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The Cake Server, a delightfully complex food-themed Rube Goldberg Machine

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Rube Goldberg Machines are not only made from a series of imaginative engineering marvels, they’re also well-known for being overly complex in comparison to the task achieved. In this intricate machine by Joseph Herscher of Joseph’s Machines, cake is served! But it all starts with dinner. Of The Cake Server, Herscher writes:

I hate waiting for dessert, so here’s a Rube Goldberg machine to streamline dinnertime. It lets me keep eating, with no break before cake. It’s my most complex yet and took 3 months to make so I hope you enjoy it!

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How does Herscher do it? Check out this behind-the-scenes “secrets revealed” video that includes how to use vegetables, working with a baby, the fate of the laptop, how the chandelier gets caught, and how he knew when to duck for the chandelier.

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Follow this video with more from Joseph’s Machines: The Page Turner, The Dresser, and Science Extras from Jiwi’s (Rube Goldberg) Machines.

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