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12 February 2008 @ 11:05 pm
Yay~ Cake~  
Today Kit and I made our cake for the cake decorating contest! You can see a picture here. I think it came out really nice! Hilde helped out with the baking, I did the icing and the cooking of the candy glass, and Kit did the design and the decorating. Ami was the third member of our team, but she was sick. T^T I hope you feel better, Ami~ And we wouldn't have decided to make the candy in the first place if it weren't for Ami :D

Figuring out how to make the candy was quite an adventure, though! I don't have a candy thermometer, so I basically had to guess when it was boiled enough. So we had everything from gloop that never hardened to candy too stiff to pour into the molds. It was pretty fun XD It was not quite so fun getting it out of the molds, though...
Current Mood: tiredtired
ssempaissempai on February 13th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
Crinaeae Raisweetinsanity90 on February 14th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Candy Making
If you still don't have a candy thermometer the next time you try and make candy, take a glass of cold water and drop some of the sugar into it. The sugar will make either a thread, a soft ball, a hard ball, a hard ball with a crack in it (crack), there is hard crack, but I forget what that looks like. Make sure you change the water between testings, and (obviously) use a hot pad to grap the spoon. (Or use a wooden spoon.) Also, while this method is amazingly fun, it's not as good as having a candy thermometer. In a pinch, you can also use a normal cooking thermometer to get a ballpark tempurature. Happy candy making!
Syomimashou on February 16th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Re: Candy Making
Ah, so that's what the recipes meant by hard crack! That's useful to know XD; My mom told me it should coat a metal spoon, so I used that as an approximate gauge along with how violently it was boiling, judging from previous failed batches.

The only thermometer I cold find was a meat thermometer that didn't go above 190. XD Maybe I should get one, the candy making was pretty fun.
Crinaeae Raisweetinsanity90 on February 16th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Candy Making
Gah, no wonder the candy stuck to the mold! That is the issue with meat thermometers, but there are some temperature probes that go high enough for candy. You definatly should get one!