Well, my first attempt at making a carved caked was a total fail! Ha ha. I wanted to make it tapered like a topsy turvy cake. Well, that sorta worked. I filled it with a Kahlua mousse and topped it with buttercream. So far, so good (not great, but good)
Then came the modeling chocolate. Sounds simple... 10oz chocolate chips melted, 1/3cup corn syrup. Mix, chill. Mold.
This stuff turned to goo as soon as I touched it. Then it hardened as soon as it hit the cake or I put it down. My original plan for the cake was to have "fondant-type" circles and maybe fondant lollipops or a spider or two. Simple. Cute.
When the modeling chocolate failed I decided to go with it. (Since it was already after midnight and I had work in the morning) It would have taken less time to just make some marshmallow fondant and do it right. So, I used the drippy chocolate to "drip" down the side of my cake. Why? I don't know. It was late. Then I decided I didn't like how the top of the cake looked so I ripped off some of the slime puddles (and cake and icing that had adhered to it) Now I was left with a big hole. Hmmmm, I thought, I should make a stand up ghost.
Word to the wise...NEVER MAKE A CHOCOLATE GHOST!!!!
Now my cake has a giant turd with eyes and a creepy smile. Great. Oh well. It's 1:30 am by now. I go to put it in the outside fridge...It doesn't fit. Solution? Smash the turd down about an inch. Now I have a smashed turd with smooshed eyes and a creepy smile.
This morning I open the fridge to find the cake has cracked around the turd in two places. Oh well, I will either make a bit of marshmallow fondant tonight before the party to make a proper white ghost, or I will serve the turd cake in all its glory.
Please, enjoy. And laugh. I am!