November 04, 2021

Spot the Cake in These Hyperreal Food Recreations from Cincinnati's Fat Ben's Bakery

As Surrealist René Magritte would say: This is not a pipe. And these food items aren't what they look like. Instead, they are hyperreal cake creations from Ben Arington, the pastry artist behind Cincinnati's Fat Ben's Bakery. Arington, known for his over-the-top, imaginative baked goods, has been in the pastry and food field for more than 15 years. He creates aesthetically pleasing treats, all while keeping it “weird” and pushing the boundaries of what conventional baked goods should look like. Recently, he's decorated cakes to look like everything from fried chicken and a stack of pancakes to a 3-Way and a bottle of vodka. “You go to your more traditional bakeries for your glazed donuts or whatever but you come to Fat Ben's Bakery for the WOW factor,” he said in an interview with CityBeat. He's actively been pursuing hyperreal cake creations lately, and posting the results to Instagram — with very satisfying videos of him cutting into the baked goods, which look exactly like an avocado, pack of butter or a jug of milk. These amazing cakes are edible, and Arington says he uses everything from scissors and cake molds to even (clean) loofah sponges to get the textures he wants, with an artist's eye for food coloring to apply the most realistic light, shadow and finishes. Read a full interview with Arington and learn his techniques for making hyperreal cakes at citybeat.com. We have photos from Arington below, plus screengrabs from his Instagram videos of him cutting into the cakes for some real ASMR.
Photos by Provided by Ben Arington/@fatbensbakery
Scroll down to view images

Join the CityBeat Press Club

At a time when local-based reporting is critical, support from our readers is essential to our future. Support our coverage with a one-time or monthly donation.


Cake that looks like a jug of milk
Provided by Ben Arington/@fatbensbakery

Cake that looks like a jug of milk

After the cake has been cut
Provided by Ben Arington/@fatbensbakery

After the cake has been cut

Cake that looks like a bowl of chicken noodle soup
Provided by Ben Arington/@fatbensbakery

Cake that looks like a bowl of chicken noodle soup

One of these oranges is a cake
Provided by Ben Arington/@fatbensbakery

One of these oranges is a cake

This entire steak dinner is all made of cake
Provided by Ben Arington/@fatbensbakery

This entire steak dinner is all made of cake

Cake chicken nugget and fries
Provided by Ben Arington/@fatbensbakery

Cake chicken nugget and fries

Two of these sticks of butter are cake
Provided by Ben Arington/@fatbensbakery

Two of these sticks of butter are cake

Can you spot the cake avocado?
Provided by Ben Arington/@fatbensbakery

Can you spot the cake avocado?

A cake made to look like take-out from Panda Express
Provided by Ben Arington/@fatbensbakery

A cake made to look like take-out from Panda Express

One of these tomatoes is a cake
Provided by Ben Arington/@fatbensbakery

One of these tomatoes is a cake