What you haven’t heard of Steam Punk, gosh you must have been living under a rock!!
Well I must admit I had not put a lot of my attention and thought into this matter until someone asked me to make them a Steam Punk Cake.
So the journey began.
“Steam Punk: What is Steampunk?
This is a good question that is difficult to answer.
To me, Steampunk has always been first and foremost a literary genre, or least a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century (the steam) usually with some deconstruction of, reimagining of, or rebellion against parts of it (the punk). Unfortunately, it is a poorly defined subgenre, with plenty of disagreement about what is and is not included. For example, steampunk stories may:
- Take place in the Victorian era but include advanced machines based on 19th century technology (e.g. The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling);
- Include the supernatural as well (e.g. The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger);
- Include the supernatural and forego the technology (e.g. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers, one of the works that inspired the term ‘steampunk’);
- Include the advanced machines, but take place later than the Victorian period, thereby assuming that the predomination by electricity and petroleum never happens (e.g. The Peshawar Lancers by S. M. Stirling); or
- Take place in an another world altogether, but featuring Victorian-like technology (e.g. Mainspring by Jay Lake).
“It’s sort of Victorian-industrial, but with more whimsy and fewer orphans.”
– Caitlin Kittredge”
So pretty much you take cogs, wheels, gears, nuts and bolts, mix it with top hats, feathers, suitcases, Victorian garments, paint it all bronze, gold, black and silver, make it whimsical, futuristic and there you have it!
Now turn it into a cake!
When you look at the WWW for Steam Punk Cakes, the makers are not just cake makers they are artists, but you will pay artistic prices. So we have to come up with a less than $1000 price tag. Having a little play with the “old” craze of naked drip cake and combining some of the SP elements is such fun and lo and behold a mini version transpired.
4 layer chocolate mud cake covered in our yummy chocolate buttercream, drizzled with chocolate and adorned with fondant cogs and gears.
Yours to enjoy.