Donald Trump has only been our president for a few days, but his administration has already seen a fair bit of controversy. He was trolled by the National Parks Service over crowd sizes, which led to an all-time outburst by Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Then Duff Goldman — baker to the stars and our chief advisor on where to eat in Baltimore — expressed confusion at seeing that Donald Trump’s cake had been an exact copy of the cake that he made for Barack Obama’s 2013 post-inauguration soiree.
Obviously, Trump’s favorite form of social media was abuzz about the cake-spiracy.
In a fascinating twist, Buttercream Bakeshop in DC, posted a photo on Instagram of the cake they made for Trump’s inauguration ball. Just like Duff claimed, the cake is pretty much the spitting image of the cake he made for Obama. But, the bakery didn’t try to hide that. Instead, they gave credit to Duff. Even posting, “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.”
They always say that imitations is the sincerest form of flattery, right?
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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!)
This is when some subtle trolling came into play. Instead of pocketing what was likely a hefty sum of cash, the bakery decided to donate the profits from the homage-cake to Human Rights Campaign — the largest LGBTQ rights organization in the US. The LGBTQ community is notably fearful about what will become of their basic civil rights during the Trump administration (particularly due to the avowed beliefs of VP Mike Pence). The Instagram post continued, “Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve!”
As of press time, America is still touted as the most free country in the world. A place where nobody can be judged based on the color of their skin, their religion, or their sexual orientation. The hope of Buttercream Bakeshop and many others is that it remains that way.