These Cakes Are Going Insanely Viral Right Now

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Here we all are, patting ourselves on the back for creating sourdough from scratch starter or becoming banana bread aficionados. Meanwhile, Natalie Sideserf of Sideserf Cake Studio in Austin, TX has been impressing the internet with baking skills that are ... let's just say ... on another level. Like, a level that isn't even human.

Many of her cakes are hyperrealistic representations of objects. She's done cakes that look like romaine lettuce, an oyster of a half-shell, a lemon, an eggplant, macaroni and cheese, even an onion with flaky layers.

So how does she do it? Her secrets include food-safe silicone putty to take molds from real objects, modeling chocolate, gelatin, wafer paper, and paint-blending techniques.

Sideserf also specializes in cakes that look like characters. She's done Michael Scott, Baby Yoda, and Homer Simpson.

But one of our favorite tutorials is a recent video she did that feels very on-topic: an empty toilet paper roll cake.

So, if you're looking for distraction, head over to Sideserf's YouTube. We've been there for hours ...


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