I like cars quite a lot. But if there's one thing I like more than cars, it's most definitely food. And being in a relationship with a girl who's fond of baking has meant that I've now got quite the affinity to a good slice of cake. By no means am I an expert, but I know what tastes bad, what tastes good, and in this case, what tastes divine.
So when I was offered a cake by 3D Cake Store in the shape of a car, the diet which I had just started (I maybe like food a bit too much) was suddenly void. How could I say no to a Porsche 918 covered in fondant icing? Especially when it looks like this:
But how does it look so good? Well, a bit of sorcery goes on behind the scenes, so we asked Anne Davies, co-founder of 3D Cake Store, to elaborate on the intricate process of creating these works of art.
“Our process begins with a physical object like a car or animal which is then 3D scanned and imported into bespoke software,” she explains. “We then very accurately produce a cake 10mm smaller than the desired finished article in a traditional way.
“The cake is then layered and filled with the customers choice of Swiss buttercream and preserve or Belgian chocolate Swiss buttercream. We then add a crum coat of buttercream to form the basic shape.”
My example was Sicilian Lemon and filled with Swiss Buttercream – a flavour that was perfectly balanced against the, what would usually be, quite sickly fondant icing. It wasn’t at all on this cake, as the lemon flavour of the sponge negated any overly-sweet hints from the hand-painted fondant which was perfectly crafted to match the real body panels of the German hypercar.
“[The basic shape] is then placed in a custom jig within a patented 3D fondant printer of our own design, which then applies the fondant directly onto the cake in the same shape as the original scanned object.
“Once set, the cake is then handed over to decorating artists to hand paint or airbrush with natural food colourant to the customers specifications.”
Anne tells us that more designs are in the pipeline, including a Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 911 GT3 RS and the classic Lamborghini Countach. Each cake can be uniquely personalised, too. Want a private numberplate? Just ask and they’d be happy to abide. They don’t just produce cars either. Have a browse through the gallery below, and if you can’t find anything you like, you can ask them to produce something from as little as a photo.
Thank you to 3D Cake Store for supplying me with such an incredible cake! It truly was, as your logo states, ‘more than a cake’.