woman who was divorcing a musician had hers decorated with tiny broken plastic guitars, and another cake featured a lone, smiling bride standing next to a red arrow, reading “Next.”

If you’re of a mind to produce divorce cakes, you might want to have your spring form pans ready for business Friday, which is National Ex Spouse Day.

The seven-year itch is more than an old Marilyn Monroe movie, it’s a threat to many American marriages, 21 percent of which end after five to 10 years.

Another 20 percent only last two to five years, and one in 10 marriages last less than six months.

NationalToday.com asked conducted a survey about Americans’ ex’s most annoying traits, and found the following information.

14 percent said their ex-spouse snored too much for comfort.

17 percent of women said their ex-spouse’s most annoying trait was selective listening, while 16 percent of males said it was being a control freak.

Other experts say the most common reasons for divorce include lack of commitment, too much arguing, infidelity, marrying too young, unrealistic expectations, lack of equality in the relationship, lack of preparation for marriage and abuse.

We probably won’t see many divorce cakes at local bakeries anytime soon, but many of us should take Ex Spouse Day to celebrate something else — our own surviving and thriving marriage.

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