The Marvelous Orange Tree Illusion cake
Cake of Robert-Houdin's Marvelous Orange Tree Illusion from 1845. Based on his original automaton (which I visited at John Gaughan's workshop in LA), not a replica or an actual orange tree. The only thing different from the original is the butterflies, I decided to use realistic looking ones.
Everything is edible except the trunk and limbs. The planter is chocolate cake and the oranges are orange cakelets which can be taken from the tree like the original illusion. Approx. 3 foot high.
For non-magicians unfamiliar with this illusion you can view a video of a working replica here:
Cakes for the Experimental Food Society Member's Spectacular event,
London, 21st/22nd October 2011
(for more photos of the event, please visit my blog page)
Cake made for magic legend, David Berglas, 'International Man of Mystery', on his 85th birthday. The cake levitates and is completely off it's feet. It is a tribute to a magic routine he well known for. Derren Brown also had a slice of the cake. :-)