Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Presidential Sweet

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

This is a day for the history books, folks! Yep, that's right: today I opened a fresh tin of Godiva dark-chocolate-covered pretzels, and only ate two. I know: impressive, right?

Oh, and Barack Obama is being inaugurated as President of the United States. That, too.

Naturally, I want to join in all the patriotic fervor the best way I know how, so allow me to dredge up a mistake from the not-so-distant past:

Ta-da!

This election-night Wreck's irony is twofold: 1) it's from a bakery in Chicago, and 2) the wreckerator responsible made a point of telling Chelsea M. what a big Obama supporter she was.

[looking at cake again] Yeeaah. Kinda makes you wonder what it would have looked like if she didn't like him.

Of course, bakeries across Washington and the U.S. are pulling out all the stops in honor of today's festivities, so we have more current Wrecks, too. Here's one Greg P. spied:

"Change we can belive in!"

And another from Meghan G.:

Feeling a little seasick, Mr. President? Or perhaps you've spied my Godiva pretzels and are simply green with envy? [waggling eyebrows]

Some places are doing a better job, though: here's what the posh Willard Room Restaurant in D.C. has on display:

[tilting head] Huh. You know, Zach S., from where I sit it looks like the White House is leaning a little to the left.

[cymbal crash]

Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week.

Oh, and here's a great example of American ingenuity: this is what Cate E. came up with when she needed to sell an overstock of Yule Log cakes left over from the holidays:

Obama logs! Or as she dubbed them, "Presidential InLOGuration Cakes". Heheheh.

And lastly, I'll leave you with Sierra Rein's find:

First thought: "Wow! So pretty!"

Second thought: "Whoah, is he... I mean, does it look like...Uhh...Yeah, maybe I better zoom in..."

"Oh, phew! Never mind!"

3rd thought: "Why am I suddenly reminded of Howdy Doody?"

4th thought: "Sheesh, this is a long post. I think I need a few more Godiva pretzels now." [wanders off in search of sweets]
Alix said...

You just cannot do better than a grand White House cake with a bobble-head Obama waiting on the front lawn. Except maybe for the last one that looks like an SNL Wrap Party cake with a gum paste figurine of Fred Armisen sitting on top.

Anne said...

I'm so overwhelmed by media coverage of today's Inauguration I might just limit my intake to this post. (I have immense respect for President Obama, but I also have a very strong need to be entertained with human ineptness. :))

Kim said...

Love, love, love your writing...absolutely hilarious way to begin my day. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

This post reminds me that, no matter what our differences may be, we can all come together and laugh at some goofy-looking cakes. On the screenprint cake (yellow cake!), at least they didn't have two pictures!

~Katie W

Anonymous said...

Um,who is OBMOA? A Hawaiian president?????

Leslie said...

Yep I'm all ready to watch the web cast of Mr. Obmoa's inauguration. Hey why are you guys looking at me like I'm ignorant...the cake TOLD me it was spelled that way and CAKE DOESN'T LIE!

Half Assed Kitchen said...

Go Obmoa!

Angie (from over at www.HalfAssedKitchen.com)

TrodoMcCracken said...

Hey, if I were a guy and becoming President, I'd have a pretty patriotic boner popping too. No wonder he's covering his lap.

Mella said...

Obama is such a diiiiifficult name to write .

Kate said...

last pic isn't so bad...but why is Obama sticking out his tongue? or should I say "Obmoa" jeesh. Some people...

Anonymous said...

Although it is the wrong arm, my first thought when I saw the last cake was "Heil Hitler." (Make that my second thought. My first thought was the same as your second thought...

domino_dreams said...

Yea, that last one almost made it to the finish line without turning into a wreck, but it seems to have tripped over its big clown shoes at the last minute.

President Barack "Stretch" Obmoa seems to be enjoying himself on that cake.

And thanks for this. I'm enjoying today entirely too much already, but I was really looking forward to what you had to post today. :) You rock my socks!

WV: abblammi (no, really!)
"And the fireworks were amazingly loud! 'ABBLAMMI! ABBLAMMI!'"

DangGina said...

That first one...oh dear, oh dear. Obmoa? And what, praytell, are those blue blobs around the edge? If I squint and cock my head to the side, I think they might be balloons...

And that last cake, with all the red white and blue, is amazing...except for Mr. Obama. Yikes...

Anonymous said...

He looks like Chico Marx.

Beverly said...

Till I looked at a close up, I thought I was being flipped off in that last picture!

