For emergency office munchies, it sounds like a fantasy: print out your own sweet treats.
But Kyle and Liz von Hasseln from Los Angeles, California, who didn’t have an oven at their home, decided to create a printer that allows users to do exactly that.
At the command of the ‘go’ button, their machine produces incredible pieces of 3D confectionery that look more like works of art than sugary snacks.
Kyle and Liz von Hasseln from Los Angeles, California, have adapted a 3D printer that allows users print off these incredible sugar creations
After creating the impressive piece of kit the couple set up a business called The Sugar Lab to sell their culinary designs.
The solid sugar statues can be eaten on their own, or used as decorative toppers for cakes and pastries.
Mrs von Hasseln, 32, told MailOnline that she believes 3D printing technology could be applied to a whole spectrum of baked goods one day.
Flavorings can be added to the mixture to enhance the taste
The husband and wife team say their 3D printed food has been greeted positively
‘We definitely think 3D printed sugar could catch on more widely, and we’re excited about the potential of the concept being available to a wide audience,’ she explained.
‘We can definitely visualize a time – in fact, we daydream about it – when there will be a sugar 3D printer in every custom bakery.’
To date, the von Hasselns have only experimented with using different types of sugar along with flavorings such as vanilla and almond.
Mrs von Hasseln believes the technology could be applied to a whole spectrum of baked goods
The solid sugar statues can be eaten on their own or used as decorative toppers
The couple stumbled into the business as architecture students, when they wanted to make a friend a birthday cake but lacked an oven. Instead, they decided to try and ‘print’ a cake, making use of a 3D printer on campus.
3D printers are used by architects to create physical models of buildings before construction begins.
After numerous attempts they finally managed to produce a tiny cupcake topper that spelled their friend’s name, Chelsea.
From there they developed the concept and launched The Sugar Lab two years ago after graduating.
Mrs von Hasseln says that the sculptures just taste like sugar lumps, although flavorings such as peppermint and almond can be added to alter the taste
They are currently collaborating with celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman, who runs Charm City Cakes in Hollywood, on a four-tiered wedding cake which will feature a 3D-printed sugar cake stand and sugar columns.
Mrs von Hasseln added: ‘Everyone recognizes that dessert is for fun, a chance to experiment and embellish.
‘When you see a 3D printed sugar sculpture that’s unlike any food you’ve seen before, it’s immediately clear that a whole new set of possibilities has opened up, and that’s exciting.’
Attribution: Sadie Whitelocks, Mail Online