Here’s the honest truth, when you’re a creative, people who know you and love you send you tons of pictures they see online of inspiring projects. It’s hilarious because sometimes I’ll get 3 of the same picture from 3 different people all on the same day! Recently it was a sewing machine cake that was making the rounds (I’ve searched for the original creator to no avail 🙁 ). Brightly coloured and with lots of fun details, it quickly landed in my in-box as a “can you make this??” Sure! I’ll give it a go! I don’t like to directly copy anyone’s work as much as possible, so I did my own take on it.
I’m including some of the steps I took to show you all how it came together! A couple notes, I knew this wasn’t a large cake, so I didn’t need a metal structure. If I was creating this ALL out of cake, I would probably have gone that route which would have been more stable for serving/transporting etc. However, this one lasted just fine and the family was THRILLED with it!
Step one! Measure out a piece of foam core, either a 1/2 thick or two thinner pieces glued together. Trim to create shape. The underbelly of the arm of your “machine” is what you’re going for here. I kinda winged it, but the shape worked out really well. Then I hot-glued the dowels into the boards on top and the cake board.
NOTE – I started with just a skewer for the “needle” portion, but quickly realized it wouldn’t be stable enough. You’ll see that amended in other images.
Step 2! Unwrap about five million rice crispy treats….Or plan ahead (ppffttt) and purchase the sheets that are available of this snack…. buttt otherwise, start unwrapping. I used about 90% of the box. Phew! These mold really well and I used a bit of buttercream to adhere them to the board and dowels. Keep adding until you’re happy with the shape!
Step 3! Buttercream that baby. One really good full layer is required to create a smooth finish (you can shave it a bit if you have lumpy bits) but I used this time to add a bit of buttercream here and there to adjust the shape. I just popped it in the fridge to harden a bit, then out to add a bit more here and there. Have fun!
Step 4! See how lovely and smooth she is? Once you’re happy, then add your cake to the bottom. This is 2 trimmed 8″square cakes. I cut them about 2 thirds to go around the dowel. Coat and buttercream and chill! Then you decorate!!! I’d LOVE to do this project as an old fashion SINGER, the black ones with the gorgeous hand painted flowers… ahhh maybe one day!
The finished product! Thanks for hanging out with me for a bit! Feel free to share and pin!