Kelli said...

Your commentary on the fourth cake is SUPER funny!! "The White House is leaning a little to the left" I almost fell out of my chair!!

Melissa said...

I can't get over the length of the legs in the last pic. He'd be about 15 feet tall!

Great post to celebrate the day!

Kim said...

On the last cake, does it have a cigarette in his hand?

I also thought the same thing for his other hand.

And on the Obmoa cake--the one person said the cake doesn't lie--so I say to that person "the cake is a lie"

The Courteous Chihuahua said...

Forget the economy, the military, healthcare...what have you. President Obmoa needs to figure out a way to stop these Cake Wreck offenders. Now THAT'S change I can "belive" in.

Sue M. said...

Looking at the frame in the background of the White House cake, it seems to me that it's the picture/camera angle that's tilted, rather than the cake itself. (I can't quite tell if the frame is a window, picture, mirror...) Granted, the architecture may not be quite square even if the picture was straightened up

Heidi said...

Are those...errr....what I think they are on the first 'Obmoa' cake? Cause I'm seeing little squiggly tails on all the blue blobs. Guess that might explain that last cake....

The Lewis Family said...

Hey I noticed your badge on the side that said you won the 2008 best food blog, must have pulled it out there in the end to come a head, huh? ;)
~C

Toriisen said...

Can I have a pretzel too?

Persnickety Ticker said...

I belive these are the wreckiest Obmoa cakes I have ever lean...er...I mean SEEN! Great job today!!

Boy he sure does look REALLY happy on that last cake, doesn't he?

Jillian said...

Is Mr. President hailing Hitler in that last one?

Brooke said...

The first thing that came to mind when I saw that last cake was Michael Jackson grabbing his crotch and going "heeheeeee". It just doesn't look right when you try to spell it out does it?

Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

Soo funny!! I'm reading this as I'm watching the inauguration so it's very appropriate. :)

The Wacky Conservative said...

If the first cake's decorator DIDN'T like him? Oh, I don't know. Maybe "OBUMMER" might have been the inscription?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm............

heeheehee

PALIN FOR PRESIDENT
WHOO HOOOOO!!!

The Wacky Conservative

jackie31337 said...

Maybe the first cake was going for "amoeba". That's certainly what those blobs look like.

WV: feddlexu, from which my brain extracted the very odd phrase "fed'll ex you", whatever that means.

Rachel said...

You're hilarious.

slythwolf said...

I like that third one. It does however make me think we shouldn't make President Obama angry...

brossettelewis said...

Nice! I would have maybe had his hand MUCH farther away from the presidential jewels.

Keeley said...

"Leaning a little to the left" Bwahahahahaa.

Miranda said...

"Obmoa"??? Also, it's 2009! Lord have mercy.

Becky said...

I love your site, but do you think you may be going a bit overboard with the ads? I'm sure they make you a few extra bucks, but can you consider your readers and maybe tone it down a little?

Reagan said...

This is awesome!

45.7% of America said...

Is anyone really shocked that Obama cornered the illiterate vote?

Props to the last wreckerator for capturing his true *ahem* essence.

The Wacky Conservative said...

Heidi, you are soooooooo sick! hee hee hee (devilish grin). I TOLD you he reminded me of Clinton but nooooo, no one listens to me!

wink wink

The Wacky Conservative

Sport's Mom said...

Laughing my butt off and loving it! This on top of the crowd booing Rom Emanuel is just too much! :)

Sandi said...

I thought the first cake was surrounded with rats hiding under round blue throw pillows (you can see their little tails.)

Jenn K. said...

He kinda looks like he's doing the Heil Hitler thing..eh?

katphoti said...

5th thought: What's with the "Heil Hitler" arm pose? I think the rest of the cake is great, though.

Thanks again for your fun blog!

~ Andrea

For the Tennessee Walking Horse
When the Rain Horse Comes
The Murder of the English Language

Debra Sullivan Marcus said...

I see I'm not the only one who thinks it looks like our President is grabbing his crotch while saluting Hitler. Just a little inappropriate. And yes, Howdy Doody came to my mind as well. Come on people, show some respect. We've finally got someone in who isn't a "wreck". Let's do him proud! (especially in cake 'cause it's just so good)

Debra S.

KimboSue said...

Don't forget this one - http://wonkette.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/obama_cake.jpg

Jerry D. Harris said...

today I opened a fresh tin of Godiva dark-chocolate-covered pretzels, and only ate two. I know: impressive, right?

