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As Florida prepares itself for one of the worst storms in history, a bakery aims to be a light of hope in the darkness.
Or, well, a slice of cake.
The bakery department at grocery store chain Publix is selling Hurricane Irma cakes, aiming to add some light-hearted sweetness to what is actually a gravely serious situation.
Publix has no chill pic.twitter.com/QGMIdTXo7W
— FloridaProbz (@FloridaProbz) September 7, 2017
Ranging from blue frosting shaped like ocean waves and swirly meteorological hurricane designs, over to icing that states “Go away Irma,” the cakes are being spotted on the store’s shelves by various Twitter users. One particular cake even features the eye of the hurricane with a beach chair and a surfboard being thrown around. Bonus points for creativity?
— luisi (@itsluisii) September 7, 2017
Yet whilst the cakes certainly do not lack in charm, not everyone is blown away by the selection. Some people are dubbing the dessert distasteful, and insensitive towards the gravity of this deadly situation.
Florida grocery stores are selling Hurricane Irma-themed cakes. It’s the only cake that both tastes good AND is in bad taste.
— 22Minutes (@22_Minutes) September 9, 2017
Might be ok if it wasn't a cat 4 storm that will kill people.
— dude man (@vinyldude82) September 8, 2017
However, the majority of responses thus far have been overwhelmingly positive. With many users taking to create memes and make jokes about the colourful cakes, one Tweeter even described the whole happening as “the most Florida thing ever.” And according to some posts, the cakes are even selling out already.
— Alt_Mom (@judihayes) September 8, 2017
— Rebecca Ann (@becdar) September 7, 2017
went to @Publix to get a Hurricane Irma cake and they didnt have any I'm actually sad
— mia brantley (@miacorine) September 8, 2017
— Emily Ball (@emilygk4life) September 8, 2017
We have barely any water and no non-perishable food yet here my mom is trying to order a hurricane Irma cake from Publix. Priorities.
— Sienna Davis (@SiennaaDavis) September 8, 2017
everyone: stock up on canned food and water!!
me: HURRICANE IRMA CAKE pic.twitter.com/NvbBHeafaW
— bella (@Iavenderblues) September 9, 2017
Cake or no cake – All we hope is that all those in Florida and in the affected areas stay safe and stay positive throughout this dangerous time. And if they get to do so with some dessert, let them have it. <3
What do you think of these Hurricane Irma cakes?