This Homemade Nikon D300 Camera Birthday Cake Design plus cupcakes were made for my husband's 28th birthday (he's a professional photographer and this is the camera he uses). I made a marble three layer rectangular cake (from scratch, but you can use box mix if you like) with chocolate buttercream icing between each layer. I cut the shape of the camera and covered the whole cake in a thin layer of chocolate buttercream frosting. For the lens I used two cupcakes "glued" together by chocolate buttercream and attached them with short wooden dowels to secure them in place.
I colored the fondant in the different colors needed for the details (black, grey, red, white). The cake was covered with one big piece of rolled black fondant (the body and the lens) and I smoothed it to fit. I made all the details out of black, grey, red and white fondant (buttons, lens glass, flash clips, lens outer details, picture viewer, number and settings display, view finder, etc.) and attached them by moistening the pieces and using the water as "glue". The name, make and other smaller details were made by piping them out of buttercream icing. On the picture viewer I attached a wallet size picture of us to make it more realistic.
For the cupcake decorations (the mini cameras) I modeled them out of fondant including the lenses and used buttercream icing for the red dot and white line. The cupcakes are chocolate flavored with buttercream frosting on top.
This camera cake is not as hard as it is impressive. The cake itself is very basic, it's the camera that's challenging. You will need black food coloring paste, and a photo of an SLR camera to work with up close. You can use silver balls for buttons, I used chocolate Bridge Mixture bits for the buttons etc. You can also go one step farther (if it's a digital SLR cake) and stick a photo of the birthday person on the back where the view screen is.
I used a Ding Dong and an Oreo Cakester for the lens (to give it two different sizes). There's not much more to it than that, other than having to cut a portion of the cake into a smaller piece - use a reasonably fat wedge of cake for the camera body, and a small shaped piece for the little bump on top of the camera.
"Glue" the pieces together with icing, and I would suggest fully icing each piece before sticking it together and then doing "touch up" work once it's together - it's easier to ensure a proper icing job is done that way.
I used a white writer icing tube for writing the word "Nikon" on it. Good luck and have fun!
I've just finished this camera cake for my dad's 60th birthday, as you can see he's mad about his camera. I've not done this as an exact replica, just made my own changes and put a spin on it.
It's a Madeira sponge with vanilla butter cream filling. I used jet black icing to cover and a few additional colored icings to add effect. The overall cake has been sprayed with a silver edible glitter spray.
Hope you all like the finished item. In total its took around five hours to complete.
I made this camera cake for my sister in law who is also a photographer. White cake is her favorite so I double layered a white cake and used butter cream icing. For the lens I just used a 6 inch single layer. I used fondant for the covering and to give the lens a glass effect just used edible sparkle flakes.
I started into making cakes a couple months ago and have been just making them for friends until I get a better hang of it, then maybe start a small business.
This Homemade Nikon Camera Cake was made with chocolate cake and buttercream icing covered in white buttercream fondant. The camera was made by cutting many different little pieces of rice cereal treats and "gluing" them together with icing. Then, the whole camera was covered in black fondant. The strap was made out of black fondant and the lettering cut out of yellow fondant with a craft knife.