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3D scanning a cake: Yes, you can have your cake - and eat it too

3D scanning a cake: Yes, you can have your cake - and eat it too

Let’s be honest. The SOL 3D scanner is not developed with the primary purpose of scanning cakes.

But hey! It’s Valentine’s Day, we love cake, and we love a good challenge. So, let’s scan and share the love!

SOL 3D scanner with cake


We chose to scan the fantastic Valentines semla cake from the 5 star Juno the Bakery started by a former Michelin Noma cook. Scanned with love on the SOL 3D scanner.

SOL 3D scanner example scan GIF
4 x speed



  • 1 scanning pass (it was not possible to turn the cake over)
  • Normal mode
  • Near scanner position

Spin the cake around to watch it from all angles:


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Happy Valentine’s Day – and happy scanning!


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Bonus information

Semla cake

The cake we scanned is a traditional semla – but with a heart shaped Valentine’s Day lid.

A semla is a traditional sweet roll made in various forms in Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Iceland.

It is associated with Lent and especially Shrove Tuesday in most countries, Shrove Monday in Denmark, parts of southern Sweden, Iceland and Faroe Islands or Sunday of Fastelavn in Norway.

In Sweden it is most commonly known as just semla, but is also known as fettisdagsbulle, literally "fat tuesday roll".



Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day, or St Valentine's Day, is celebrated every year on 14 February.

It is the day when people show their affection for another person or people by sending cards, flowers or chocolates with messages of love.

The day gets its name from a famous saint, but there are several stories of who he was.

The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.

When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death. There, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed "from your Valentine".



Oh, and this particular specimen was from the lo-fi “Juno The Bakery” opened by a former Noma pastry chef.

And yes, it was a very, very good cake. Now available in 3D only.