A baker in Vienna, Austria, has stirred up public anger by baking what critics are calling a “tasteless” cake. Why? Because it depicts the fateful moment when New York’s Twin Towers came under attack on Sept 11, 2001.

“It’s ironic that a baker has no taste,” writes one critic on the website of the mass-circulation Heute tabloid that highlighted the unusual creation. “I would call this incitement to terrorism,” writes another.

But baker Thomas Kienbauer defended his work on May 5, saying it represented legitimate political commentary.

“The cake is supposed to represent the collapse of the ‘grand coalition’,” he says, referring to the centre-left Social Democrats (SPO) and the conservative People’s Party (OVP) who share power and have dominated post-war politics in the country.

He says he was inspired to bake the cake because the attacks on the World Trade Center towers took place on Sept 11 – commonly referred to as 9/11 – while Vienna local elections will take place this year on Oct 11 – or 10/11.

While it’s not exactly a link that most people would have made since the 9/11 attacks killed nearly 3,000 people, Kienbauer brushes off the online anger.

“Most people who see this cake interpret it immediately as lots of people losing their lives and … blah blah blah. Few see the purpose behind the whole thing,” he says, having his cake and eating it too. – Reuters

Photo: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

The “tasteless” cake in all its insensitive glory. Photo: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger