Thursday, September 11, 2008

Is This a Wreck? You Decide.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Today we Americans and our friends around the world should pause and remember those lost in the attacks on 9/11/01. We each do this in our own way, and some people commemorate the day a little differently. Some people, for example, make a cake:


I've received several different pictures of this cake - each taken from a different angle - so it's obviously getting a lot of attention from passers-by. Some believe this is just the baker's way of using his unique skills to make a tribute. Others think it's disrespectful: halfway through serving those towers the cake is going to look pretty darn macabre. Personally, I'm on the fence. I see the skill involved, and I think the baker's motives are pure, but in execution I can see why so many are offended.

Your thoughts?



Thanks to Anna B., Patrick C., Dubi K., and Marc Felion, who took the original photo.
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Just Jinny said...

Yikes!

Well, I guess it was the bakers right to make it. But I can't see that anyone is going to buy it...at least I hope that no one is going to buy it.

The making of it is less tacky to me then the EATING of it.

Molly said...

It's weird and creepy, although I'm sure the intent was good. Next year I hope someone will just write a bad poem or something.

Anonymous said...

i am sure there were good intentions but...

without reading the caption, my initial reaction was a loud, audible, "Oh No!!"

Stephanie said...

The baker has a talent, and he used his talent to remember 9/11. What's so wrong with that? He may not have any intention of eating it. Or maybe he will eat it with a group of close family and friends, while they share quality time together, remembering those that no longer have some of their close family and friends.

Mama Hen said...

This is terrible! Very bad taste.

Julia said...

I think it is fine as a store-window tribute (which it sounds like it is)- though maybe a cake that depicted a flag, and eagle - a tribute without physically re-creating the fallen towers.

However I think it would be horribly tasteless to serve. Even if the towers were cut out of site, and/or if only the base of the cake were served, I still would not be able to bite into any part of the WTC without getting very sick to my stomach.

Margaret said...

Hi, this is my first post. Your blog is very nicely done.

A themed, decorated cake to commemorate a huge tragedy seems rather odd to me. Not tasteless, just sort of unusual and awkward. I haven't attended many funerals, but is there usually a cake with even an indirect reference to how the person died on it? I've never seen one.

I think most of us would agree that cake (especially a decorated one) is almost always served on a celebratory occasion. This isn't one of those occasions.

Finally, I thought the message on the cake was the weirdest and made me feel the most uncomfortable: "Those who still suffer." I don't want to be eating cake while I'm reading that.

Stacy said...

I figured it was a display cake intended as a tribute, not to be sold and eaten. If that's true, then I have no problem with it. If it was meant to be sold and eaten, then I'm not so sure about that.

James said...

Yet another 9/11 memorial. I have no doubt of the good intentions of the creator of this cake.

Still, maybe it would be better to be low key about all this ... too many people have too much wrapped up in 9/11 still. Why keep reminding them?

web said...

It was the chocolate icing that really got to me, too. I don't know why that pushed it over the edge, but as Homer Simpson put it: "mmmm.... sacrilicious." It just looks too tasty.

Anonymous said...

Where exactly was this cake? In a bakery window? I think it's a tribute (there wasn't a price tag on it was there?)

Let's imagine the occasion at which this cake would be served - it doesn't exist. We don't follow solemn moments of silence and reflection with cake.

I'd bet this cake isn't meant to be eaten. Even if it was, about the only way it would be remotely acceptable would be for the entire top to lift off and stand as it is, with the simple sheet cake below being served. I'd bet there isn't even real cake involved - it must be a styrofoam model and will probably go in the window every Sept 11 for as long as the fondant continues to look good.

Elliott said...

I'm pretty insensitive, and this offends me.

Alida said...

Oh, good Lord, that's horrible!

KermitGreen82 said...

I think it is a nice tribute if the cake is not eaten. If, however, they serve the cake, I think it is tacky. Like you said, once the towers come down, totally uncool. But if they put the time, energy and money into it for display and tribute only then its nice.

Natasha Becoming Something said...

