Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday Sweets: Cake or Fake?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Here at Cake Wrecks, we're still in the mood to celebrate April Fool's Day. After all, what other day of the year is it acceptable to go grocery shopping in swim trunks and a propeller beanie? (No? Wrong holiday?) So let's check out some amazing cakes that just might fool you into believing they're the real deal.

(Or maybe we threw in a few non-cakes just to trick you. Think you're up to the challenge of spotting a fake?)

Is this a real guitar? Or is it just a rockin' good cake?


Can't tell? Well, don't fret. We won't string you along for long.


And speaking of music, is this a real drum, or one of our evil snares?


The wear on that drum head is unbeatable!

Assuming it's actually cake, of course. Or is it? Hmm?


Here's a tough one: which of these shoes is edible?

Or are we just messing with you?


Here's a hint:



All of this trickery is making me hungry. How about some real, delicious, spicy buffalo wings*?


*May or may not actually be real, delicious, spicy or buffalo.


Then you could wash those wings down with a tall pint of Jameson's Irish Whiskey:


You're supposed to drink whiskey by the pint, right?


If you think you've already spotted the fakes, take a look at this Louis Vuitton luggage:


Better buckle down and really study this photo before we carry on.


Has a basketball ever made you hungry?


And if so, does that make you a real basket case?


Or maybe a head case?

Submitted by Lirpa F., made by The Sweetest Thing


We got lots of requests for a "good" popcorn cake after our recent popcorn post. So here's a picture of a bag of popcorn next to a movie reel:

By Tierful Designs

Or maybe they're cake.


I heard it through the grapevine that this fancy "wine" and "cheese" cake could be an impostor!

Submitted by Missie and made by Simply Cakes

Or am I "lying"?


There's no way these crayons are cake... right?

Submitted by Laura S. and made by Charm City Cakes

Color me stumped.


How about this gumball machine? Real or cake?

Submitted by Jeni H. and made by The Cake Shop of San Jose

I hate to burst your bubble, but we're not giving the answer just yet.


Check out this lo-mein attraction - do you think it's sweet, or savory?

Submitted by Emily T. and made by ~Er-ca

Either way, those fortune cookies look delicious ...in bed.


This stack of pancakes makes me want to have dessert for breakfast.

Submitted by Catherine C. and made by Julie Brew Finlayson

Would that be called Dreakfast? Bressert? Brinnersertunch?


So, think you've got us figured out? Then this next cake will have your whiskers in a twist!


Such form! Such skill! Such artful mastery! Can you believe that this isn't a REAL CAT? Absolutely mind-blowing.

(Okay, so maybe it's not really a cat cake. Maybe it's more like a kitten salad.)


So, who spotted the fakes? Assuming there were any?


Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.
Anonymous said...

There is no way that NC helmet is a cake.

Sha said...

The back shoe is the actual shoe, i think, based on the stitching (and lack thereof on the front) of the border. The front is probably the edible one.

The cat (meow), the helme and the drumsticks (not the drum) are not cake?

I think?

saraH said...

i think the football helmet and well, the kitten... are not cakes

Danielle said...

I vote cat, helmet, and drum as being fake. The rest could be real...

Charlene said...

I agree with Sha--the only non-edibles are the drumsticks, rear shoe, helmet and kitten. (Really, please don't eat the kitten!!)

Anonymous said...

That helmet is not cake-it's too shiny. The cakes are amazing :)

Charlene said...

I agree with Sha: only the drumsticks, rear shoes, helmet and kitten are non-edible. (Really, please don't eat the kitten!!)

Doctor Tarr said...

I agree. The football helmet is real (as is the cat).

Jenn said...

The helmet can't be cake. No way. I also think the cat is a real cat, not cake. Back shoe is real shoe, front one is edible.

Kara said...

The helmet and the cat aren't cakes.

Anonymous said...

the cat and the helmet are not cake, although I'd still eat the cat (KIDDING!!!)

Bin said...

I refuse to believe that helmet is a cake unless I see a photo of it sliced!

And why does that cake shoe not have a heel?

Yandie, Goddess of Pickles. said...

My votes are on the cat and the helmet.

Donna M. said...

I hope the kitten is not a cake...who'd want to eat a kitty :( I agree with the others on the helmet, and the front shoe is cake.

Patti S. said...

