Is It Cake? season 1 review – will you be fooled by these creative cakes?

March 18, 2022
Romey Norton 9
Netflix, Streaming Service, TV Reviews
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Expert cake bakers come together to fool professionals and win big bucks. 

Netflix reality series Is It Cake? season 1 was released on the streaming service on March 18, 2022. 

You can watch this series with a subscription to Netflix.

Is it an object, or is it a cake? Is It Cake? brings a group of baking artists to create hyper-realistic cakes with the goal to fool the judges to win up to $10,000 per episode. In the final, three contestants go head-to-head to win $15,000. 

The money side is odd, they have to work for it. Out of three bakers at a time, the winner will win $5,000 for fooling the judges. Then they have to have their own eyes tested by guessing if something is cake or not. If they guess correctly they can win another $5,000. If they don’t, the money does roll over. I think the final cash prize should have been a lot more, it would have given more at stake and maybe created some heat between the competitors. There is healthy competition and everyone is just so nice so it was missing that pressure that sometimes gives a cooking programme some fire and edge. 

Hosted by Mikey Day, this show might not be different in its format, but it is fun, creative and interesting. The host is cheesy, but not annoying or overbearing, he gives a very Jim Carrey vibe in his presenting personality. In the first episode, the challenge is to guess the cake amongst the fast food and the host uses a giant sword to cut the food, sometimes smashing the plates. In episode three there is a giant jenga, so there are some random parts thrown in. 

The three judges change every episode, we have people such as: Dayum Drop, Fortune Femester, Ronnie Wood, Michael Yo and Courtney Parchment, each judge is fun, fair and sometimes quite savage. Changing the host every episode doesn’t give much continuity, but it does help as the previous judges would probably be able to tell which is the cake after judging for the first time. 

Each episode a baker introduces themselves and we learn how and why they became bakers and why they are on the show. More importantly, how to bake. Although the focus isn’t on the taste or baking technique really, it’s all about how the cake looks, which only made me care about the ending. I could have happily not watched the episode and just watched the last 10/15 mins on the judges trying to figure out which is the cake.  

Whilst this series is fun it does not possess the longevity of shows such as The Great British Bake Off and may only last for a few seasons, however, it’s a nice, easy, enjoyable watch. You will like this series if you’ve watched Cupcake Wars, Nailed It! and Extreme Cake Makers.

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9 thoughts on “Is It Cake? season 1 review – will you be fooled by these creative cakes?

  • March 20, 2022 at 1:57 am

    I’m sorry but after the first episode I couldn’t watch anymore. The guy blatantly cheated with those tomatoes and they let him win. It annoyed me so much I stopped watching.

  • March 20, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    So, just like the other commenter, I must admit it was extremely infuriating to watch this guy shamelessly cheat and edit the other real meals. I am going to watch more, but I can’t believe they let him win and I can’t believe the guy is able to live with himself…

  • March 21, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    I would watch more than two episodes if it had a different host. I find Mikey Day EXTREMELY annoying and not funny at all. I keep yelling at the TV for him to be quiet and just cut the cake. Also, it would be nice if they could zoom in better for TV viewers. If Mikey says fondant one more time, I’m going to scream. If they had a different host who didn’t try to hog the spotlight and concentrated more on the bakers, it would be a much better show.

  • March 22, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    The host is annoying, not funny at all.

  • March 23, 2022 at 7:41 am

    It’s fake anyway, someone posted images of how all the burgers in the first episode were real, then they swapped out a cake for the ending,

  • March 23, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    S1 E5 really he won with his shitty cups not looking real at all! Wtf!! Stop making the show fake it’s a nice show. Although I found the host funny somehow..

  • March 24, 2022 at 12:55 am

    I was not impressed for who won the show hemu should have won her bust cake was more impressive than andrews suitcase I feel like she was robbed. Don’t know if I’d watch season 2 I feel those artist who really have talent get cheated.

  • March 30, 2022 at 4:22 am

    Omg literally I just came here to see if anyone else saw that guy on the first episode cheating with those tomatoes, ?

  • December 19, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    How Hemu even advanced to the finale was beyond me. Don’t get me wrong, their cakes are amazing and all far beyond my skill level but her elephant wasn’t even 50% cake. If what happened in the first episode with those tomatoes is considering cheating then so is trying to pass something off as cake when that’s literally not what the majority or it was. The thing with the tomatoes wasn’t even cheating because they’re given the decoys for a reason. Changing them isn’t “against the rules” and has been suggested on the show before.

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