Cutting into with a knife... like a plane? It's a supremely stupid idea. HOW could the baker not think that some people would be offended? You EAT a cake. Eating a memorial where thousands of people died? If you have to explain it, it's not a good idea.

lime said...

the baker may possibly have been well intentioned but eeesh. i can't imagine people not recoiling from this when it's served. would you make a cake of the "arizona" to commemorate pearl harbor?

i'm thinking cake is meant to celebrate something happy. other commenters mentioned cakes at funerals and such but i've never seen a cake at a funeral that was decorated to remind people of the deceased or their manner of death. cakes at such events are generally nondescript and subdued.

eesh..macabre is the right word.

Anonymous said...

It's horrid. Even as tribute, it's macabre.

skatej said...

I've always thought Cakes were meant to be celebratory, and a commemorative memorial cake just seems odd to me.

crazychickmia said...

I personally think it should have been left at the beautifully made flag with the written tribute; left the towers off.

I'm not an America, and there is no way I could cut into/eat those towers.

I agree with those that say so long as it's not cut into, it's a tribute. But if it's meant to be eaten, then it's a wreck.

Sayra said...

why chocolate?

Anonymous said...

This actually reminds me of the time that I was working at a party goods store around the Fourth of July. People would come into the store and ask if we had any American flag pinatas.

And then we would stare at them.

Sometimes the customers caught on; other times we had to explain that we didn't sell flag pinatas because, if you were to use it like you would any other pinata, you would essentially be beating the crap out of the American flag to get some SweetTarts.

And then the lightbulb would appear.

This cake is kinda the same thing: while it's great to want to show your patriotism, there are more permanent, and less edible, ways to go about it.

Feast of Fools said...

The photo was taken by Marc Felion from the Feast of Fools podcast.

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Jadine said...

Not something to make a cake about.

Britt said...

Why are people calling it tasteless? It looks delicious.

Would Americans be opposed to eating Lady Liberty? When you look past the political aspect of it, it's just a cake. It shows the towers in their complete form, not falling apart or in pieces.

Anonymous said...

Wow. These people are just freaking clueless.

MattDoc said...

I agree that the motives of the baker are probably good, but good motives and bad judgement don't mix. Just because you CAN make a cake of the towers doesn't mean you SHOULD.

I can't think of any human tragedy worldwide that should be recaptured in a cake, even if the goal is to honor and remember those who died.

Julie said...

Let them eat cake!

Yeah, just as ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with several others, the baker probably had good intentions and as long as this cake wasn't actually meant to be carved up and served its fine. It's if someone bought it and then hacked it up that the problem comes in.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with several others, the baker probably had good intentions and as long as this cake wasn't actually meant to be carved up and served its fine. It's if someone bought it and then hacked it up that the problem comes in.

elcynic said...

Cakes should never make you sad.

Thus, there should be no such thing as a "memorial cake"

Thus...

This cake is an oxymoron.

sciencegirl said...

I think it's okay, as long as nobody starts cutting it up the towers and eating them. Some cakes are not to be divvied up into crumby parts and consumed. Some are there to be seen.

-Nancy

eek said...

I think it's kind of sweet. A bit odd perhaps, but many of the 9/11 memorials I've seen are a little odd. I can't imagine being really offended by this cake as it was obviously intended as a tribute.

And like gothicbeauty21 at 5:14pm I too have often eaten cakes (even fancy decorated ones) at post funeral gatherings. Those are celebrations -- celebrations of life. Food and often booze and all sorts of cakes, pies and pastries -- comfort food.

I wouldn't personally commission this cake, but I wouldn't be bent out of shape if someone else did. I don't see it as a wreck.

The Five Nomads said...

Wreck... sorry to the obviously talented bakers, but 9/11 is not the sort of day we commemorate with edible confections IMHO.

-babs

Here you will find: said...

I personally do not know why people are so offended by the cake. To me that is absolutely ridiculous. I'm sure the baker must have thought to him/herself "Self, I am going to make a cake so that when you eat it, it will be reminiscent of the towers burning to the ground." Now, if you want offensive, he could have added planes, or smoke, or people jumping from the windows or maybe some terrorists.

If I saw that cake in the window and it was made with icing and filling that I liked, you better believe I would eat it. It's a CAKE for goodness sake.

I think it is just the baker paying tribute to the world trade center as a reminder of what it once was, not as a reminder of grief and death and the lousy excuse for the war on terrorism.

Anonymous said...

I honestly don't see what's so offensive or "bad taste" about it. It's a cake, move on.