Votes here for cat, helmet, back shoe (front shoe doesn't have a heel!), and drumsticks.

Anonymous said...

The NC helmet, cake, and green shoe on top are fake. The back shoe may be fake as well. My 2 cents. Beautiful cakes!

Susannah MB said...

I believe the crayons, the gumball machine, the helmet, the high heels, and the drumsticks(at least) are not cake.

The kitten is cake however. I'll eat that kitten.

Amy said...

I went through the entire post, screaming, "CAKE!" until Huz (in the other room and unaware of what I was looking at) said, "Oh, my god, honey. Do you want me to get you a Twinkie?"

C.C. said...

that helmet is NOT cake. i *may* have clicked on the link, and found it went to flickr.

C.C. said...

oh also the cat :)

everetta_ann said...

I'd say the helmet, kitty, and the rear shoe are the only ones that are not cake. The hot wings almost had me fooled, until I saw the lettuce underneath!

Ashley said...

@ Susannah MB - the pack of crayons is cake/fondant. I saw the episode of Ace of Cakes where they made this cake. :)

Josin L. McQuein said...

The front shoe is the one featured in the shoe photo, and it has an insole; it's the back one that's fake.

As for the crayons, if that's not fondant, it's modeling clay - look at the finish on the side of the box. It's not cardboard, nor are those crayons (there's no Crayola logo on the box).

The helmet's obviously not cake (or it was made by the world's best baker). Ditto the cute kitty.

The drum's the only one I'm iffy on. Those metal bits are awfully authentic.

Lizzie said...

They're all really cake except for the helmet and the kitten (obviously). Notice that all of them are submitted by actual people. The helmet was submitted by "Lirpa F." ... an anagram of April F. April Fools!

vkacademy said...

The helmet is not cake, obviously not the cat either (that much they said) and I think the bowl of the gumball machine is plastic but the actual body of it is cake. The drumsticks *might* be cake or bread but they are awfully well-done if so. The front shoe is the cake (its in the photo below as proof).

Lots of amazing talent on display!

Miss Mindy said...

The football helmet...could the "submitter's" name be a hint? "Lirpa F."? Really, though, those cakes did twist my mind around backwards. Amazing.

And the kitten in a salad bowl - too cute! One of yours in earlier days?

Yay for continuing April Fool's!

Ellen said...

Wonderful!

LOL at "evil snares."

Oh, and the adorable cat, rear shoe and helmet are the only non-cakes (other than the drumsticks on the drum cake), methinks!

wv - rutem

The non-cakes were trying to hide from me, but I think I managed to rutem out.

Charlene said...

BTW, there is a blog called "Eat a Kitten," so named from the author's memorable joke, "If I want warm and fuzzy, I'll eat a kitten."

J. said...

I can't take the suspense! GIVE! Which are the fakes (other than the helmet and the kitten)?

A Paperback Writer said...

While I can appreciate the art in the buffalo wings cake, there's no way I could ever eat a cake that sent "wrong flavor" messages to my brain like that!

Now, the crayons I could eat!

Flartus said...

If that Jameson bottle's cake, I wanna know how the baker got that glass-like green glow.

And now I want lo mein for lunch. But not in bed.

Alisa said...

the football helmet, the drum, and the kitty salad were not cakes. The high heeled shoe on the left was not cake.
Alisa

ms. mousie said...

Helmet, kitten, Jameson bottle.

Lindsey said...

Helmet, shoe in the back, and the kitten salad. Those are the fakes.

Anonymous said...

The shoe on the left, the helmet, the drum, the kitten, the guitar.

Anonymous said...

I'll say the helmet and the green bottle of wine are inedible.

Also the kitten, but can I have a slice of it anyway please? (Gotcha LOL!)

But the latter taste like chicken when you prepare them right... so I've heard...

Dani said...

Assuming I haven't been fooled. I love that the crayons are for someone turning 50.

Anonymous said...

The football helmet is definitely not a cake. Also the kitty isn't cake.

Kimberly Chapman said...

The helmet's not edible media and here's why: not because it's shiny (enough skill with confectioners' glaze can do that), not because it's got such shiny silver bits (Albert Uster's silver dust which is technically inedible but made for cakes can be pretty shiny), not because it'd take phenomenal skill to cast pastillage like that to get that perfect shape (because there are people out there who could), and not even because of the anagram April Fools name as others have cited.

