Video: Realistic Cake Designer Shows Humorous 'Day in the Life'
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Video: Realistic Cake Designer Shows Humorous 'Day in the Life'

Oct 17, 2023

Everything is cake for Jonny Manganello.

Manganello, a hyper-realistic cake designer who was a former contestant on Netflix's hit show "Is It Cake?", showed off some of his creations in a recent "day in the life" TikTok.

His cakes were in the shapes of multiple household objects, including a bowl of fruit loops, a carton of milk, a razor, and even a pink Himalayan salt lamp.

"I start my day with coffee, because I'm a monster until I've had my coffee," Manganello said, taking a bite out of his edible coffee mug and coffee machine. "Or at least my coffee cake."

Manganello then showed himself "shaving" with his edible razor.

"I'm really starving at this point because all I've eaten today is cake, so I had my breakfast cake, my cereal cake, my milk cake," he said. "How many times can I say cake in a day?"

Manganello has a following of 2 million on TikTok, and this particular video amassed over 14 million views.

His optical illusion creations became more and more ambitious throughout the video, including a cake water bottle, cake Jenga, and a cake Mona Lisa.

"I'm usually really sick to my stomach at this point because I've eaten like 12 cakes, so I take my Pepto Bismol and my Gas X and my other meds," he said, showing yet more cakes packaged up like medicine boxes.

Manganello's "day" ended with "a couple more cakes" — cake slippers and a cake lamp by his bed.

The video racked up over 10,000 comments with people in disbelief at Manganello's talent.

"How do we know that YOU'RE not a cake?" the top comment reads. Another describes the TikTok as a "performance art piece."

"Drag Race" star Michelle Visage also got involved.

"I can't IMAGINE how long it took to make this video," she wrote, to which Manganello responded "Michelle I love you so much."

Manganello rose to fame on the Netflix show "Is It Cake?" in 2022, which jumped on the internet craze of videos showing someone slicing through seemingly everyday objects and revealing cake inside. A psychologist previously told Insider these videos are so popular, and disturbing, because they play with our perceptions of reality and confuse the brain.

In an interview with ABC, Manganello said he'd even made a baby cake, which was probably his "most bizarre" creation.

"Definitely half of what I do is stupidity," he said in the interview. "I just find like the stupidest thing to turn into cake, and then I do it."

Disclosure: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider's parent company, Axel Springer, is a Netflix board member.

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