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Steampunk Wedding Cake

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Steampunk Wedding Cake

This was one of the cakes I created for The Great Cake Bake produced by Wedding TV.

The category for this one was Steampunk and so far I have only come across one lady (after a comment on my blog) who knows what steampunk is.

Steampunk Wedding Cake

Steampunk is a genre of fantasy which came into prominence in the 1980’s/90’s.

It incorporates elements of the Victorian era such as steam power but also encompasses Victorian clothing such as corsets.

Lindsay (the lady who left the comment), as you are familiar with this genre you may be able to give a better explanation than I have so please feel free to leave a comment.

If you are familiar with stories/ideas by Jules Verne or have seen The Extraordinary League of Gentleman (huge submarine) you will get an idea of the style.

It is quite whimsical and it possible to give pretty much anything the Steampunk treatment.

Steampunk Wedding Cake

The bride to be for this cake is planning on a wedding with a show feel and the cake needed to be a real show stopper.

I wanted to make this cake really extravagant with a kind of fairground feel to it. I also wanted to include a corset tier as the bride to be had said that she wanted to include some feminity for her female guests.

Steampunk Wedding Cake

Another design feature of the cake which I have used all over is cogs as these reflect the industrial/steam power element of steam punk.

The main colours on the cake were rich purple, red and pale blue.

The purple and red are rich colours which look fab with the copper and brass on the cake. The pale blue is a good contrast to the red.

Steampunk Wedding Cake

The bottom tier is decorated with gold bands around the top an bottom which have imprinted details on them to give them a look of steel bands.

On the front of this tier are various sized hearts in different shades of gold and copper.

These are raised up from the surface of the cake.

On top of the hearts are different sized cogs linking the hearts together – this is the romantic part of the cake!

The next tier is the corset part of the cake. This is my favourite part of the cake – I love the shape of it. It has blue and red stripes all with a stitching detail.

Steampunk Wedding Cake

The front of the corset has a section covered with more cogs and the back has a section with laces and tiny metal look flowers.

The corset is finished with gold swags and gold and copper flowers.

I used lustrous dusting powder to achieve a metal finish on the flowers and gold parts of the cake.

I added tassels around the bottom of the corset just because I really like them and if I was going to wear a corset I would want some tassels on it.

The centres of many of the flowers on the cake are filled with coloured piping gel.

Piping gel is a clear edible gel which can be coloured and piped onto a cake.

It has a high shine and is perfect for creating effects such as water or gemstones. It is not as firm to pipe as royal icing so needs a frame of some sort.

Steampunk Wedding Cake

The next tier up is the train part of the cake and represents the steam power element again. The bride to be had said that she would like to see some machinery in the cake.

Train wheels work very well on a round cake. I laid them over purple sugar paste which meant they stood out. I then wanted to make the rods that go between the centre of the wheels.

I am sure that steam train enthusiasts would tell me that rods is not the right name but they will all be busy reading steam train blogs.

I had to make these separately so that they could set hard before putting them onto the wheels.

Steampunk Wedding Cake

I used a 5″ dummy to lay them onto so that they would set with a curve which would fit neatly around the side of the tier. There are more cogs in the centre of the wheels.

Next up from this is the carriage part of the train which has pale blue windows and gold doors.

The cake is topped with a gold and cooper dome which has an old fashioned pier look. This dome also has tassels on it.

I think I’ve captured steampunk in this cake but also love the decadence and whimsy of it.


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  1. Lindsay

    You’ve pretty much hit steampunk on the head with the whole Victorian and steam influence. It is a sub-genre of fantasy and so often focuses around wonderful and fanciful steam powered machines and of course romance.

    I often find your cakes fascinating as, while they are beautiful cakes, they have something non traditional about them, almost daring in a way other cake decorators haven’t discovered, just like with this cake. Steampunk is often a bit dirty (because of the steam) and wooden, due to the Victorian influence, but your cake takes the genre and makes it your own.

    Got my fingers crossed for you :-)

    • Amanda

      Hi Lindsay, glad you left a comment. I’ve posted it on a couple of steampunk forums and it gets the thumbs up so far.

      It’s really encouraging to read what you say about my cakes. When I decided to start my business I used to look at other cake makers and wonder if I should be trying to emulate their style because they were more conventional than me.

      I’m glad that I have stuck with my own style – whatever that is!


