Last Sunday was my 25th Birthday. Shh, yes, I’m getting old. As the only baker in my house, of course the cake duties fell to me. Something I love because I get to experiment with new things.
I had an idea. An idea involving chocolate bubbles. But then I decided to hang out with my friends instead and left myself only 6 hours to complete the cake. What ended up happening was one disaster quite literally flowing into the next.
My first mistake lay in eating up two of those hours with a cake that took 2 hours to bake. I used the same recipe seen here for my candle cakes. I didn’t have enough time to let the cake cool completely before needing to move on with the decorating. An hour was apparently not long enough.
So on went the ganache, which I also didn’t have enough time to let completely set before adding the decorations. And that’s where things went really wrong. Everything started melting all over the place. I’d imagined a gorgeous cascade of chocolate but it ended up being more like ‘whatever stays will do’. A lot of the bubbles I made were too big for the cake, which was even sadder cause many of them were the best looking. Should have thought that out more.
And then there was the cake itself. I wanted to make the inside match the outside so I opted for internal polkadots. Though I quickly encountered a problem: my cake balls floated to the surface. Mudcake is definitely the wrong mixture for this cake. Once I chopped off the dome and inverted it, I just ended up with little half spheres lying on the bottom. Sadness.
But, hey, on the positive side — it was edible? Even if ugly.
It’s a technique I’m keen to revist again. I’d love to create the image of perfection that lives only in my head. Perhaps this is a design better suited to a tiered cake.
As I keep saying to those who tell me they can’t bake like I do. The important part is making mistakes, learning the lessons and doing better next time. I’ll pencil this one in as a lesson learned the hard way.