We all know what wedding cakes are, but divorce cakes? That’s a new one! But then why not have something sweet to celebrate something so sour? And it’s not necessarily a jilted party who would have one made anyway, it’s often friends or family on their behalf. Plus to make the bakes easier to swallow, there always seems to be something funny about them. So these 40 divorce cakes will make you laugh, even if you’re going through a break up. We hope.
40. Back in business
Not all divorce cakes have to be anti-ex – look at this one. It focuses on the biggest advantage that comes with the dissolution of a relationship. What did Mel Gibson shout in Braveheart? Freeeeeeedom! So the single parties involved can now set out to find the right person to spend their lives with. Or they can just date as many people as they like. Either way, their hearts are open for love once more.
39. But a husband ain’t one
Sometimes you have to leave it to the poets – or the rappers – to express how you feel about a break-up. In this case, it’s Jay-Z whose words, when edited a bit, so aptly describe divorce. As the cake reads, “I’ve got 99 problems but a husband ain’t one.”
38. I did, I do, I’m done
Julius Caesar led Roman troops to a hasty victory at the Battle of Zela in 47 B.C. He then sent a quick note to the Roman Senate to let them know. It was here that he penned his famous words, “I came, I saw, I conquered.” We imagine that the famed leader would be pretty proud that his quote inspired this divorce cake more than 2,000 years later.
37. Legally single
At its core, marriage is a legal agreement – between two willing parties, of course. But divorce is also a process in the eyes of the law. And when it’s all done? You can celebrate the fact that you’re legally single with the perfect cake, like this one. Sign on the dotted line!
36. Freedom tastes delicious
The end of a rocky marriage can be sweet – just ask the woman who had this cake made. According to her child, who shared this picture on Reddit, “Every year my mom gets a cake to celebrate her divorce from my father.” Good stuff. But let’s just hope she moves on too.
35. Define “divorce”
Dictionary.com defines divorce as “a judicial declaration dissolving a marriage in whole or in part.” This cake provides us with an alternate definition, one to which many divorcees can relate. It says that divorce is a way “to finally get rid of that dumpster fire.” Ouch!
34. Newly (un)wed
It’s customary for brides and grooms to cut a cake together at their wedding, celebrating their newlywed status. Well, one couple got a chance to usher in a new era with this confection. They sliced in honor of the fact that they were “newly unwed” instead.
33. Divorced AF
Sometimes you just need to add an “AF” to the end of a statement to make it more emphatic. If you’ve ever been through a divorce, you might understand why those two letters were added to the top of this cake, too. Because the best profanities often don’t need spelling out.
32. No ladies’ room here
You might recognize this sign from your local public bathroom – without the guy pushing the woman away, of course. It’s a universally recognized symbol, one that a creative cake decorator thought to make into a divorce cake. Why not?! But here’s hoping this bake is genuinely made of chocolate, and nothing you might actually find in a toilet.
31. Taking out the trash
A friend of a recent divorcee requested this adorable cake in honor of the occasion. Atop the intricately detailed turquoise frosting, you’ll see a sweet message, “To new beginnings.” And then, of course, you’ll see the less classy part of the confection, a fondant husband stuffed into a trashcan. Funny, but let’s hope the real husband didn’t meet such a fate.
30. Split it 50/50
Pure genius this. Here we have a traditional wedding cake design. There’s a handful of round cakes stacked atop of one another and, above it all, we see the bride-and-groom figurines. But there’s something unromantic about it – yes, it’s cut down the middle, and the cute couple is no longer an item. At least it’s an even split though!
29. Not with stupid
If your greatest joy in your marriage is rocking an “I’m With Stupid” t-shirt then, well, you could be heading toward one of these cakes. It’s a simple design, of course, but it gets the break-up news across clearly. “Not with stupid anymore,” says the newly single person who gets to cut this confection.
28. Just a bump in the road
This cake seems to have a pretty sweet message for the divorcee concerned. A break-up’s really just a bump in the road. But a closer look reveals that this design is a whole lot cheekier than it seems. Because beneath the wheels you can see a male action figure – we assume representing the ex-husband – who’s getting squished by the car. Time to call the cops?
27. Goodbye, ball and chain
In a perfect world you’d be able to get out of your ball and chain by, you know, unlocking it. But this divorce cake highlights the desperation that comes with such a breakup. As you can see, the cake woman, tired of her confines, has chopped off her own foot to free herself.
26. Bye, boy!
Here’s a flashback to the school playground – remember those sweets kids used to hand out to boys and girls they liked? Well, those generally contained nice messages on top alongside heart shapes. Not so here! It’s a “get lost” in the written form of “Bye Boy.” You have to say, though, it’s a fantastic play on the original theme.
25. The beginning of a new story
The baker of this cake shared that it was their “first time with this style” on Reddit. And yet they made it look so easy to create a cute, uplifting post-marriage dessert. See? Not all divorce cakes have to look at the negative – they can sometimes focus on the happy future ahead, too.
24. Standing taller than ever
As many of these cakes have reiterated, divorce isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In the case of the woman who received this post-marriage confection, the single life seemingly suits her better. Just read the frosting – she has “kicked him to the curb” and is “standing taller than ever.” Yet we’re still left wondering where the rest of her body is…
23. Wife goes on
It may seem as though time stands still when you find out that you’re getting a divorce. And getting from that point to the end of the legal process can take a while. But once everything’s settled and you’re single again, here’s what happens: wife goes on. Brilliant!
22. Trash day’s the best day
The baker behind this cake found inspiration in the fact that “there’s nothing s’more soothing than throwing out the garbage,” as they wrote on Instagram. Inside of this cheeky cake hid the flavors of everyone’s favorite campfire treat: marshmallow buttercream, charred marshmallows, chocolate cake and graham cracker sand.
21. I don’t
When you decide you want a divorce, it turns your world – and, you know, your marriage – upside-down. That’s precisely the message of this “I don’t” cake. As you can see, it’s literally a wedding cake flipped on its head. So maybe it’s time for a divorce ceremony to go with the new vow, too?
20. I’m better now
The sentiment of this cake is clear: the recipient “used to be married, but [they’re] better now.” Oh, and at the bottom is a carton of spilled milk, over which the singleton is certainly not going to cry. There’s no use in that!
19. Not my Valentine anymore
February 14th is Valentine’s Day – the perfect holiday for celebrating divorce, huh? This cake marks the very date on which the groom slipped away from his bride. Luckily, the cake-topping rendition of her looks pretty happy about it, so we are, too.
18. He got dumped
We’ve already seen a wedding cake flipped over to symbolize a completed divorce. This time, though, it’s the groom who has gotten dumped and stuck headfirst in frosting. Either way, the message is clear: the marriage is over and, in this case, it feels pretty good.
17. Speaking of freedom…
An unhappy relationship can feel like a trap. Yet as symbolized by this broken ball and chain, divorce can be a welcome way out. And for the couple involved in this split, they both had cause to celebrate their newly found freedom. Because as the cake decorator wrote on Instagram, “This was ordered by the couple who are divorcing to ‘celebrate’ together.”
16. So long, sucker!
The person who designed this cake started out classily with fresh flowers and a simple message: finally! But then came a second thought – and a second line of text. The confection goes on to say, “So long, sucker,” a sentiment that certainly changes the vibe from reserved to no-holds-barred.
15. It’s trash day again
You’re probably starting to see a trend with these divorce cakes, in that they often incorporate trash somehow. And here we have a trash can-shaped cake stuffed with fondant versions of a bride’s wedding-day essentials. At the bottom, the confection tells us what we already know: the recipient is recently divorced.
14. Good (redacted) riddance
It would be weird to say a simple goodbye at the end of a marriage. So this cake gives us a great alternative to the usual farewell. And although the middle word is blurred, we think you can figure out what expletive goes there. Oh well, at least someone’s being honest about how they feel.
13. Head-ing in a new direction
It’s not just former wives who celebrate their divorces with a cake. In this case, we can safely assume it’s the one-time groom who’s happy to be single again since, you know, the dessert version of him is holding his ex’s head in his hands. Let’s just hope nothing in the real world materialized like this.
12. Straight outta marriage
The movie Straight Outta Compton hit theaters in 2015. And with it came a poster design that has inspired countless t-shirts, internet memes and, now, divorce cakes. Here the recipient wanted to celebrate that they were straight outta marriage and single once more. Fair enough.
11. Ding dong, it’s a divorce cake
Not everyone walks away from marriage sharing a great relationship with their ex – and that kind of tension can inspire a classic divorce cake. Take this witchy creation as the perfect example. The baker behind it wrote on Instagram, “Divorce is hard, but for many it’s a time to celebrate.” And written on the iced message is that tune from The Wizard of Oz, “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead.” Subtle.
10. Single life’s a beach
You know that vacation-on-the-beach vibe, the one you get when you have no more cares in the world? For some people, that’s what divorce feels like. So they get cakes like this one to show that, mentally, they’re somewhere swinging in a hammock on a beach.
9. Your loss
Not every divorcee feels good about their newly-found single status. One way to move forward, though, is to focus on how big of a mistake an ex-partner has just made. After all, they broke up with you, and you’re the best – so it’s their loss. Cue middle finger.
8. Done with a cheetah
Some relationships end for good reason – and no, it has nothing to do with the large cat named above. That’s just a fantastic play on words from the cake decorators. We’re talking about real cheaters, of course. So better to be in the company of a cake that has some taste.
7. Beer-y cheery about divorce
Not all divorce cakes have to be made of actual cake, you know. This one has all the trappings of a flour-based confection. It has tiers and words and even a topper. But there’s no actual cake to be found – it’s all just drinkable beer for the former groom, which seems like a great idea for someone who has just dissolved their marriage.
6. This cake doesn’t suck
Love is pretty much the best thing in life… Until it goes sour. We can only assume that’s what happens when most couples get divorced. And this cake says what we’re all thinking and hoping will come after a bad breakup: a new relationship that doesn’t suck.
5. You’re fired
If you’ve ever been in a relationship that ended, then you know how it feels. And you probably had the urge to burn everything associated with your failed partnership. Clearly that’s how this divorcee felt, too, commissioning a cake that depicted their marriage certificate going up in flames… and, erm, the husband’s head on a stump. Yikes!
4. RIP, ring
When a relationship ends, you have to mourn your loss before you move on. The same goes for marriages that fail – and that leaves you to say goodbye to every aspect of your broken union. This cake does just that, depicting a wedding ring being lowered six feet into the ground since, you know, the marriage is dead. Talk about melancholy.
3. A candid cake
Not all divorce cakes are meant to be eaten post-dissolution of the marriage. Because this confection was clearly made to kick off the proceedings, and let an other-half know that the whole thing’s over. You probably gathered that from the ice-cold message on the cake.
2. Unhitched from the witch
If you get divorced around Halloween, you’re in luck – the season’s spookiest figures can inspire a great celebratory cake for your split. Take this witchy confection as the perfect example – whether you’re unhitching from a witch or saying bye to your boo, you’ll find a seasonal treat that’s perfect for your breakup soiree.
1. May divorce be with you
Couples end their relationships even if they live in galaxies far, far away. Here on earth, you can celebrate your own breakup with a Star Wars themed confection. And if you’re in the midst of a split yourself, we want to extend the same sentiment to you: may divorce be with you, too.