This Cake Rocks: Rock Crystal Wedding Cake for Rockhounds and Gem Lovers
When I bite into a weighty, deep-fried kronut from The Home Bakery in Rochester, Michigan, its rich crème filling reminds me that great food is a miracle of no little wonder.
Oh, but wait. This is a jewelry blog. So, I should be writing about cake, as in the rock crystal wedding cake made by Home Bakery owner Heather Tocco. The 38-year-old baker and two of her staff created the 2-1/2-foot tall rock crystal wedding cake for the daughter of a geologist. A unique work of art, it is shot through with crystals you would find in a pocket of rock if you were hunting for smoky quartz or aquamarine in the Pike’s Peak batholith area of Colorado. (Think of the Prospectors reality TV show on The Weather Channel.)
Inspiration for Tocco’s design was a geode in the window of a local jewelry store. But this creation isn’t your typical “geode” cake, she says. Instead, Tocco and her crew built three separate layers, including one made of Rice Krispies and marshmallow fondant. They melted isomalt and poured it into molds to make the crystals. Then they carefully stacked, carved, frosted, and painted the cake, creating open spaces where clusters of their handmade gems provided supports and accents. The rock crystal wedding cake effort took them 16 hours.
Their creation is best known as “That Beautiful Cake that We Did,” Tocco says, and a model of it sits high on a shelf at her downtown business.
“She was over the moon about it,” Tocco says of the bride’s reaction. The young woman is from Colorado. “She had tears in her eyes.”
If you want a rock crystal wedding cake for yourself, you better hit the motherlode first. The bakery’s towering creation can cost as much as $2,500 to $3,000. If the kronut is any indication, it should taste WONDERFUL.
Betsy Lehndorff has been writing for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist since 2010. You’ll find her stories on figurative wax carving, 3D scanning and grant writing in the March/April issue of the magazine. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.