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Pattern Plate - Cake Decorating, 'Frohe Ostern', Karl Muffler, 1930s - 1950s Reg. No: HT 18230
- This greaseproof paper pattern plate was used to create icing sugar patterns on cakes through the decorative pin point holes. It belonged to German pastry chef Karl Muffler and was used by him during his career as a pastry chef and confectioner in Melbourne from the 1930s and during teaching cake decorating at William Angliss Food Trades School during the 1940s.
This item relates to Karl Friedrich Muffler, qualified pastry chef and confectioner, born in 1900, who migrated to Melbourne from Germany in 1930, aboard the passenger liner 'Balranald'. Muffler quickly established himself in Melbourne, commencing employment with Bill Ikinger (who had recruited and sponsored him) at his cake shop in Brunswick, as well as joining the long-running German establishment 'Club Tivoli'. Muffler went on to establish his own business, 'The Embassy' in Malvern, and in 1939 married fellow German migrant Mathilde 'Hilde' Mayer. At this time they were members of the 'German Labour Front' of which Adolf Mayer (Hilde's father) was president. On 4th September, 1939 Karl Muffler, along with dozens of other German residents (including his father-in-law), was placed into police custody as an enemy alien. He was transferred to Tatura internment camp and while there undertook woodcarving and drafting classes and worked as a cake decorator. He was transferred to a Forestry Commission camp in Broadford, and finally released in 1945. With no family left in Germany he decided to stay in Australia and became naturalised in 1947. After the war, Muffler accepted a position at William Angliss Food Trades School in Melbourne teaching ex-servicemen new skills in cake decoration. He maintained a connection to the German community though Club Tivoli and died in 1996.
- Thin greaseproof paper pattern plates for use on cakes as icing sugar patterns with pin point holes in various designs.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
|Dimensions:||250 mm (Height), 223 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||cake decorating, forestry camps, german communities, german immigration, internment camps, pastry making|
|Themes this item is part of:||Migration Collection, Karl Friedrich Muffler, German Migrant, Pastry Chef & Internee, 1930, Karl Friedrich Muffler, German Migrant, Pastry Chef & Internee, 1930|
|Tertiary Classification:||equipment - cake decorating|
|Creator:||Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930s-1950s
This pattern plate was created by Karl Muffler in Australia but it is impossible to determine how long he used the design for. It is possible that he referred to the plate even during the latter years of his professional career until the late 1970s.
|User:||Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930s-1970s|
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