Saturday, February 12, 2011

At CPAC, The Ronald Reagan Centennial Cake

Frosting & fondant homage for the centennial birthday of the 40th President...
On Thursday evening, the opening night of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC, the Ronald Reagan Diamond Reception and Banquet featured the excellent cake, above, created in honor of the centennial of President Ronald Reagan's February 6 birthday.

President Obama is currently having a presidential bromance with President Reagan, BTW, referencing him in recent speeches. Over Christmas break, according to a White House aide, Mr. Obama read “President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime” by Lou Cannon.

The chocolate cake had sugary details that referenced moments in the life of the former cowboy movie star-turned-California Governor-turned President, and included a half-demolished Berlin Wall made of fondant. The photos here are by Slate's Dave Weigel.

President Reagan was the 40th president, and served two terms (1981–1989), following two terms as governor of California, following a career as a huge movie star and radio personality. He passed away on June 5, 2004. He is survived by his wife, First Lady Nancy Reagan. Banquet guests ate the cake after the photo ops were done. (Above: A detail of the Berlin Wall element on the cake)

Tickets to the dinner, held at the Mariott Wardman Park Hotel, were $275 without a conference package.

Above, the reverse side of the cake; the chocolate plaque reads "Rancho Del Cielo," the name of the Reagan's 688-acre vacation ranch, located in the Santa Ynez mountain range north of Santa Barbara, California.

On Feb. 6, 2011, there was a huge centennial birthday celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, which included a 400-pound Reagan cake.

About 11,000 avid supporters attended the three-day CPAC conference, which ended Saturday (Above: Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn), checks out the cake; she keynoted CPAC on Friday)

Related: On New Year's Day 2011, the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration Float, created from seeds and flowers, was awarded the National Trophy at the 2011 Rose Parade In Pasadena, California, from a judging committee that included President Reagan's own former White House florist, Nancy Clark.

*Photos by Dave Weigel/Slate; Bachmann photo by AP.