I'd eat it.

The Promo Homo said...

It's just a cake. A cake that is meant to be viewed and then eaten. I don't see the big deal about eating it at all to be honest.

Then again, I'm really hard to offend in most areas.

*shrugs*

Helen Ann said...

I think I agree that the designer's heart was in the right place...Like with the infant cake in an earlier CW blog, I just think they forgot that people would be carving into those towers and making it look a lot like they did in 2001...Got caught up in the "art" of it.

V. Nicharico said...

I have no problem with someone making a tributary cake as long as it's not meant for consumption...or at least the towers. I agree with Julie that plastic towers (that actually resembled the Twin Towers) would have been more appropriate, and I'm not thrilled with the decorators execution of only putting one like of windows in at that level. The base cake is beautiful and were the towers removable to be set aside it would be one thing...though I still see cakes as something to be eaten for celebration and this is certainly not an event to be celebrated.

A said...

Well at least it was done with better taste than this one.
http://www.poe-news.com/stories.php?poeurlid=13820
Still, seems disrespectful somehow.

Anonymous said...

Its a cake. Cakes are meant to be eaten.
We dont fret about cutting into a persons face when its on their birthday cake.
I think its a nice gesture on the bakers part. A nice memorial.
However, perhaps I'm just insensitive.
But I don't see anything wrong with it.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should memorialize the Holocaust with a cakey Auschwitz?

This is tacky -- who on *Earth* would memorialize the death of 5,000 people in a terrorist attack with food? The very concept is tasteless. If you must make a Sept. 11 cake, why not make it about national unity or perseverance or resilience or something tangential? Or how 'bout you don't make a dessert at all, but you act like a grown-up and do something meaningful to remember the attacks, like volunteer or read the Constitution? Do you really have to recreate the grave of thousands in cake form?

The answer: No, you do not.

The skill involved may be top-notch, but, man, this is a treacle too far.

Anonymous said...

I think it is a wonderful tribute. I would eat it.

clueuin said...

I was going to read on and on and on the many comments about this cake. Trying to see if I could see both sides of the story and if I could get off the fence to dive in my opinion. However, in the end I gave up after the 200th comment.
So I sd it the first time and I'll say it for the last time. (At least on the subject of this cake.)
((((((((Sigh)))))))

P.S
[In a dry tone.]Yes, Anonymous, I guess it would be inappropraite to eat it with that particular airplane spoon. [Hi-yuck, Ye-yuck, Ha, Ha.]
To the baker who says he works their: Yeah, new immergrints go thur that phase of being Urber-Patriotic. Nothing you can do now but wait a couple of decades. Then they'll be whining, complaining, protesting, Americans in no time.
Kind of like everybody else here.

Via Va, Via Va, Via Va Americans!

Peace,
Clueuin

RachelRenae said...

Wierdest. Memorial. EVER.

Anonymous said...

To me it seems as though the decorator wanted to make a tribute to the lives lost with his own form of art work. I do not see a price tag on it and nothing with a price around it so I assume that it is not to be sold or ever eaten. I think it is nice that he can show his support in a very artistic way. Alot of artists do this. They have taken the steel beams from the Twin Towers and sent them all over the world to make memorials out of, why not a cake? Also do we know if the towers are made out of cake and not styrofoam?? Alot of decorators do this and just put icing over those types of objects.
~Christa

Anonymous said...

Maybe its the optimist in me, but I would think that the decorator of this cake made it more as a in-window tribute, not as a cake for sale or for eating...maybe?

Darth Rob said...

Yeah, hmmm, seems like they, the bakers, had their hearts in the right place but those dont even look like the World Trade Center.

Shiny Things said...

I think that if the cake is intended to be eaten and not just observed for the skill involved then it would have been more appropriate to leave the towers off. I still like the cake and don't see it as being disrespectful. We all work with what we have and I think the baker was just trying to say hey, we remember. -Christine

Darth Rob said...

Call me crazy, but I've been thinking about this cake, and what other people have commented about it. Maybe we should eat cake after moments of silence, and memorialize lives lost with cake, and eat it too. Maybe those people who lost their lives, loved cake as much as we do. Maybe they would want us to eat cake in remembrance of them. Just a thought, why should cake be just for happy moments. When I die, I want my family and friends to celebrate the life I lived. I dont want them to wallow in grief. Be glad that I finally escaped this world. I would be happy if they made a cake in my honor, why not, I had one for every birthday. Cake = Joy, put some joy in sad times. Think about it folks.

