Tuesday, November 17, 2009

80th Birthday: Sewing Machine Cake

When I booked this cake order 6 months ago, I was so excited for the challenge.  I pondered over and over how I could make this a sturdy cake that needed to travel 3 hours to its destination.  I don't like to use too many inedible supports or non-cake items, but I have learned in the past that gravity always wins.
This cake was assembled onto a finely engineered cake stand with 2 wooden boards and 3 dowels.   A very small amount of rice crispy treats was also used.  All decorations are edible and handmade out of sugarpaste.  The cake was gluten-free chocolate cake with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream - approx. 20 servings.
Here are some matching cupcakes: strawberry vanilla with strawberry buttercream.

20 comments:

Brandy L said...

WOW! Absolutely gorgeous. Great job on the cake it looks so life like.

Suburban Princess said...

Fantabulous!!!

Jacqueline Butler said...

This is just amazing! You are so talented!! The cake itself is beautiful, and the details are just fabulous...I am SOOO impressed! Wonderful work on this!

BellaLovesPink said...

Amazing! Great job!

faithy, the amateur baker said...

My jaw just dropped! You did an amazing job! It's stunning!! I love the sewing machine cake! I'm still curious as how you get the cake to defy gravity with just wooden dowels..

Tanya said...

Wow! A-Mazing!!!
And the cupcakes are just adorable.

karen said...

Hi
I have just come across your blog whilst bloghopping and I have to say wow, wow , wow that cake is fab Not to mention those matching cupcake's. You are one very talented lady and I can't wait to have a flick throuhg the rest of your blog.
(((hugs)))
karen

Chad said...

Wow! Great job! Do you happen to have a pic of the support structure you did use? I'm very interested in seeing how you pulled that off. You are very talented!

Sugar Siren said...

What a great job you did & the cuppies are super cute!

lyndsay said...

juanita, HOLY SMOKES!!! awesome!!!!! i love the matching cupcakes too... totally adorable. !

SweetThingsTO said...

Hi Everyone - thank you so much for your comments. I love this cake too - I come from a family of sewers (well except for me) - I can make a sewing machine out of cake, but I can't sew with one!

Chad - I didn't take any pictures. But essentially, a wooden piece on the bottom to hold the bottom cake. A wooden piece to hold the top. Then 1 thin dowel on the left and 2 thicker dowels on the right side. Email me directly if you want more details.

Anna said...

That is AMAZING! So impressive. You are very talented.

Mar said...

Oh my god! is amazing, the details are adorable.... a fabolous job.. congratulation
A kiss from Spain

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Wow..The Sewing Machine Cake looks Awesome.You are very creative and I luv visiting your blog:).

Shelly said...

I would love to make a cake like this for my mum who loves her sewing machine. any directions or help would be great...awesome
shelly
www.xtra-specialcakes.blogspot.com

SweetThingsTO said...

Thanks Shelly - see my comment to Chad. It's really about the building a cake stand to support the sewing machine. Once you've got that - it all comes together. :-)

Rachel Hope said...

I love these cupcakes!!!! I would like to feature them as an inspiration on my stamping blog on the 21st...I will link back to this post if it is okay with you, thanks!

SweetThingsTO said...

Hi Rachel - Thanks for visiting! And I look forward to you post!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

This is absolutely stunning! I can never figure out how any can bear to cut into a work of art like this. And the cupcakes are FAB!

Goosegirl said...

I love this cake! Today is my birthday and I posted the picture of this cake on my blog because I am dreaming of it! I linked back to you.
Gorgeous cake!!