WASHINGTON — A rising cake controversy appeared to deflate on Saturday over similar-looking desserts at the inaugural balls of President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump’s bash Friday night after a Washington cake-maker explained that she was commissioned to recreate a dessert after the one at the 2013 event.
The pastry parallels were pointed out Friday night by Duff Goldman, of Food Network cake-baking fame, who tweeted two side-by-side images of identical cakes. One of the cakes was made by Goldman and his Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes for Obama’s inaugural ball in 2013, and the other was from DC’s Buttercream Bakeshop, cut by Trump Friday night at his inaugural ball.
“The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama’s inauguration four years ago. The one on the right is Trump’s. I didn’t make it,” Goldman tweeted, adding a chin-scratching emoji for good measure. The tweet went viral overnight, with up to 67,000 retweets and more than 118,000 likes as of midday Saturday.
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
Buttercream Bakeshop, led by owner Tiffany MacIsaac, explained the situation Saturday morning with an Instagram of the Friday’s cake creation.
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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! (Check out Tuesday's Instagram post to see how much we were able to donate!)
“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,” the caption read.
MacIsaac told The Washington Post that she encouraged the client to use the 2013 cake as inspiration.
“They said, ‘Nope, they want this exact cake. It’s perfect.’ And we said, ‘Great,’ ” MacIsaac told the Post.
The bakeshop, possibly foreseeing conflicts with its Washington clientele, noted that all of the profits from the cake will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign, “Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve!”
A quick stop to the shop Saturday afternoon saw a bustling bakery — mostly filled with Women’s March participants.
Trump cut the cake Friday night at his third and final inaugural ball, the “Salute to our Armed Services” event at the National Building Museum. He was joined by First Lady Melania Trump, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, and broke into the design — which, per a source with knowledge, was mostly made of styrofoam — with a silver sword.
For his part, Goldman decided to spread the love on Saturday afternoon.
“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,” he tweeted, adding an American flag emoji.