There are a few people in the world who prefer salads to cake. Like horses. Wait, do horses count as people? Anyway, we are not those people (or horses). And if you’ve ever had a bite of the Hazelnut Crunch Cake at Olive or Barbara’s Ganache Tarte at Sunny’s, you wouldn’t be one of those people either. Because let’s face it — salad will never, ever be as good as cake.
The Vegedeco Salad Cafe in Nagyoa, Japan, is throwing some confusion into that philosophy by making salad and vegetables look and taste like dessert.
Aptly coined “The Vegedeco Salad Cafe,” these strange and beautiful salads masquerading as cakes first popped up at Japanese restaurant Bistro La Porte Marseille in Nagoya in 2015, thanks to Japanese food stylist Mitsuki Moriyasu. Instead of traditional icing, the cakes are made with tofu or cream cheese, and then blended with vegetables to make them look like frosting. Sounds delicious! Not. We also think it’s only fair to warn you that this is very, very healthy for you. Actual cakes all over the world are committing hara-kiri at this grave insult to their very purpose. The agonizingly healthy cafe features a number of superfoods, including low-carb ingredients and gluten-free items. Little to no sugar has been added to each dish. Beautiful, right? We’re having a hard time reining in all the excitement.
But, however you feel about salads (mostly sad things, in our case), you’ve got to admit these are some works of art. They look good enough to eat. Well, almost. But don’t mind us – we’re just a little hardcore about real cakes with actual frosting in all their sugar-laden glory.