Looks Like Trump's Inauguration Cake Was Plagiarized

"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."

Seems like all the controversies surrounding the newly sworn in U.S. president were not enough, as a dessert-theme one has now emerged.

President Trump’s inauguration cake looked familiar to a lot of people — apparently because it had striking similarities to former U.S. President Barack Obama’s inauguration cake in 2013.

Duff Goldman, celebrity baker and owner of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, tweeted two side-by-side images of identical cakes and hinted his work had been plagiarized.



The cake on the left was made by Goldman and his Baltimore-based bakeshop Charm City Cakes for former President Obama’s inaugural ball in 2013 while the other one was from D.C.’s Buttercream Bakeshop made for Trump’s inauguration a few days ago.

Both are nine-tier creations with red and white stripped bases. Each cake decorated the layers with white leaves, patriotic banners, and the presidential seal. The white stars attached to sticks, bursting from the top of two navy tiers were also identical.

The tweet by the celebrity baker was re-tweeted more than 100,000 times and liked by more than 195,000 people since it was posted.

Tiffany Maclsaac, owner of Buttercream Bakeshop, explained her stance through an Instagram post. She gave credit to Goldman while revealing they were simply following through on their client’s demands.

MacIsaac further said in an interview that her employees tried to encourage the client — who she declined to name — to use Goldman's creation as “inspiration” for an original design.

“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 said.

“They said, ‘Nope, they want this exact cake. It’s perfect.’ And we said, ‘Great,’” she said.

“I’m a small-business owner, and one of the things I’m very, very proud about is that I don’t discriminate. 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,” she added.

“Obviously, my intention was definitely not to upset him in any way. I just wish that it had not been presented the way that it was,” MacIsaac said of Goldman.

MacIsaac and her staff had planned to donate its proceeds from the Trump inaugural cake to charity. They chose the Human Rights Campaign, a nonprofit that advocates for equal treatment of the LGBT community — and that has declared Trump “unfit for the presidency.”

After MacIsaac’s comment, Goldman tweeted again with an apparent change of heart.



Twitter couldn’t handle the controversy engulfing the U.S. president.








However, this is not the first time Donald Trump’s cake is making headlines. Recently, Trump’s victory cake became an instant internet sensation as well.



The cake was spotted being wheeled to Trump tower by Secret Service in Manhattan, New York. The cake that cost $7,000 was supposedly a gift.



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