No, that one is obviously fake because of the little clear rubber piece. Sorry, there isn't an edible medium that does that. Hot sugar, even isomalt, would not have that rubbery appearance. Gelatin is too yellow. There are candy products out there that come close but not close enough, especially without the equipment candy manufacturers use.

Nope, that wee little piece was my first bang-on-the-head clue.

And if I'm wrong, I need to kidnap whomever has such skill and keep them in my kitchen Misery-style until they show me how to do it!

PS Mike McCarey IS GOD. All hail!

Heather said...

I agree with the back shoe, helmet, and kitten not being cake. I'm not sure on the drum. Parts look like cake and parts don't.

While I know the chinese cake is cake, I don't think I could eat the lo mein part.

Kimberly said...

Excuse me while i go find my jaw. I think I left it on the floor somewhere around here.

I keep going 'what?.. no.. what? .. really?'

I want to see the wings cake cut.. that is just insane.

Deidra Lookingbill said...

The helmet and the cat.

Heather said...

Pretty sure that the AMAZING GUITAR CAKE WANT WANT WANT is a real cake and the football helmet and the kitten are not cake, but beyond that I have no idea. Absolutely amazing post, guys!

Kaitlyne said...

I call the helmet, the drums, and the kitty of course as being the fakes.

Those crayons are awesome, though!

Monique B said...

I'm with those above saying helmet, back shoe, drumsticks and, of course, kitty in a bowl (why with a moldy tomato?) are not edible (or is that subjective? Maybe if you're a goat?)

Josin- I am a little iffy on the drum, too... could be cake, but why make the top look dirty? The metal parts are very realistic. I think it's the color of the drum & the lettering that are the most "cake-like". I don't think that's an insole in the front shoe, though-- some kind of cakey-fondanty-gum-pasty thing.

I think that shoe cake is just so ugly--- blechh.

I'm also throwing in the bottle of wine (the rest of that cake is cake). Jameson bottle is not the right shape-- cake! :)

Amy@10:03-- LOL!

Lizzie & Miss Mindy-- good call! Those sneaks & their anagrams...

Anonymous said...

Now I'm hungry for chow mein. And a platter of buffalo wings.

Sharyn in Superior said...

The kitten may not be a cake, but it is most certainly a Cutie Pie.

tiny purple elephant said...

the crayons by charm city aka ace of cakes is real. I saw it on their site.

the helment is not cake

have no idea about the kittens, it look liks a real kitten to me

Cynthia said...

WANT kitten!

(Just to cuddle, not for dessert.)

Cynthia said...

Oh, and the mere notion of a realistic-looking buffalo wing cake is making me a little nauseous. Cognitive dissonance! Cognitive dissonance!

(To be fair, I'm pregnant and many things, including the mere notion of eating a kitten, make me nauseous right now.)

Rachael said...

Helmet and shoe in the foreground are real and so is the itteh bitteh kitteh! :) Nice cakes!

Anonymous said...

The cat HAS to be real. No way it can be cake. The others, though... cake, except maybe the helmet?

C-squared said...

All these cakes are amazing (except for the fake ones... still unsure about the drum.) That pancake breakfast is AMAZING!! Yay, Julie!

JHill said...

I think that Epcot,the carrot jockey, and the helmet are all cakes.

The King Cake, however, is a giant deep-fried donut.

Melch said...

The puns today were especially (delightfully) painful!

diddleymaz said...

no daisies :(

scyllacat said...

At this stage, I'm assuming anything that looks like it's not "real" is cake. I.e., it's obvious that the basketball isn't a real basketball, thus, cake. Likewise crayons, the base, at least of the gumball machine (Less certain about the globe), etc.

That puts me in certain that the cat is a cat. I'm in serious doubt about the drum and the wine bottle. I'm pretty sure the helmet is a helmet.

Fascinating procrastination.... I put you down now.

WV: iness, as in, "My goodness, my Gu-!"

khek said...

Hm. I think the kitten, the drum and the helmet are real. I think the bottle of wine in the case is real too. I'd be happy to taste everything else though!

Aviatrix said...

I think once a cake is sliced, the illusion evaporates and you can eat the iced sliver of buffalo wings, lo mein, or dog poop without flinching. The hard part is making the first cut.

