What happens when you want to eat cake, but there’s no knife with which to cut that cake (and you feel like eating the whole thing right then and there with a fork would be frowned upon)? Watch my epic journey unfold!
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The knife turned out really well. I watched a video a while ago from Bob at I Like to Make Stuff, where he made a cake knife, and I’ve had this lil’ project in my mind since then. I’m pleased that I finally got around to it, it was fun and only took an afternoon of work (between working on a larger project that I’m excited to share next week, hopefully).
The knife was made entirely of scraps leftover from other projects. The knife scales are a paduak off-cut, and the blade is a lovely strip of curly maple. The paduak was a beautiful orange color as I was sanding it down, and I’m bummed it doesn’t keep that tint.
Curious about the cake? That’s Yummy Cake (no, really, that’s what it’s called, but, yeah, it’s also an apt description). It’s a recipe from Tiffany’s family’s cookbook, and it is super simple to make. I can sum it up in two pictures, really.
Bake the cake at 350°F for 30 minutes, or until you can insert a toothpick into the center and have it come out clean. You want the cake to cool completely before adding the frosting. And I hope you like the frosting, because it ends up being about half as thick as the cake (not a bad thing!).
Full Disclosure! We had plenty of knives available to cut this cake. I staged the knife disappearance simply to have a more fun way to present this video. I apologize if you feel as though you were misled. But at the same time, it’s a silly video, so maybe do some self-reflection, and see what the root cause of that feeling really is.
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