'Everything is cake' meme taking over the internet as everything turns out to be cake

2020 is a weird year.

Tanya Ong | July 21, 2020, 08:10 PM

The video starts out with an object, it could be a shoe or a plate of raw chicken fillets.

A knife then slices through said object, and... it turns out to be cake.

Everything is cake

If you've been seeing such videos online, it's because the "everything is cake" phenomenon has now taken the internet by storm.

In fact, the google search term "everything is cake" spiked worldwide earlier in July this year and peaked in mid-July:

One reason could be because people are spending more time at home.

Here are some of most mind-boggling videos, in case you haven't seen them yet:



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You can see a compilation video here.

The official Parasite page also joined in on the fun with this Facebook post:

Obsession with hyperrealistic things not new

According to New York Times, the trend started after BuzzFeed Tasty shared a compilation of videos from the Instagram feed of a baker @redrosecake_tubageckil.

The video involved a kitchen knife cutting into what appears to be a red Croc. But was actually really just cake.

The phenomenon of food looking like non-food objects is not new, though.

For instance, clips from a Japanese game show previously went viral after contestants were shown biting into various objects to determine if it is made of candy.

Doorknob is chocolate. Screengrab via YouTube.

Shoe is also chocolate. Screengrab via YouTube.

Why do we like it so much?

Some reports have suggested that such a bizarre meme going viral signals a form of escapism and a sense of "being unmoored from reality" given the ever-shifting nature of our reality in a pandemic.

But there's also a simpler explanation for our obsession that is rooted in psychology.

Rolf Nelson, a psychology professor at Wheaton College was quoted explaining that people are constantly "fascinated by the quality of illusion".

Basically, our brain gets a kick out of experiencing this kind of dissonance.

Since then, people have also responded to these videos with memes of their own, questioning if everything is cake.

https://twitter.com/DakDeMarco/status/1282131404340461568

In any case:

Top photo via The Bake King/FB