strange request

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by michellegarbutt, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. michellegarbutt

    michellegarbutt Supporting Member

    I have had a request from a bride to make her a wedding cake with a real waterfall running down the front centre of the cake. I've seen a picture of a cake similar to the one she wants and I think it can be done. I need to put a container at the bottom of the cake for the waterfall to run into. This needs to contain a small pump with plastic tubing running up the back of the cake (I can hide that with icing flowers) The tubing comes out on the top of the cake and the water gently trickles out into a small pvc channel and falls from tier to tier using the same small channels back into the resevoir container. I think I'll be able to get the tubing from wilkinsons (where the brewing equipment is) but has anyone any idea where I can get a small (preferably cheap) pump and something suitable for the pvc channels. (I was thinking of PVC tubing about an inch wide cut in half down it's length to give U shaped channels but any ideas are welcome).

    I can't give the bride a price or even say I can do it unless I can find the equipment and I really fancy the challenge of this cake

  2. Di

    Di Active Member

    Is this the sort of thing you have in mind?

    Or smaller like these?
  3. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    Pet store, small pump for a fish tank would probably do it, might need turning down though.
  4. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    Take a look at water cooling kit used in computers. You can get some really small pumps used there.
  5. michellegarbutt

    michellegarbutt Supporting Member

    Thanks for the suggestions up to now. It is probably going to be a case of the smaller the better as far as the pump is concerned. This is a link to a similar cake on youtube. However I will be using a smaller more tasteful container to catch the water in.
  6. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    Go down to a car breakers and get a second hand windscreen washer pump. Should cost no more than 2 or 3 pounds and should give enough flow for a mini waterfall.
    Simple power too just a 12 volt battery or dc transformer
  7. ronnie_the_lizard

    ronnie_the_lizard Active Member

    Not sure I'd want something from a breaker's yard as part of a food display !! and a windscreen washer pump isn't designed for continuous use.

    I'd try contacting a local specialist reptile pet store and look at their waterfall pumps (which are designed for exactly the job you want), particularly looking at what depth of water they need in the bottom reservoir, what flow rate they acheive, what height they are capable of pumping the water to and whether or not the flow rate is adjustable.

    Have a look at THIS PAGE for some of the available models.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2008
  8. michellegarbutt

    michellegarbutt Supporting Member

    Thanks for your ideas. I'm afraid the breakers yard is out. I think my public liability insurance wouldn't be very happy at that (not to mention what the Bride would think). Seriously even if it wasn't from a dirty breakers yard I'm always wary about using 2nd hand equipment with no warrenty on it whan I'm being paid to produce an amazing cake.

    The small reptile pumps look ideal so I'll check them out over the next few days. Now I just need to find something to use for the water channels.

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