James Harden is a cake now

Over the past couple of years, lots of people have drawn comparisons between star San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili and Oklahoma City Thunder swingman James Harden. Both are smooth lefties with deceptive quickness and a great shooting touch, both have won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award and both provide game-changing offensive options for their teams off the bench. The similarities are really uncanny ... and now, they are delicious.

Because, like Ginobili before him, Harden has been made into a cake:

But unlike Manu, whose confectionery form was really just limited to his likeness being designed on top of a sheet cake, Harden's head is this whole cake, as we can see in the photo shared by GiANT Impact CEO Jeremie Kubicek and spread around these Internet streets Tuesday night by CNBC's Darren Rovell.

Hit the jump for another look at the Thunder-themed treat, served up by the gifted and creative folks in the bakery at the Homeland Stores market on North May Avenue in Oklahoma City.

Only time and titles will tell if Harden represents an evolutionary leap over Ginobili on the court, but purely in terms of the cake game, this sure seems like a major step forward. It's got everything: The mohawk, the headband, the Thunder logo and, of course, that ever-expanding beard.

We know Harden's mom is not a very big fan of his chosen method of facial hair expression, but a Z.Z. Top chin broom made entirely out of sugar is something just about any mother could love. Also: Excellent job giving Harden a bit of a swollen left ear, Homeland Stores' Answer to "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro. Subtle references are always the sharpest, especially now that their inspiration has been vanquished.

Now, I don't care if it's all frosting; I would like one slice of beard, please.

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