We have to admit we were not exactly fans the first time we saw a “geode” cake. Geode is a term used by geologists to describe round rocks that contain a hollow cavity lined with crystals. In the cakes, geodes are formed with the use of sugar and rock candy made to look like precious stones and gems, a bejeweled cake if you will. Because nothing says “celebration” like putting on your best jewelry, right?
The artistry in these cakes, popular abroad, are undeniable, but they do make us feel like they're more for admiring than eating; some actually it less appetizing. We're definitely not clamoring to sink our teeth into a slice because it feels like we might chip a tooth!
Here are a few geode cakes that people have adored:
This one is carved into the cake so it feels like the jewels were formed inside the cake.
Here's one using pink crystals.
It also comes in green if you like emeralds.
A closer look at what's really going on:
Here's a couple that's not really our style.
And another that we like a lot.
The cakes above, however, with the elaborate cut aways and stones, are more for adult events like weddings and debuts. If you like the look of them and you'd want one for your child's party, rock candy cakes are the way to go. They're more colorful and a bit less surprising than the geode cakes. Consider these in time for the party:
You can also make rock candies-on-a-stick to add to your cake or as a treat by itself. Here's a tutorial how by We Are Not Martha.