Real Life. Real News. Real Voices.
Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.
Join HuffPost Plus

Is Trump's Chocolate Cake Really The 'Most Beautiful' You've Ever Seen?

Mar-a-Lago may have nothing on these award-winning slices.

When it comes to desserts, Donald Trump thinks his takes the cake ― to the point he bragged about it while talking about a missile strike in Syria.

Many viewers were left dumbfounded after the president’s bizarre narration, in which he described informing China’s president that the U.S. bombed a Syrian airstrip as the two ate “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen” during dinner at his Mar-a-Lago estate last week.

Why Trump thinks the quality of cake is relevant to the rundown of this serious event, we cannot guess, except to note he loves promoting Mar-a-Lago. It’s also unclear if he was referring to the chocolate cake below that appears to have been served at Mar-a-Lago since at least 2015, or some singular creation (the night’s menu lists chocolate cake with vanilla sauce and dark chocolate sorbet, but Mar-a-Lago didn’t respond to an inquiry about specifics).

However, we do know that “most beautiful... you’ve ever seen” is a pretty bold declaration, considering all the gorgeous cakes in the world. Let’s do a little comparing, shall we?

Here’s the chocolate cake served in Mar-a-Lago’s dining room...

This slice fits the description, so let’s just assume the cake Trump referred to probably looked somewhat similar, the work of the same pastry chefs.

...and here are a few celebrated cakes from other kitchens.

A much-celebrated chocolate mousse cake by Dominique Ansel, who was recently named the world’s best pastry chef:

@dominiqueansel, 2017 best #pastry #chef by @theworlds50best. #chocolate #mousse #cake

A post shared by Traveleatworld (@traveleatworld) on

Lady M’s Couronne du Chocolat, which is Vogue-approved as one of the “chicest chocolate cakes in New York”:

The ridiculously moist souffle cake at New York institution Sarabeths:

The chocolate cake from Sweet Lady Jane, named one of the best chocolate cakes in L.A.:

This baby from Little Cupcake Bakeshop, named to Food & Wine’s list of best chocolate cakes in the U.S.:

Thank you @foodandwine ❤️ available at all locations

A post shared by Little Cupcake Bakeshop (@littlecupcakebakeshop) on

Francois Payard’s signature Louvre Dome Cake, also a Food & Wine fave:

...and the mini versions!

A multi-tiered glory from Momofuku Milk Bar:

The salted caramel chocolate cake at Republique, aka L.A.’s second-best slice, according to LA Weekly:

@chefjgv's signature Warm Chocolate Cake

A post shared by Jean-Georges (@jean_georgesnyc) on

And Lady M’s chocolate mille crêpes, a layered chart-topper:

#chocolate #millecrepes #mondaymotivation #yum #Lifestyle #Luxury #LadyM

A post shared by Lady M Confections Official (@ladymcakes) on

Who’s the fairest of them all? Let us know.

Chocolate Cake Recipes