Donald Trump went into inauguration day mired in controversy and protests; amid all of the drama, however, his inauguration cake really stood out. Not, however, for the reason the new POTUS might have hoped. That’s because the Trump inauguration cake was as familiar as it was impressive. And it was familiar because it was a dead ringer for a cake baked for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2013.
The original cake was baked by celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman, and he immediately noticed that the Trump inauguration cake bore a striking resemblance to the cake he’d baked for the 2013 Commander in Chief’s Ball. As The Washington Post reports, Goldman took to Twitter to share the copycat cake situation with the world.
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 (@Duff_Goldman) January 21, 2017
It didn’t take long for social media users to weigh in on the Trump inauguration cake situation, with many immediately agreeing that some serious pastry plagiarism had gone on. In fact, some were appalled that Donald Trump or his inauguration planning people would rip off Obama’s decadent and impressive inauguration cake, “right down to the last star.”
The blatant cake design theft was front and center at the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball, as President Trump and Vice President Pence made a big show out of cutting the nine-tiered behemoth with a sword at the event. In fact, people were so shocked that the story began to dominate social media trending news lists, and many were wondering how such a thing could have happened. Because Donald Trump has had very few positive things to say about President Obama, a lot of folks were incensed that he would copy the outgoing president’s inauguration cake so obviously.
@Complex From Michelle Obama's speech to now this cake, what will they copy next, Obamacare?— eldejo (@eldejo) January 22, 2017
@TMZ Nothing new. He doesn't know how to be original or real. Down to his speeches, his tan, hair, and his paid for body wife.— Conchella Cheatham (@sensual_eyes7) January 22, 2017
While Duff Goldman was willing and even eager to use social media to point out that his Obama inauguration cake had been ripped off, he hasn’t answered questions about “cakegate,” ignoring media requests for further comment. He did, however, turn to Twitter once more to address the Trump inauguration cake situation, and he didn’t appear to have much actual anger over the situation.
Remembering a fantastic cake I made is awesome and the chef that re-created it for @POTUS Trump did a fantastic job. Group hug, y'all. ????????— Duff Goldman (@Duff_Goldman) January 21, 2017
The Trump transition team isn’t taking about the pilfered cake design, either. In fact, it has been reported that media outlets have been getting the runaround. On Saturday afternoon, the Trump team began directing media queries about the cake to inaugural ball planners at the Department of Defense. In turn, on Sunday department spokespersons said they weren’t the people to answer such questions.
There is one player in the Trump inauguration cake saga that is talking, however. As AV Club reports, the bakery that actually created the knock-off cake has chosen to spill its guts on the situation, and D.C.’s Buttercream Bake Shop openly admits that they did copy Obama’s cake. According to the bakery, they were hired to do precisely that. They say that just two weeks before Inauguration Day (an incredibly tight timeframe) they were contacted by inauguration planners to bake a cake that looked just like the Obama inauguration cake of 2013.
the baker who made trump's cake (which was commissioned to be exactly like obama's) donated all profits to the human rights campaign xoxoxo pic.twitter.com/sLVdhZgkWA— nasty cool dude (@jokerarcana) January 21, 2017
In fact, the bakery claims that they were provided with pictures of the original to make their job that much easier than the plagiarism much more precise.
Rather than turn down the job, Buttercream Bake Shop agreed to replicate the cake. And they also got into the anti-Trump spirit, despite fulfilling the request. The bakery explained their mini inauguration protest on their Instagram page.
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!
A photo posted by Buttercream Bakeshop (@bttrcrmbakeshop) on
The bakery that created the Trump inauguration cake at the center of all the controversy decided to metaphorically “stick it” to the Trump/Pence team by donating all proceeds from the project to the Human Rights Campaign, which does a lot of LGBTQ advocacy group.
“Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child – straight, gay, or the rainbow in between – deserve.”
It’s a fairly fitting protest against an administration that, as one of its first acts, removed the LGBTQ page from the WhiteHouse.gov “Issues” section.
What are your thoughts on the situation? Is it appropriate to simply rip off a high-profile cake design? Should the Trump transition team have come up with something original, or at least gotten permission to copy the cake? Do you agree with the Bakery for donating all proceeds from the Trump inauguration cake to HRC?
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