Here’s a simple pictorial on a jolly rancher geode cake. I have to be honest and say that I’ve never been a fan of the whole geode cake trend, but a client requested it and I obliged. The one thing I did that I haven’t noticed anyone else doing, was use Jolly Ranchers instead of rock candy. I mean seriously, if you had the choice between one of those sticks covered in unflavored sugar or Jolly Ranchers, I’m almost certain you’d choose Jolly Ranchers. I know I would!
- Unwrap your Jolly Ranchers and separate by color. You can place them into a sandwich bag and crush them with a rolling pin or pan, or you can throw them into a food processor and pulse a few times. This is what I did. It really only takes 2-3 very fast pulses to crush them up.
- Get your cake ready. Crumb coat, final coat, and chill the cake. After your cake has chilled, mark out the area you want the geode to be. Using a serrated knife, cut into the cake in a “v” shape and then cover with buttercream. It doesn’t need to be perfect as you will be covering it with the Jolly Ranchers. The one I made was just a little 6″ double layer cake.
- Starting with the darkest color, place a line of Jolly Ranchers down the middle. Work your way out and around with lighter colors. You can actually do this in any color pattern you like. I went back over mine with some of the tiny pieces to fill in any gaps. Be creative and make something unique!
- I ended up making this in 2 different colors and went around the bottom of the cake with the leftover Jolly Rancher pieces I had just to change it up a little.
Here are a few products to help you with your cake!