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Now let me show you something funny I stumbled upon recently… Actually, I’m not 100% sure whether I found it myself or it was submitted to me by one of our fans. Whichever it is, be sure to take a moment of your time and carefully observe the attached photo. Have you noticed anything strange in it? How about them cups of hot chocolate? Anything suspicious? If you still have trouble guessing, you may find the solution in here. Now admit it, how many of you got it right?

I Bet You Wont See It (The Illusion)!


214 Responses
  1. Tiffany says:

    My guess is there are forks for hot chocololate and the chocolate looks more like a mousse..maybe it’s really a dessert?

    • Emily says:

      There are a few things I noticed in this picture:
      One- You don’t need forks for Hot Chocolate
      Two- The forks only have three points which is uncommon
      Three- The cups are distorted
      Four- The marshmellows are not in the hot chocolate they are sitting ON the hot chocolate. This makes it appear to be solid chocolate. This is not a liquid. It must be a solid.

  2. rojas says:

    The cups are not made out of ceramic because they are a little distorted, have weird looking handles and are not as reflective as the plates. Maybe they are made out of a sugary food like marshmallow or cake frosting.

  3. isaiah says:

    they are cakes


  5. Jessica says:

    I was wondering why you would eat pudding/hot cocoa with a fork…

  6. Lunar says:

    They’re served with forks because they’re actually cakes made to look like mugs of hot chocolate. There’s an icing overlap on the far side of the nearest “mug”

  7. Bob Jello says:

    OMG They are cupcakes!!! so cute!!! soooo fooled me!!

  8. Tom says:

    No, do you not see the dent in the Upper left coffee cup?

    • Hailey says:

      thats not a dent..thats the reflection of the fork..which shouldnt be there anyway lol

  9. Mina says:

    Well I guess it would be easier with spoons ^^ For some reason saw it right away…

  10. wow that’s a cool illusion :D

  11. Tatyana says:

    It’s edible

  12. Carla says:

    I saw immediately that there are forks instead of spoons and I think it isn’t chocolatemilk but pudding.

  13. Cohen says:

    I thought so. The cups looked a bit too soft.

  14. Terry says:

    Could have sworn I saw the word cake somewhere in the text! Looked again twice but didn’t spot..

  15. An egg says:

    First I thought that it was extrange that the forks had 3 … ends (I dont know how are called), but then I realized that you dont need forks to eat chocolate!!!

    wait a sec….. OH MY GOD!!! have you ever watch the program ace of cakes? THERE ARE NO CHOCOLATE CUPS… BOTH ARE CAKES!!! awesome illusion man!!!!!!

    • svensti says:

      The word your looking for is “Tine”

    • Lisa Marie says:

      The fork “ends” are called tines. It took me a while to figure this out and , ok I admit it, I looked at the comments to figure out what the illusion was. Funny idea, cup cakes, but can this really be called an illusion?

    • Brandy Espy says:


  16. Jesse says:

    Definetly the forks, and the hot chocolate is refelctive, and looks solid, probably glass.

  17. iFlipKnow says:

    I thought it was some hyper-realistic stuff…because the saucer (?) of the cup on the right is kinda “on” the first saucer… i^_.~’

  18. svensti says:

    The “cups” are made of marzipan or royal icing.

  19. Gamer_Z. says:

    I predicted that, sort of. I did not specifically predict cake, but I thought the top of the hot chocolate looked too solid to be a drink. I did not even think about the forks!

  20. chris says:

    i think the cup is something like a cake and all of them will be eaten using the fork.

  21. Dave says:


  22. S says:

    Is that cups or part of the dessert?

  23. shaggs says:

    Hardly an ‘illusion’ if you ask me…

    • Lisa Marie says:

      I agree with you. Can’t really classify this as an illusion. Nice trickery, but an illusion it is not.

    • V says:

      I’ve seen cakes and frosting use to make very convincing images of many things – I don’t see it as a trick or light or perception, however, which are the things I find fascinating with regard to perception/interpretation.

