Did Trump’s baker plagiarize a cake?

First lady Melania Trump watches as President Donald J. Trump, 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. Karen Pence watches at right. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence cut a cake at the Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball on Friday.

Allegations of plagiarism have dogged people close to President Donald Trump for months, but could the Trump administration have kicked off its tenure by plagiarizing ... a cake?

That’s what celebrity baker Duff Goldman claimed Friday night, after Trump and Vice President Mike Pence cut an elaborate, multi-tiered cake at the Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball.

Goldman, star of “Ace of Cakes” and other baking shows, prepared a nine-tier cake for the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, part of the festivities surrounding former president Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013.


Photos of that cake show it to be virtually identical to the cake Trump and Pence cut on Friday night, as Goldman pointed out on Twitter:

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Neither Goldman nor representatives for Trump could be reached for comment early Saturday morning.

A photo from the Facebook page of Charm City Cakes, Goldman’s Baltimore bakery, is timestamped Jan. 22, 2013, and appears to confirm that Goldman’s cake has the same design as the one presented to Trump.

Plagiarism charges connected to Trump emerged at the Republican convention in July, when his wife Melania delivered a speech that borrowed sections from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech to the Democratic convention.

The very next day, Donald Trump Jr. faced questions about plagiarism in his convention speech, but the writer behind the younger Trump’s remarks, F.H. Buckley, said he had recycled his own words from an article previously published in the American Conservative.


More recently, syndicated talk show host Monica Crowley on Monday withdrew her name from consideration for a post as Trump’s director of strategic communications after CNN reported that she had lifted multiple passages from other writers for her anti-Obama book ‘‘What the (Bleep) Just Happened?’’

Politico Magazine also found evidence that Crowley had plagiarized portions of her doctoral disseration at Columbia University.

On Friday, the feminist website Jezebel reported — with tongue in cheek — that Trump had stolen a portion of his inaugural address from a speech by the Batman villain Bane, presenting a short video showing both the new president and the supervillain played by Tom Hardy saying that they were giving power “back to you, the people.”

It was unclear early Saturday whether the baker of Trump’s cake might face repercussions.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.