You want a complicated pattern on the cake or biscuits in an unusual shape, but you don't have a steady hand? The 3D printer can do it: The French Marine Core-Baillais has developed an extruder for pasty food that is connected to a 3D printer.
The system is called Cakewalk 3D . It consists of a container for the printing material, a helix, a motor and a nozzle. The coil pushes the paste through the nozzle. By moving the print head and printing table, a decoration is then applied to a cake or dough is sprayed in complex patterns onto a silicone baking mat.
It all depends on the viscosity
Core-Baillais writes that you have already processed chocolate, meringue, vegetable puree, ketchup, guacamole and honey. 3D Cakewalk also works for other recipes, the viscosity of the substance to be processed is important. Core-Baillais is a 3D printing expert and trained confectioner. She founded the company Digital Patisserie , which develops 3D printing tools and techniques for sweet creations. It also provides recipes for the digital confectioner's syringe .
There are various 3D printers that are used for food preparation . Most of them, like the 3D Cakewalk, are there to shape the food. Only a few, such as the Foodini from the Spanish company Natural Machines, bring together different ingredients and prepare dishes from them.
3D Cakewalk is compatible with printers from Alfawise, Anet, Anycubic, Creality, Geeetech and Prusa. Digital Patisserie has initiated a crowdfunding campaign for this on the Kickstarter platform . There is also a maker kit for the 3D Cakewalk for just under 50 euros. The motor and some mechanical parts are missing, the bracket with which the syringe is attached to the 3D printer must be printed by yourself. The standard version for 90 euros has all the parts, but the bracket is also missing here. This is included in the Best Value Kit, which costs 130 euros. The regular 3D Cakwalk versions will later be between 10 and 40 euros more expensive.
All versions should be delivered in December. With luck, that could be enough to decorate the Christmas cookies.