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Behind the Scenes : German Pyramid Cake

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In addition to the pieces on top of the cake, these small gift boxes were made using the same technique.

2 In addition to the pieces on top of the cake, these small gift boxes were made using the same technique.

The wood pieces and boxes were painted with watercolor using a small detail brush.

3 The wood pieces and boxes were painted with watercolor using a small detail brush.

The wood pieces are inexpensive and can be found at bayerwood.com.

4 The wood pieces are inexpensive and can be found at bayerwood.com.

Miniature birdhouses being painted.

5 Miniature birdhouses being painted.

A template for the wings and arms can be found here: http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/2011Q4/traditions-pyramid-msl1211.pdf

6 A template for the wings and arms can be found here: http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/2011Q4/traditions-pyramid-msl1211.pdf

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Sometimes it takes a while for an idea to make it into the magazine.  Not because it isn't a good idea, sometimes it just doesn't find its' way into the right story.  In our December issue in a story called "Customs Made" one idea that had been brewing for a number of years finally found a home.  Customs Made is a craft story with ideas that are twists on holiday traditions from a number of different countries and regions.  My orphan project was inspired by German Christmas Pyramids and is part craft and part science.  Christmas pyramids range is size many of them are multi-tiered and rely on the heat of candles to propel the fan to move.  The how-to instructions and sources are available at marthastewart.com.

If you want to see the cake in action check out our December IPAD or watch the video below.


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