A striking nine-tier cake at Donald Trump’s “Salute to Our Armed Services” inaugural ball caught the eye of pastry chef Duff Goldman in that it was identical to the cake he made for Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration.
Goldman, a Food Network personality, took to Twitter to post a side-by-side photo comparison of the two cakes, along with the caption: “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 (@duffgoldman) January 21, 2017
Turns out, the owner of the bakery that created the cake for this year’s event, Tiffany MacIsaac of Buttercream Bakeshop, responded on Instagram to say the client asked them to re-create Goldman’s cake.
“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 told The Washington Post.
She did not reveal who the client was, but said they refused a suggestion to use the photo as “inspiration.”
“They said, ‘Nope, they want this exact cake. It’s perfect.’ And we said, great,” MacIsaac said.
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!
All’s well that ends well, though, as Goldman appeared to take no offense, posting a congratulatory remark for the “fantastic job” the bakery did.
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
It also appears that a new friendship has formed over the incident…
Thanks for the chat @Duff_Goldman. You are a class act!
— Buttercream Bakeshop (@BttrcrmBakeshop) January 22, 2017
— Duff Goldman (@Duff_Goldman) January 22, 2017
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