Being asked to design a cake for the president — one that'd be seen all over the world, as part of his official inauguration as Commander-in-Chief — isn't something you're likely to forget. Neither is what, exactly, that cake looked like. So it's understandable that Food Network star Duff Goldman was surprised to see a near-perfect replica of that cake four years after he'd first created it for Barack Obama, as President Donald Trump cut into it during his inauguration ceremony on Friday.
Goldman shared his surprise on Twitter, noting how similar they looked — and that he had nothing to do with the one Trump had been served.
The tweet sparked a firestorm of stories online, and by Saturday morning, Goldman's name was trending on Facebook. Now, the baker behind Trump's cake has stepped forward, explaining that the cake is indeed similar because it was modeled after Goldman's work for Obama.
"They said, 'Nope, they want this exact cake. It's perfect.'"
Tiffany MacIsaac, owner of D.C.'s Buttercream Bakeshop, was out of town when the cake was commissioned, but says her team was given a photo of Obama's nine-tier cake and asked to replicate it. She tried to use the photo as a jumping-off point, she told The Washington Post, but the client wasn't having it.
"They said, 'Nope, they want this exact cake. It's perfect,'" MacIsaac said. Her team agreed to make it, and decided to donate all of the profits from the sale to the Human Rights Campaign, which the bakery named one of its favorite charities. (It's worth noting the HRC has a section of its website devoting to "Dumping Trump," deeming him unfit to serve as president.)
"Basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve," the bakery wrote in an post about the cake.
Three hours after Buttercream Bakery's reveal, Goldman tweeted at MacIsaac, asking her to DM him her phone number. He has since tweeted a second statement, essentially clarifying that he has no desire to create an Internet war or further divide among people over the similar cakes. Goldman deemed both cakes "fantastic" and called for a "group hug."
Apparently, for all of their differences, Trump and Obama can agree on at least one thing: dessert. Ah, cake, the great uniter.