That’s Made Out of Cake?!: The Latest Cake Trend

By now, we have all seen, and at times been obsessed, with the hyper-realistic cake trend. We love being told to study a video of something as silly as two onions and use our expert detective skills to decide which one is actually a cake. But we hate it when we get the answer wrong!

So, what are hyper-realistic cakes, where did they come from, and why do we love them so much?

As always, we’re breaking down the trend so you can try it for yourself at home, finding all the must-have inspiration and tips to help you get started.

What is a hyper-realistic cake?

First, if you’re not familiar with a hyper-realistic cake, then be prepared to be amazed.

Just like the name suggests, a hyper-realistic cake is a cake that looks perfectly like another object. Now, you might be thinking you’ve seen this before. Perhaps you have had a birthday cake in the shape of a shoe or car for a previous birthday. But, trust us when we say you haven’t seen a cake like this before. 

Hyper-realistic cakes look so exact that seeing them being cut into can be a little disconcerting, especially when the cake is designed to look like an animal. We watch from between our fingers to see a huge knife slice into the head, only to reveal layers of buttercream and jam.

But what makes a hyper-realistic cake stand out? Or rather, blend in?

The object they are modelled after makes hyper-realistic cakes so fascinating because they can be anything! A stack of hand towels, a succulent or even a roll of toilet paper. If you can think of it, you can make it.

The challenge now is finding a hyper-realistic cake design so odd and obscure that no one will expect it to be edible!

How is it made?

Are you wondering how it’s done?

Well, two key things go into creating a hyper-realistic cake, and they are artistic skill and fondant!

It’s no surprise that fondant is the key ingredient to creating a realistic cake, as it is highly malleable. If you’ve never worked with it before, just think of it like edible modelling clay! Fondant’s stability also ensures it stays in place, unlike other icings, which tend to ‘melt’ and move.

They also require a few decorating tools, edible paints and airbrush colours to add the extra details and dimension that makes them hyper-realistic. 

How did the trend start?

While hyper-realistic cakes are not a new concept, they picked up in popularity during the recent pandemic. With so many of us stuck at home for months, those talented with a whisk began whipping up new bakes that evolved from classic banana bread to shocking cakes that the internet fell in love with.

Now the trend is firmly here to stay, with television shows based on the question ‘real or cake?’ being added into the mix.

So, if you didn’t know before, you know now! 

Our Top 10 Hyper-Realistic Cakes

Now you know the what, how and why; let’s get to the fun stuff! Here we have pulled together our top ten hyper-realistic cakes that are sure to shock, wow and get your stomach rumbling.

10. A Bar of Soap

This is one bar of soap you wouldn’t mind washing your mouth out with! These soap bar cakes from @inaecakes on Instagram are filled with red velvet cake filling and come complete with edible suds and soap bubbles.

9. A Breakfast Muffin

When it comes to breakfast foods, there is a pretty even split between sweet and savoury food. If you can’t decide, why not try both with this breakfast muffin sandwich that is sliced in half to reveal a sponge with green icing from @sideserfcakes on Instagram?

8. A Turtle

This one might be a little hard to watch for those that have committed to saving the turtles. This hyper-realistic turtle cake looks like it should have an impenetrable shell, but watch as it’s easily sliced to reveal a delicious chocolate sponge. This cake was thought up by the @manila_cakery on Instagram.

7. A Suitcase

Would you rather jet off for a long weekend or eat a full suitcase’s worth of cake, handle and all? This creation by @redrosecake_tubageckil on Instagram gives us mixed emotions, but cake on wheels is the clear winner here!

6. A Stack of Cups

For your next party, why not encourage your guests to play a game of finding the cake? This fun bake can disguise your cake as a stack of party cups. Just make sure no one tries to take one off the pile! This cake is another design from @sideserfcakes on Instagram.

5. A Door and Handle

This hyper-realistic cake is so structurally sound that it even moves. So, we’re sure you will be as shocked as we were to see the handle cut in half and a whole wedge sliced out of the middle of the door. This design is another from @redrosecake_tubageckil on Instagram, who gives us cakes so realistic that they’re almost functional!

4. A Brown Banana

Now the thought of eating this one might not be too appealing at first, but once it’s cut into revealing soft sponge and tasty icing, you might change your mind. This pealed, and brown banana from @sideserfcakes on Instagram dares you to take a bite.

3. Alphabet Spaghetti

The detail that has gone into this bowl of alphabet spaghetti is amazing, from the wet look of the sauce to the letters spelling out ‘cake’ on the spoon. Baker @caketastyk on Instagram created this hyper-realistic cake and treated us to a slicing video that is as compelling to watch the 100th time as it is the first!

2. Beach Ball

A deflating beach ball in the water is normally a sorry sight. That is until it’s scooped out of the pool and sliced into, revealing several layers of cake. Our runner-up spot falls back to @redrosecake_tubageckil on Instagram for this imaginative bake that we can’t believe is edible.

1. Body Parts

If you’re squeamish, you might want to look away from our top pick for the most hyper-realistic cake. Created by the self-proclaimed king of cakes, @the_bakeking, on Instagram, this hand and arm still look realistic even after it has been cut. The question is, would you be brave enough to take a bite?

Is Everything Cake?

We hope we haven’t sent you into an existential crisis with our hyper-realistic cake guide. After seeing some of our top picks, you might wonder if everything is cake. Just don’t take a bite out of your screen, and you’ll be fine!

If you want to test your creative skills, find the tools and ingredients you need at the Cake Craft Company today. We have everything you need to test the limits of your creativity.

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