Monday, August 22, 2016

Amethyst Geode Cake

Geode is a small cavity in rock lined with crystals or other mineral matter. Geodes grow over many thousands of years through the action of water flowing through rocks. Some geodes form in the cavities of limestone and shale. Others are found in places where gas has bubbled up through molten lava from volcanoes. When the lava cools and hardens, the bubbles leave cavities in which geodes form.

Inside the geode are many sparkling crystals that point inward. The crystals act like prisms, reflecting and refracting light to produce a dazzling display of colors. Nature is amazing, and one can never seize to marvel at the beauty around us. 

So I made a cake that looks like an amethyst geode. We can't go wrong with a design like this, there are no mistakes. It was a chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache and chocolate mousse filling. The geode part was rock candy of different colors. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Princess Castle cake

This cake was for fifth birthday celebration of a lovely 5 year old princess. Thank heavens for little girls! They are precious gifts; one of the most beautiful miracles in life, one of the greatest joys we can ever know, and one of the reasons why there is a little extra sunshine, laughter and happiness in our world. 

What with a woman running for president, all little girls can believe that possibilities are endless for them. So go for it, my little chickies.... reach for the stars--- storm the castle with your ambitions. 

The bottom layer was a chocolate cake with Chocolate ganache and chocolate mousse fillings.  The top tier was carrot nut cake.  I used Wilton's castle cake kit for the turrets, but I did cover them with fondant and gave it texture and some gold dusting. 

It was a challenge to keep the structure from falling apart since kids kept touching and poking at the cake all evening.