Food Music Playlist #21: National Cake Day

Our friends at Foodimentary remind me that today is National Cake Day–a bold statement on a date so close to Thanksgiving, which is typically a carnival of pies. But I am happy to add the frosting to this particular food celebration with four songs about cake. (General, all-occasion cake, not birthday cake.)

DNCE, “Cake by the Ocean”

I cannot express in words how much I adore this ridiculous song. It’s catchy, upbeat and danceable–and while the titular cake is more or less a euphemism, its joyful recitation of flavors (“Red velvet, vanilla, chocolate in my life / Funfetti, I’m ready; I need it every night”) borders on the non-sequitur. The object of the singer’s affection… is the cake? But she is also eating the cake, getting frosting on her fingers but in a sexy way? Don’t think about it too hard.

B-52s, “Cake”

How about some B-52s to wild up your dreary November Monday? Like “Cake by the Ocean,” this song has a lot of fun with the soft, sticky, sweet qualities of cake–but like their most famous single, this song is more about surreal imagery and comic delivery than sex.

Hey, you know what I’d really like to do?
Say wha’?
I feel like makin’ a cake
Ooh wah what kind of cake do you want?
Umm, how about … pineapple upside-down cake?
Maybe a chocolate devil’s food cake.
Wah, nothin’ like a chocolate devil’s food cake.
Ooh, how about an angel cake?
Umm, some cinnamon?
Yea, sure.
Yea, uh huh. I swear.
You got a pan the right size?
A pan?
It says in this cookbook it takes a long time to rise.
I read that. Now, beware.
Let’s get this thing in the oven.

Flo Rida and 99 Percent, “Cake”

This song is so relateable. I too only came for the cake.

Cher, “Disaster Cake”

“Disaster brain” is what I call the part of my mind that imagines the worst possible outcome in any given situation. “Disaster cake,” I am pretty sure, is not a thing. That doesn’t stop Cher:

Babe you’re heading on a journey
I hate to see you make
’cause the only food they sell there
Is called Disaster Cake


If you think you can outrun it
That’ll be your first mistake
’cause the recipe you’re making
Is for Disaster Cake

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