Birthday cakes are a very sweet tradition, but what do you serve the person who doesn’t eat desserts? Whether it’s due to allergies or a simple lack of sweet tooth, some folks just don’t like cake.

In Japan, they’ve come up with a solution that’s just as delicious and just as festive as a cake, minus any of the sweet stuff. Blasphemous, I know. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet… the meat cake!

More and more grilled meat restaurants in Japan are offering these designer platters of raw meat served to celebrate special occasions. They are awesome to look at, and even better to eat — once you cook them up, of course.

The meat platters come in a wide variety of designs. This festive display is even topped with a sparkler! 


The cakes come in a variety of different styles, and can be appropriate for just about any occasion.


Top off your platter of meat with some brightly colored blossoms. Nothing says “I love you” like meat and flowers, right?


This restaurant means business! Its specialty meat cake comes with layers of onions and cheese.1503850143761466948Instagram

The meat might only last until it passes through your digestive track, but the memories will last a lifetime.1503850143800666692Instagram

Did you ever think a meat cake could be described as girly? Well, look at this multi-tiered wonder and think again!

You don’t need your meat cake to be massive to make a big impression, either. Look at this tiny blossom of meaty goodness.1503850144052635204Instagram

Just looking at this massive display is enough to make you feel full!1503850144136881732Instagram

This one is topped with raw bacon roses. The best kind of roses, obviously. Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.05.20 AMInstagram

People on social media can’t get enough of this carnivore’s delight.Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.05.37 AMInstagram

If you aren’t salivating, you aren’t looking hard enough.
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This meat cake is more like a waterfall… of protein.

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This richly marbled Kobe beef cake has officially made this birthday the best ever.Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.06.36 AMInstagram

There ain’t no party like a meat cake party ’cause a meat cake party don’t stop! Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.06.46 AMInstagram

More and more grilled meat restaurants are offering elaborate options to fit any occasion. Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.07.04 AMInstagram

This hot new meaty trend has even made its way onto Japanese television. Is that a meat bundt cake?!Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.07.12

Quick, somebody tell that guy he’s got to COOK the meat first! Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.07.21 AMInstagram

Somebody’s clearly over the moon with his meat cake!
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Nothing gets a party going like an amply stocked platter of raw meat.Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.07.47 AMInstagram

This meat cake comes with a garnish of wasabi, for those who like their meat spicy.Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.08.03 AMInstagram

We haven’t seen a meat wedding cake yet, but it’s only a matter of time.
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Doesn’t this photo just make you want to jump in?Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.08.25 AMInstagram

Somebody just won Boyfriend of the Year!Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.08.34 AMInstagram

The sparklers really kick-up the fancy factor.
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It’s good to see that they didn’t forget the vegetables.z5xq6xxf2rrb1r8xg0thInstagram

Whatever the occasion, a meat cake is always the perfect gift to give your friend! Unless, of course, they are a vegetarian.

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