“A client had ordered a Hillary Clinton cake for their private party and we decided to make a Donald Trump to go along with it — the epic duo,” Alt tells PEOPLE.
The owner of Melissa Alt Cakes says that once she had the confection, her manager, Jake Zak, reached out to the Trump campaign through a mutual contact asking if they’d like to have it.
“My manager’s friend knows Donald Trump Jr. so we asked them if they wanted the cake and they said yes,” she says. “I thought it was a good opportunity and it went well.”
The base of the Trump cake is made out of chocolate covered with chocolate icing and fondant on top. The head is hand-sculpted while both cakes are hand-painted.
The Trump cake has gone viral due to its realistic portrayal of the presidential candidate’s expression. Though it looks a little sad, Alt says she tried her hardest to make the cakes as realistic as possible.
“I was really trying to capture the expression of each candidate,” she says about the look of the cakes. “I looked at photos and tried to copy that as much as possible.”
And the baker — who’s only one year out of college — wasn’t expecting her work to get so much attention.
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“It’s crazy, I wasn’t expecting it!” Alt admits. “We just went to Trump Tower to deliver it and there were people outside who went crazy taking pictures and spreading the word.”
She adds about the election: “I think it’s a pretty intense election that people won’t forget, so it’s exciting to be a part of it through the cake.”