Monday, September 3, 2012

Tetris Cake with Macarons

Tetris Cake with Macarons
I'm still in stuck struggle city. I don't want to overshare, but I felt I should mention it for those of you who have emailed me in the last few weeks and are wondering why you haven't heard back from me. So this week I don't have a full recipe post, but I did want to share this fun idea with you. Last week was D-Tap's birthday. He's not a big fan of birthdays, but I wanted to make a fun, geeky cake for him. I mean, he showed up on the dance floor at my wedding reception in a Gumby costume. He deserves cake. Not long after I decided to do a tetris-themed cake with square macarons as the tiles he happened to walk past humming the tetris song, so I knew it was meant to be. Unfortunately with everything going on and having to prep the cake mid-week after work meant that I didn't have enough time to make the cake as awesome as I wanted it to be. I'm not very satisfied with the final outcome, the shells were bumpy and too big, the icing too messy...it's just a bit off. But I had to take a photo of it just so I could make this gif:
Tetris Cake with Macarons 
Try to overlook my rather average photoshopping skills. If you're wondering what's in the cake; I used a double quantity of this caramel mudcake recipe, chocolate cloud icing (using this recipe from Sweetapolita, it is so, so good) and square macarons shells (similar to these). I also decided to make a black border around the edge using licorice but it probably didn't need it. You could always use square lollies or sugar cookies for the tiles instead of macarons, but you know I couldn't resist using the macs. If I did it again I'd definitely make the tiles a lot smaller and make sure I gave myself more time to make the whole thing neater.  But I think the sentiment was appreciated :)

P.S. Someone pointed out that technically the bottom two rows should have disappeared. Which...is a very a good point. Okay, so I fail at being a nerd :(
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40 comments:

  1. Awesome! I am a gamer nerd to the core. And a baking nerd. So. This is awesome. I have no idea how to go about a gif. High tech to me. And, equally importantly, it sounds delicious. Caramel mudcake. Wow.

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  2. This is so awesome!! Love it!! I'll have to keep this up my sleeve for my boyfriend's birthday in December! Thanks!!

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  3. Oh no I hope you're feeling/getting better Steph with whatever it is! You still managed to pull this cake out of a hat. Although you may not be 100% satisfied with it, you've sure attracted all your fans anyways. The concept is awesome and you did execute it very well! big hugs and kisses to you.

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  4. Loving the gif! Awesome cake idea Steph

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  5. The tetris song is the one song I'm happy to have stuck in my head. It's so inspiring. So is this cake! Looks amazing.

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  6. Hi Steph, I am following you on Pinterest. I'm thinking I need a digital techy sugar high kind of gal to follow. Appreciate the recipes -- Cake Art. I'm going to put this on a board called Cake Art. Please follow me; I just started along with Twitter from my blog.

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  7. I love the look of this bright cake! The gif is awesome and really showcases your idea well. On another note,I hope things improve for you and you don't feel so off.

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  8. Never disappointed when I pop over here! Awesome!!

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  9. I had a similar moment the other day with not being satisfied with my cake, but everyone else loved it. Don't be so hard on yourself. It looks amazing :)

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  10. Do, do do do, do do do, do do do, do do do, do-do, do, DO DO DO!

    If you really want to get that jammed in your head there's a YouTube clip about the history of the Soviet Union, set to the Tetris theme tune. I now know more about it than I did before (which was nothing), so now I consider myself educated!

    I'm usually way too hard on myself with cakes. I consider myself an absolute novice but most people just go "Ooh, pretty flower!" and then go straight past the disasterously-presented cake to how great it tastes. At the end of the day it's cake, so it's all good :)

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  11. Very awesome! Such a clever idea :)

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  12. Love it, especially the gif! And I think using macarons for the tiles is a great idea

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  13. this looks cool! you are very creative !! :)

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  14. It still looks so cool! Everything you bake looks so perfect and I think the messy icing kinda fits :)

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  15. I think it's BRILLIANT and I don't know what you were aiming for but it looks absolutely fantastic to me. Great idea and love the execution.

    And the animation!!!

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  16. My you are hard on yourself!!! This cake is amazing. IT looks fantastic, yes, but boy does it look tasty.

    Great job!

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  17. I just came across your blog and I love it! Great idea for a cake... my fella's into tetris too so might have to bookmark your idea ;)

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  18. You always do yourself down and your baking is always spectacular! I think this looks amazing, especially since you made it after work. LOVE the gif too :-)

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  19. I think most people have used this adjective already, but here it is again, AWESOMENESS!!

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  20. Ahhh! This is so cute! and nerdy! I love it!

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  21. Ooh, I am so amazed how you did this! Looks stunning, especially the 2nd photo as it can "moved" downwards. Good job!

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  22. Sooo funny! You need to add the crazy soundtrack too!

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  23. Just discovered your site - it's amazing! Not only are you talented and creative on the macaron front but clever on the techie side too. *bows* Great fun!

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  24. Hahaha what a cool idea! I love the gif too, your cake comes alive! If I were to eat some, I definitely want a piece with a macaron, I'd feel left out having just the cake part haha

    Pop by and visit my blog Taken By Surprise! xx

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  25. I'm following your Tumblr and when I saw this on my dashboard, I thought it was an incredible idea! Pure genius :)

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  26. Oh my gosh this is the cutest cake in the world! I love it. And that gif? Fantastic!

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