The bizarre story of Trump’s plagiarized inauguration cake

It all started when baker Duff Goldman of Ace Of Cakes fame tweeted out this photo:

As Goldman points out, Donald Trump's inauguration cake looks suspiciously like the one he made for Barack Obama in 2013. But the story got even better when the bakery that made the cake in question chimed in too:

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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!)

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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!

So not only did Buttercream Bakeshop happily give Goldman credit while tacitly admitting how strange it was to be asked to replicate someone else’s design, the bakery also proudly noted that all proceeds from the cake would be donated to the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights group. But the story has one more twist too: The cake isn't even real. It's a prop made out of Styrofoam except for a three-inch slice for ceremonial cutting, which Trump and Mike Pence did with a sword. So, yes, if you need a metaphor for the incoming administration, Trump blatantly stealing Obama’s cake but making it a fake one works quite nicely.

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