An Oregon bakery is under fire for creating a controversial pastry.
Fat Cupcake in Portland has been accused of creating a racist Oreo cupcake named “Mr. President,” Oregon Live reported.
Anjelica Hayes, owner of the newly opened bakery, denied the claims and said she is not a racist after an online review slammed the name for being offensive.
“Very troubling. They were serving a cupcake called the ‘Mr President’ that had an Oreo cookie inside,” Don P. wrote on Yelp. “When I tried to point out the racism implied, they claimed that ‘our current president loves Oreos.’ I won’t be doing business with them and please do not support racism in Portland or anywhere.”
The reviewer also complained about another bakery item called “The Intern” which was a cake with blue icing and a cream filing, allegedly a slam on Monica Lewinsky, which Hayes denies.
“I have been asked this so many times,” Hayes told Oregon Live. “I, myself, am black,” she said, firing back at the allegations of racism. The name choice for the Oreo cupcake was not intended to be racist, but honorary she said.
What sounds like it would be really fancy?” she told Oregon Live. “We thought of the presidential office.”
“I just thought it was an honorary name,” Hayes said. “I thought I’d be honored if someone named a cupcake after me.”
A customer once told her the Oreo was President Obama’s favorite cookie, Hayes said, adding that she “thought that was a cool coincidence.”
A Portland native and active member of the community, Hayes had launched “our ‘Piece of Cake’ movement” in an effort to make a difference. “We have driven around Portland to give away cakes to the homeless,” she said, “and donated thousands of cupcakes to the community.”
Hayes has since changed the name of the offending cake to “The Professional” and said it is one of the bakery’s most popular items.
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