noosie Posted 21 Apr 2009 , 8:07pm

Hey Guys,

After watching all these cake challenges especially the extreme ones, I would love to see some animated cakes made by our very own CCers and perhaps even get some tips on how to do them.

I would love to add this option to my portfolio and I think this will be the next big thing in cakes.

Can't wait to see your cakes!!!! icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gif

TIA

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kandu001 Posted 21 Apr 2009 , 10:16pm

I think they look great, but I have no idea how to make anything move. I'm not an electrician or an architect and I don't know any. I would love to see some too though!

noosie Posted 21 Apr 2009 , 11:10pm

No mechanical cake artists out there????? Don't be shy, show off your creations!!!

BCJean Posted 21 Apr 2009 , 11:17pm

I have a cake plate that you can wind up and when you sit the cake on it ....it goes round and round and plays Happy Birthday. Does that count?

I don't think I will be joining this fad. Lots of fun I am sure but I am sticking to my style of baking awesome tasting cakes and decorating them with buttercream so they are easy to serve and taste delicious.

yeastconfection Posted 21 Apr 2009 , 11:27pm

I have a done a few cakes with motors. If you check out my pics the Ace of Cakes Nightmare Cake was for a competition. The motor that was used was actually a windshield wiper motor from a Mustang! If you think about it, motors are used in so many things now.... so basically when you are looking for a motor you need to find something that has enough torque (the strength to pull your heavy cake around) and also something that doesn't spin to fast (you don't want your cake to go flying!). Also something I've done that is so easy and is great for giving small items movement is to use a clock motor embedded in your cake. I have a video you can watch to see how it looks in motion on my cake photo site at www.theclevercake.shutterfly.com

noosie Posted 21 Apr 2009 , 11:45pm

Wow!!!!! Yeastconfection, your cakes are spectacular. I love the subtle movements the clock motor gave your cakes. Amazing work!!!!! Thanks for your tips!

elvis Posted 21 Apr 2009 , 11:46pm

yeastconfection-just checked out your website--AMAZING!

noosie Posted 21 Apr 2009 , 11:52pm

Actually Yeastconfection I do have a question. Do you wrap the motors in anything prior to embedding them in the cake? How do you run wires?

yeastconfection Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 4:17pm

When I am using a clock motor that is battery operated I wrap the motor in plastic wrap and then embed it into the cake. When I used the windshield wiper motor it needed to be mounted under the cake platform - so my brother, who is an awesome wood worker, built me a box to house the motor and batteries (big batteries!). If you are using something that needs to be plugged in you should definitely wrap any wires in a food safe plastic.

Nannuu Posted 26 May 2009 , 6:51pm

I've done quite a few animated cakes. Some battery some plug in. Since its our personal cakes or for friends I don't have to worry about clients since I'm always there to set it up.

http://www.willyliliana.com/

LisaR64 Posted 26 May 2009 , 11:10pm

Nannuu... your Halloween cake was absolutely awesome. I copied your design idea last Halloween for a work party and everyone was blown away. Of course my electronics and special effects were nowhere near what yours was, but thank you so much for the inspiration. I had a blast making the cake and adding the bells and whistles!

Nannuu Posted 27 May 2009 , 1:31pm

Awesome! Its nice to hear that you liked it that much. That's my favorite cake and also the cake that taught me to watch what I plan because I then have to make it icon_razz.gif . Do you have any pictures of yours?

BeeBoos-8599_ Posted 27 May 2009 , 8:20pm

I just had to post this. My hubby who tends to be a bit of an inventor thinks that it would be a great idea to make a remote control cake plate. Basically he would make a motorized cake plate that you put a car cake on and when you are done decorating it you cn drive it around. I can just see some kid driving his birthday cake off the dining room table. lol

tree45 Posted 27 May 2009 , 9:44pm

I went to the hobby store and got a motor for model cars....did it for my tank cake. My brother's an engineer so he slowed it down.

mirda6275 Posted 27 May 2009 , 9:50pm

Sorry for the off-topic response, tree45, I LOVE your avatar!!!

No clue on the motors in cakes, but will be saving this thread to possibly attempt down the road.

LisaR64 Posted 29 May 2009 , 12:06am
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Originally Posted by Nannuu

Awesome! Its nice to hear that you liked it that much. That's my favorite cake and also the cake that taught me to watch what I plan because I then have to make it icon_razz.gif . Do you have any pictures of yours?




Here's a picture of it. My electronics were pretty simplistic. I used a strobe light and sound effects inside the haunted house, led lights and a disco ball motor to make some of the figures move. The cake was over 5 feet long. I had a blast making it, and I'm already trying to figure out how I'm going to top it this Halloween.
LL

chilz822 Posted 29 May 2009 , 5:18am

nannuu... you gotta be kidding! that dragon cake is amazing and the little girl receiving it is the cutest! Wow...
wow.

Nannuu Posted 29 May 2009 , 2:43pm
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Originally Posted by LisaR64

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Originally Posted by Nannuu

Awesome! Its nice to hear that you liked it that much. That's my favorite cake and also the cake that taught me to watch what I plan because I then have to make it icon_razz.gif . Do you have any pictures of yours?



Here's a picture of it. My electronics were pretty simplistic. I used a strobe light and sound effects inside the haunted house, led lights and a disco ball motor to make some of the figures move. The cake was over 5 feet long. I had a blast making it, and I'm already trying to figure out how I'm going to top it this Halloween.




WOW!!! You are much better at the sugar crafts than we are. That's really cool looking.

Nannuu Posted 29 May 2009 , 2:44pm
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Originally Posted by chilz822

nannuu... you gotta be kidding! that dragon cake is amazing and the little girl receiving it is the cutest! Wow...
wow.



Thanks!

Nannuu Posted 29 May 2009 , 2:47pm

Why is s u g a r c r a f t s blocked up above there in my post?

Nannuu Posted 8 Nov 2010 , 5:08am

Ok, I don't think I need a new topic for this so I'll just add to this post. We just finished an Alice in Wonderland cake for our youngest (6) this weekend. It turned out very nice.

Ha ha, pay no attention to the rectangular simplicity of the cake itself....


noosie Posted 8 Nov 2010 , 1:05pm

Absolutely adorable!!!!! Amazing job! Congrats! i am sure your little one was over the moon!!!

What kind of motors did you use for all the movement???

Coooool...........

mayo2222 Posted 8 Nov 2010 , 1:46pm

Very cool cake Nannuu

Nannuu Posted 8 Nov 2010 , 5:43pm

Thank you!

It is a combintation of timing motors (found at allelectronics.com or surplus supply places online) and servos.

tguegirl Posted 8 Nov 2010 , 6:03pm

Unfortunately, I didn't get a video (camera malfunctioned!), but the roulette wheel cake in my photos rotated. I used a rotating Christmas tree stand--it was extremely strong, used to moving heavy weights, and rotated very slowly. We built a raised platform for the cake so that the tree stand could go underneath and spin the wheel. There's a picture that shows the set up.

Love that Alice in Wonderland cake and the Halloween cake!

Nannuu Posted 9 Nov 2010 , 12:00am

That's a bummer, I'd like to see a spinning roulette cake.

Thank you for the compliment!

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