  24. Sandy says:

    Read the right blogs and you know immediately what they are. :-) Yummy and fun!

  25. colin says:

    i would have never guessed the real illusion
    i thought it was ketchup lol

  26. Nick says:

    As the link shows, they are actually little cakes. That’s why the forks.
    I noticed the upper one was misshapen and the icing seemed suspicious, but I didn’t guess the cups were edible.

  27. kelly says:

    you’re right tom. the cups dont look real. they’re kinda warped. and the hot chocolate is definately not liquid. and forks? maybe it’s cake.

  28. alien says:

    I think the whole cup, including the ‘chocolate’ is a piece of cupcake. You can see the surface of the cup is not as smooth or shiny as the plate.

    Lovely cupcake :)

  29. remixer says:

    I wouldn’t really call this an ‘illusion’

  30. random says:

    Piece of cake…

  31. Alexi says:

    wow its all made of candy!

  32. Chakolate says:

    Sorry, but anybody who visits cakewrecks.com regularly will spot these as cakes right away.

    Extremely well done, though!

  33. pixiee dust says:

    i never noticed the fork until i read these comments lol

  34. pixiee dust says:

    omg there cakes i never noticed it wow

  35. Artemisa says:

    I like it very much. It’s very cute!

  36. Trini Bwoy says:

    cup cakes

  37. Rod Hnatiuk says:

    The cups aren’t quite “perfect”. I figure the entire thing (sans doily, saucer, and fork) is an edible treat. And I bet it’s really yummy!

  38. 22kanman says:

    They are Desserts creepy!

  39. Cinthya says:


  40. Michael Gilmore says:

    I actually did guess it! But it was a total guess.

  41. Jim Anderson says:

    Am I the only one who sees a smiling face looking up from inside the bottom (left) cup? The shadow of the marshmallows form the eyes. JA

  42. me123987645 says:

    i thought the hot chocolate looked strange…

  43. isabel says:

    they’re are meant to look like a coffee but they r actually cupcakes

  44. Gaby says:

    That is too cute! for some reason, even though I saw that the cups are not made of ceramic, it did not cross my mind that they are real live cupcakes! :))) fooled me!

  45. Stephen says:

    Is it an optical illusion?

    It is a cake designed to look like a cup and saucer, which admittedly looks very realistic.
    There is no ‘optical’ trick of the eye/brain, making you think it is something that it is not, so is it really an optical illusion?

  46. ohmygosh says:

    WOAHHH they’re cakes! i only found out that they were because i saw ‘cakes’ in the tabs :P but i could tell it wasn’t real hot chocolate… and of course, it would be odd to eat/drink hot chocolate with a fork? lol.

  47. ohmygosh says:

    oh yes, and im guessing the ‘cups’ are made of white fondant, that’s why the top one has like a kind of dent in it.

  48. ZL123 says:

    I saw the dent at the side of the second cup!

    The title was like, ‘I BET you won’t see it’.
    So I was like going backwards from the screen…
    “Hey, it doesn’t look pixelated!” (It WAS pixelated…)
    Then I saw the dent.
    Then I noticed the forks!

  49. Soumyee says:

    The cups look like they’re made out of dough or clay or something like that… They’re not perfectly round around the rim…

  50. Janelle McDermott says:

    on because of your hinting I noticed the different texture of the cups to the saucers and also a friend of mine decorates cakes,

  51. maddyroxlol says:

    you can tell its a cake considering that hot chocolate is never that dark. theyre ultra cool cakes, except the hot choc part needs to be lighter to fool me!!!!!!! :):):):):)LOLOLOLOLOL

  52. Dave says:

    I see a small ghost in the first cup. It looks like he’s pushing the marshmellow.

  53. fred says:

    As the chocolate is shiny and there are forks my guess would be the cups are cakes !

  54. JLarrian says:

    that is a perfect replica of hot chocolate. lol

  55. John says:

    I knew that it wasnt hot chocolate, I didnt know it was cake The frosting gave it away and the forks

  56. NeeL says:

    First I was looking if maybe the fork ends were misconnected, then I noticed one ear of the cup looked funny and then I noticed that forks are not usual for hot chocolate (which looked more like tomato soup to me). :)

  57. Janmanni says:

    I admit nothing! NOTHING !!