Carrietastic said...

I think the drum is definitely a cake. It's on a cake board. :)

I'm glad the consensus is the helmet isn't a cake... I thought I was going crazy for a sec there...

SaraV said...

UNC helmet - you can also see through the earhole of the helmet and see the tabletop

LV luggage - oh, the time it took to paint all of the gold emblems on that cake

Anonymous said...

Back shoe, football helmet & kitten - fakes. Everything else, edible! Well, I mean, you could eat the kitten, but that would be gross.

Julie said...

After a totally wrecky weekend (for non-cake reasons) this has been such a boost. My dream to make it onto a Sunday Sweets post has been realized!! I can die happy now. Thank you C-squared and CW!!

Julie (the pancake cake)

Chocolatier said...

I think they're all cakes...they all have links to cake sites. Or maybe that's just tricakery at work.
Except for the kittie salad. That made me squee.

Chocolatier said...

actually, after clicking the link under it, I go back to my first assumption, which is that the helmet is a fake cake.

Anonymous said...

There is no way the kitten is a cake - gross!
I can't imagine that any of those cakes actually tastes good. Anyone who bakes knows what you have to do to get that level of craftsmanship (use a lot of dyes, gumpaste, rubbery fondant and other yucky stuff). They look great, but give me a messed-up looking cake with real buttercream any time!

Jenni said...

I agree with the helmet, back shoe, drumsticks, and the kitty, and I'd like to add that the basketball is definitely real, whereas the shoes aren't.

Kimba said...

I vote helmet as not cake

Classic Steve said...

The basketball makes me dribble.

ALF said...

I LOVE cats!!

Anonymous said...

Small yet blatant hint... Each of the cakes gave credit below the photo to the cake artist/bakery who made them. In other words all of them are cakes except for the Kitten Salad.

The Kinker Family said...

The helmet is not cake because 1. it's hollow. you can see the board it's sitting on through the side hole. 2. Who would a cake like that just on the counter by the phone cord and misc. other stuff.

jonasbfunkley said...

I think that the helmet, back shoe, drumsticks, popcorn on top of the popcorn box and the wine bottle in the wine and cheese cake are all real parts.... oh and that kitty too!
Awesome post! this was fun to look at after sleeping in on a Sunday morning!

Jill said...

Oh my gosh oh my gosh! Jen, you follow the fortune cookie "in bed" rule too! I thought we were the only ones!!!! lol great post :)

Micalah said...

That cat and the helmet are not cakes.

Rachel said...

The helmet, cat, and back shoe are for sure not real cakes.

Everything else, however, is amazing! The Jameson is perhaps my favorite - they captured the translucence of the bottle beautifully.


I look forward to your answers! I feel pretty confident about mine so I will be hecka surprised if I'm wrong about any of 'em.

Anonymous said...

The helmet is not cake, the kitten is not cake- but a tasty treat for a large dog, the back shoe is real- the front one is on the cake in the next picture, the drumsticks are not cake and the metal elements on the drum are either from a real drum and stuck on cake or the whole thing is just a drum sitting on a cake board!
Excellent post! I love the continuation of April Fools!

Anonymous said...

I agree that the drumsticks aren't cake, but I have my doubts about the actual drum as well. If it is cake, then it has some amazingly real details -- the worn center, the tape, etc.

Agatha Christie said...

I believe the proper term for breakfast at dinner is "brinner".

Wendy said...

These are amazing! I believe all but the kitty are cakes. Magnificent work!

ThatDeborahGirl said...

I hope the kitten is not cake, but I'm afraid it is. I do not think all that "fur" icing is cute at all.

Rebecca said...

I think the cat and helmet are the fakes.

Danish said...

I'm going to go with the NC helmet, back shoe, and kitty on this one. I was almost tempted to go with the drumsticks, but the lettuce is too porcelainey to my eyes.

Tricia L said...

All are cake (except for some elements like guitar strings, drum sticks, and wine label) except for back shoe, helmet, and (squee) kitten.

Karen said...

I was showing these to my kids, and when I got down to the kitten, my daughter yelled out, "That's a picture from YouTube!" She spends most of her time looking at kitten videos on YouTube, and she recognized the picture. :)

Katie said...

