Sometimes there is more to a dinner plate than meets the eye. In some cases, what looks like a regular meal is actually a cake with some clever, camouflaging decoration. Here are 11 cakes that look like something much more nutritious... or at least like something different.
1. A Frosty Bucket of Beer
When cake decorator Rouvelee Ilagan decided to do something special for her father’s birthday cake, it’s doubtful she expected the hard-candy-laced design to land her in the pages of Woman’s Day, but that’s just what happened when she shared the pictures with the world. Well Rouvelee, now your cake landed you on mental_floss as well!
2. A Seafood Boil
When Flickr user schmish, who works at The Wicked Little Cake Company, wanted to make an impression at the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Show, she decided to show that the true focus of a cake isn't always the sweet treat inside, but often the way it looks on the outside as well.
3. Taco Bell Tacos
Laura LeClair Kelley’s son simply loves Taco Bell, but even those who can’t stand the mega-chain would probably love this dessert version. That’s because it features snickerdoodle taco shells, chocolate cake meat, dyed coconut lettuce, diced up Twizzlers tomatoes, thinly sliced Starburst cheese and melted marshmallow sour cream.
4. A Bundle of Asparagus
This might be the only cake on this list that makes more sense as a sweet than its intended decoration. After all, who on Earth could eat that much asparagus? Of course, when you hear the story behind the cake, it makes complete sense.
When Rosie of Sweetapolita decided to make a cake for her sister-in-law, Marie, who just won a bodybuilding competition, she decided to make light of Marie’s strict diet during her training regimen. As it turns out, the athlete was utterly sick of eating asparagus, so a giant bundle of the vegetable was a great reminder of just how hard she worked to win.
5. Spaghetti with Meatballs
Wild Cakes certainly lives up to its name with this sweet take on spaghetti and meatballs made with buttercream pasta, strawberry jam pasta sauce, Ferrero Rocher meatballs and shaved white chocolate parmesan.
6. Chicken and Waffles
The best groom’s cakes are designed specifically with the husband-to-be in mind. That’s why this chicken and waffles cake was so perfect for The Butter End customer Ryan, who loves this classic pairing of sweet and savory. Of course, in cake form, it’s all sweet, complete with real waffles and Rice Krispie fried chicken.
Even those with an aversion to raw fish will probably love these delicious and fully-cooked sushi cupcakes made by Amanda Striepe. Apparently, the owner of the sushi restaurant where Amanda presented them to her friend was so impressed that he immediately asked her if she did catering.
8. A Chocolate-Covered Strawberry
If you believe that one good sweet deserves another, then you’ll probably love this chocolate-covered strawberry cake by Pink Cake Box. If the looks aren’t enough to get you, the chocolate cake with strawberry buttercream inside will.
9. Oreo Cookies
When you’re a cake-decorator by trade, it’s only natural for your friends and family members to try to challenge you when it comes to creating their own cakes. Of course, if Katrina of K’s Cake’s son wanted to stump her for his birthday cake, he’ll have to try harder, as the artist claims the hardest part of this design was trying to find an undamaged Oreo in the package for her to base her design on.
10. A Burger With Fries
Neatorama reader Alex sent the blog this great picture showing the delicious bacon burger birthday cake baked by his sister. If you don’t think the cake itself looks all that tasty, you might change your mind when you learn what all the layers were made from -the bacon is fruit leather, the sesame seeds are Rice Krispies, the patty is Oreo and chocolate cake and the bun is vanilla cake with caramel frosting. Yum!
11. A Steak With Carrots
Here’s a steak that looks way too raw to cut into. Fortunately, it's actually a fully baked cake created by Meredith Newcom for the Threadcakes competition, where bakers attempt to make delicious creations reminiscent of their favorite Threadless tees. In Miss Newcom’s case, the steak cake is actually her take on this Piece of Meat shirt.
If all cakes looked this much like other foods, it seems likely that people would be a lot more suspicious of any massive dinners placed in front of them. Have any of you ever had a cake that looked like another food?