So you think Disney invented the projected wedding cake?

So you think Disney invented the projected wedding cake?
January 19, 2015 Brett Jones

Remember when that video (above) of Disney’s projected wedding cake went viral on the internet back in September 2014? Pinterest went crazy over the idea of sprinkling pixie dust over your wedding cake. The idea is absolutely phenomenal. You can animate your wedding cake, change the color/decorations, and even show pictures of the bride/groom. Typically fireworks wouldn’t mix well with fondant,…but projected fireworks, hell yes!

But those carefully following the projection mapping space (and Projection Mapping Central) know that this isn’t the first projection mapped wedding cake out on the internet. Here at PMC we like to get the history of projection mapping right, so we decided to dig into the real history of projected cake. Be prepared, for lots of cake…


June 6th, 2014

I’m pretty sure this is a box, not a cake…but we will let that slide for now.


Jan 11th, 2014

Check out 0:47 in. I think he mauls his new bride.


Aug 29, 2013

This is one of my favorites. Donkey Kong Wedding!


Dec 1, 2012

They have a nice behind the scenes footage on this one.


May 15, 2010

Claiming to be the “World’s First Projected Cake”.


November 26, 2009 (According to this article)

The oldest video award goes to…Christian Escribá’s cake mapping from Nov 2009. His epic future EDM cake makes the newer cakes look like amateur hour. (Jump to 0:40 for the good stuff)


Jun 10, 2009

But the first projection mapped cake award goes to…Disney! In fact Disney patented the idea back in June 2009.

US Patent 8223196Projector systems and methods for producing digitally augmented, interactive cakes and other food products

And not just a passive cake like the ones above! Disney’s patented cake display uses a depth sensor to acquire a 3D model of the cake in real-time, and drive interactive animations!

“For example, the projected image may include a lake located on a surface of a cake, and a computer system running a depth/topology processor module or program may determine when and where a piece is cut out of the cake. In response, the computer system or system controller may render the projected image with the new surface topology to provide a waterfall flowing from the lake into the void or resulting space in the projection surface corresponding to the removed piece of cake to form a pool on the cake pan or recessed cake surface.”


So there ya go. Don’t try to beat Disney at projection mapping….


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Check out Disney’s interactive sand table to get an idea of what might be possible with an interactive cake.

Editor’s Note: I’ve worked with the awesome crew who made the 2009 Disney cake display, so I might be biased… (shout outs to authors: Charita Carter, Mark Mine, Modupe Adeleye, Christopher Runco, Thomas Laduke, & Bei Yang).