    Ok, I admit that much that I watched the solution. :) And what a clever illusion it was. I thought that the chocolate looked somewhat solid. So I would have guessed that they were some magnified miniature dollhouse cups. Edible cups, I would like to taste them.

  58. joe says:

    look left and down o the white marshmellow i see a boy

  59. Anna says:

    The back saucer is propped up on the front saucer making it look like the two cups were taken each from a slightly different perspective.

  60. alex says:

    the right cup has a dent on it both of them are not real

  61. Anonymous says:

    I saw right away that the “hot chocolate” mounded up in the middle, instead of being flat.

    With the fork, it makes it obvious that it is not a liquid. I could not tell that the ‘cup’ was edible, in large part because I sculpt clay and glass, so I don’t expect cups to be ‘perfect’.

  62. Honey says:

    this is absolutely Perfect !!!!!

  63. Mark P says:

    The odd thing I noticed was that they served hot chocolate with forks.

  64. Palmino says:

    The cups are cakes! Yummy!

  65. Very clever “cupcake”. Nice illusion…….:)

  66. cgimusic says:

    The fact that the marshmallows are just sitting right on top of the surface is a dead give away. Also there are forks and the far cup looks more of an octagon than round.

  67. Dolphin says:

    Yes! I was right. It wasn’t hot chocolate. The forks make you suspicious,and then how thick the chocolate is,way thicker and goopier than hot chocolate…

  68. william says:

    I looked a little beyond the hot chocolate cup cakes and noticed in the lower cupcake on the surface of the chocolate icing, there appears to be a human figure by the lower marshmellow. It looks to me that the figure is a female wearing a white blouse and a brown skirt leaning on/pushing/lifting the marshmellow, with her left leg crossed in front of her right leg.

  69. fossda says:

    they are cupcakes! lol

  70. Roger says:

    I saw the dent on one of the cups. So then i thought it was made of sugar, but then i realized they were cakes i thought it was funny. They were ‘cup’cakes…

  71. Rob says:

    How is this a not an optical illusion? Cakes (and other baked goods, such as marzipan) are made into tons of different shapes. There are even television shows about how they do it.

    They look tasty and the baker did a nice job, but this is not an optical illusion.

    Think I’ll go get a muffin now…

  72. notarealname says:

    i new hotchoclate didnt shine

  73. Sheila says:

    is it just me or does there also appear to be a woman leaning on the white marshmellow in the foreground cupcake.

  74. Lee says:

    Unfortunately, my mouse was hovering over the image while I was reading the write-up and the tooltip that popped up show the image filename… “hot-chocolate-cupcakes-600×400-500×333″. That kind of gave it away. Maybe the images’ tooltips should either be blank, or something more generic? Something that won’t give the illusion away.

  75. Grace says:

    I myself thought they were the same cup.

  76. At first I thought it was Italian style hot chocolate-thick as pudding-because I noticed the thick look of the “liquid,” but then the fork threw me off and I had to take a peek at the solution! Yum!

  77. Kelly says:

    I noticed that it wasn’t hot chocolate, thought it was mousse in a cup. I didn’t realize the cups were edible…my brain didn’t go there. I guess you stumped me on half of the illusion. :)

  78. Autumn says:

    I think the “hot chocalate” is actualy cupcakes.

  79. Chris says:

    I thought it was the fork, but now I see why there was a fork.

  80. fossda says:

    they look so yummy!

  81. Jazza says:

    Ahhh there cakes, that explains the fork and the dent in the far cup :)

  82. GummiePanda says:

    its pudding : D

  83. Nacho says:

    First I thought it seemed rather than beside the first marshmallow, a child was eating the marshmallow

  84. Huh? says:

    The forks only have three points!!

  85. Ursula says:

    I think the cups are just plastic and the hotchoclate is definitley choclate pudding with marshmellows ;)

    Cool Illusion Dude;)

  86. V says:

    I agree with the one who said it’s not much of an optical illusion. Looks fattening though.

