Arduino controlled – spooky Halloween themed birthday cake stand

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A friends birthday promise to make a memorable cake resulted in a fun filled couple of days building an Arduino controlled cake stand and baking a cake 🙂

I had been tinkering with Arduino it in the past and after the commitment  thought it would bring something special to the task at hand.

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Arduino is an open source electronics board with a number inputs that can be used for reading various sensors among other things and a number of outputs that can be used to control or power other things.

Cake stand features:
  • circling shark in pond (motor with reduction)
  • proximity sensor controlled coffin that opened if someone reached over it. (Added a Jaycar proximity sensor to trigger the input of the Arduino).
  • flapping bats (servo moving thin wire and black paper for the bats)
  • twinkling stars (random pattern)
  • button controlled flying witch across the moon in an arc with a message behind(servo controlled with long thin wire arm)
Cake features:
  • Cake
  • coloured icing