Someone once said: "Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces...and eat only one of the pieces."

I...am not strong.

Lindsey said...

The Obama Log cake actually looks really yummy, I want one. The first one looks yummy too.

Jagyularr said...

Was I the only one who thought "Frankenstein Obama" when I saw that photo cake?

Jerod Poore said...

On the last cake I was reminded of the scene in Dr. Strangelove when Major "King" Kong rode a hydrogen bomb down to the Ruskie missile base.

One can only imagine the target of that particular cake.

Aviatrix said...

My first thought was that he really had to pee and was trying to hold it in until he could get off the cake.

Nathan said...

Didn't Hanson have a song called "Obmoa" years ago?

Suz said...

...."You know, Zach S., from where I sit it looks like the White House is leaning a little to the left..."

-hehehe! You're correct.
Let's hope he brings about change in education (or not, for the sake of "Cake Wrecks"!
-Susie

Jamie E said...

He's totally heil-ing Hitler in that one.....awww.

Scritzy said...

Well, now that President Omaba has made his speech about change we can belive in, I guess he has the right to sit on a cake and, um, er ... right.

The White House does look as if it's leaning to the left *wink* but that bobblehead creeps me out because until I enlarged the picture, I thought it looked like OJ Simpson. *shudder*

I sincerely hope better cakes are served at all the inaugural festivities.

Ya Chun said...

An Obama log, like a Lincoln log? That's taking it just a bit far...

And that last cake, it kinda looks like a 'hail' instead of a wave....

Wolvie Girl said...

Yay for Obmoa hehehehe. Apparently he's your KKth president. (I say "your" cause I'm an Aussie.) Oh and watch out for those Michael Jackson moves.

WV: micsi - try not to micsi up the letters next time

Beckster said...

UM.....yeahhhhh

that last one would be beautiful except for Mr. Pres.

Maybe he's thinking of Inauguration Night in the White House...

/wrong i know...

little gator said...

log? I thougth he had his face on a wristwatch.

Anonymous said...

Because of you guys I can't look at a cake anymore and not see the inappropriate, keep it. Obmoa for prez!

The Wacky Conservative said...

I love your awesomely perverted mind, Beckster!

WV: moerwar Let's just not even go there.

Mariam67 said...

Is Obama in the last one giving the Nazi salute???

bernthis said...

Those cakes are incredible. I'm a HUGE cake fan and that is why I cannot bake them here in the house as I know I would finish the entire thing in one day and my thighs have told me No way!

flovolgal said...

Don't forget this one - http://wonkette.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/obama_cake.jpg

Oh, that one actually made me jump a little when I opened the link.

On the last one...if I had a little boy in my 1st grade class in that position it would prompt the, "Hands on your desk, please!" speech all primary teachers know so well. You normally don't eat any cupcakes from that child on his birthday either.

Good Luck President Obmoa.

Anonymous said...

Time to bring back the Obama cupcake mosaic. That was great (even if the colors were a little freaky).

The last one looks like an old jewish man saluting the very last person he would ever salute .. if you know what I mean......

Anonymous said...

That third cake is a hot mess...we wouldn't like our President when he's angry...

clueuin said...

Chocolate Pretzels. Yummmmm!
Oh yeah,nice post about the cakes....
.....Only one?

Peace I'm out and hungrey
Clueuin

Kimmygintx said...

Uh... yeah, that last one does look a little, uh, odd at second glance... ;)

becka said...

My 6yo dd wants the seasick obama cake...and my 5yo ds says "no! it's too boyish!"

my kids seem to love the wrecks, no worries about us getting one, they'd seemingly like it even better!

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

Oh my, we have elected the first green president, this is a historical day.

LOVE it that the White House is leaning left :)

Kidding aside, today was simply amazing. I can`t stop smiling.

M. E. Lasse said...

The photo cake kind of looks like Obama (sorry: OBMOA) is trapped in the plastic container...trying to get out...but his hand just can't budge that darn top.

Donna said...

I saw the last one and thought "Hi Silver, Away!"

The green one....The Incredible HulkObama.

Mikki said...

Congrats on your ToyFare feature! When I saw the little lingerie doll with her tiny censor bar on p.10, I was so excited that I had to rush over here and give you this air-five.

*high-five*

Sarah said...

White House leaning to the left! Good call, Jen. LOL

Anonymous said...

I wonder how Obmoa feels about the honoursome cakes

Mad Hatter said...

these are wonderful

Hyena Overlord said...

