Say goodbye to the tradition of starting hurricane season with a Publix themed cake.
Attention Florida residents: Big news! The popular Florida-based grocery chain is making a big change. Starting now, they will no longer be selling their famous hurricane cakes. Yes, you heard that right. The cakes that took the Sunshine State by storm every year are no longer available. These special cakes, with their eye-catching icing that resembled the eye of the storm, were a hit among locals. Whether you preferred regular cake or cookies, there was a hurricane cake for everyone. But alas, it is time to say goodbye to this unique treat. Say farewell to the storm-themed desserts that brought a touch of excitement to hurricane season. Thank you for the memories, hurricane cakes. You will be missed.
A spokesperson for Publix said it’s against company policy to make cakes or cookies “that would make light of a natural disaster.”
After Hurricane Ian, a powerful Category 5 storm that hit Southwest Florida in September, there was a significant change. This destructive storm caused immense devastation, resulting in more than 150 fatalities and over $112 billion in damages, making it the most expensive disaster in Florida’s history. As reported by the National Hurricane Center, this change came as a response to the costly aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
Publix posted the following message on its website following that hurricane, and sent FOX 35 News a similar one this week:
We appreciate your reaching out regarding decorated cakes from our bakery departments. Our associates make every effort to support our customers during weather events. Often times, this includes finding ways to delight them with their favorite Publix items as they prepare for uncertainty. For these requests in particular, it is our company policy to not produce bakery cakes that would make light of a natural disaster. We have sent communications to our stores reminding them of our policy. We regret if a store has not followed policy, and we are working to rectify the situation.
Our priority remains taking care of our customers, associates and communities as we prepare and respond to Hurricane Ian.
“I’m a little sad that they’re not making them anymore. They brought a few laughs to our hurricane days,” Crystal Sprenkel, who purchased a Publix hurricane cake ahead of Dorian in 2019, told FOX 35 News. “I get why they won’t make them anymore, but it brought us a few laughs!”