The dancer is a male scuba diver. His suit is light orange-colored with pink and slightly darker orange palm trees on it, and he wears a purple disco-ball encrusted helmet tied to his body with two crossed violet glittered laces. A cobalt blue pipe is tied to the left side of his helmet. He also wears purple glittered boots.
The Earphones Version routine consists of a duet between a woman and a man. Both of them share a pair of black earphones connected to a black MP3 player.
P1 is a woman with brown hair in a braid. She wears a bright blue dress, covered by a pink jean jacket. She wears bright blue shoes that have orange shoelaces.
P2 is a man with slicked-back brown hair and sunglasses. He wears a mint-colored shirt which has two blue stripes and one yellow stripe on it. He wears yellow-orange shorts with an orange belt. He also wears aqua sneakers.
P1 is the German YouTuber Emrah Tekin, known only as Emrah. He has short black hair, with a part of it laying on the left side, and beard, and he wears a dark grey-green T-shirt, black pants, and black trainers.
P2 is the German YouTuber Joyce IIg, known only as Joyce. She has dark brown, tied up hair with a small bow, a dark grey tank top, black leggings, and grey shoes.
The background takes place in a fish tank with a treasure chest, barrel, an octopus playing drums with the Just Dance logo on it, and seahorses in sunglasses playing guitars. During the chorus, a disco ball comes down and glowing jellyfish appear in the back. Behind the glass of the fish tank is a low-lit living room, which was recycled from Blame It on the Boogie.
The background is a beach shore with a bluey-green colored van, a red surfing board, a lifeguard seat, and palm trees. In most points through the routine, the background appears to cycle through different photo filters and zooms on it. At the bridge of the song, the background focuses on the dancers, who are inside a square that follows them. At the end of the routine, the background turns into an instant picture caught by P2's phone, with the two dancers posing within it.
The VIPMADE routine takes place in a living room with a green sofa, a small black table at his left with a plant, a large mirror with a grey frame, and grey floor. There are many elements from the background of the Classic routine, along with a sea surface effect and a glass effect.
There are 3 Gold Moves in the Classic and VIPMADE routines, all of which are the same:
All Gold Moves: Punch your right hand upward while walking to the left.
All Gold Moves (Classic)
All Gold Moves (VIPMADE)
All Gold Moves in-game
There are 3 Gold Moves in the Earphones Version routine, all of which are the same:
All Gold Moves: Sway your right hand in a reversed "S" shape from the bottom.
All Gold Moves
All Gold Moves in-game
Appearances in Playlists
Cake By The Ocean is featured in the following playlists:
Just Dance Now
All About That Bass!
Easy Peasy Party
Hall Of Fame
All Songs A-E
Just Dance Now
Sun, Sand, and Sea
All Songs A-E
Cake By The Ocean is the first song by DNCE in the main series.
Individually, this is the third song by Joe Jonas in the main series.
The radio edit for this song is used in the game, in which "f**king crazy" is replaced with "crazy-crazy", "god damn" is replaced with "hot damn", and "f**king delicious" is replaced with "so delicious". "Damn" is separately censored.
This is the first song in the game to have a VIPMADE routine. It is followed by Oishii Oishii (which features Favij) and Hips Don’t Lie (which features Sophie Milzink).
This song had been planned to be officially revealed at Gamescom, but it was prematurely revealed two weeks earlier.
In early drafts for the game, the background behind the fish tank was a diner with tables of ketchup and mustard instead of a living room. The octopus was whiter and the second seahorse has green arms instead of fuchsia arms.
In the VIPMADE routine, the pictograms slide on a duet bar and, because of this, they are more stretched horizontally.
As of an unknown date, the VIPMADE pictograms are now duet pictograms that have been remade, and recolored grayish green/grayish blue, and the background has been updated to resemble those of Just Dance 2019’s VIPMADE routines.
In the menu icon, cover and Coach Selection Menu from the VIPMADE routine, both coaches look very different:
P1 has a slightly different haircut and wears a black and white Yankees jacket over a white T-shirt.
P2 has long red hair and wears a white dress.
The menu icon for the Earphones version was initially different: the wire for the earphones had the same outline as the coaches'. In the final version, it has no outline.
The Classic routine is the Just Dance 2017 routine with the shortest pictograms sprite (28 pictograms).
In an interview, the official costume designer for Ubisoft studios said that the costume for the Classic coach was the funniest to create because she loves the idea of the "sea astronaut".
A scoring detection file for the Earphones Version is called "cakebytheoceanalt_nae_nae.msm", in a reference to the famous Nae Nae dance.