The Making of the Sewing Machine Cake
I wanted to make a "standing-up" Sewing Machine Cake for my grandaughter's birthday but despite scouring the internet I couldn't find any pictures of anything suitable or any advice/hints and tips.
I could see the problem was going to be how to support the upper arm of the machine. I recalled the way that the Designer-Cakes tutorial for “Hamish The Heeland Coo” used a wooden framework for support, so I set about designing and constructing my own.
1. The scale drawings.
I took measurements of our own Singer machine and scaled them to the size I wanted for the cake.
As I was making a 9-inch square Chocolate Mud Cake, which has a long shelf-life and is great for sculpting, I scaled the machine to a 9-inch width.
2. The Framework.
Chocolate Mud cake is quite dense and heavy so clearly there was going to be a problem supporting the "upper arm" of the machine.
A support framework was constructed from a sawn-up Tesco chopping board, a bit of wooden dowel, some 3mm cake board and a cake-stacking dowel.
3. The Cake and Crumbcoat.
Base and upright built and roughly "ganached". The dreaded Krispy Treats were used for the sewing head to help with stability.
The remainder of the Chocolate Mud Cake was positioned on the top and the rough crumbcoat of chocolate ganache completed.
Looks a bit of a mess here but it did smooth out nicely with a hot palette knife.
4. The Icing coat.
After smoothing the ganache, the sugarpaste coat had to be applied piece by piece which I found quite challenging.
I applied it
with a home-made edible glue made from boiled caster sugar and water.
Trying to keep the "joins" neat and tidy was quite tricky ...
... and a bit of post-icing repair work was obviously going to be necessary ...
5. The Trimmings.
The base/table was made from thin slices of CMC, ganached and covered with chocolate sugarpaste.
The wheels each end of the sewing arm were added together with the cuts for the thread slots - these weren't as neat
as I would have wished because I had let the sugarpaste harden
before I tried to cut them.
A dodgy sugarpaste joint was hidden by a smart gold ribbon and the red mock material.
The wording was made using a standard sugarcraft alphabet mould.
The control panel, machine label and scissors are made using A4 icing sheet printed on an inkjet printer USING EDIBLE INKS.
The printed sheet is then cut out and laid onto a very thin layer of white sugarpaste before being trimmed and attached to the cake.
Anyone wishing more information of printing onto icing sheet with edible inks please get in touch.
PLEASE DO NOT USE NORMAL INKS UNLESS YOU ARE SETTING OUT TO POISON SOMEBODY!
An assortment of bits and bobs added - all edible.
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