A Basic Guide to Fake Food

Fake food is food designed to look like the real thing. The pieces you can find on eBay can look like cupcakes, ice cubes, sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, and many other kinds of food. You'll find various ways to use these fake decorations and props around your own home.

What is fake food made of?

Many items like cakes and cupcakes use styrofoam as a base. Designers use paint and other materials to create the frosting and sprinkles on top. To create a fake food display, companies will often use a solid base like a ceramic platform or stand. This makes the fake cupcakes and other items look more realistic. Other materials that are used to create fake food include:

  • Acrylic
  • Resin
  • Plastic
  • Polyurethane
  • Rubber
How can you use the food as decor?

With fake cupcakes arranged as a display, you can create an eye-catching focal point in your kitchen. Visitors will want to grab a cupcake from that display as a quick snack. Other props can bring some more color into your kitchen. A display of replica fruit like grapes and strawberries adds a bright pop of color. You can also use food that works with the theme of certain rooms. A realistic burger and fries or an ice cream sundae might look great in a diner-type room.

Wedding planners often use food of this type at receptions. Couples who want to spend less can invest in a fake cake with an elaborate design. These cakes often have a cutout in the back that they can use to store a real dessert. Some couples serve cupcakes instead. Food props like cupcakes also make for an elegant wedding display. Those fake cupcakes can let guests know what to expect after dinner.

How do you choose fake foods available on eBay?

The new and pre-owned fake foods on eBay are plentiful:

  • Type: There are options like baking chips, coffee, cheese, desserts, cookies, fruit juices, fruit, sauces, snack food, and more.
  • Brand: If you prefer to buy a fake food from a certain brand, eBay's choices include Fisher-Price, Handmade, King, or Nasco.
  • Prank fake foods: Some fake products are part of a prank line that let you pull great tricks on others. One example is a soda cup or a coffee cup that looks like it tipped over and spilled liquid. That liquid has a sheen that makes it look real.
Is fake food suitable for kids?

Fake food is suitable for kids, just cautious of items that may have small parts if you have very young children. Some manufacturers make fake cupcakes, fruit, meat, and other foods that kids can use during playtime. They can use the food in a play restaurant and pretend they made cupcakes, cakes, and other dishes.