Yao Ming is a wedding cake now

I didn't have a groom's cake at my wedding, mostly because I couldn't figure out what kind of wacky thing I liked enough to spend a bunch of money to have someone bake into something I could eat. I wish I'd had the creativity and foresight to do what Jacqui Vivanco and Mike Hertlein did, and make what hindsight reveals to have so clearly been the best choice — legendary Houston Rockets center Yao Ming.

Now that — which comes to us via their pal @Moustachio — is the kind of conversation piece all good weddings should have.

Of course it's worth mentioning that. John Olerud owns.

That'd be a bold confectionary choice, for sure. I might've gone with Billy Hatcher, personally, but hey — to each their own, athlete-hero-cake-wise.

According to the bride, the cake was made by Charm City Cakes of Baltimore, which you may remember as the bakery featured on the Food Network show "Ace of Cakes," which aired from 2006 through 2011. So if you're in the market for a towering flour, sugar and icing replica of a giant Chinese man baked by a guy named Duff who wasn't in Guns 'n' Roses, now you know how to call. This is what's known in the biz as "service journalism."

Amazingly, this is only the second sweetest crazy Yao-related thing we've seen this year. The reigning and defending champion, of course: Baby Giraffe Yao Ming.

Another look at the cake, which — sadly but inevitably — had to be carved:

Hat-tips to Darren Rovell, the Houston Rockets and r/NBA.

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