    • You Can't Know Me says:

      Actually the impossible visual creaminess of the ‘hot chocolate’ gives it away. I mean, does anyone know of hot chocolate that creamy?

  87. barb says:

    I think this is rediculous. In no way is this an optical illusion. It looks like a solid substance in the cups, but that is not an “optical illusion” this picture makes me not want to view this site! CRAP!!!

  88. Amelia says:

    I thought it was pudding.

  89. haley says:

    hey people look at the forks. the illusion is in the forks. yeah got it right.

  90. mycaricature says:

    Those forks and that consistency make me think they are totally awesome cupcakes!

  91. Dave says:

    Yumm! Totally didn’t see that one. I wonder how long it took the baker to make those? I think I could devour it in seconds.

  92. Christy says:

    I thought the cup on the left the melted slightly marshmellow looks like a girl with a skirt on slightly bent.

  93. cupcake. cup is cake. so cute. looks delicious.

  94. Jordan says:

    haha kinda easy to get the illusion when the picture is named hot chocolate cupcakes. Just hover your mouse over the picture, riddle solved :P

  95. you also forgot that when you put your mouse over the picture it says hot-choc-cupcakes

  96. hello-how-are-you says:

    My friend, I DO have tumblr, of course I know that it’s a cupcake. ;)

  97. ice says:

    The “cake” tag at the bottom of the picture gives it away.

  98. Kevin says:

    The forks sort of gave it away. Also, the chocolate is too contoured… looks more like pudding. And you can see the seam of the fondant at the back of each cup. Still, a very good illusion!

  99. Sam says:

    Is it that the spoons have slots in?

  100. kelly_rocks says:

    The only odd thing I saw was the forks

  101. Ipshita says:

    It’s the marshmallows. They are actually, “chalk” pieces……….right !!?

  102. Mr Illusion says:

    aaah, the forks all make sense now I’ve seen the solution!

  103. Johnny says:

    its cake u dumbasses!!!!

  104. adrianne says:

    clever :)

  105. Cindy_McCon says:

    It’s looks like hot choco but it’s acctually cake..

  106. Cindy_McCon says:

    Hot cAKES..LOLZ!!

  107. Brad says:

    That one was dumb. While you can’t really tell exactly what it is, it is clear it’s not a liquid in the cups.

  108. Sean Loh says:

    Woah! When I click for the solution, I was taken aback for a moment there. Those who wants to guess before looking at the illusion, here’s a clue: ‘Anyone seen a person drinking hot chocolate with a fork?’ *Warning!: Spoilers!* Applause to the person who made this ‘hot chocolate’ cakes… Really beautiful cakes that looks like a nice, inviting cup of hot chocolates.

  109. Alya says:

    the forks. A cup of hot chocolate with a fork? Hmm? and then, tadaah, that’s not a cup of hot chocolate. that’s cake!! Omg, I love this!

    • Danni says:

      I actually also got the idea that it is cake from the dent in the right cup, forks and the fork on the left, :P

  110. Keyfo says:

    Look above the end of the fork on the top mug… There is a dent!It’s how I discovered their cakes!

  111. kaye says:

    these were obviously cakes. There are forks instead of spoon, and they didn’t look like the usual chocolate drink.

  112. imbord2 says:

    the cup on the right has a dent in the cup, and if one has a dent like that there Thrown out. and when object is set in to a liguid: it sends of sonic waves throughout the liguid, this cup didnt do that.

  113. superlegion says:

    hahaha…coffee cakes.

    • Patty says:

      They look like cup cakes to me..I knew it was a solid..I shook my monitor and no liquid moved in either cup..

  114. A says:


    • A ROCKS! says:

      I know A half these people probably looked first. I agree i thought it was like you know a trick my eyes couldnt see but good job! Dont feel stupid im twenty three and couldnt find it! Have a great day!

  115. punisher says:

    beauty ! absolute beauty !

