I couldn’t let Breaking Bad finish without some kind of celebration. It has, after all, been one hell of a ride these last few years, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with my Monday nights now it’s all over.
Stage one: the cake.
It’s a blue (well, more aquamarine to be honest, damn you Todd!) and white marbled two layer cake. This layer did a bit of a chestburster inpression as I tried to
bash coax it gently out of the tin, but as you can see the cracks where it was reattached are barely noticable. Or at least, it’ll all be covered in piles of icing soon, so frankly who cares.
And here it is, possibly the most dangerous Breaking Bad cake in East Anglia. The ‘crystal meth’ is rock candy (see previous post) and while not as dangerous as the first lot I made I’d still recommend removing the big shards before taking a bite!
The second batch of cake mix I made into cupcakes for my fellow BrBa obsessed colleagues. I made about 15 and they disappeared pretty quickly, so I’m glad I kept a few aside for the actual episode later that night!
I had a little of the candy glass left over, so… dangerous cake happened. This one was later carefully deconstructed and eaten by trained professionals.
By the time I’d finished baking, I was on a bit of a sugar high so of course Breaking Bad Chocolates seemed like a brilliant idea, never mind that I already had half a kitchen’s worth of washing up to do.
Dark chocolate with blue-tinted white chocolate filling and candyfloss-flavoured crystals. Nom.
Monday evening finally came around and before viewing commenced we ate (no rumbling stomachs would dare interrupt this episode!): the boy had cooked us Pollos Hermanos chicken in a basket, complete with Cap’n Cook’s Special Ingredient fries. An awesome surprise to make the night complete!
With the finale just around the corner I decided it was about time to try making THIS blue meth inspired Breaking Bad Cake. The gloriously blue sparkle on top is blue rock candy and while I’m sure I could probably have ordered some online, I figured trying to make my own was a little more in the spirit of the show. Candy making takes some exact measuring and temperature control after all!
I used this recipe by SugarHero though for my first attempt I tried using a dodgy thermometer which, predictably, didn’t work out and I ended up with a sheet of goo that slowly crystalised over a period of 3 days…
Sufficed to say I obtained a proper candy thermometer for the next batch. And now I’ve got it I’ll obviously have to make it worth buying by making vast amounts of candy. That, and it’s great fun!
As the initial batch had clearly not reached a high enough temperature to set, I overcompensated with this lot resulting in a slightly greenish tinge from caramelisation (I really should have just renamed it “Todd’s Slightly Dubious Aquamarine Meth” instead) and a very rapidly hardening batch of candy. The dregs did a pretty good impression of candyfloss as I tried to pour it out into the waiting tray:
Still, I ended up with a lovely glassy sheet of Breaking Bad inspired candy which solidified within a couple of minutes. Then came the fun part- smashing it!
It really does look like broken glass… And it’s sharp enough to do a good impression by touch as well, most likely because I cooked it to a higher temperature than was needed rendering it more like hard boiled sweets than a softer cracked candy. This probably makes it a pretty dangerous cake topping so I’ll use this batch to accessorise my Heisenberg Candy labels (designed last week), and have another go at the weekend.
And the final result, smashed, bagged, and tagged: Heisenberg’s Blue Sky Crystal Candy. That distracted me for a bit, now back to waiting for the final episode…