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Well, I mentioned in my birthday journal that I had a huge disaster with my birthday cake. This is it.

I made the last-minute decision to spend the day before my birthday celebrating with friends, leaving me with 6 hours the next day to make the whole cake. Given the cake took 2 hours to bake and involved lots of chocolate, you can see where this was an error. The cake didn't cool in time, the ganache didn't set in time, and so when I tried to add hollow, thin chocolate bubbles and other accents to the cake... yeah, melted. It was worse when we returned to the cake after dinner. There were, er, globs of melted chocolate where there used to be small spheres.

Then there was the inside. I made chocolate velvet cake balls which I attempted to bake inside the mudcake... but they floated. So after cutting the bubbly dome off the top of the cake and turning it upside down, I had humps instead of polkadots. Creys.

I'd had thoughts of not posting it. But it's all about the growth and shiz and I shouldn't bury all my fails so you guys can see it's about making mistakes and learning and that there's no such thing as talent. So yeah. Here's my thing.

Will revisit this idea in future. I think the cascade of bubbles still has potential, perhaps better on a tiered cake so I might do it again if ever an occasion calls for a large enough cake.

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:iconpiratelotus-stock:
PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
That looks so good D:
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Saviella Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't get why you say that the cake is has failed... It looks sooooooo good!
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H3LLoK66aren99 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can't tell it was a "fail" until you tell us it was
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:iconk-swizzle:
k-swizzle Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Are the chocolate bubbles really "bubbles"? Like hollow? If so how did you do that?!?
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:iconcosmona:
cosmona Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
It is the most beautiful chocolate cake I've ever seen!!! However I shouldn't eat chocolate, it looks soo delicious! Heart 
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:iconcrysa91:
Crysa91 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh that's not so bad! It still looks good and I'm sure everyone involved enjoyed it.
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:iconemchompski:
EmChompski Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I couldn't tell it was a fail!
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NinjaEwaPeach Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my goodness what a delicious "fail" ;D The cake still looked MARVELOUS!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thank you! :D
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PainQueen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks delicious with a kinda dark and twisted dream theme. When I first saw it I believed it was a look you wanted. You say failure, I say make me one lol.
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Haha. I'll make you a better one. ;)
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:iconpainqueen:
PainQueen Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! :iconmehgusta:
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:iconarsmundi:
Arsmundi Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
c'est magnifique!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Merci ♥
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EbonyLunar Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
If this is the 'fail', then I'm dying to see the 'success'! This is wicked awesome!
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Drakan7 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
looks wicked for all the "errors"
All I see is abstract tasty-ness =D
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claremanson Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh wow looks lovely, i would never have guessed it went wrong!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Thanks! I was so close to not posting this and never speaking about it ever. :lmao:
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TsuKaza90 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
mistake?? Ohmigerd, still looks scrumptious! It's so pretty, the fact the spheres melted into the ganache makes me drool. It's like a pool of chocolate yummmmmm~

Unfortunate the velvet cake balls floated lol. It makes a funny story though xD. Even after all that didn't work out, to me it turned out great =] I'm not a chocolate person but looking at this certainly makes me want to have a slice -drools-
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Haha, thanks!
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Teremiao Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I understand that the cake is not as you would have liked it to be but I assure you that is beautiful and makes you really want to taste it.
if I had not read the description I would not have realized that was not how you wanted it. I thought it was intentionally done that way (ahem I hope not to be misunderstood, haha​​)
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Teremiao Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:faint: there is the Stendhal syndrome for sweets? :giggle:
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Naw. ♥ You are most kind.
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:iconteremiao:
Teremiao Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks! :hug:
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Kuneria Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
And yet the cake still looks beautiful and absolutely delicious 8D
The bubbles is an adorable idea!
I wish it turned out the way you wanted it to! I want to see what you had in mind :'D
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Perhaps one day someone will ask me for a tiered cake with chocolate bubbles!
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bakero-ichiban Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Still looks damn delicious to me :#1:
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Thank you. :]
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soldier-1 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
... i want that cake!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
*gives* :eager:
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soldier-1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
*om* *nom* *nom* *om* *nom*

cake ez perfect fuel for carward killing time!
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is beautiful to look at and I bet beautiful to eat. :D
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Thank you.
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TheWingedBoggart Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is a fail? It looks awesome and delicious. I guess that's how I can tell you're as awesome and professional as you are, though. When you can see infractions us lesser mortals cannot x3
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Haha, naw. I think it's always easier to see the faults on your own work. But I just know what this was supposed to look like - and what I ended up with was far from it.
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TheWingedBoggart Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, your failure is to be celebrated =] I hope you realize your dream next time, and I still want to congratulate you on a lovely cake n_n I hope your birthday party was fantastic =D
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Alislinn Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm drooling **
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Thanks :]
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:iconlady-leliel:
lady-leliel Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Whatever you say, it looks perfect to me!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Thank you. :]
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kitsu9x Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Well, this looks like whatewver but a failure to me... but anyway, I hope you'll try this idea again in the future, and it will turn out as you expect :)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Definitely will! :la:
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theperfectmind Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I would die for this cake ;)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Then how would you eat it? :lmao:
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theperfectmind Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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DeviantMetroid Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is the first time I've looked at food and had the word beautiful come to mind before tasty. The shaved coconut(?) really adds a flair of elegance to the whole thing and the placement of color shades you used for the "bubbles" is well coordinated. However, I think the whole piece could have used a little more structure with the design like placing the wafers(?) in a more complete Fibonacci spiral (though the bubbles don't leave much room for that), spacing them more evenly, or incorporating more of those white lines that were hidden under the spheres to accentuate some of the 'negative space', if you will.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Thank you for the feedback. What I think you refer to as coconut are strands of white chocolate, and the circles I think you are referring to when you say wafers are piped white chocolate ganache. I agree that it could have used much better structure. The first lot of piping the white ganache looked very different. However, after adding the chocolate decorations on top and having them melt into the ganache, I had to erase most of it.
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DeviantMetroid Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh okay, thanks for clarifying. I couldn't taste them to tell lol

Well, it still looked great so good job all around :D
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Yes it's always much harder when looking at a picture. I'm often shocked when people guess right. :giggle:
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keidream Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
This is a beautiful, very delicious-looking mistake. :heart:
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