These cakes look they should be served out of a drive-through window.
1 & 2. McDonald's
McDonald's is the largest fast food chain in the world, so it shouldn’t be surprising that there are more McDonald’s cakes out there than any other fast food company. The impressive Home Town Cake version of a Big Mac and fries above was made for a McDonald’s grand opening, but there are lots of homemade creations, too.
Take, for example, this sweet treat, which was created by Cake Central user amberhoney for her 8-year-old nephew’s birthday. The French fry box and cup are both real McDonald’s props, but the fries are made from marzipan and the soda cup is actually filled with cola-flavored Jell-O. The burger is made from chocolate fudge.
While this McDonald’s meal might not look quite as realistic as the other two above, it does have the unique distinction of containing a drinkable soda. While Cake Central user Corikiky didn’t say any specifics about the cake, it appears to be for a crew meeting, which means that McDonald’s location really wanted to get the team inspired.
Fatburger might not be as popular as McDonald’s, but if this cake—created by Colette’s Cakes—is any indication, the company certainly has its legions of fans.
This impressively realistic-looking Whataburger cake by Cake Central user sherylshirley is made of a snickerdoodle cake for buns, a brownie for a meat patty and is served with pound cake fries. The whole thing has me ready to exclaim “Whatacake!”
5 & 6. Subway
Most people know that any amazing looking cake is made using fondant, but if you’re wondering how someone goes about getting such perfect coloration on a Subway sandwich cake, the secret is an airbrush. And this cake proves that Danielle Irby is a true master when it comes to airbrushing confections into a work of art (or a sandwich, as the situation may require).
This three-foot long cake was made by Cake Central user milmil95 for a Subway franchise owner’s birthday. It looked so real that the birthday boy was actually bummed out to see his friends just got him a sub sandwich for his birthday and he didn’t believe it was a cake until someone cut it.
7 & 8. KFC
A lot of the KFC cakes out there either incorporate actual buckets from the chain or at least the logo printed out on edible paper. So Laura Loukaides’ cake shows an amazing amount of skill and ingenuity: She actually painted and cut the design into fondant as she created her own bucket. And the chicken looks pretty real too—though not as extra crispy as many KFC fans like it.
Admittedly, the chicken and fries inside these KFC boxes aren’t quite as realistic looking as the one above, but the corn and beans look pretty spot on and the presentation—using a number of KFC boxes—makes this sweet assortment a pretty delightful tribute to the chicken restaurant. Cake Central user kerplunksky made these goodie boxes for a friend to give to her husband on Valentine’s Day. The fries, corn kernels and chicken bones are made with fondant. The popcorn chicken is just rice krispie treats. The beans are Jelly Bellies covered in a gel glaze, and the chicken is butter cream frosting dipped in cookie crumbs.
9 & 10. Pizza Hut
While there are a lot of pizza cakes out there, one of the hardest parts is getting to make it look realistic—especially with all those nice colors the cheese gets as it bakes. This pizza by Cake Central user Barbend gets around that problem by looking like a pizza that is just about ready to be popped into the oven. It’s a fun way to celebrate a Pizza Hut employee's birthday.
Sure, kids love pizza—but they really, really love cake. So just imagine the pleasant surprise on the face of the little girls who got to eat this great cake from Julia of Cake You Up. Julia actually cooked the cake in a pizza pan and then served it in a Pizza Hut box. The pepperoni is candy melts.
11. Taco Bell
This might just be the most realistic taco cake ever made. What’s even more fantastic is that it comes with a Big Bell Meal Box and salsa—both of which are totally edible. This impressive combo meal of cake was created by Jenni Blackburn of Crème de la Crème Cakery.
Those who prefer Chipotle over Taco Bell in the burrito wars will almost certainly prefer this 3D cake version of a Chipotle burrito. As if showing the layers of beans, lettuce, and rice wasn’t enough, Elaine of Enticing Cake Boutique even perched the whole thing on a pile of fondant tortilla chips.
Of course, the true measure of any cake is how it tastes, so the real question here is: do any of these actually taste like the fast food concoctions they are aspiring to look like? Let’s hope the answer is no.