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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