Dea said...

Commercialization of a horrible day, much like politicians and the media have done. Blegh. Not to mention it's horrible that the decorator HIGHLIGHTED the floors on each tower where they were struck - yuck.

Anonymous said...

All it needs is a plane halfway into one of the towers and some flames made of orange icing.

Anonymous said...

I think it's a neat tribute. I wouldn't eat it, though...mainly for the fact that gray cake doesn't sound appetizing.

Grace said...

Not offensive if it was never intended to be cut into and served. I can see how this could be seen as the baker's tribute. Cake decorating is an art and he used what he knows how to do to honor 9/11.

If it was meant to be sold, however, that would give me pause. Otherwise, I think it's beautiful.

Deborah Godin said...

Probably shouldn't have been done, but I agree with any and all who thought it might be marginally okay as a tribute, but once cut...well, some things will just never be appropriate or humorous. Tell that to Sarah Silverman and those commemorative coin hawkers.

Meichelle said...

I agree with Deven from Nashville I don't think it was meant to be disrespectful. I think it is very well done. :)

Amanda Amaterasu said...

When I was in grad school (I majored in elementary education), we had to do an "edible lesson"- basically a lesson we could do with our class that culminated in something our students could eat. The professor showed us a few examples from previous classes. Sure enough, someone made a September 11th cake, complete with towers, a wreath and pictures from the site for decoration. I didn't ask if that class ate the cake.

La said...

It could have been a LOT worse.

I think the baker should have just stuck with the scroll and the flag.

Anonymous said...

this doesn't inspire an offensive response for me, more an overall "WTF???!!!!"

Anonymous said...

It's offensive... that goes double if you cut the cake with an airplane shaped knife.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a US citizen, but I find it utterly tasteless too (anyway, I tend to find displays of patriotism tasteless in general, so I'm probably not the right person to judge)...

Calantha said...

First time posting. Love the blog!

Hmm........Kinda hard to call this one, at least IMO. It's very well-done and you do have to have some appreciation for skill and hours put in to create it. No airplanes or fire in sight. Something to be grateful for.

Now if this thing were meant to be eaten, that could get touchy, especially if the towers were also edible. As another poster said, you could cut it up out of sight of the crowd and then serve the pieces in that case. Thankfully, as the employee who posted said, it's NOT meant to be eaten.

All in all, I guess somewhat tacky, but not offensive. Offensive would be if the whole thing was edible, along with half an airplane sticking out of one of the towers. That would cross teh line for me.

LiouxLioux said...

Mmm, tastes great with Dachau/Holocaust Memorial ice cream on the side... 2 scoops please!

I'm sorry, but if cake is your artistic medium, than some subjects aren't appropriate. Save it for occasions to be celebrated.

Under The Radar said...

My vote is with the folks who pointed out that this display is really about making money by showing off cake decorating skills in a store window. That's just crass.

No really- if they really wanted to do a "tribute", they could have chosen to paint a lovely sign to hang in the window. Whether it was to be sold or not is not the point- the very MEDIUM with which they chose to pay tribute was wrong.
If you worked at the circus, would you pass out Twin Tower balloon animals to the kids? How about Twin Tower pinatas?

...question- would the bakery owner donate all of the profits from the sale of the cake to the Twin Tower relief fund? ha.

Wicked MoXie said...

It is at least better than last years sentiment from a Starbucks coffee maiden of "Happy 911"

Michele said...

To me, cake is a celebratory food. Enough said.

Brian said...

Not a wreck. The only thing this baker did wrong was forget that people are still on edge, even after seven years. Everyone deals with things in their own time and in a unique way; the person who dreamed up this cake is simply dealing with this definitive moment in our history in the only way he/she knows how, by making a cake.

I hope the cake was served. The country is still healing and cake always helps. Being offended takes a lot of energy and fails to acknowledge the intentions of people trying to do the right thing.

I'm glad you posted this one.

Amy said...

I'm with Dea: the highlighting is possibly the most tacky element. What were they thinking?

Baker, stepping back from big chocolate-icing-covered towers: Whaddaya think?

