ABOUT THE PROJECT
“Make America Cake Again!” is a collaboration and celebration among bakeries, food professionals, home bakers, scholars, and educators across the country. It is a non-partisan nation-wide project to raise awareness about our culinary heritage and the place of food in political and social life as well as to generate funds for voting access and rights.
In October, people across the country will “Make America Cake Again”. Specifically, they will be baking historical Election Cakes. Election Cake dates back to Colonial America and the young Republic. It is a naturally-leavened cake, one derived from English “great cakes", and interpreted widely by its makers in the New England colonies. Home and professional bakers made this cake to feed militia members in the Colonial era during military training days. After the American Revolution, it evolved into an Election Cake, one prepared, mostly by women, for town hall meetings and community celebrations to encourage eligible voter attendance. These cakes contributed to the revelry surrounding the democratic process and held a significant place in the voting landscape. In this modern-day project, they represent a connection to our shared history through food as well as an opportunity to bring attention to the upcoming election and issues concerning voter rights and access.
“Make America Cake Again” connects the spheres of craft, tradition, scholarship, and community-based social and political movements. Participating bakeries will have their own interpretation of Election Cakes for sale before and around national election on November 8th. A percentage of proceeds from these sales will be donated to the League of Women Voters, a non-partisan non-profit organization that works on voting access, education and policy. Home bakers are also encouraged to participate, by making their own election cakes and finding meaningful ways in which election cakes can generate dialogue, build community, and contribute to healthy political engagement! If you bake an Election Cake, please share your experience with us on social media using the following hashtags:
LINKS FOR RECIPES AND FORMULAS
Keia Mastrianni, "Election Cake Makes a Modern Day Resurgence," Bon Appetit Mag
Maia Surdam, "Election Cake: A Forgotten Democratic Tradition," American Historical Association Today
All Things Considered, "A History of Election Cake and Why Bakers Want to #MakeAmericaCakeAgain," National Public Radio
Mackensy Lunsford, "Asheville Bakery aims to 'Make America Cake Again'," Asheville Citizen-Times
.Alex Orlov, "Before Women Could Vote, They Baked 'Election Cake' to Entice Men to the Polls," Mic
Bryce Evans, "The Changing Shape of Election Cake," Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture, volume 50, no. 4, Winter 2016 (University of Chicago Press) *forthcoming*
Thomas Calder, "Election Cakes: OWL Bakery Adds Some Sweetness to Asheville's Democratic Process," Mountain Express
Mike Wendling, "US Election 2016: Is this cake the sweetest thing to rise from a bitter campaign?," BBC News
Sarah Delia, "'Make America Cake Again' is an Election Day Goal for Asheville Bakers," WFAE 90.7 Charlotte
Daron Taylor, "We're Almost at Election Day. What America Needs Right Now is a Slice of Cake," The Washington Post
OWL ELECTION CAKE
We are no longer able to accept orders for election cake for shipping,
as we have reached our production limit. Thanks to everyone for your support!
For LOCAL CUSTOMERS, you may still call the bakery to place a special order for pickup
on Tuesday, November 8th.