At first glance, this cake looks like a colorful dessert, but take a closer look. Those are vegetables in the middle, not mounds of colorful frosting. Is this a smart way to get people to eat their veggies or a cruel joke?

I suppose the answer to that depends on how much you like vegetables. Most people could probably agree on the fact that the above "cake" is both creative and pretty.

The cake is the creation of Vegedeco Salad in Nagoya, Japan. The bread-like part is made from a gluten-free and low-carb bread made with soy flour created by Mitsuki Moriyasu. The rest of the creation is made with natural ingredients, including soy and koji, along with various vegetables. Moriyasu hopes that her salads look like a decorated cake and that her creations will travel around the world, making people smile.

Take a look at some of her other creations:

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I've looked through enough of Vegedeco Salad's Instagram account to be intrigued by these creations. I'm curious about whether they are sweet or savory, or something in between. A House Beautiful piece on the salad cakes calls them "savory tarts," but I'd really like to get to try one for myself someday, if I'm ever in Japan.

I know this. These salad cakes look much more appetizing than this attempt at a vegetable cake.

If someone told me they were bringing cake and brought that, it would be a cruel joke. Raw veggies have their place, but not as a replacement for a promised dessert.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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