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Cake Mould - Leaf, Cake Decorating, Karl Muffler, 1930s-1950s Object Reg. No: HT 18235

This plaster mould with indented leaf design was used for making handmade leaves to decorate cakes, using almond icing or marzipan. 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.
Plaster mould with indented leaf design. Depending on its size, such moulds were used with almond icing or marzipan for making handmade flowers appear more realistic (smaller sizes); or possibly used for biscuits (larger sizes).
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 110 mm (Height), 102 mm (Width)

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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
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Baking
Tertiary Classification: equipment - moulds
Inscriptions: Text, reverse: MuFFler.
User: Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930s-1970s

It is difficult to determine for exactly how long Karl used the item but it may have been late into his professional career well into the 1970s.

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