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Donald Trump’s inaugural cake wasn’t just a copy of Obama’s—it was also fake
The cake was made of Styrofoam.
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.
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
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!”
Excited to share the cake we got to make for one of last night's inaugural balls. While we most love creating original designs, when we are asked to replicate someone else's work we are thrilled when it is a masterpiece like this one. @duff_goldman originally created this for Obama's inauguration 4 years ago and this years committee commissioned us to re-create it. 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. Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve! (Check out Tuesday's Instagram post to see how much we were able to donate!)
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Goldman appears to not hold any grudges against the bakeshop, MacIsaac, or Trump.
Not everyone has been as forgiving, however. Twitter users rallied behind Goldman, saying the replica was plagiarism.
@Duff_Goldman nah son. They stole from you. Stop trying to be nice. Trump and "fantastic" belong nowhere in the same sentence.
— XCrossAtlanticX (@XcrossAtlanticX) January 21, 2017
@Duff_Goldman Don't back track. They stole from you. You have the right to be upset about that!
— Veronica (@AllInGoodThyme) January 21, 2017
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 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.