Sometimes, a cake is just a cake. Other times? A cake is incredible, edible art— and we just can’t get enough! We don’t mean eating them, either; oh no. When a cake looks this beautiful, we’re satisfied just looking at it. Plus, we’d feel pretty guilty cutting into it! Still, these impressive designs were meant to be eaten, and that makes all the work and creativity that goes into them that much more special. Take a look at some of our favorite decorated cakes that we can’t even believe ARE cakes and get inspired, get ideas— and get hungry!

  1. Rose
    RoseCakeForListCake Style

    This budding rose is made entirely out of vanilla cake, buttercream and modelling chocolate. We know. We still can’t believe it either.

  2. Chocolate Candy Bar

    What’s more fun than turning a cake into another tasty treat? The possibilities are endless, like this candy bar . . .

  3. Pouring Candies
    AntiGravityCandyCakeforListRoseAurora on imgur via Bored Panda

    . . . this gravity-defying concoction . . .

  4. Box of Chocolates
    BoxofChocolatesCakeforListCookies Cupcakes and Cardio

    . . . or an entire box of candy!

  5. Tiger Tail
    TigerCakeWithPieceCutOutCookies Cupcakes and Cardio

    Next time you need a cake, take a walk on the wild side.

  6. This Little Piggy
    PigCakeforListCakesDecor via Pinterest

    Can’t get enough of animals? Invite this pig . . .

  7. Hedgehog
    HedgehogCakeforListCake Chooser via Pinterest

    . . . this hedgehog . . .

  8. Birdhouse
    BirdhouseCakeforListMy Cake School via Pinterest

    . . . and these birds to the party!

  9. Tree Stump
    TreeStumpCakeforListPierre Jolie via Pinterest

    Feeling rustic chic? Try a tree stump cake much tastier than bark.

  10. Chocolate Petals
    ChocolatePetalsforListCakes StepByStep

    This one looks like an elegant dress or a ballerina, don’t you think?

  11. Legos
    LegoCakeRosanna Pansino

    This cake is sure to take you straight back to childhood.

  12. Pizza
    PizzaCakeforListRosanna Pansino

    Pizza pie? No! Pizza CAKE!

  13. Frappuccino
    StarbucksFrappeCakeforListPixable via Pinterest

    Nope, that’s not a close-up of a Starbucks drink. It’s a cake!

  14. Patriotic Flag
    AmericanFlagCakeCookies Cupcakes and Cardio

    Just in time for the Fourth of July comes this cake that’s not only topped with the red-white-and-blue, but has a flag INSIDE it.

  15. Back to School
    BacktoSchoolCakeforListSweet Jeelees via Pinterest

    This one will get your kids excited for school— or at least art class.

  16. The House From Up
    UpHouseCakeforListClassic Cakes and Confections via Bored Panda

    Kids, kids-at-heart, and Disney/Pixar fans will love this one!

  17. Fairy Tale Carriage
    CinderellasCoachCakeforListZoë Clark Cakes via Pinterest

    If classic Disney is more your speed, take a ride in Cinderella’s coach.

  18. The Sorting Hat
    SortingHatCakeforListLmintLevente on imgur via Bored Panda

    Prefer the world of Harry Potter? Let the Sorting Hat show you your dessert destiny.

  19. Beer Bucket
    BeerBucketCakeforListRouvelee's Creations via Bored Panda

    Keep this one away from the drinks— somebody’s definitely going to reach for a beer and get a handful of cake instead. It’s that realistic!

  20. Stacked Books
    StackedBooksCakeforListSweet With Ivane via Bored Panda

    Paging all bibliophiles! Grab a good read . . .

  21. Library
    LibraryCakeAmanda Patterson via Bored Panda

    . . . or visit the library!

  22. Nikon Camera
    NikonCameraCakeforListfsumaria via Bored Panda

    The photographer in your life will love this one.

  23. Lipstick
    LipstickCakeforListCakes StepByStep

    Indulge in more than one kind of beauty with a cake shaped like your favorite make-up product . . .

  24. Vanity
    VanityCakeforListCake Central via Pinterest

    . . . or take it one step further with an entire vanity!

  25. Amelanistic Burmese Python
    SnakeCakeforListNorth Star Cakes via Bored Panda

    This one looks WAY too real. I’d be afraid to eat it!

How awesome are these cakes?! So many bakers have so much creativity and skill; it’s amazing. What’s the most impressive cake you’ve ever seen— or eaten?! Have you ever attempted to make something like one of these cakes yourself? Check out this gallery from Bored Panda and tell us your cake tales!