Ah, the geode cake. This is a relatively new trend that is taking the wedding cake industry by storm. Just search "geode wedding cake" on Pinterest and spend an afternoon perusing all the lovely sparkly confections. Go ahead... I'll wait.
Cool, right! When made to look like a geode is growing in the cake, a portion of the dessert is carved away before being covered in fondant. Clear rock candy is then placed in the divot and painted with edible color to match the colors of the event.
The inspiration for this cake came from slices of agate, not the rocky crystalline geode. Since they are commonly interchangeable search terms, you could call this my take on a geode cake (insert apology to my Geologist friend here. You know who you are, and I know they are not the same). =)
To make the agate slices, I painted rings onto rice wafer paper with the same food colors I use for my icings. I then poured melted isomalt, which is a sugar that is clear when it melts and rehardens, onto the paper being careful not to get any in the center. Once cooled, I could paint the edges with an edible gold. I painted the fondant covered tiers with the same food color and edible gold once the tiers were stacked, cut slits in the side of the cake for the agates to sit in, and added a bit of royal icing around them to make sure everybody stayed where they belonged. Then I added edible gold leaf here and there for a little extra shine.
I love how this bold and colorful wedding cake turned out!
Hi! I'm Melisa
I am the owner, baker, designer, decorator and all around 'one woman show' of Sweet By Design, a home based, custom cake bakery which is located just outside of Dallas, Texas. I hope to shed a little light on the wedding and event industry and make your day a little sweeter!
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