As others have said--helmet is not cake. Has too many things that are non-cakey. Kitten is not cake, because while someone might photo their kitten sleeping in the salad, I cannot fathom why on earth anyone would make a cake that looks like a kitten sleeping in a salad bowl. I say the drumsticks are real atop a drum cake, but I'm 60-40 on that.

Also though, the trunk cake, I think is done by the shop that made my wedding cake 11 years ago! Woot!

Leah_the_Nosher said...

The pancakes are adorable. I did not know pancakes could be adorable.

The chicken wings have me salivating and feeling guilty about it. I wonder if I can eat them and have my greasy, savory craving sated at the same time as my cake quotient is met...

Jessie said...

Follow the links. The shoes are all cake. The helmet and kitty however, aren't.

Anonymous said...

so when do you reveal all?

tina said...

hrlmet and cat are real and everything else is cake

LeftWingLock said...

Helmet and Kitty. Although my cat is being highly annoying right now and I just might bake it to teach it a lesson...it would definitely be a wreck if so.

Anonymous said...

My stepfather and my mother had a gumball cake like that one at their wedding reception. I wish I still had the images of it, it was really well done.

Pat said...

Even if that kitten is really cake, who in the world could eat it?????? Just the thought! Like eating a baby!! Only you'd get hairballs....

pikkewyntjie said...

I don't care if the helmet and the cat aren't cakes. They both look delicious! I enjoy the dining on Tarheel helmet and cat salad at Brinnersertunch feast every Falker Satherhood day!

Kidding! I have 9 cats and love 'em all. They do have tendency to get in my salad sometimes, though.

WV: redied
I died laughing reading this post, then I read it again and redied.

Anonymous said...

There's a RIGHT way to do helmet cakes?!

Anonymous said...

Kitten, glass globe with gumballs on gumball cake, shoe behind the one without a heel and the helmet- all are not cake.

I'm on the fence regarding the drumsticks ... but, if you can make that drum out of cake drumsticks aren't going to be a problem. Great cakes!

Tris said...

The first shoe is cake.
The helmet and, presumably, the kitten, are not cake.
FILTHY LIARS THAT THEY ARE.

Carli said...

helmet cake = fake, fake FAKE!

Kelley Prather said...

Helmet and cake are not cake.... and Mike's Amazing Cakes kicks confectionery butt.

Kate said...

back shoe, drumsticks, bowl of gumball machine, helmet and kitty are real. the snare isn't - my husband collects them and i can tell, though it is pretty good!

Adam said...

The guitar? Cake.
Evidence: wood grain is wrong.

Drums? Cake. Drumsticks: not cake.
Evidence: chrome isn't actual crhome. A drum head that worn would also be accompanied by a dented rim.

Shoes: Closest shoe is cake, furthest is real.
Evidence: stitching on furthest shoe, presence of a sole, looks like it could actually hold a foot. Also, closest shoe is present on the cake in the second image of the set.

Chicken wings: Cake... all of it, except may the celery.
Evidence: No bone visible on the wings.

Jameson bottle: Cake. Labels and cap: Not cake.
Evidence: funky shape (too wide in the middle), and reflections don't match. The two light sources visible from the bottle itself don't line up with the light sources reflected by the gold foil or the bottle cap... The foil and cap, however, do agree with each other. Wonderful fake reflection of the cloth below the bottle, though.

Trunk: Cake.
Evidence: The strapping on the side, above the handle isn't straight, despite it being stretched across the lip of the trunk. Also, the pattern may be lined up diagonally, but not horizontally... Very close, but just slightly off.

Basketball and shoes: Cake.
Evidence: I have yet to see any perfectly spherical cake. This ball is made up of at least 3, probably 4 layers of cake. The skin of the ball also doesn't reflect light like leather does. Neither do the shoes.

Helmet: The cake is a lie.
Evidence: clear plastic, thickness (or complete lack thereof) of supporting structures.

Popcorn box: Cake. Movie reel: Cake. Popcorn: can't tell; I'd expect to see the kernel husks somewhere on a small sampling of kernels, but the variety of shades, along with the shape, makes me think that however the popcorn was made, it isn't icing... Especially considering that the cake layers are very obvious in the box, and the paper saying "Happy Birthday Jeff!!" (almost exclamations of ellipses...) doesn't match with the side of the film reel...

