Happy 190th Birthday to the Democratic Party, founded on January 8th of 1828. These ten cakes feature the party's popular (though not official) symbol, the humble donkey.  

 

Ass Not What Your Country Can Do For You...

Democratic donkey cake

The Democrat “donkey” is actually a “jackass” with “jack” being the term for a male donkey and “ass” being the, er, less politically correct term for the donkey as a species. Back in the 1820s, Andrew Jackson's political foes referred to his supporters as jackasses; said supporters then embraced the reference and the animal became one of the Democrat's most enduring symbols. (Democratic donkey cake image via Flour & Sun    

 

Any Way You Slice It

Democratic donkey cake

OK, so the sugar cookie centerpiece of the above cake looks more like a dog than a donkey but let's all be polite and say the baker nailed it. The least party-goers could do was to eat the dog/donkey before anyone could make snide comments. (Democratic donkey cake image via Bustle/Chip Somodevilla  

 

Starring Role

Democratic donkey cake

Proud Democrats Dick and Mickey Klenz shared this delicious-looking birthday cake in October of 2011, which may explain why the Democrat donkey cake topper only bears two stars instead of the usual four. Speaking of stars, the Republican elephant symbol only carries three stars... and since around the year 2000, the stars have been upside down. What's “up” with that, anyway? (Democratic donkey cake image via Germantown Democratic Club)        

 

Feed The Candidates

Democratic donkey cake

The homespun Democrat donkey cake above was baked for a “Meet the Candidates” night during the buildup to the 2008 election. No telling if the cake is chocolate, vanilla or some other flavor on the inside but as in most things political, it's the initial impression that registers with voters. (Democratic donkey cake image via Cakes, Cupcakes and Cookies by Ni-Na/Flickr)                
         

 

The Cake Depression?

Democratic donkey cake

Nichole from the Vescapades blog received a Democrat donkey cake for her 30th birthday and she looks very pleased... the donkey, not so much. Seriously, how hard is it to sculpt a smile on a cartoonish donkey made of cake icing? Did the baker model its face after McKayla Maroney? (Democratic donkey cake image via Vescapades)      

 

South-of-Baltimore Oreos

Democratic donkey cake

Dave Burton of The Capital Candy Jar loves baking sweet treats as much as he loves living in Washington DC. Combining his passions in the spirit of tasteful patriotism, Dave offers this three-pack of Democrat Chocolate Covered Oreo cookies for a mere six bucks per pack. We think they should be offered to anyone running for office in lieu of cash campaign contributions. (Democratic donkey cake image via The Capital Candy Jar)           

 

Capital List Cupcakes

Democratic donkey cake

Change we can believe in... and taste, for that matter. Only one of these circa-November-2008 cupcakes features the Democratic donkey and that's too bad. When crossing a political desert, you'll need a twenty mule team to get you through. (Democratic donkey cake image via Happiness in a Bite/Flickr)        

 

No Nuts or Flakes

Democratic donkey cake

This gorgeous chocolate Democrat donkey cake adorned with red, white and blue frosting rosettes comes from Nutphree's Bakery and is, presumably, nut-free. Can the same be said for our Democratic members of Congress? Let them eat cake! (Democratic donkey cake image via Nutphree's Bakery)        

 

Say It With Cookies

Democratic donkey cake

Sometimes cookies are better than cakes when it comes to winning over large numbers of people... just ask the Girl Scouts. These Democrat donkey sugar cookies are resplendent in red, white and blue. Hmm, what flavor is “blue”, anyway? (Democratic donkey cake image via SugarLaneBakeShop/Etsy             
         

 

Political Animal

Democratic donkey cake

That Democrat donkey's bulging eyes scream “Get me offa this thing!” but the rich, glistening frosting entices political animals of all stripes to dig in while the gettin's good. By the way, does that donkey have alarmingly short legs or is it slowly sinking into the cake's upper layers? Well, we guess there are worse ways to go. No wonder he's smiling. (Democratic donkey cake image via Kathy Wise/Flickr)

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