A bakery in Brooklyn, N.Y., is reportedly sending cakes to all 53 Republican senators urging them to let former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonWhen will Biden declare America's 'One China, One Taiwan' policy? India's S-400 missile system problem Overnight Defense & National Security — GOP unhappy with Afghan vetting MORE testify as the impeachment trial against President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE continues in the upper chamber.

According to GrubStreet, a food blog run by New York Magazine, a bakery called Butter & Scotch is sending the cakes to every Republican senator this week. 

Photos of the cakes shared by the bakery on Instagram show different baking puns written on the tops, like “Don’t go baking my heart” or “This trial is half-baked without witnesses.” But each of them shares one line reading the same message over and over: “Let Bolton testify.” 


GoFundMe page for the effort that was created several days ago has racked up more than $7,000. Colin Bishopp, the organizer behind the crowdfunding page, said he created the page for a “bipartisan group of friends.”

On the crowdfunding page, the group writes, “Republicans in the US Senate refuse to allow witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial, so let's deliver them John Bolton's testimony on a cake."

“Maybe that will make the truth easier for them to swallow,” they add. 

Carina Kolodny, who organized all of the cake deliveries this week, said in a written statement that she and her friends came up with the idea after “having a conversation about how noisy and dishonest the conversation in Washington has become.”

“We tried to come up with an example of something that everyone likes, something that every senator would have to agree is fundamentally good. All we could come up with is cake,” she continued. “Everyone loves cake! We figured that if Republican senators are going to ignore the facts being delivered to them by every other medium, why not try to reach them with cake?”

Kolodny said she and her friends hope the effort allows each Republican senator to "step outside of the DC echo chamber for a minute, have a piece of cake, and remember what’s good."

“Checks and balances are good. Fair trials are good. Cake is good. Our nation’s forebears knew these things, and each Republican senator ought to know them too,” she added. “The Republicans who refused to receive a cake today seem to need a reminder.”

The Brooklyn bakery said on Instagram Wednesday morning that it had already completed its first batch of cakes and sent its first one to Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCongress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight On The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on House sets up Senate shutdown showdown MORE (Texas), whom the bakery claimed “turned it away.” Cruz’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. 

Republicans have faced increased pressure from Democratic senators and the public in recent days after a bombshell report from The New York Times published over the weekend detailed damaging claims Bolton allegedly makes about Trump in his forthcoming memoir.

According to the Times, Bolton claims in the manuscript that the president said he wanted to withhold millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine until the country announced investigations into his political rivals.

Trump has maintained the reported claims are “untrue” as the White House works to block publication of some aspects of the book.

Meanwhile, a few GOP senators, such as Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsReal relief from high gas prices The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron Collins says she supports legislation putting Roe v. Wade protections into law MORE (Maine) and Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP anger with Fauci rises No deal in sight as Congress nears debt limit deadline GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions MORE (Utah), have said the new details add fuel to calls for the upper chamber to open the trial to witnesses. However, many others — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCongress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight House sets up Senate shutdown showdown Biden says he doesn't believe a government shutdown will happen MORE (R-Ky.) — are confiden they have the votes to block having additional witnesses in the Senate, despite the firestorm surrounding reports of Bolton’s forthcoming memoir. 

– This story was updated Feb. 1 with additional information on the cake effort