Anon said: "Um,who is OBMOA? A Hawaiian president?????"

I'm so glad you said that. I was at a loss for words.

Up here in Canada we watched the ceremony at work. Funny, I've never watched a Canadian Prime Minister be sworn in. I think we need to up our showmanship here.

wvotd dines: So obvious I hope I don't need to provide a description of what the work means.

Anonymous said...

I thought the last cake was in itself an pretty cake. But yeah, having a personal party and the heil Hitler was a bit unnerving!

Oh, I GET IT . . .leaning to the left. . . hee hee hee hee. . .

Kate said...

Hmmm, looks like our new president is getting used to taking matters into his own hands on that last cake :)

Mrs. Chaucer's Pirate said...

1. That's the whitest black person i've ever seen
2. He looks like he's at a Nazi rally.

Laufa said...

The second thought I had for the last cake was "Hale Hitler", I hope not!!

Jess T said...

WOW..just wow.

T. said...

Laughing so hard at the Hilter-esque cake of Obama... wow. Seriously?

Also how did I not notice that it was Obmoa on the 1st cake? Wow. I'm almost as bad as the wrecker herself. I'll just blame it on the fact that I'm exhausted... from sleeping in due to 2 hour snow delay... Yeah... that's it...

Meg said...

I thought those blue blobs with black tails in the first cake looked remarkably like sperm infiltrating egg cells.

I'm assuming the wreckerator was trying for balloons? Ick!

Best wishes to Obmoa. :)

GI Smith's said...

OK so the first cake looks like a couple of Smurf's had Diarrhea. Where they supposed to be balloons??

Cindy said...

Yellow cake? Wouldn't marble have been more appropriate?

curiousceridwen said...

Photo cake looks like Shrek's Jenny Craig after picture.

~* N *~ said...

Yeah, I totally think the blue balloons on the Obmoa cake look like sperm. Nice.

buy cakes philippines said...

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Ash said...

Wow Wow Wow, holy man, look at those cakes.

Larissa said...

My husband works at the Willard. He said the cake was really quite impressive, and wasn't leaning... I think he was just indignant that it made your blog. :-)

Tara MacDonald said...

My first thought on the last cake wreck... "Obama does a Michael Jackson dance move in celebration of inauguration!". A-hee-hee!!!

Chelsea said...

Yeah, our OBMOA cake was a huge hit.
So glad y'all liked it too!
Everyone wanted to take pictures with it, so it took us forever to be allowed to cut it.

And it's not like the correct spelling of that name wasn't the most visible word in Chicago at the time, or anything...

Noelle said...

#1 Obmoa! XD

Madeleine said...

Some of these cakes are truly obamanations. I, too, saw sperm and a Nazi salute.

Anonymous said...

That's hilarious. I actually saw that last Obama cake tonight after work. That specialty bakery is right down the block from the restaurant I work at. I also noticed it looked nothing like him. :)

Anonymous said...

That last Obama cake with him perched on top... I dunno, just the way he's sitting... kinda reminds me of Michael Jackson's crotch-grab dance move.

Tina Miles said...

I was in Kenya last month and was wishing I had my camera in the grocery store and had gotten pictures of the cakes for this site. All kinds of Obama cakes--and plenty that had him on it and said "Happy Birthday". They're quite proud of him there.

fondant.com said...

Wow! That last one with the seated Michael Jackson crotch-grab combined with a Nazi Party Zeig Heil...VERY balls-y!
...sorry...
I think the cake creator is showing us a different side of Barack we never saw on the campaign trail and might never have imagined before (and hopefully never will again).
Bravo to the awesome-ness that is this fondant creation and to the boss who let it out of the kitchen for us to "enjoy"!
fondant.com

Egy Azziera said...

First off we would like to congratulate you on your fine public speaking skills. It looks like those who said the Obama Administration would strike while the iron is hot may have been correct, and the Administration may be doing it in a way that does not require them to even get a vote in Congress.

Rose said...

That last pic/set is from a bakery in Bethesda, MD called Fancy Cakes By Leslie. Usually they are fantastic, but everyone was stopping and staring at that Obmoa one...

Tash: The-Insane-Snow-Leopard-Lover said...

4th Cake= BOBBLE HEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD XD XD

Cupcakes Lady said...

I like your comments..a hilarious way to start my day me things. :) xx

Anonymous said...

the one with the leaning white house is actually pretty good.

sassi said...

I actually think the green Obama looks like he's trying to break out of the box (mime style!)