I track a lot of topics on a day-to-day basis in an effort to sort out coming trends from merely isolated events. Regrettably, many more of the topics I explore fall into the latter category and never make it into my Topline Trends newsletter or here on my blog.
One of the more interesting stories I tracked lately is the topic of divorce cake. I’m not sure what morbid part of me wanted divorce cakes to be on one of the next widespread trends but I tried really hard to prove that they were. Perhaps it’s all rooted in my love of cake or maybe it’s more complicated and requires a therapist. Beats me.
Regardless, a few months ago there was a flurry of online and print articles that said that divorce cakes were trending up. Ex-rock punk wife and beauty queen Shanna Moakler’s elaborate divorce cake turned out to be the impetus for these articles (that’s her in the picture above with the divorce cake she had made for her Las Vegas divorce party).
Intern Chantalle Noschese and I set to researching divorce cakes to see whether divorce cakes were going to become a big thing soon. We searched on google, called high profile bakers and put out APB’s in the food writing and party planning communities. As it turns out, divorces are not in fact being commemorated with cake all that often. We found a few reports here and there and a handful of divorce cake pictures, but the practice isn’t growing.
If you’re motivated to make a divorce cake for yourself or someone else, check out these sites for inspiration:
If you do make a divorce cake, send me a picture. I can add it to my collection. It will come in handy when I do opt for therapy and need to show my shrink what I’m talking about.