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Trump accidentally funds LGBT group while stealing Obama’s cake

Trump's inauguration unintentionally helped fund the fight for LGBT rights

(L) Donald Trump, Photo: Gage Skidmore (R) Trump’s Inauguration Cake, Photo: Buttercream Bakeshop

President Trump’s attempts to emulate Barack Obama’s inaugurations largely fell flat.

He wanted record crowds, but was dwarfed by the Women’s March on Washington. He wanted A-list performers, but had to settle for Toby Keith. He wanted mass celebration, he got mass protests.

However, one thing he successfully borrowed from Obama was the former President’s incredible cake. Trump’s inauguration cake was an exact replica of the towering treat created by pastry chef Duff Goldman for Obama’s 2013 celebration. The only problem? Goldman didn’t make it.

Instead, Trump’s cake was crafted by D.C.’s Buttercream Bakeshop.

“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,’” Tiffany MacIsaac, owner of the bakery, told the Washington Post.

She also revealed that, unlike Goldman’s creation, only the bottom layer — the one Trump is slicing into in the photo above — is edible. The rest of the cake is Styrofoam. (That Trump’s cake is all grandeur, no substance is somewhat fitting.)

While the nature of the cake’s creation is confusing, there is at least some good news: Donald Trump’s team has accidentally donated to an LGBT rights organization. In a post on Instagram, Buttercream Bakeshop revealed that the profits from the cake are being donated to the Human Rights Campaign.

“Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child — straight, gay or the rainbow in between — deserve!” the bakery wrote.

It’s a welcome gesture, particularly given Trump’s presidency will be marked by one of the most anti-LGBT administrations in history.

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