Is It Cake?

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Is It Cake?
Also known asIs It Cake, Too? (2023)
GenreGame show
Created by
  • Dan Cutforth
  • Jane Lipsitz
Directed by
Presented byMikey Day
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producers
  • Dan Cutforth
  • Jane Lipsitz
  • Nan Strait
  • Dan Volpe
  • Andrew Wallace
Running time35–39 minutes
Production companyAlfred Street Industries
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18) –
present

Is It Cake? is an American game show style cooking competition television series created by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, and hosted by Mikey Day. The series premiered on Netflix on March 18, 2022. Contestants create cakes that replicate common objects in an effort to trick celebrity judges. Winners of each episode receive $5,000 and a chance to win more money by identifying which display of cash is real and which is cake.

The series is based on the viral internet meme of the same name, popularized on YouTube and TikTok. As a part of the trend, a common object or food is disguised as cake and others are tasked to determine which is real.[2][3] Day was introduced to the trend by his manager Michael Goldman, by which he was fascinated. Although Day had no baking experience or background, he took on role of host. Day explained the draw of show piqued the "human desire... to pick out the 'disguised something'."[4]

In June 2022, Netflix renewed the series for a second season. The second season, titled Is It Cake, Too? was released on June 30, 2023.[5] In January 2024, Netflix renewed the series for a third season which is set to release on March 29, 2024.[6]

Gameplay[edit]

Throughout each episode, contestants and celebrity judges are presented with multiples of an object, with a cake replicating that object presented amongst the real objects.[2][7][8] Three contestants are able to compete by baking a cake within eight hours which actually replicates the look of an object selected for that episode. Celebrity judges are then presented with three separate sets of objects presented themselves in sets of five of the same object. Amongst each set of five is one cake baked that day by one of the contestants. If the judges correctly guess which object is actually a cake, that contestant is eliminated from that episode.[9] When multiple contestants are able to trick the judges, the judges then select a winner based on quality of the cake to break the tie. The winner of each episode wins $5,000 and is able to win an additional $5,000 if they can correctly identify between a visually identical pair of bundles of cash which is actually a cake.[9] If they do not correctly identify the cake, the $5,000 is added to the cash bundle round winnings in the next episode. The winners of the three episodes leading up to the finale then compete in the finale to win $50,000.[7][3] The show does not eliminate any of the eight contestants and they are able to stay throughout the season and observe even if they are not competing in that episode.[9] Some not competing in the finale were selected to help support the finalists' baking efforts.

Production[edit]

Is It Cake? was created by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz and is produced by their company, Alfred Street Industries.[2][9][10] It is hosted by Mikey Day.[7][9][3] On June 2, 2022, the series was renewed for a second season.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2022)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleCelebrity judgesOriginal release date
11"Fast-Food Fakeout"Daymon Patterson, Fortune Feimster and Ronnie WooMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
22"Phony Fashion"Hester Sunshine, Jason Bolden and Michael YoMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
33"Fake by the Ocean"Camille Kostek, Chris Witaske and Kellee EdwardsMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
44"Imposter in Aisle 5"Courtney Parchman, Finesse Mitchell and Farley ElliottMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
55"Cake Crashers"Arturo Castro, Rebecca Black and Jon GabrusMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
66"Garage Mirage"Tony Rock, King Princess and Lyric LewisMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
77"Toying Around"Brittany Broski, Heidi Gardner and Dan AhdootMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
88"Winner Fakes All!"Loni Love, Bobby Moynihan and Karamo BrownMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)

Season 2: Is It Cake, Too? (2023)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleCelebrity judgesOriginal release date
91"Everything Is Cake!"Chrishell Stause, Blake Anderson and Maz JobraniJune 30, 2023 (2023-06-30)
102"Body By Cake"Nico Santos, Joel McHale and Ally LoveJune 30, 2023 (2023-06-30)
113"Cake University"Chris Witaske, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Chloe FinemanJune 30, 2023 (2023-06-30)
124"That 90's Cake"Anna Camp, Melissa Villaseñor and Joel Kim BoosterJune 30, 2023 (2023-06-30)
135"S'more Cake Please"Brandon Kyle Goodman, Cristela Alonzo and Kate FlanneryJune 30, 2023 (2023-06-30)
146"So Fresh and So Cake"Charli D'Amelio, Heidi D'Amelio and Dixie D'AmelioJune 30, 2023 (2023-06-30)
157"Cake Me Out to the Ballgame"Jeff Dye, Chiney Ogwumike and Flula BorgJune 30, 2023 (2023-06-30)
168"Winner Cakes All!"Jade Catta-Preta, Chris Redd and Taylor TomlinsonJune 30, 2023 (2023-06-30)

Release[edit]

Is It Cake? was released on Netflix on March 18, 2022.[2][9][3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Is It Cake?". metacritic.com. Retrieved February 20, 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d King, Jack (March 7, 2022). "'Is It Cake?' Trailer Reveals a Baking Competition With a Deceptive Twist". Collider. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d Quinn, Dave (March 7, 2022). "Is It Cake? New Netflix Series Puts the Reality Competition Spin on Viral Food Trend". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  4. ^ Hibberd, James (April 6, 2022). "'Is It Cake?' Inside Netflix's Mindlessly Brilliant Hit". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 21, 2022.
  5. ^ Otterson, Joe (June 1, 2022). "'Is It Cake?' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  6. ^ White, Peter (January 29, 2024). "'Is It Cake?' Renewed For Season 3 At Netflix As Streamer Sets Premiere Date". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2024.
  7. ^ a b c Trainor, Daniel (March 7, 2022). "Desserts Meet Their Doppelgängers In First Trailer For Is It Cake?". E! Online. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  8. ^ "Who's Judging the Potential Fake Cakes on Netflix's 'Is It Cake?' — Let's Dig In". Distractify. March 19, 2022. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Barnhart, Aaron (March 17, 2022). "Recommended: Is It Cake? on Netflix". primetimer.com. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  10. ^ Amatangelo, Amy (February 28, 2022). "The 5 New TV Shows You Can't Miss in March". Paste Magazine. Retrieved March 25, 2022.

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