Does steak beat salad? Is cake more popular than coffee? We just had to find out

Some food is just too pretty to be ignored. That could be why millions of people upload snaps of their dinner to the internet every day. Oh, and they want to show off (you know who you are!).

But which dishes are the most popular?

In a bid to find out we looked at how many times some of our favourite things have been tagged on photo-sharing website Instagram.

Carbonara

Instagram count: 182,737 

Tastes great, doesn't pose for pictures that well.

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CARBONARA

Via Instagram / silviaboettger

Macaron

Instagram count: 817,956 

Macarons are so pretty we thought that many more food fans would have shared snaps of them.

They haven't even cracked the million mark.

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MACARON

Via Instagram / ewenbell

Curry

Instagram count: 928,537

We actually thought there would be a lot more love for curry out there, but this proves that curry isn't the prettiest dish.

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CURRY

Via Instagram / charliehie

Salmon

Instagram count: 1,191,880

The colour of salmon is just incredible. The weirdly piped cream cheese, we're not so sure about. But the salmon, wow.

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SALMON

Via Instagram / mt_aurum

Cocktails

Instagram count: 2,175,336

Everyone knows that a night isn't complete without taking a photo of the fancy cocktail you've just purchased and posting it online. 

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COCKTAILS

Via Instagram / publichousewine

Burger

Instagram count: 2,245,971

Burgers have gone gourmet in the last couple of years, and so their popularity on social media has risen.

City folk love to show off to their mates when they've hit the latest trendy burger bar – and paid the hefty price.

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BURGER

Via Instagram / ladysooze

Steak

Instagram count: 2,387,384

We suspect a lot of men are behind the many pictures of steak. Taking on a hunk of beef is a source of pride for many blokes.

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STEAK

Via Instagram / pepeskitchen

Salad

Instagram count: 4,833,752

Homer Simpson may have said that "you don't win friends with salad" but we disagree. Especially when it looks as good as this.

Seems salad is very popular online, too.

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SALAD

Via Instagram / nuaava

Cupcakes

Instagram count: 6,422,832

The online love of cupcakes shows no signs of abating.

It isn't a surprise when they look gorgeous and taste divine.

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CUPCAKES

Via Instagram / eugeniebenii

Pizza

Instagram count: 6,531,999

Everyone loves pizza. Pizza is amazing. Pictures of pizza are amazing. 

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PIZZA

Via Instagram / love_food

Sushi

Instagram count: 7,271,083

Visual presentation is very important in Japanese cuisine, so its no surprise that sushi performs well on camera. 

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SUSHI

Via Instagram / ohlajaz

Chicken

Instagram count: 7,636,032

Chicken does very well when it comes to being delicious, and when it comes to being shared on social media.

We love this shot of four pieces lovingly wrapped in thin slices of prosciutto. 

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CHICKEN

Via Instagram / donalskehan

Ice-cream

Instagram count: 7,806,724

Ice-cream is perfect on a summer's day. Or a birthday. Or a Saturday.

Scrap that. Ice-cream is perfect any, and every, day.

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ICE-CREAM

Via Instagram / katlyntje

Cake

Instagram count: 18,357,180

Now we're talking – more than 18m pics of cake are currently up on Instagram.

That's a big old slice of the internet right there. Crumbs.

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CAKE

Via Instagram / stefanichung

Coffee

Instagram count: 18,466,396

Coffee is the early morning, late afternoon and post-dinner pick-me-up that has the online community gripped.

It's undeniably the most popular thing we looked at, just beating cake. Imagine if they joined forces. Imagine the power they would have!

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COFFEE

Via Instagram / atthefirehydrant