Baker's assistant: Pretty good, even though they only look like they're 25 floors high. But will people know they're buildings?

Baker: You don't think that's obvious?

Baker's assistant: Well, they just look kind of like tombstones. I know what the problem is--no windows.

Baker: Do you know how many friggin' windows there are on two 110-story buildings?! By the time I finished, it'd be next September 11.

Baker's assistant: Oh, good point.

Baker, thinking: I know! I'll just highlight the floors where innocent airline passengers were smashed into the building, instantly killing them and the workers on those floors and dooming everyone on the floors above in the worst mass murder in US history!

Baker's assistant: Great idea, boss!

Mindy said...

I would assume best intentions. I am sure that the baker would be horrified to think that ppl thought his/her cake was mocking anyones pain, or an effort to make $$ of a tragedy.

sunshyne said...

Good idea (in theory)
Bad, BAD execution...just because the idea was executed at all.

I'm sure no harm or profit-making was intended, but it's poor taste period.

Bec said...

No, it's wrong. Just plain wrong. Everybody knows what happened and we certainly don't need to see those two towers commemorated on a cake. When I looked at this pic it brought back memories of seeing those towers collapse and of all the horror that happened on that tragic day. This is just so unnecessary and so very insensitive

bionelly said...

To all those who are saying this isn't a wreck because the baker had good intentions: virtually all of the bakers who made cakes featured on this blog probably had good intentions. I'm sure the baker of the infamous baby cake thought it was beautiful, and in fact there are very few wrecks I can think of where the baker clearly intended to make a wreck (aside from the fancakes).

To those saying it's the baker's craft, and so he made a memorial the only way he knew how: I make origami. It's pretty much the only craft I'm really good at. However, I have never felt the urge to make a set of origami twin towers, and I think that would be a lot more appropriate than a cake. Just because you have a skill, that doesn't mean you HAVE to use it to make a tribute. You CAN choose to remember the day in a different way, and in this case, I really think the baker should have.

To those who simply don't see why a twin towers cake is worse than a commemorative plate: The big difference is in the cutting and the eating. The commemorative plate is presumably not going to be used in a way that recreates the destruction of the towers. Now, apparently this cake is only for display, and to me that's a BIG relief. Even so, I still think it's a bad idea. When people see a cake, they naturally assume it's meant to be eaten, so even if the destruction of the towers isn't actually recreated, it's still inevitable that most people will imagine it when they see this cake. Overall, I call it a wreck.

Inky said...

I find the fact that so many of these people commenting are so offended ridiculous. Especially when several of them keep talking about the windows... They're not there because that's where they were hit, they're there because they stood out on the buildings as someone mentioned earlier. Same thing with the tower on the left; they're not lighting a candle, it had an antennae on the top. Can you really be that offended if you don't know what the towers even looked like?

Seeing as how it's a simple display of what they used to be, I don't see anything wrong with it. I would totally have a slice. Worse things could have been done and I think have been done to cakes on purpose with the 9/11 theme. It's a cake. I don't think it's that big of a deal. There are worse things in the world to be worried about.

On a side note, I'm glad to have seen Jameth comment.


As for the topic of having cake to celebrate September 11th? We usually do. For a reason other than the tragedy, I don't forget Sept. 11. It happens to be my mother's birthday. I hate to see it when someone mentions how terrible it is that her birthday is the same day as the attacks. Why remind someone of such a thing on what is supposed to be a happy day for them? We should be celebrating, and we do.

Don't get me wrong, we paid our respects and grieved like everyone else at the time... but you can't grieve forever.

Karyn said...

I'm fiercely patriotic. And I am so anti-terror that it freaks my friends out. Also, I get the whole "we grieve differently" thing and I respect the skill involved and believe the makers were pure in their motives.

But am I the only one whose first thought thatthe only way to make it worse would be to stick a toy plane into the side of one of the buildings?

It just creeped me out in the extreme.

Amy said...

Inky, This was what the towers looked like. The top few floors and some other floors were darker than the rest. In some other views of the WTC some floors do look lighter than the rest, but they are at the same height in both towers. Do you think that's what the baker was trying to convey with lighter floors at different heights from each other? If so, it's a total flop.

