Donald Trump’s inaugural cake wasn’t just a copy of Obama’s—it was also fake

There’s only one thing worse than a plagiarized cake design: A fake cake.

As newly elected President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence sliced into their cake at the “Salute to Our Troops” Inauguration Ball Friday night, the nine-tier cake looked oddly familiar to some, including the baker of Barack Obama’s cake four years ago.

The baker, Duff Goldman, tweeted photos of both cakes which showed that they were identical—right down to the stars and stripes.

While Trump’s transition and inauguration teams have not responded to comments about the identical cakes, Tiffany MacIsaac, owner of Washington’s Buttercream Bakeshop, told the Washington Post she made the cake.

MacIsaac said a client commissioned her to recreate an exact replica of the cake from Obama’s second inauguration. She also said she hadn’t expected the cake to get any attention because it was intended to be a prop. The cake was entirely made of Styrofoam except for a three-inch slice at the bottom.

The bakeshop shared a photo of the cake on its Instagram account, giving credit to Goldman for the original design. It also shared what it intends to do with the profits it made from the commission.

“Best part is all the profits are being donated to @humanrightscampaign, one of our favorite charities who we have loved working with over the years,” they wrote. “Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve!”

Goldman appears to not hold any grudges against the bakeshop, MacIsaac, or Trump.

https://twitter.com/duffgoldman/status/822858891939590145

Not everyone has been as forgiving, however. Twitter users rallied behind Goldman, saying the replica was plagiarism.

https://twitter.com/LBCeleste/status/822867593140826112

The inauguration cake wasn’t the only part of the day to be accused of plagiarism. Many also pointed out similarities between Trump’s inauguration speech and a line from Batman villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.