  2. Flowers

    Amazing. Love this Great Cake Bake. It really looks awesome. Wish I could have this for my birthday.

    • Amanda

      Thanks, you need to find a lovely person who will have it made for you.


  3. Emma

    This is the first time I’ve looked at your site. I saw this cake on CC and had to have a further look. It is truly amazing and extraordinary. A work of art. I can’t believe the level of detail you’ve achieved. If I still lived in the UK I’d beating down your door to do an internship with you. Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

    • Amanda

      Hi Emma

      Thanks so much for your comments. I am thinking about running some workshops here and just looking into possibilities and options at present. The feedback I am getting is really positive and encourages me to go for it.

      thanks, gonna have a look at your site


  4. Stacie

    This is one of the most extraordinary cakes I’ve ever seen! Beyond a doubt you’ve hit the nail on the head with Steampunk, plus some. I can’t take my eyes off of this!


    • Amanda

      Thanks very much Stacie, it seems there are a lot of people into steampunk. I’ve had quite a lot of interest so far on this cake.

      Gonna get to work on posting the next TV cake.


  5. Fiona

    WOW! Just WOW! We were thinking of having a steampunk element to our wedding in November. My partner even commented he would like the cake to be a bit fun and this ticks all the boxes! The only down point is we’re probably getting married in Edinburgh and I’d fear it wouldn’t make it there in one piece!

  6. Anon, a Mouse

    You do truly SPECTACULAR work!! I’ve bookmarked your site and can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

    (PS. Found you through Jake Von Slatt’s

    • Amanda

      Hi, Thank you. You can subscribe to my blog and then receive the post that I do to your email.


  7. SP fan

    Who would ever dare to eat it? ;)
    Awesome work! The most interesting cake I’ve ever seen.

    • Amanda

      Thank you SP fan. I didn’t know this was such a widely followed genre.

      I know what you mean about eating it, after spending up to 60 hours on some cakes I am glad not to be there when they are cut!


  8. Carol

    Again I watched the programme in which this cake was made and your decision to make such a wonderful cake fitted the brides brief totally. What a fab cake, well done.

  9. Louise Green

    Hi Amanda,

    I too saw the Great Cake Bake episode with this absolutely amazing cake of yours- and while I’m not particularly ‘into’ Steampunk I could see an element of ‘Moulin Rouge’ in this cake (one of my favourite films ever just for the costumes!). Have you made any more cakes that are similar to this one and what would you charge? It would be ideal for my 40th birthday in a few years! :)

  10. Tracy @ With Love Gifts

    This Cake is just stunning the detail is fantastic. Your explained the steampunk thing very well but before I even read that and looked at the image of the Wedding Cake I have to say I thought WOW what a beautiful detailed cake. I just wondered how long did it take you? it must of taken you days.

  11. Theresa

    I am in AWE! WoW, what a beauty – I may have to get married again xx

  12. Alison Harding

    Just saw this on TV. You really know what you’re doing. You definitely do your research when people ask for specific things. You’re the best Cake maker I have ever seen.

  13. Alison Harding

    I just noticed you didn’t do the steam punk octopus. Thats what caught my attention first. Never mind, the cake looked amazing and the detailing totally rawks!

  14. Tom

    Beautiful cake!

    I help run a venue in Birmingham AL. Most brides still want to keep the top tier of their cake but if you plan to keep it a year, you must store it properly.

    First, pre-freeze it for a few hours once it arrives home. This makes it much easier to wrap. Second wrap it in plastic wrap and keep as much air out as possible. Third wrap it in foil. Finally put it into something that is air tight like tupper ware.

    Of course a year is a long time, but if you want to even attempt to eat it (without tasting like stale refrigerator water) you must store it properly

  15. Sabrina

    Magnificent! Fantastic! Gorgeous! I could go on! …. I saw this on The Great Cake Bake on YouTube and had to have a closer look at the cake and find out more about you. I love, love, LOVE your creations! You are so creative and detail oriented. I’d feel bad eating this cake only for fear of ruining it but I’m sure it was more than delicious and a real crowd pleaser.
    Love and respect,

  16. Emily

    Hi Amanda,

    I watched the great cake bake on Utube and was greatly facsinated – what a wonderful piece of art. Please tell me what is the name and specs of the daisy or tiny flower metal plunger you used, is it available in a set, where did you get it from? I’m from Namibia, I may just find a supplier who can assist me, if I can give the complete detail.

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