An artist (if that's what we can call this decorator) needs to pay attention to how his work is perceived, not just what he intended. This sure looks like it's highlighting the floors that were struck, one several floors below the other.

And if not, I'm still going to laugh at how horribly wrong the whole project went. A cake. Of the twin towers. For people to cut into and eat. I'd sooner cut into a hyper-realistic baby.

Kate B said...

Oh my God. I'm floored. Cake to remember those who died on 9/11? That's just strange in and of itself - but to put the towers on the cake? As the wife of a NYC firefighter who lost a lot of friends that day, it's wrong. It's distasteful. I can see how people not from around here might not understand - but that cake is just incredibly wrong.

Melissa said...

I think if it is just a display, and not meant to be eaten, it's ok. The baker used his art to create a tribute. But to break down the towers to eat them...that's pretty tasteless.

Melissa said...

Also, if this is a DISPLAY cake, what is the difference between a decorator constructing this memorial, and an architect or model builder constructing the same thing? Just because there's icing on it instead of paint???

Susan G. said...

It doesn't even look like the Twin Towers to me so it fails on design as well as conception.

It is tacky. People's bodies fell from those towers.

Tim said...

I can just imagine someone doing the whole "Wrreeeeooww!! Here comes the aeroplane!" thing with a teaspoon to get baby to eat it...

Necia and Joe Shumway said...

I dont know what all of you are talking about. I think it's the coolest cake. That shows major talent and it's not like she was trying to tare apart the towers. Come on!!!! she can pay honor to it if she wants. people did die there and honorably so if she wants to honor them....FINE!!!!!

The Honorable Mayor of Bethville said...

Hey, hand me a piece of that right tower. Yeah, with ice cream.

Cake: fail.

Anonymous said...

Who celebrates the anniversary of 9/11 with a friggin' cake?????

laurel said...

This is seriously the best idea I've ever seen and would definitely eat this cake. Why can't people see how funny this is? It's so hyper-ironic! Where are the plastic airplanes and fire? On 9/11 my friends and I ate "Freedom Fries" to celebrate this fine day in history. I also walked around work harrassing my co-workers by saying, "You must hate freedom because you aren't wearing the colors of freedom: red, white, & blue!"

Kazuki said...

I think if it was a display only cake as a tribute and never intended to be eaten then yes it's a nice tribute. But if it was intended to be sold it's kinda creepy and yes macabre. It all depends on the intention.

Anonymous said...

Would you eat the Golden Gate Bridge in a cake ? You probably would...
What about the Pentagon ? Same thing !

Although... wait a sec... people died there... so that makes it a no-go ?
It's a cake... it's no flesh !

FoxyMoron said...

I am Australian and I found the comments on this cake so telling of how much the Americans love their country and feel so torn up over September 11. The comments alone are a touching memorial to the awful events and loss that occurred that day.
Nobody here has forgotten and we never will I am sure.
Americans cop a bit of flak from the rest of the world sometimes but nobody can doubt your patriotism and your real love and good intentions.
Good on you.

library-chair said...

I could one-up you on that if i had photos. My friend Tim made a cake for my other friend Jeremy's birthday on Sept. 11. It was two towers with fire and little plastic planes sticking out all over the place and gummy bears jumping out the windows.

Snobahr said...

Wreck? Nope. Excellent execution on design.

Is it for sale? That would be wrecktastic, because it goes into marketing.

Was it a commission by another party? The Wrecktasticness is on the client, not the baker(y).

Are the towers edible? If they are to be consumed, if they're cut into in front of the group to whom this is being served, that's Wrecktastic. If the cake is presented for Ooohs and Aaahs, and then taken back to the kitchen/staging area to be parcelled out without an audience, then, no, not Wrecktastic.

The design and build of the cake is excellent, but the subject matter makes it very iffy.

Dominique said...

Not the most tasteful cake I've ever seen, but is it really the kind of thing to get offended by? Perhaps some people are just angry with themselves that they didn't even remember the anniversary...

nc said...

I think the making of the cake is fine. I think displaying it is fine. I think eating it or cutting into it would go into the disrespectful area. So if it were just for display, I think it's perfectly good - a lot of work I think.

Anonymous said...

