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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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