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Cake Design - Karl Muffler, 1930s-1950s Document Reg. No: HT 18146

Cake design drawn in colour by Karl Muffler and used by him during his career as a pastry chef and confectioner in Melbourne from the 1930s.

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 in northern Victoria 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. He and Hilde had two daughters. After the war, Muffler accepted a position at William Angliss Food Trades School in Melbourne teaching ex-servicemen new skills in cake decoration. He also worked at Paterson's cake shop in Windsor until well into the 1970s. He maintained a connection to the German community though Club Tivoli and died in 1996.
Cake design by Karl Muffler detailing particulars of colour and decoration. Hand drawn in coloured pencil. Includes some recipes and instructions in English and German on reverse side. Design for a round cake.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Sue Muffler, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 140 mm (Height), 190 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, Karl Friedrich Muffler, German Migrant, Pastry Chef & Internee, 1930
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Baking
Tertiary Classification: cake decorating
Inscriptions: Text: Cream/Icing Silver cash./marzipan white.
Creator: Karl Muffler, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930s-1950s

This cake design 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 design 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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