The crowds were weak; Trump looked miserable; the scant number of celebrities were all D-list; the Inauguration speech was about as hopeful and uplifting as a prolapsed rectum; Melania looked like she wanted nothing to do with her husband all weekend; and Trump’s choice of “My Way” as the first dance at the Inauguration ball was obnoxiously on the nose. However, it’s the story behind Trump’s inauguration cake that best symbolizes what this Trump Administration is going to be all about.
Here’s a side-by-side view of President Obama’s inaugural cake and Donald Trump’s inaugural cake. As you can see, they are the same cake. However, they were not made by the same person.
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 (@Duff_Goldman) January 21, 2017
Celebrity baker Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes fame made President Obama’s inaugural cake. Even if Trump had asked, my guess is that he would not have been willing to duplicate it for Trump. Trump’s cake was actually made by Tiffany MacIsaac, of Washington’s Buttercream Bakeshop. She was given a photo of Obama’s cake and told to duplicate it. She had no idea it was for Trump’s inauguration.
“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 by phone. Her bakery tried to encourage the client to use the photo as “inspiration,” as they do with many others, she said.
“They said, ‘Nope, they want this exact cake. It’s perfect.’ And we said, ‘Great,’ ” MacIsaac said.
But here’s the thing: Per specifications, Trump’s cake was largely made of styrofoam — only the bottom three layers were edible. Moreover, once she found out where the cake was going, Tiffany MacIsaac — who wouldn’t comment on her political affiliation — nevertheless donated all the proceeds from the cake to the Human Rights Campaign because “basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve!”
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!
So, to sum: Trump commissioned a cake to look exactly like Obama’s, only most of it was inedible. He hid from the bakery the fact that it was meant to be the Inaugural Cake, but all the proceeds from the cake nevertheless went to a charity whose policies stand in opposition to Trump’s.
It’s got all the elements that we expect from a Trump presidency: Plagiarism, secrecy, ineffectiveness, embarrassment, and good-hearted defiance!