A Florida grocery chain with a cult following is selling Hurricane Irma-themed cakesGet the Full Storybrownpau flickrAs Hurricane Irma rocked Florida, many people evacuated the area, concerned for their homes, businesses, and loved ones.
However, in the face of disaster, some cake makers at regional grocery chain Publix took a more light-hearted approach.
Over the last week, customers of the Lakeland, Florida-based grocer have been posting photos of Hurricane Irma-themed cakes spotted at stores.
Some designs were artistic reproductions of the storm:
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Others had a more direct message: "Go away Irma."
Instagram Embed:http: instagram.com p BY3orv2nT-x embed Width: 658pxTweet Embed:https: twitter.com mims statuses 906191775987007488Guys, my sister got a hurricane cake from Publix! #Irma can come now. pic.twitter.com F5NsxkKiIpTweet Embed:https: twitter.com mims statuses 905938404520726529This cake from a Publix in Jacksonville is saying what we're all thinking. #Irma #HurricaneIrma pic.twitter.com LMwf4e2JZy
One Publix reportedly delivered groceries and a "weather it out" cake to first responders in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Now that residents are returning to Florida, at least one Publix is baking some new cakes to celebrate.
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Most Floridians seem to see the cakes as a much-appreciated chance to laugh in the face of a hurricane.
Tweet Embed:https: twitter.com mims statuses 905817568186961920 publixhelps this is great. We all need a sense of humor during these stressful times. Kudos to the bakery.Tweet Embed:https: twitter.com mims statuses 905551794973134850Yes and I bet it tastes good too. Gotta laugh at it or at least with it. Sense of humor is far greater than a sense of dread
It probably helps that Publix is a Florida institution. One Twitter user went as far as making a tongue-in-cheek joke comparing the Publix sign to the American flag — battered, but standing tall after Irma's fury.
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Publix didn't immediately respond to Business Insider's inquiry regarding the grocery chain's policy on hurricane-themed cakes. We will update the post if we get more information on the cakes — including where interested customers can buy one. NOW WATCH: Sears is closing even more Kmart stores see if yours is on the list
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