11+ Cakes We Can't Believe People Actually Made

Diply 5 Jul 2018

You've probably noticed, but there are some pretty talented people in this world and some of them can make some incredible cakes.

Sure, not everyone is an artist with buttercream (see Netflix's Nailed It for the hilarious truth), but others can create absolute masterpieces.

Here are some cakes that regular people like you and me made. Some of them even explained how, so let's get right into the frosting.

1. Wait, so those aren't real succulents growing out of this cake?

Craftsy | Craftsy

The level of detail in color alone is absolutely incredible here. Craftsy explains that the larger succulents were made on floral nails, then chilled and arranged on the cake.

They also claim that succulents can be easier than frosting flowers — maybe the unusual shapes are more forgiving?

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2. This is the kind of unicorn cake I'd actually feel bad eating.

Reddit | PetitebutSweet

Reddit user PetitebutSweet claims they went a little over the top, but I'm just over here wondering how they seemed to sculpt a full unicorn head and make it look alive.

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3. It's a commonly known fact that lots of candy makes cake even better.

Sprinkles for Breakfast | Sprinkles for Breakfast

This colorful piñata cake gets a hollowed-out center that's filled to the brim with your favorite candies. Sprinkles for Breakfast, we salute you and your dedication to sugar.

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4. I keep staring at this cake, but it barely makes sense. 

Imgur | Pedagiggle

Apparently Imgur user Pedagiggle made balls of cake and added them to the batter, but I'm still transfixed and completely in awe.

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5. This brushstroke cake is stunningly gorgeous, but I can actually follow what happened.

Craftsy | Craftsy

Each brushstroke is made with a paintbrush and melted candy melt (Craftsy has a full tutorial), but I'm sure that by the time I got mine off the wax paper and attached to the cake, they'd have giant thumbprints in them.

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6. Double the ombré means double the fun.

Something Like Sugar | Something Like Sugar

I'm seriously impressed that Something Like Sugar was able to match the ombré of the roses so closely to the ombré of the layers.

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7. Just seeing the different circles, I never would've guessed what this cake would look like inside.

A Subtle Revelry | A Subtle Revelry

I love how A Subtle Revelry left the outside plain, letting the checkerboard inside really shine.

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8. So, this is the checkerboard design again, but with more colors and a birch log outside. 

Reddit | krytal

Reddit user krytal explains that the different rings of the log are chocolate cake, red velvet cake, and vanilla cake that's been dyed red. They got fancy with a paintbrush for the outside.

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9. This "shaggy" cake is so gorgeous that I can't look away.

YouTube | Preppy Kitchen

See that splotch with a large grass tip? Preppy Kitchen created long threads with this piping tip to make patches of color all around his cake.

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The result is a texture that doesn't even look like buttercream.

Preppy Kitchen | Preppy Kitchen

For some extra color, there are raspberries in the cake itself as well as patches of colored frosting between each layer.

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10. It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman!

Rose Bakes | Rose Bakes

Obviously, if Superman is on a cake, he needs to actually be bursting out of it. See how Rose Bakes has different layers of fondant to really emphasize the burst when she cuts through and peels it back?

The trick to keeping the red layer free of frosting is adding some parchment paper before the fondant. She takes it out when she does the burst.

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Here's the final effect, Superman and all. 

Rose Bakes | Rose Bakes

Now that's some impressive workmanship. There's a lot of fondant work going on for the different star and ribbon details, but I think it's all worth it.

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11. Please put your hand up if you've spent too much time watching videos of either mirror cakes or paint pouring.

PopSugar | PopSugar

This tie-dye cake has both! According to PopSugar, you just put a few drops of food coloring into a thin glaze and pour it right over the cake, which is covered in fondant.

And keep pouring, because this is way too much fun to stop.

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12. Textured butterflies — who thinks of these things?

Glorious Treats | Glorious Treats

Glorious Treats actually used a scrapbooking tool to stamp a design into the fondant before cutting out the butterflies. Letting them set on a folded piece of cardstock really brings the wings to life.

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I can't decide which of these fondant butterfly cakes I like more.

Glorious Treats | Glorious Treats

The tiny butterflies are a perfect touch on this frosted cake, but those visible ombré layers have a stunning simplicity.

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13. This gorgeous cake looks super detailed and complex, but it turns out that the technique is actually incredibly easy.

Cake Central | Cake Central

I think I can make round dots and I think I can spread them, but will my cake turn out as perfect as this one from Cake Central? Worth a try.

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