Cheese: Cake. Bottle: Cake. Box: Cake. Knife: Cake.
Evidence: Again, the reflections aren't uniform... The wood grain is also faked... and no self respecting cheese is going to be that mushy AND that holey.

Crayons: Not crayons.
Evidence: The shape of crayons is wrong for that brand. The wrappers aren't paper. There is no waxy sheen. Since they're not real, they have to be cake.

Gumball machine: Cake. Gumballs: Not Cake. Bowl: Not Cake. Lid: Cake.
Evidence: Multiple layers, no reflections off of the plastic (although the airbrushing at the bottom of the "metal" gives a very good illusion of brushed aluminum reflecting a bright surface underneath.). The gumballs, however, all have uniform reflections, so they're actually shiny.

Noodles: cake. Take-out container: Cake. Take-out container top flaps: cardboard. Chopsticks: chopsticks. Fortune cookies: not fortune cookies. Fortunes: not paper. Handle: Not cake.

Eggs: not eggs. Bacon: not bacon. Butter: not butter. Syrup: probably syrup. Pancakes: cake.
Evidence: the way they stack. That many pancakes would have a huge bulge in the middle.

Kitty: Kitty. Give it a cheeseburger.

Renee said...

Helmet, Rear shoe, and obviously the kitten are not cake.

I'm on the fence about the drum.

Arlene said...

That last one is a kitten no way is that cake. The helmet also looks real lol. Heck most of those have me stumped but I just know that last one is a kitten.. it has to be.

Adorably Dead said...

Loved those shoes!

Katie said...

I also play the "in bed" game!

I think the cat cannot possibly be cake. Please. Please tell me it's not. If it is it definitely shouldn't be on Sunday Sweets!

I agree about the helmet and the back shoe (the stitches...) and the drumsticks. Also..the globe on the gumball machine.

MissNay said...

Kitten, drum, helmet and Epcot. If the wings are cake, I assume they should not be eaten because God knows how they got the little bumpy things and the glaze on those bad boys.

Chava Malka Cooper said...

the helmet is real. the gumball is a cake (it's on their website). the chicken wings could be cake, but i didn't see it on her website, which is very nice btw, and i didnt see the bottle either, which has to be real because the glass is just too glassy!
and the cat is real

Anonymous said...

if you read the credit name for the helmet backwards it's april f (april fools?). so my guess for not real is the helmet and cat- everything else real.

emiwatts said...

I just assumed that if it said "by (insert name) bakery/cakes" it was real. Anyone else think of that method?

Patti S. said...

Besides the link beneath the helmet cake (thanks for the hint!), the submitter was Lirpa F. (or April F., if you read it backwards).

Taaadaaa

One extra hint.

So my final vote...back shoe, drumsticks, helmet, kitty.

Craig said...

Guitar, whiskey bottle, trunk and wine & cheese are (to me) obviously cake, but who can say?

#2 The drum is real, although the drumsticks could be made of turkey. (Rim shot!)

#3a Shoe in the foreground is cake. Not because of the lack of stitching or the type of material used in the construction of the inner frammis, but because it is identical to one in the photo below (also why it doesn't have a heel).

#4 Real wings; the celery and lettuce are fake, and the dip is ranch buttercream. Deal with it.

#7 Cake; no texture.

#8 Real helmet. This should be posted in every bakery in the galaxy. Not that it would necessarily help, but it might.

#9 Film reel: cake. Bag: could be fondant; looks a little thick for paper. Popcorn: if it isn't real, someone went to a *lot* of trouble.

#11 Cake. You can tell, because some of the colors are off by 1/4 shade.

#12 Cake. [My theory is] The bowl is made of gelatin, but these people know how to keep it from melting all over everything.

#13 Cake. This isn't a wreck, so I am assuming the wire handle is food-safe.

#14 Cake (and things related thereto), from butter to plate. While bacon cake is an excellent idea (especially if bacon-flavored), this looks a tad pre-cooked.

#15 I think perhaps this cat would like a bit of fish. If the fish is gone later, I can assume that the cat is real, though if the fish is still there, it may simply be that the cat was not hungry.

Anonymous said...

the helmet & cat are not cakes. looking at mike's webpage of cakes, i think the drumsticks are real. he does an amazing job with his cakes! the shoe in the front is the cake and the shoe in the back is a real shoe.

Jim said...

