On Friday night, President Donald Trump celebrated his inauguration by cutting into an enormous, patriotic-looking cake topped with silver stars. It was a tall, good-looking cake that looked familiar to a lot of people, especially celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman, who had designed an identical cake for President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013.
Goldman posted side-by-side photos of the twin cakes to Twitter and wrote: “The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama's inauguration 4 years ago. The one on the right is Trump’s. I didn't make it.”
Goldman added a suspicious-looking emoji at the end of his tweet.
Saturday morning, Tiffany MacIsaac, the owner of Buttercream Bakeshop in Washington, D.C., posted a photo of Trump’s cake to Instagram and said that she had made it, and the fact that it looked exactly like Goldman's cake was no coincidence.
MacIsaac did not mention specifically who placed the order for the cake, but she told The Washington Post that the cake was ordered just a few weeks prior. The client brought in a picture of Goldman's cake and specifically asked for it to be copied exactly. MacIsaac said she suggested using the cake as an inspiration, but the client allegedly insisted that the cake was perfect and should be duplicated exactly.
There is one big difference between the cakes, though: Obama’s cake was edible. MacIsaac said she was asked to build Trump's cake out of Styrofoam. Only a small slice at the bottom was real, for cutting purposes.
MacIsaac's Instagram post credited Goldman with the design of the cake and said it was a “masterpiece.” She also added that she was proud of not discriminating against clients for race, religion, sexual orientation, or political affiliation, and said she was especially happy to be donating the proceeds from Trump’s inauguration cake to the Human Rights Campaign, a nonprofit that advocates for the LGBT community.
Goldman later Tweeted his own update, posting that he was proud to have made the original cake and that the “chef who re-created it for @POTUS Trump did a fantastic job.” He ended his update by calling for a group hug and posting an American flag emoji.