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I can’t quite believe these optical illusion ads are cake

If you've been a reader of Creative Bloq for a while, then you probably know by now that we're a fan of a good ol' optical illusion. But what's better than a total mind-boggler? Cake, of course – but imagine how amazing it would be to combine the two. 

The supermarket Sainsbury's has released a campaign based on the viral TikTok trend where you have to guess whether the object you're looking at is a cake or not. From soups to oranges, the shop's ads feature a number of dishes that look real until a knife completely cuts them in half. If you're loving these obscure optical illusions, then you should check out our roundup of the best optical illusions

You'd hardly bat an eyelid at these clever bakes, but once the knife plunges into the cake your whole perception of the object is completely skewed. The ads were created by Wieden + Kennedy London and cake illusion artist Ben Cullen to promote Sainsbury's sponsorship of Channel 4's Great British Bake Off. 

Creative directors of Wieden + Kennedy London, Philippa Beaumont and Freddy Taylor explain that the ads were inspired by both the viral internet cake or not cake trend, as well as "a Japanese game show that requires people to bite into very random things in the hopes that they’re chocolate". 

I'm not sure how to feel about the trippy cakes. While on one hand, I am always up for a bake, on the other, I'm not sure how my brain and my mouth would take to eating cake that looks exactly like a bowl of soup. Either way, my mouth is still watering with all this baked goods talk. 

If you're loving these ads and fancy diving into some more ingenious designs, then head over to our roundup of the best print ads of all time. Or if you're looking to indulge yourself in some more brain-frazzling optical illusions, then make sure you check out our list of the best trompe l'oeil illusions. 

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Amelia Bamsey
Amelia Bamsey

Amelia Bamsey is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After accomplishing a first class honours degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering many design topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.