Edible Sewing Machines
We stumbled across these amazing sewing machine cakes, and wanted to share them with you, just for fun. I've done cake decorating for many years. In fact, I teach cupcake decorating through our local adult education program. I've created some interesting designs over the years, but I've never even considered trying to make a cake in the form of a sewing machine. It's undoubtedly quite an undertaking, and I compliment all of the bakers who had the courage to give it a try.
The cakes shown were made using a variety of techniques. For the upright cakes, the machine bed and right side of the machine body were most often constructed from layers of sheet cakes stacked with icing "glue" between them. After stacking, the cakes were "carved" to approximate the shape of an actual machine. The needle bar housing (the part of the arm that arches above the machine bed and the part that holds the needle) were sometimes constructed from cake, but were also made from a large Rice Krispies Treat® molded to reflect the shape of the machine. Some cake decorators used non-cake anchors inside the cake and/or Rice Krispy structure to be sure gravity didn't play tricks on the cake. Others were more daring and didn't rely on that type of assistance.
Fondant Completes the Cake:
The final icing is usually fondant. Fondant is a specialized form of cake icing. Working with fondant is akin to playing with clay! The primary ingredients that make it different from regular icing are: unflavored gelatin, glucose, glycerin and solid shortening. You manipulate it in the same ways you might work with clay—you can roll it, mold it, cut it, and imprint designs in it. It's flexibility permits you to manipulate it into many shapes. Some fondant recipes are thinner and can actually be poured. In either case, fondant produces an extremely smooth surface. Ready-to-use rolled fondant is also available. Fondant was used in the photos above to create the spools of thread, buttons, fabric and other "notions" as well as the smooth exterior of the machines themselves.
Congratuations to all of the cake designers for their amazing work. I hope their sewing is equally as impressive!