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Bakery Donates Profits From Trump's Plagiarized Cake to LGBT Group

Buttercream Bakery

By request, Buttercream Bakery duplicated Obama's inaugural cake. By choice, it gave the proceeds to the Human Rights Campaign.


Let them eat plagiarized cake! Because the proceeds support LGBT rights.

Friday night, after he took the oath of office, Donald Trump cut a cake at the Salute to Armed Sevices Ball that appeared to be a replica of one commissioned for Barack Obama's inauguration in 2013. A side-by-side comparison of the two -- nearly identical nine-tier confections with patriotic colors and stars planted toward the pinnacle -- went viral after it was posted by celebrity chef Duff Goldman, who designed the original.

This duplication was intentional, according to Buttercream Bakery, a Washington, D.C.-area establishment that said the clone was commissioned.

"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," the bakery operator wrote Saturday on Instagram.

Buttercream Bakery also provided a cherry on top: Profits from the cake will go to the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that advocates for LGBT rights.

"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!"

This is not the first time the Donald Trump or members of his circle have been accused of plagiarizing from the Obama administration. Melania Trump's speechwriter memorably lifted lines from Michelle Obama's address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, which the present first lady delivered at last year's Republican National Convention. The new president also used a now-replaced image from Obama's 2009 inauguration on his Twitter profile's cover photo.

Buttercream Bakery's donation holds added significance for LGBT people, as many fear a rollback of hard-won rights during the new administration. The deletion of a page dedicated to LGBT rights on after Trump's inauguration exacerbated these fears for many activists.

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Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.