Decadent Sweets That Look Like Healthful Treats

There is some undeserved shame associated with eating an entire cake in one sitting. For those times when the guilt becomes too great, pretend to eat healthy by gorging on these sugary sweets that resemble more diet-friendly snacks. Let’s hear it for smoke and mirrors!

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1. Broccoli Cake

Keep telling yourself it’s broccoli — not chocolate, peanut butter and, of course, plenty of buttercream. The mind is a powerful thing.

 

Via: Cake Central

2. Marzipan Fruit

If you look closely, you can tell that these are fake fruits created with marzipan and not the real deal. It might be the unnatural facial expressions that give it away.

Via: Wikimedia Commons

3. Carrot Cake

Here is the one that started it all, the humble carrot cake. Congratulations, you’ve been fooling delusional people into thinking you are maybe sorta slightly healthier than regular cake for decades.

Get the Recipe: Carrot Cake

4. Vegetable Cupcakes

This produce-filled garden patch looks healthy enough, although eating a shovel may not be the best dietary decision you’ve ever made.

Via: Savory & Sweet Desserts

5. Fish Cake

This giant koi-impersonating dessert is not to be confused with the food item known as the fish cake, which is quite delicious and equally unhealthy.

Via: Cake Central

6. Caramel Apples

Here is another world-famous faker. Candy apples somehow manage to be decadently unhealthy while almost exclusively made out of actual apple. It’s a caramel-induced miracle!

Get the Recipe: Caramel Apples

7. Juice Cake

Wait a minute. Something seems off here. This cake probably doesn’t contain 100 percent juice at all! Lots of butter, more likely.

 
Via: Cake Central

8. Peas and Carrots Candies

Finally, a way to eat your peas and carrots without all of those annoying peas and carrots stinking up your mouth.

Via: Babble

9. Chocolate Veggie Tray

Why should dinner party hors d'oeuvres be completely devoid of chocolate? Everything's better when smothered in the sweet stuff, including vegetables.

Via: Foodbeast

10. Shrimp and Bananas Candy

Ah, everyone’s favorite pairing finally represented in candy form. Wait, nobody ever has paired shrimp with bananas in the history of the known universe? Well, there's a first time for everything. They are both pretty healthy, though.

Via: Hawkin's Bazaar

11. Sushi Cookies

You can never go wrong with raw fish, unless that raw fish actually contains sugar, flour and butter (and no actual raw fish).

 

Via: The Enchanted Oven

For healthier versions of your favorite dishes, head to Cooking Channel's Meal Makeovers page for plenty of sweet and savory inspiration (no disguises necessary).

Get the Recipe: Bobby's Lighter Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie