They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but the Trumps seem to be taking their flattery to a whole new level.
As if copying Michelle Obama‘s speech wasn’t bad enough (Melania Trump, we’re looking at you), many have pointed out that Donald Trump‘s inauguration cake looked alarmingly similar to the one at Obama‘s inauguration.
And this wasn’t just a case of party planners from the White House being too lazy to order a new cake design. Trump’s cake was made by a completely different cake designer, leading many to accuse them of plagiarizing the original.
Duff Goldman, the baker who designed Obama’s cake years ago, tweeted this: “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.”
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
To find out who was behind the not-so-original inauguration cake, tweeters began using the hashtag #CakeGate to help their hunt. And it wasn’t long before Buttercream Bakeshop came forward on social media and admitted that they made Trump’s copycat cake.
Tiffany MacIsaac, owner of Buttercream Bakeshop, explained, however, that they were in fact told to create Trump’s cake in the exact same design as Obama’s. What’s a baker to do?
She explained in her post that “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 year’s committee commissioned us to re-create it.”
But honestly, if you had to copy the design, at least add a Trump-esque touch to it.
MacIsaac further stated that Buttercream Bakeshop donated all the proceeds from the cake to @humanrightscampaign, an LGBTQ charity. So in the end, this cake didn’t leave a completely sour taste in our mouths.
“Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve,” MacIsaac wrote.
Is this the scandal of the year? Probably not. Will everyone be in tiers about it? Definitely not. But, the White House has successfully proven that you can plagiarize your cake and eat it, too.