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President Donald J. Trump, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, are helped by Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Babot, center, as they cut a cake at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Trump's inaugural cake looked a lot like Obama's 4 years ago. The original baker noticed.


Throughout the weekend, media attention has been on the turnout for President Donald Trump's inauguration as compared to President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, which attracted an estimated 1.8 million people. 

Although the inaugurations have their share of differences, pastry chef Duff Goldman noticed one striking similarity: Trump's nine-tier inaugural cake. 

Saturday, Goldman tweeted a side-by-side comparison of Trump's cake and the one he made for Obama's second inauguration four years ago. 

The two cakes appear to be nearly identical, but Goldman revealed that he didn't make this year's inaugural cake.

Tiffany MacIsaac, owner of Washington’s Buttercream Bakeshop told The Washington Post that she was responsible for replicating the extravagant cake. MacIsaac explained that the order came in while she was out of town and the client asked her bakery to create a replica of the cake from Obama's second inauguration. 

MacIsaac added that her staff tried to encourage the client to use the previous cake as inspiration, but that didn't work. The cake her bakery made went to the "Salute to Our Troops” ball, which was one of three inaugural balls held Friday night.

Proceeds from Trump's inaugural cake will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign, MacIsaac told The Washington Post. 

MacIsaac told The Washington Post the controversy over the cake caught her by surprise but emphasized that she did not intend to upset Goldman in any way. 

Goldman, who is best known for his Food Network Show "Ace of Cakes," tweeted Saturday afternoon, after an apparent change of heart. 

“Remembering a fantastic cake I made is awesome and the chef that re-created it for @POTUS Trump did a fantastic job,” Goldman tweeted.

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