Chocolate time

Easter is fast approaching and this year it will be chocolate filled for my family!  After spending the last 3 years in Texas we REALLY missed our genuine Cadbury’s Easter Eggs.

This cake is a chocolate mud cake filled and covered with vanilla bean butter cream.  A quick drizzle with some chocolate ganache and we have a lovely drip cake.

Drip cakes have been crazy popular recently so I thought I’d top it with another craze that has been long lasting, geodes.  I saw a video last week of some amazing chocolate eggs in which sugar crystals (geodes) were grown inside them  They were made by 2 students, Alex & Abby, from the Culinary Institute of America.  The process took about 6 months to complete.  Check it out here.

I have made a geode cake before so decided to apply that technique to an Easter egg.  A lot quicker than the magnificent eggs Alex & Abby created!

I had a stash of Easter eggs in the cupboard, so decided to see what they’d look like on top of the drip cake as well.  I actually think I like the simplicity of this version better.

I will be making a variation on another cake craze next week, the unicorn cake.  Again, it will be Easter themed.  I’ll keep you all updated via Facebook and Instagram.

Geode cake

When I first saw Rachael Teufel’s (from Intricate Icings) geode cake I knew exactly who I wanted to try and make one for.  Then, only a week or so later a PDF tutorial was available to purchase and I jumped at the chance.  The tutorial has been sitting on my computer ready to use for months and this week it was finally the time!geode cake-2

This cake was surprisingly simple to make with the well laid out instructions from Rachel.  She now has a Craftsy class available for this design as well which I am sure would be well worth the purchase.

The top cake tier was a lemon poppy seed cake and the other tiers were dark chocolate mud cake.  The lemon poppy seed was a little too fragile for this design, next time I will use a sturdier cake as it did collapse a little under the weight.

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This cake was for a very special client, my now 16 year old daughter.

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As this was made from a purchased tutorial, I have not posted any progression pictures.