The mesmerizing trend seen on social media showcases what appears to be a regular cake with an image as the central design on top.
Once a flame is placed close to the image, it begins to burn away, revealing a secondary image or design below.
Bakers on social media have gotten creative with their designs.
One TikTok user decided to go with a Pokémon theme and showed the evolutionary phases of a Pokémon named Charmander. The video, posted by @CakesByNams, garnered millions of views.
The burn-away trend was made popular by an Ontario-based baker Namaya Navaratnarajah, according to Eater. Navaratnarajah, who owns the account @CakesByNams, posted several viral TikToks showcasing the burn-away design.
Navaratnarajah clarified, however, that she did not create the method.
The burning confections are made up of a standard iced cake that is topped with an image, the Post reported.
The cake is then piped with a frosting border and topped with a second layer made of either a thin sheet of rice paper or wafer paper – this is the piece that will be lit on fire.
The base beneath the burn-away layer should be made of a sugar-based frosting, which should withstand the blaze and be left untouched after the thinner first layer burns away, according to Eater.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.