So I have a confession to make. I am obsessed with all things agar and geode. Last year I discovered a recipe for agar rock candy which could be used to make geode cakes and I immediately became obsessed. I made sooooooo many agar geodes last year….like when I tell you I was obsessed I was literally obsessed.
So fast forward to this year. It’s been a few months since I’ve made any agar Geodes and I’m trying to move on with my life. And then one of my friends on twitter jokingly requests that I make her one of my special cakes for her birthday. Not to actually send to her since she lives in Canada and I live in Michigan but just as a birthday shoutout. It’s kind of my thing. Whenever an online friend of mine has a birthday I make them a cake as a birthday shoutout. It’s how I show my love.
So I immediately set to work brainstorming ideas. I knew I had to do something fun and different for her because she’s a fun and different kinda gal. And then it hit me. Time to break out the agar geodes again. Something to note about these….the agar rock candy takes 3-4 days to make so this cake took a lot of planning to ensure that it would be done in time for my friends birthday (January 16).
I started the process for making the agar rock candy January 5. I wanted to give myself extra time in case anything went wrong and I needed to remake something. I also still wasn’t set on a particular design so i gave myself extra time to figure that out. I’m an overthinker so sometimes it takes me a long time to come up with a cake design and stick with it lol
So here’s a few of the agar rock candy I made. I made a huge batch to give myself options. I used this recipe from sugar geek show: https://sugargeekshow.com/recipe/kohakutou-crystal-gummy-candy/.
Obsessed. They maybe don’t look like much just yet but this is one of those times where you just trust the process. so next I set to work on the cake itself. It took me days to come up with a design that I liked. I’m not lying when I tell you I decorated this cake 5 different times and none of the designs felt….right. And then finally inspiration struck and I set to work. Again…just trust the process lol
So I finally finished the cake and put the finishing touches on it. Here it is in all its glory. I was so happy with how it turned out. it finally felt “right”. It was everything I had hoped it would be. So I start my photoshoot as one does after they make something cool.
So I’m 5-10 minutes into my photoshoot. and then disaster strikes…..
Yup….I dropped the cake. The cake I had spent weeks planning. The cake I had spent days decorating. The cake I had put my sweat and tears into. It was just…gone. Just like that. I just stared at it for a full minute trying to comprehend what had just happened. I knew immediately it was beyond repair. Several of the decorations were broken so there was no saving it. At least I managed to get 2 pictures of it before I destroyed it lol and I was at least able to save the actual cake itself. So I stripped the entire cake of all of its decorations so I could decorate it again. Not so much for eating since I had dropped it but just for extra practice. Like at least I have a blank canvas to decorate. Another opportunity to work on my decorating and piping. Trying to look at the bright side here lol
So that was my cake disaster for the week. I would say it was my disaster for the month but lord knows I’ll probably have several more disasters before the month is up lol The important thing is to just keep going. You can’t let your mistakes and disasters hold you back. Just laugh it off and keep going. So I’m back at it making another cake today. Fingers crossed I don’t drop this one lol