Donald Trump plagiarized a cake.
As wild as that sounds, it’s true. On the left (above), is the cake commissioned by Charm City Cakes owner and chef Duff Goldman for President Obama’s inauguration in 2013. On the right (above), is the cake that was served at President Donald Trump’s Salute to our Armed Services Inaugural Ball on Friday.
Here’s a closer look at former President Obama’s cake:
Here’s another look at Trump’s cake:
Chef Duff Goldman quickly called attention to the design copy on Twitter, which sparked the hashtag #CakeGate.
The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama's inauguration 4 years ago. The one on the right is Trumps. I didn't make it. ???? pic.twitter.com/qJXpCfPhii
— Duff Goldman (@duffgoldman) January 21, 2017
The bakery responsible for making Donald Trump’s copycat cake took to Facebook to explain that she only did it out of request. Trump’s team REQUESTED she make the exact cake.
In speaking to the Washington Post, Tiffany MacIsaac — the owner of Buttercream Bakeshop — said that she tried to get the Trump team to create their own original design…but they weren’t having it.
“They came to us a couple of weeks ago, which is pretty last minute, and said ‘We have a photo that we would like to replicate,’” MacIsaac told The Washington Post by phone. Her bakery tried to encourage the client to use the photo as “inspiration,” as they do with many others, she said.
“They said, ‘Nope, they want this exact cake. It’s perfect.’ And we said, great,” MacIsaac said. Neither she nor her spokeswoman revealed who placed the order. The “Salute to Our Troops” ball was one of three official presidential inaugural balls held Friday and open by invitation only to members of the military, veterans, first responders and their families.
MacIsaac did not want to state her political affiliation, but said her bakery began planning how it would donate its proceeds from the Trump inaugural cake to charity. The baker and her staff chose the Human Rights Campaign, a nonprofit group that advocates for equal treatment of the LGBT community — and that has declared Trump “unfit for the presidency.”
“I’m a small-business owner and one of the things I’m very, very proud about is that I don’t discriminate,” MacIsaac said. “I would never turn someone away based on their age, their sex, their sexual orientation, their political views. It’s just not the way we operate.”
MacIsaac said the attention caught her by surprise partly because, per the order, the Trump cake was intended to be more of a prop: All but a three-inch slice at the bottom was inedible.
“It’s just a Stryofoam cake. It’s not for eating,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be seen on TV.”
As is customary with many of her creations, MacIsaac posted a photo of the recreated cake on Instagram the day after the event. By then, Goldman’s tweet — and controversy over the cake — had found its way to her.
“Obviously, my intention was definitely not to upset him in any way,” MacIsaac said of Goldman, whom she does not know personally. “I just wish that it had not been presented the way that it was.”
A fake cake for a fake president. How fitting.