Tide Pod Cake

Have you eaten a Tide Pod?

I have! Well… not a real one. A Cake Pod! I have a hard time coming to terms with the idea that anyone (older than 8 and mentally sound) would even consider eating a Tide Pod. Come on guys, laundry detergent is for cleaning, not for eating. So with this ridiculous meme going around, I couldn’t help but shake my head.

Now, you might be wondering, “what does this have to do with games?” It doesn’t. However, a Tide Pod cake isn’t exactly “traditional”, so I figured you all might appreciate it. Plus, each year around the anniversary of this blog, I’m going to post my birthday cake. So if you’re reading this post in hopes of hearing about a game: firstly, this post isn’t about a game so feel free to move on. Secondly, why would you click a post clearly titled with “Tide Pod” and expect a game? Anyway, carry on!

It just so happens, that my birthday was Sunday. What that meant was that I had a chance to make a cake for myself. Now, you have to understand the mindset here. One of my favorite things to do is play in the kitchen and try something new. No obligation. No expectation. Only experimentation. So this birthday cake wasn’t going to be just any cake – it had to involve recipes and techniques I had never tried before. My original plan was a floral cake. If you haven’t checked out Angela Shim’s instagram (@envyflowercakes), you should go do that now – she makes the most beautiful flowers. Whenever I see her posts I get super jealous of her skills. So I went out and bought myself a flower nail to make my attempt at piping flowers. I think I lasted half an hour before my friend, Aaron (who makes badass metal dice – check out Trayser Metal Works), threw out the idea of making a Tide Pod cake instead. At first I just chuckled and continued going about my flower piping business… but the more I thought about it the more fun it sounded. It would be a carved cake, with orange and blueberry, I would have to find a way to get the liquid looking swirls on top, and that plastic appearance. In other words: bright colors, odd shape, interesting texture. Perfect for a fun experiment cake!

I won’t go into detail about the baking process. If you would like to read about that, check out my recipe┬ápost over on my baking blog. I will say, though, this cake was delicious (and thank goodness for that because it’s an ugly one)! It was a mini orange cake, filled with sweet orange sauce over blueberries and a layer of cinnamon filling, and frosted with cream cheese buttercream. The orange and blue swirls are a thin layer of piping gel, and the plastic-like casing is sweetened gelatin (that seriously feels like plastic). Naturally, cupcakes were also baked following these flavors and colors (minus the plastic-like gelatin)!

I don’t know how many people have actually tried eating Tide Pods. I assume not very many (I hope). Word has it there are still some, however. So please, if you know anyone who might even think about eating a Tide pod, perhaps bake them a mini cake instead!