The 'Everything Is a Cake' Meme, Explained Through Jokes

Talk of cakes and the idea that everyone and everything is really made of cake has taken over the Internet. It all started when Buzzfeed's Tasty shared a video on July 8 of items like a red Croc shoe, a roll of toilet paper, a house plant and a bar of soap being sliced down the middle to reveal that they're actually cakes.

These Are All Cakes pic.twitter.com/ejArkJHaid

— Tasty (@tasty) July 8, 2020

Credit goes to Turkish food artist and chef Tuba Geçkil of Red Rose Cake, who is known for making cakes that look like realistic, everyday objects. The cakes that Red Rose Cake shares on Instagram are eerily realistic. One looks exactly like packaged raw chicken, and another like the animated characters from Pixar's Up, to cite just two examples.

This baking technique—known as trompe l'oeil—combines creative talent with culinary skills. The name means to "deceive the eye" in French, and it refers to when subjects are "presented so realistically that they make viewers wonder whether they are actually real," as per Artsy.net. The technique has been used for centuries, and dates back to when the ancient Greeks made "illusionistic wall painting" that resulted in rooms looking bigger than they were.

Since the clip became viral, the Internet has been amazed by how realistic these cakes are, along with the amount of detail put into them. Inevitably, this has led to a brand new meme.

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A stock image of a four-tiered cake in a party setting. The "Everything is a Cake" meme has the internet convinced that everything is made of cake. Getty

The Twitterverse has since contemplated whether or not everything really is a cake. Some users are stressed out about it. "I thought the pandemic would be my biggest worry but actually I stay awake at night wondering whether I am, in fact, cake," one person tweeted. "Is anyone else paranoid that everything is a cake now?" another asked.

Is anyone else paranoid everything is a cake now?

— Chedddarz (@Minicheddarz) July 12, 2020

I thought the pandemic would be my biggest worry but actually I stay awake at night wondering whether I am, in fact, cake

— Jack Edwards (@jackbenedwards) July 12, 2020

guys i’m genuinely distressed i can’t take this shit anymore pic.twitter.com/vUl54Ro444

— iz 🪴 (@evillanelles) July 11, 2020

Others have gotten philosophical when considering what it means if everything is really cake. "Everything is a cake until proven otherwise," someone quipped. "If everything is a cake, then nothing is," another insisted.

If everything is a cake, then nothing is.

— Mary Kate Brogan (@MaryKateBrogan) July 12, 2020

i'm starting to believe that everything is a cake 😭 pic.twitter.com/O0GPBoABWh

— Ù‹ (@jennieschips) July 12, 2020

Michel Foucault (1975): everything is a prison

Twitter (2020): everything is a cake

— director saz (@sarahlostctrl) July 12, 2020

everything is a cake until proven otherwise

— 𝗸 (@kukimonge) July 13, 2020

If everything is cake, but the cake is a lie, does that mean everything is a lie? WHAT IS EXISTENCE!? pic.twitter.com/rfvlur8OBQ

— Jett (@JettBlackMagick) July 13, 2020

Other Twitter users rewrote some movies based on the idea that everything is a cake. "127 Hours but when he finally cuts his arm it's a cake," one user insisted.

127 hours but when he finally cuts his arm it’s a cake

— 𝕤𝕦𝕟𝕗𝕝𝕠𝕨𝕖𝕣 (@spinubzilla) July 11, 2020

Truman show but everything is a cake

— 𝔖𝔘𝔅 (@gonzapsub) July 12, 2020

Some have even tried slicing other objects to test out the "everything is a cake" theory. "Oops just found out the hard way that not everything is a cake," one person wrote. Others shared videos of themselves trying to cut into objects that are not cakes, like real Crocs and tissue boxes.

Pls advise, it’s not working for me. pic.twitter.com/wd61wCeUGT

— Mike Kelton (@mikekelton) July 9, 2020

unbelievable cake pic.twitter.com/R2IkHmcYmA

— maureen monahan (@momonahan) July 9, 2020

Everything is a cake if you suspend your disbelief or use a really strong knife.

— ℐⓄℕℕҰ, ᴄᴇᴏ, ᴘɪᴍᴇᴄᴏʀᴘ ʟʟᴄ. (@pimecorp) July 10, 2020

Meanwhile, some people are just embracing the absurdity that it's 2020, we're in the middle of a pandemic and everything is a cake.

What if EVERYTHING is a cake?!? pic.twitter.com/K6zmcmnZwg

— Calum Mcferran (@calum_mcf) July 11, 2020

I left Twitter for a few hours now apparently everything is a cake

— YOUNGSUCIOGUAPO (@DavidOwele) July 12, 2020

Everyone and everything is a cake in 2020. https://t.co/eKZaCekYJY

— Andrea 🏳️‍🌈 (@amazingracer99) July 12, 2020

me training because cakes are taking over the world pic.twitter.com/CbZnxf1nWi

— Forky (@ForkyToyStory) July 12, 2020

This "everything is a cake" meme is going too damn far

Your bakers were so preoccupied with whether they could, they never stopped to think if they should

— The Cutest Lilly ✿ | bIm (@CommanderLilly) July 13, 2020

Its the year 2020; things are weird and everything is a cake

— BKPA (@bradamankwah) July 13, 2020