  116. matt says:

    I noticed there was a dent in the cup and the “liquid” in the cup right away.

  117. Yoda82 says:

    the hot chocolate looks too thick…
    and the spoons look unrealistic…

    and the solution… It’s a Cake! oh lol…

    Good One…

  118. A says:


  119. Glados says:

    The cake is a lie.

  120. marcy says:

    it looks like the saucer closest to the camera is half bowl. and the fork looks funny. the shadows are off

  121. marcy says:

    having forks with hot cocoa is not an illusion. the stuff is also way to thick to be cocoa

  122. Rubster :) says:

    yayyy!!! i want one of these cakes they’re amazing!!!

  123. Reez says:

    Whoaaaaaaaaaa I just jumped with joy after I saw the solution and found out I got it right! NICE!!! :D

  124. kimpoii says:

    this one’s pretty clever :D. i finally found out why the “cup” on the right isn’t looking flat.
    i’d love to eat these x9

  125. Name not available says:

    Isn’t the saucer in the top right hand corner overlapping the other one?

  126. Dorky says:

    I was right, the chocolate was to thick to be a cup of hot coco and there shouldn’t be forks ther so it had to be a pastry!

  127. The handles are off plus there’s a dent above the fork on the top ‘cup’ And yess I am a smart***e but I didn’t look! So F**k You!

  128. GlaDOS says:

    The cake is a lie

  129. BlackVeilBridesScarlett says:

    Theres a dent in the cup and it’s cake…

  130. Gensou says:

    The cup on the bottom left hand corner, if you look close enough the foam next to the white marshmallow looks like a woman’s body in a white dress and one hand on the marshmallow.

  131. Witchy Woman says:

    Kind of knew something was up with the forks and the texture in the ‘cups’.

  132. no one says:

    i thought it was play dough. awesome cakes!!!!!!!

  133. kai says:

    HAHHAHA i had NO idea it was a cake but i could tell after a minute of looking that it was in fact NOT an actual cup i thought it was a sculpture or it was the chocolate that wasn’t real lol

  134. Quel says:

    I thought the cups looked imperfect, and I didn’t think it was impossible that it might be… :D I GOT IT RIGHT. :D

  135. Krissy says:

    Look Under The Marshmellow It Looks Like A Little Person Is Their :)

  136. PedoBear says:

    This is accuuatlly a cute cake from a website called I can haz cheezburger :3

  137. Alina says:

    I knew it was fake, i just didnt know it was a cake O.o

  138. Danni says:

    the mugs are cakes…lol nice illusion, like alina, i knew it was fake but i didnt know it was a cake, it just looked to perfect…now i know it is cake im drooling O.O

  139. Dilara says:

    i new there was a small bend inside one of the cups or cakes should I say

  140. telly says:

    there are some bending over the cup. it is because of the reflection from the fork. :)))))))))))))

  141. Jennifer says:

    Well, I am a nut because I see a little girl in the bottom photo look above the handle and someone tell me that is a girl with her hands up looks like she is praying

  142. Hayarpy says:

    I did, as the cups were not absolutely round. YAAAAY :))))

  143. Jasmine says:

    Haha. I noticed that the drinks were extremely unleveled, but I definitely didn’t know that it was a CAKE!

  144. unknown says:

    at first I just thought the forks were weird, but when I looked closer I saw the forks were normal becase it was a cake!

  145. heebejeebe says:

    Duh obviosly its a cake how did you not realise! (sarcasim)

  146. modal says:

    Might be your best blog post on the web…

  147. kstormgemini says:

    That would be such a cool thing to do for the holidays! Everybody gets their own individual “cup of chocolate” after the dinner.
    Stick a mini candy cane in there for garnish and away you go!
    Kids would love it. ^_^
    Gonna have to remember this and pass it along. And hey if you come across any more illusions like this one, would Looove to see them. I love food based illusions. =)

  148. AB says:

    Haha I thought it was pudding in real cups. Had to peak. Didn’t pick up on why there were forks with it!

  149. cynthia says:

    ooooh. it is cake lol! the cup on the right has a dent in it. duuuuh!

