DIY Vinyl Record Turntable Cake

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April 25, 2019

DIY Turntable Cake - finished cakeI'm not a professional baker or cake decorator, but I do love making personalized desserts for my friends and family. I made this cake for my band bassist who adores collecting vinyl records (and playing them on his turntable all day). I've made it so the tonearm can be moved on and off the record, while staying 100% edible.


I used my recipe for a standard dense cake where I used one less egg, added some applesauce, and 1/4 cup melted chocolate chips. This makes for a good stable cake to decorate. You can use a box cake mix and use egg yolks instead of whole eggs, and add milk instead of water.

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 1 very fun cake!

Source: My crazy head ;)

Link: Video of this cake in action!


  • cake batter for 1 cake
  • square cake pan (I used a 7" springform)
  • serrated knife
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 10 ounces buttercream frosting
  • spatula
  • butter knife
  • 1 lb white fondant
  • rolling pin
  • kitchen scissors
  • dessert ring cutters (various sizes)
  • chopstick
  • silver cake spray
  • 1/4 lb black fondant
  • 1/8 lb yellow fondant
  • 2 Pocky sticks
  • 2 Starburst candies
  • 3 orange sugar pearls
DIY Turntable Cake - supplies


  1. Bake cake in a square pan and allow it to cool. Use your serrated knife to cut off the top so it's even.
  2. DIY Turntable Cake - leveling the cake top

  3. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave on high at 30 second increments, stirring each time, until completely melted and smooth.
  4. DIY Turntable Cake - melt chocolate chips in the microwave
  5. Add 6 ounces of buttercream frosting to melted chocolate and stir until smooth.
  6. DIY Turntable Cake - add buttercream frosting to the melted chocolate and stir
  7. Frost the top and sides of the cake evenly. Make sure there are no bumps.
  8. DIY Turntable Cake - frost the top and sides of the cake, smooth bumps
  9. Knead your white fondant for about 5 minutes to make it smooth and pliable.
  10. DIY Turntable Cake - knead the white fondant

  11. Measure your cake's surface and sides to figure out how big your rolled out fondant should be. Roll it out to those dimensions at about 1/8" thickness.
  12. DIY Turntable Cake - roll fondant to size for top and sides and 1/8th inch thick
  13. Add a little bit of buttercream frosting on the iced cake. This will act as both a glue for the fondant and a filler for uneven cake areas.
  14. DIY Turntable Cake - add buttercream to the iced cake to attach fondant
  15. Drape the rolled fondant on top of the cake and press into the sides and corners, pulling downwards. Cut off the excess with scissors and set aside to use for the decoration details.
  16. DIY Turntable Cake - drape the rolled fondant and adjust to cover cake, trim excess with scissors

  17. Smooth out any bubbles, then slice the fondant off neatly with a sharp knife at the bottom of the cake.
  18. DIY Turntable Cake - smooth out any bubbles and use the sharp knife to trim bottom edge
  19. To make the turntable platter, roll out some of the white fondant to 1/4" thickness. Use large ring cutter to cut out a circle.
  20. DIY Turntable Cake - roll fondant to 1/4 inch and use a circle cutter to make turntable platter
  21. Use the tip of a round chopstick to make imprints around the platter, then spray paint it with the silver cake spray and allow to dry completely.
  22. DIY Turntable Cake - use tip of a round chopstick to decorate the edge and then spray silver

  23. Knead the black fondant then roll it out to 1/8" thickness. Use a smaller ring to cut out the vinyl record.
  24. DIY Turntable Cake - knead and roll out the black fondant to 1/8th inch, use a smaller ring to cut out the record
  25. Using some buttercream as glue, attach the platter to the top left of the cake.
  26. DIY Turntable Cake - attach the turntable platter to the cake at the top left, using some buttercream frosting
  27. Then "glue" on the vinyl record.
  28. DIY Turntable Cake - attach the vinyl record
  29. Knead some yellow fondant and roll out to 1/8" thickness. Cut out an even smaller circle. "Glue" to the vinyl record.
  30. DIY Turntable Cake - roll out yellow fondant to 1/8th inch and cut a small circle and "glue" to the center of the record

  31. To make the tonearm, place a Pocky stick on some rolled out fondant.
  32. DIY Turntable Cake - to make the tonearm lay a Pocky stick on a rolled piece of fondant
  33. Wrap the Pocky in fondant and shape into tonearm. Give it a head and a needle shape using your fingers and tip of chopstick.
  34. DIY Turntable Cake - roll the Pocky in the fondant and create a head and needle shape
  35. Spray one of the Starburst candies with the silver cake spray and allow to dry. Press into top right of cake, then press chopstick into the middle to make a little hole.
  36. DIY Turntable Cake - spray a Starburst with silver cake spray and press into the top right, make a small hole using a chopstick
  37. Cut off the bottom of the other Pocky stick and place inside the hole.
  38. DIY Turntable Cake - cut off the bottom of the other Pocky stick and place in the hole
  39. Now place a small ball of black fondant over the Pocky joint, then press the end of the tonearm onto the black fondant.
  40. DIY Turntable Cake - place a small ball of fondant over the stick and then press the tonearm onto the ball
  41. Rest the needle on the record for now. We will make a tonearm holder shortly so it can go back and forth as you please.
  42. DIY Turntable Cake - rest the needle on the record
  43. To make EQ knobs, use the small ring cutter to cut circles out of the other 2 Starburst candies. Press into bottom right of cake.
  44. DIY Turntable Cake - to make knobs use a small cutter and cut circles from 2 Starburst candies, press the circles onto the bottom of the cake
  45. Add details like pitch control and a tonearm holder using leftover fondant.
  46. DIY Turntable Cake - add details such as pitch control and tonearm holder using fondant
  47. Use a sharp skewer to poke holes under knobs and above pitch control slider.
  48. DIY Turntable Cake - use sharp skewer to poke holes below th knobs and the pitch control
  49. Drop in little orange sugar balls. These are your lights!
  50. DIY Turntable Cake - drop in little orange sugar balls to serve as lights
  51. To make a brand placard (where I put the birthday boy's candle), work together some black and white fondant and twist so it looks like marble.
  52. DIY Turntable Cake - twist together some black and white fondant to look like marble for the brand placard
  53. Roll it out to about 1/4" thickness then cut out a rectangle. Use buttercream to glue onto bottom left of cake.
  54. DIY Turntable Cake - roll the fondant to 1/4" thickness and cut into a rectangle, "glue" to bottom left
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