Camera Cake – The Nikon D300 DSLR

I love surprises.

And I recently had the ultimate opportunity to partake in a cake surprise and make a 3-D camera cake!

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR
Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

I’ve always wanted to chance to make a camera cake, and I was very blessed when the cake stars aligned themselves to make this happen.

And this wasn’t going to be just any camera. My goal was to make it Tyler’s camera – the Nikon D300.

There were a lot of special personalized details in this cake – the teal retro camera strap, to the edible image on the back of the cake, to the figure of Tyler wearing one of his favorite Nixon watches.

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Recreating the shape of the lens was the most tricky part because of two reasons:

1) The bottom of a cake that has been carved into a cylinder will sink down and collapse on itself and

2) The shape of a cylinder likes to roll around

To combat this, I cut apart several fondant buckets and pieced them together to form a shallow, rigid, bowl-shaped support. The bottom 1/3 of the cake lens sat inside this support. This was then securely attached to the cake board to prevent movement while decorating and transportation.

The shine of the lens was recreated by painting a thin layer of piping jelly on, which was then hand painted with white food coloring to give it some depth.

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

The cake was filled with chocolate cake with chocolate chunk vanilla icing. It was then hand carved and sculpted. Because of the short time frame I have to work with the cake, this became and overnight project.

The finished camera cake was rather large – it measured 11″ high and was 14″ at it’s widest point, could serve up to 50 people, and weighed at least 20 lbs. All that butter cream, icing, and fondant sure gets heavy once it all gets put together!

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

And I was extremely lucky to witness his surprise and excitement when he saw the cake!  I just had to take a picture of him taking a picture. Note that the matching outfit was not a coincidence. 😉

Happy Birthday Tyler!!!

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

Camera Cake Nikon D300 DSLR

To see a wonderful glimpse into his vision and passion, check out Tyler Kergen Photography.

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33 thoughts on “Camera Cake – The Nikon D300 DSLR

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  2. Hello. It is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations. A few months ago when I did a Nikon camera, I have not found a cake to have sow more details. I’ve done it in real size. The brilliant idea of white paint with the objective effect of depth.

  3. Rose, you are a true genius with cake! Thanks so much for making Tyler’s birthday out of this world 🙂 BEST CAKE EVER!!!!

  4. so beautiful camera its a lot cuter than the real one!
    it looks exactly like camera your skill is admirable
    and the smart looking pretty red haired woman in the picture is you??

  5. Hi Rose, congrats on your art, it’s superb and i’m absolutely impressed.
    I have a blog related to photography in brazil and I’m writing about your super fab cake…
    You’d better find a way to send chocolate cameras to brazil!
    hahaha
    cya. Lívia.

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  10. How wonderful! I want to make a camera groom’s cake for my son’s (a photographer) wedding next May – I never dreamed I would find the perfect one online! Want to make one for me?????

  11. i’ve always loved cameras…. i’ve had many digital cams and always wanted a ptofessional digital camera… they were always really expensive and i never really knew which one i would buy when i had the money….well i saved up and did some research and at last decided to buy the Nikon D5100… i’m still learning how to use it well to get all the advantages it has to offer but its been a month and i’m sooo happy with this camera…i’ve found it very easy to use… i’ve gotten a couple of lens and well still learning… every time i grab it i’m like : wow i can do that? and i’m so amazed at the quality!!! lol i’m just overall exited!!!

    if anyone has any pointers for me or suggestios on how to use it or accessories i should get……PLEASE let me know!!!! i would really appreciate it!!!

    tks

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  14. hi this is amazing.what did you use to attach the lens to the cake board while you decorated it.It almost looks as if it is floating.I’m also wondering how you iced the underside of the lens.Thanks Lisa

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