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Donald Trump's Inauguration Cake Plagiarized Jewish Baker's Design

Donald Trump's Inauguration Cake Plagiarized Jewish Baker's Design

Photo courtesy of Duff Goldman

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The nine-tier cake President Trump and his guests enjoyed at his inauguration bash on Friday night was identical to the cake at former president Barack Obama's inauguration festivities four years ago claims celebrity baker Duff Goldman. 

“The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama’s inauguration 4 years ago,” Goldman commented on Facebook along with a photo juxtaposing the two cakes. “The one on the right is Trumps. I didn’t make it.”

Both towering cakes are nine-tier constructions with red-and-white striped bases, featuring a presidential seal and banners on the next level, followed by a light blue tier covered in silver presidential medals, and topped with silver stars. The Trump cake even features the same topper as Obama's: silver stars jutting out from the top layers on coiled wires. 

In a response on on Instagram, Buttercream Bake Shop, the Washington DC bakery that made Trump's cake, acknowledged that they has been asked specifically to duplicate Obama's cake for Trump's big event and gave credit to Goldman, whose original work they called a "masterpiece." 

Buttercream Bake Shop made a point of mentioning that their profits from the cake would be donated to Human Rights Campaign "Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve!" 

Goldman, an American Jewish baker, owns Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, and stars on the show Ace of Cakes on Food Network. In an interview with the international Jewish student organization Hillel's website, Goldman said, "Being in a Jewish family, everything you ever do revolves around food, no matter what. I was always around food and always around cooking."

This is not the first time Trump's team has plagiarized the Obamas. First Lady Melania Trump's speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention contained several phrases copied from Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic National Convention speech which was penned by Jewish speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz. 

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