  150. Andrew C. says:

    The marshmallows?

  151. alex says:

    My guess was – why forks and not teaspoons? that was suspicious enough to guess.

  152. AmetuerAspirant says:

    i hovered above the picture for too long and the words ruined the illusion…

  153. Crystal says:

    there is a person in the first cup. it vage but you have to look close.

  154. OneLondonView says:

    HOW ON EARTH IS THIS NOT AN OPTICAL ILLUSION!?!? It appears to be something that it is not… optical illusion. Sheeeeeesh people. At first I didn’t notice anything and then I realised that the cups looked like they themselves were food (like cake haha) and then I realised the whole thing is in fact cake. Really cool!

  155. Gwen says:

    Its a piec of cake ;)

  156. Nova says:

    Hum i’m french so don’t care about my english please.

    The illusion is on the junction of that two cups. The first cup isn’t under the second one ;)

  157. Nova says:

    In fact, I think this picture isn’t real, is a 3D modeling

  158. Daniel says:

    Okay, First of all, forks are not used for a hot chocolate. I think maybe the real illusion here is, it’s a cake.

  159. EmilyL0v3 says:

    WTF am i the only one who notice the plate is above the nother ps my english is not so good

  160. LostMyMind says:

    Part of the illusion is that it’s a cake, however, I think the first part of the illusion is that one plate is resting on the other plate. If the cups were real, with liquid, the liquid in the cup would not be level – probably ready to spill over.

    Just my guess

  161. ananas.iris says:

    I got it right :p

  162. Joseph says:

    I don’t get it

    • Jemima duck says:

      Forks….with hot chocolate….anything strange about that?… I guess Liam Payne won’t find it weird…….get it?! Coz he’s afraid of spoons!!! Yah…no.

    • Jemima duck says:

      Wait! No! I see it! The left ‘rim of the cup’ isn’t level…so it’s a cupcake! Yum.

  163. CrossEyed says:

    I noticed that the hot chocolate was served with forks… and that those forks have only three tines… and that the left cup doesn’t appear to be level on top… but I never would have guessed the reason without the explanation.

  164. Nana says:

    I didn’t know what was wrong with it, but the fork and the non-sinking marshmallows gave away that it wasn’t hot chocolate.

    • Annie says:

      I can’t see how you would eat a pudding in a cup with a cake fork, though, without having to leave quite a lot. Cake forks are for…cakes.

    • Anonymous says:

      Annie, it’s not a pudding in a cup, the cup is part of the cake!

  165. Mdyer says:

    Its a cupcake its not that hard

  166. katrina says:

    where ‘in here’ is in the paragraph click it; it will lead you to the illusion and a cake!

  167. katrina says:

    or is it pumpkin pie?

  168. BunnyGirl says:

    I got it half-right: I knew it was not hot chocolate, but I didn’t know it was a cupcake. Also I thought something was wrong with those cups-the one on the right had a dent in it! Seriously, I’m 11 years old and even I could tell, (once I saw the answer)those cups are made of fondant!

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  171. PokemaDiva says:

    I thought the marshmallows were actually chalk…

  172. kiana says:

    dude the fork left a dent in the cup look at the bottem of the top cup where the fork is

  173. kiana says:

    1 the hot chocolate is putting
    2 the marshmellos are mints
    3 the forks have three thongs
    4 there is a dent in the cup
    5why would someone put a cloth under it

    mmmmmmhhhhhh im nine I know this

  174. Taylor says:

    I knew there was food involved. I thought the cup was a giant marshmallow

  175. me says:

    I actually did get it right!

  176. pepe el toro says:

    the back cup is floating and deforming

  177. Anonymous says:

    its cake it took me one second to figure it out

  178. Tory says:

    The hot chocolates have handles?

  179. Tory says:

    Why do they need handles

  180. Kyla says:

    1. The forks are 3 pronged
    2. The cup on the right is dented
    3. The marshmallows are on TOP of the “chocolate milk” whereas if it was milk it would be IN the liquid

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