Trump Plagiarized President Obama’s Inauguration Cake

Leaves a bad taste in your mouth, no?

The Trump administration has already been accused of plagiarizing: Trump’s inaugural address seemed to lift passages from The Dark Knight Rises and Avatar, while his Twitter background picture was actually from President Obama’s 2008 inauguration.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  (L-R) President Donald Trump speaks as his wife First Lady Melania Trump looks on during A Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball at the National Building Museum on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States today.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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And, of course, Melania’s convention speech was uncannily similar to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s address.

But now it looks like the Trumps even cribbed President Obama’s inauguration cake.

Pastry chef Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes fame tweeted a photo of the towering confection he created for Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013, next to the one served last night at Trump’s “Salute Our Armed Services” ball.

The two are nearly identical.

“I didn’t make it,” Goldman posted about Trump’s cake.

US President Donald Trump, the first lady Melania Trump, US Vice President Mike Pence, and his wife Karen cut a cake after dancing at the Armed Services ball at the National Building museum following Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017.  / AFP / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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This morning, Tiffany MacIsaac, owner of Washington’s Buttercream Bakeshop, confirmed she made the new cake and explained the client came in with a photo of Obama’s cake and asked them to recreate it exactly.

“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.

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 04:  U.S. President Barack Obama (R) brings surprise birthday cupcakes to celebrate the birthday of White House veteran correspondent Helen Thomas (L) in the White House briefing room August 4, 2009 in Washington, DC. August 4 is also the birthday of President Obama.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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MacIsaac said her team tried to steer the client toward using Goldman’s cake as more of an “inspiration” than a carbon copy. “They said, ‘Nope, they want this exact cake. It’s perfect.’ And we said, ’great.’”

She revealed that proceeds from the Trump inaugural cake are being donated to HRC, the country’s leading LGBT advocacy group.

“I’m a small-business owner and one of the things I’m very, very proud about is that I don’t discriminate,” MacIsaac said. “I would never turn someone away based on their age, their sex, their sexual orientation, their political views. It’s just not the way we operate.”

The icing on the cake in this pastry story: The Trump cake was never really intended to be eaten—everything but a three-inch slice at the bottom is inedible.

A cake in the likeness of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is on display at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 8, 2016.  Millions of Americans turned out Tuesday to decide whether to send Democrat Hillary Clinton to the White House as their first woman president or to put their trust in Republican maverick populist Donald Trump.  / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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