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Baker of Trump’s inauguration cake says she’s donating profits to LGBTI group

Baker of Trump’s inauguration cake says she’s donating profits to LGBTI group

The cake produced by Buttercream Bak Shop for the Inauguration Ball

Commentators were quick to point out that one of Donald Trump’s inauguration cakes, served up at the Salute to Our armed Forces Ball on Friday night, bore a striking resemblance to the cake created for Barack Obama in 2013.

Among those to see the similarity was the creator of the 2013 original: celebrity baker Duff Goldman.

Goldman posted a photo of the cakes side by side on his Facebook page, with the comment: ‘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.’

The baker claiming responsibility for the cake is Washington DC-based Buttercream Bakery. It was quick to admit that it had replicated Goldman’s design, but took to Instagram to reveal that it was not profiting from the commission.

Instead, it’s donating the money it had been paid to Human Rights Campaigns. HRC is the biggest LGBT advocacy group in the US.

‘Excited to share the cake we got to make for one of last night’s inaugural balls,’ said the posting.

‘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!’

HRC supported Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the Presidential election and has been critical of Trump’s cabinet picks. Many of them have previously opposed LGBTI rights.

‘We have a photo that we would like to replicate’

The owner of Buttercream Bake Shop, Tiffany MacIsaac, told Washington Post, that she had created the cake.

‘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”,’ she told the Post. She would not reveal who exactly had placed the order or her own political affiliations.

Buttercream Bake Shop have previously produced cakes for same-sex weddings and to show support for LGBT equality.

‘I’m a small-business owner, and one of the things I’m very, very proud about is that I don’t discriminate,’ MacIsaac told Washington Post.

‘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.’

GSN has contacted Buttercream Baker Shop, the inauguration press team and HRC for comment.