Is It Cake?: Release Date, Celebrity Host, And More - Everything We Know So Far

2020 had a lot of us wondering if we were living in a simulation, and a trend that started in July did not help those suspicions. If you were on the internet during this time (not like there was anything else to do) you most likely saw a ton of videos where people cut into what looked like household objects, but the inside was cake. The trend was rumored to begin on July 8 when Buzzfeed posted a video on Twitter with creations from Tuba Geckil, a "Turkish food artist and pastry master," (via Today). The video starts by cutting into a croc that somehow bends like a real croc would, followed by a roll of toilet paper and other anxiety-inducing objects.

If these videos made you feel uneasy, you're not alone. When someone cuts into a candle, for example, we have expectations for what that will look like. We trust our eyes, so when the cake videos deceive us, it conflicts with our learned realities and causes discomfort (via Insider). However, Pascal Wallisch, an NYU psychology professor, told Insider that once people see the realistic cake videos, they will most likely add it to their expectations and, it will no longer make them uncomfortable. Maybe that's why Netflix waited a few years after the trend to create a show about this cake fakeout phenomenon.

What's the release date for Is It Cake?

If you miss seeing reality-bending cakes on your social feeds, no need to worry; Season 1 of "Is It Cake?" will be available to stream on March 18 on Netflix. Netflix recently released the official trailer for the show, which shows a group of bakers creating cake masterpieces that are nearly indistinguishable from the objects they replicate. These contestants are not your typical pastry chefs; they specialize in this sweet deception. "What I do is the weirdest thing in the world," contestant Jonny Manganello says in the trailer (via YouTube). "Like, there are people saving lives, and I am making cake look like other things." Three judges are tasked with deciphering which item is actually a cake from five different options, like five "purses" or five "sneakers." It's clear in the trailer that this is no easy task, and the judges, some of whom have big personalities, have to agree on one answer.

Who is the celebrity host of Is It Cake?

"Saturday Night Live" star Mikey Day will bring his fun personality to this quirky show concept. "I'm thrilled to be a part of such a cool and exciting show," Day told E! News. "Plus, I love cake so I negotiated to take home all the leftovers instead of being paid with money I just would have used to buy cake." While holding a book with the title "Learn How to Cake," Day admits in the trailer that he should have watched baking shows before he took the job. However, from the scenes in the trailer, he appears to thrive in the chaos of the show, which probably comes from his experience on SNL. Day won't be the only celebrity you recognize on the show; the cast of judges includes Karamo Brown, Loni Love, Rebecca Black, SNL favorites Bobby Moynihan and Heidi Gardner, and more (via People).

What is the prize for the winner of Is It Cake?

Season 1 of "Is It Cake?" will start out with nine competitors who are passionate about hyper-realistic cake trickery: Andrew Fuller, April Julian, Dessiree Salaverria, Hemu Basu, Jonny Manganello, Justin Rasmussen-Ellen, Nina Charles, Sam Cade, and Steve Weiss. "I want to prove to people that I am the best of the best at what I do," said Fuller in the trailer (via YouTube). It is unclear how contestants are eliminated from the show, but the top three bakers will move on to compete for $50,000. The trailer teases about a cake version of the money bag, and we hope the contestants don't have to guess which is which as their final challenge. We do know from the trailer, though, that Mikey Day is very excited about hacking into the cakes with a machete to answer the $50,000 question: "Is It Cake?"