I vote for the drum, the cat and the helmet.

fnf said...

the helmet and the cat and the show in the background are fakes... not sure about the drumsticks... and the shoe in the forground was the cake version...
no??
in any event, the details on these cakes were ridiculously awesome!

Anonymous said...

Helmet and kitten is fake!

Adriel said...

I believe all of these are cake, except the cat, the NC helmet, and the drumsticks (the drum is cake)

Jen said...

Okay. I think the cat and the football helmet are real and everything else is cake.

Anonymous said...

You sort of gave away which ones were the real cakes, by putting the baker's name right underneath! :)

(Unless that's a devious double-bluff, of course.)

Sabrina said...

Those cakes were amazing! I'll be they cost a pretty penny to make though. The only two that I'd say are not cakes are the kitten and the football helmet. The pancakes I have doubts about ,too.

Denise said...

It's the kitten and the helmet for sure. I think the drum is a cake.

Mary Connealy said...

If that kitten is a cake, I'm STILL calling the humane society if anyone slices it.

ICK!!!!!!

Becky said...

I agree with others... Helmet & Cat are not cake. Back shoe is real (check out the stitching) and front is cake.

Michelle P said...

I'm with Julie - this post made a rough weekend light up for me! I'm honoured to be in such good company too; Mike definitely ROCKS! and Debbie is a true cake goddess.

The popcorn is all fondant - with the "butter" painted on. Took my daughter and I HOURS to make.

I think I can also say, to Anonymous at 2:44, from all of us bakers:
You're darn tootin' these cakes take hours, but we bust our butts to make sure they taste good too!!

Marytoo said...

So are you going to give the answer? Surely the cat is not a cake???? Don't eat the cat!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Smacking head on desk -

LIRPA - April backwards?????

I've been watching WAY too much of Star Trek - TOS. A Lirpa is "a traditional Vulcan melee weapon, consisting of a metal staff with a fan-shaped blade on one end and a club on the other."

I thought the baker was a ST:TOS fan....

WV: sufferst - my head is suffering the worstest after smaking it on the desk.

Shelli said...

Helmet's a fake - rest is cake.

Anonymous said...

The helmet is real, as is the kitten (but I love that the tomato on the kitten salad appears to be rotten).
Is it just me? I just don't want to eat cake that looks like shoes.

Megan said...

Jen, when are you telling us the answer?

Chocolatier said...

HA! how funny about the lirpa thing! I didn't even notice that. however, if you click on the link, it goes to flickr, not a cake website.

TexasBlueEyes said...

I will now live in constant fear when ordering a cake with writing on it. :-p Thanks a bunch (write italized)

Anneke (Mudhooks) said...

The "kitten salad" reminds me of a spot they had on one of the early David Letterman shows, when it was a daytime show. They had "Handy Household Tips" and one of them was a drawing of kittens snoozing in the middle of greenery with narration "Heavily sedated pets make interesting centrepieces"... Apparently, the daytime audience "didn't get it" and there was hue and cry because callers thought it was serious...

Anonymous said...

you kinda gave them away by putting the bakery's name underneath each cake.

Olivia

Anonymous said...

I say the cat is one of those freaky stuffed toys that "breathe." Those things are really realistic!

Eliza A. said...

All cake except helmet.
...and cat. ;)

Eliza A. said...

Oh, and drumsticks and shoe not in the foreground!

(forgot to mention them)

Midnite Skys said...

the cat and the helmet.

Aletha B. said...

Helmet, kitten, Jameson's.

Robin said...

are you ever going to tell us?

Anonymous said...

Are you going to give an answer key??

Anonymous said...

But how could they cut into that kitty cake?! :(

Anonymous said...

NOT CAKE: Helmet, drum, background shoe, kitten

Brookie said...

Well in a way the kitten is edible just not as cake as meat.

Matilda said...

I think it's the cat because it has no link. Sneaky. Very sneaky.

Anonymous said...

All of these are cakes except the kitten.

junewilliams7 said...

(taps foot semi-patiently) Well, are you going to give us the answers, please? We obsessive-compulsives are waiting!

Anonymous said...

It's been 2 months. Please tell us!!!

Chris

Jen said...

@ Chris - The helmet & kitten were the only two non-cakes. :)

DreamCarver said...

I'm really not sure what is cake, and what is a lie. However, I DO know that the xkcd reference is not a lie.