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO BAKERS EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!:
I appreciate good realism as much as the next person but please try to remember that cakes are meant to be eaten! That means no babies, no dogs, no cats, no other animals or humans of any kind (unless they are drawn or scanned onto the flat surface of the cake), and NO RECENT HISTORICAL TRAGEDIES!!!!!

This has been a public service announcement. Thank you for your attention.

Anonymous said...

The cake does not LOOK too bad, but please remember that CAKE IS MEANT TO BE EATEN. If you would not feel comfortable cutting into what you want to make, DON'T MAKE IT!
I did not really do anything to honor 9/11 this year, except for the moment of silence that we did at school (I'm in 7th grade). Does that make me unpatriotic, immature, moving on, what? I'm not sure what to do seeing as I was only in kindergarten when it happened. I feel fake commemorating something that I lived through and did not even care about at the time.

By the way, has anyone ever noticed that the date 9/11 writes out the number 911- the emergency number in most places? I have always thought this was a weird, if morbid, coincidence.

Anonymous said...

My husband did a double take at this cake. At first glance the flash in the corner of the picture looked like the lights on a plane coming in on the cake. As others have said if this was an "edible sculpture not meant to be eaten" then I can appreciate it. (much like the life-like baby cake)

River said...

My dad and my cousin died in those freaking towers, so I'd sooner be cutting into the throat of the baker than cutting into the cake.

Brianne said...

Give me a break. How can CAKE be disrespectful? People get so up in arms over the stupidest things. Any cake, no matter how expertly executed, is going to look horrible when cut. If you ordered a cake shaped as a person would you feel like a cannibal for eating it?

The real issue here is why anyone feels the need to have cake to commemorate Sept 11 anyway. I assume it's because if we don't, the terrorists win.

Zev said...

Ever think that maybe it's a mock cake? You know, styrofoam or summat that's been decorated?

It's a bakery. They're not going to do a window painting, they're going to decorate something cake-style. I could never believe that they meant to disrespect those loved and lost, and that serve us now.

Anonymous said...

The baker was an artist expressing his/her feelings towards what happened on that fateful day. It was a horrible day, and I believe the baker wanted anybody who looked at it to remember one of our nation's greatest tragedies.

Should it be eaten? I think it really doesn't matter as long as they are respectful of what those towers represent.

doggiemom said...

That is both tacky and disrespectful. A cake memorial for heavens sake? How much more unaware can people get?

Hailey said...

Okay so, the cake is definatly tacky, but cut the guy some slack. I think he was trying to make a tribute to the occasion. Artists made paintings, Musicians wrote songs, so it only follows that cakemakers woudl make cakes. If the towers had be made disfugured, or the cake as a whole was a wreck, then it would be disrespectul, but this cake was beautifully made, so I personally applaud the man for a job well done.

Anonymous said...

i think it was nice of the baker, but maybe a little stupid I mean, can they throw it out if it gets moldy?

Anonymous said...

It's no more morbid than eating a "baby belly" cake or a cake of an animal. It's a tribute... not meant to be disrespectful at all. It wasn't made in bad taste (with an airplane off the side or the tower or anything horrible like that) so just enjoy the thought and eat the cake.... ;)

Anonymous said...

Look, I know that this is REALLY late, but let me just lay down my views here. I was eleven years old when the Towers went down. I WATCHED those Towers fall and I thought, "Oh my God, this is not happening, it canNOT be happening."

A CAKE, guys? To some, it's awesome. To some, it's offensive.

To me, it's the sounds of those buildings falling and the screams of the dying trapped within the rubble.

I commend the baker for making this cake. Not many people have that intention to honor the dead, and I salute him for baking such a beautiful cake. But if he or anyone else actually intends to eat that cake, then I hope they choke.

Anonymous said...

I think that the eating of the cake does not enter into whether or not this is a wreck, in the same sense that eating a cake with someone's picture on it is not disrespectful. I think that even if you consider the eating of the cake to be disrespectful, it has not yet been eaten so at best (or worst) it is a potential or imminent wreck.

Maria Wivnescki said...

I have no opinion one way or another, but I think we should all give way to the opinion of the girl who posted, whose dad and cousin died on the day.

If you're ok with it, think back to the last family member you loved and how they died. Breast cancer? How'd you like to eat a lumpy breast cake? Fire? How'd you like to eat a recreation of the building they were burned in? Asphyxiation?

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