I’m going to be honest and maybe surprise you a little bit here… I don’t often like to make structured cakes.
I know, I know. Why on EARTH not?
Honestly, I think it’s ’cause when it comes down to it, I take comfort in the “known”.
I’m not a natural born risk taker. I was NOT the kid who climbed the crazy tree in the backyard, just to see if I could do it.
I didn’t ever jump from great heights or stand near the edge of… well, anything.
Heck, I didn’t even ride my bike in the street.
I was much more interested in being comfortable, sticking to things I knew and avoiding just about anything that I didn’t.
‘Cause that was safe.
And I wanted to avoid any type of pain at ALL costs.
In other words, I was sceeeered.
But life is a strange thing.
It refuses to just be kept in a neat and tidy little box, free from all drama and danger.
Even if you continuously try to shove it back into your box after each time it’s broken free, you’ll just find yourself beating your head against a wall, probably angry and most likely miserable.
And if by some chance you DO get it to stay neatly in that box for some long stretch of time, there’s a good chance you’ll wake up one day wondering why you’re sad, and… probably a little bit bored.
It turns out “risky” is a necessary part of life.
Of truly “living” anyway.
Getting married is risky, having kids is risky, buying a house is risky… but most of us do those things anyway ’cause it’s easy to see that the joy that may come from them outranks the possibility of them going wrong.
But that’s just the thing with risk… there’s not even a chance for the crazy joy and success that may come of it if you don’t ever decide to step out and go for it.
It took me a while to see that.
But I still get tripped up at times.
And yes, it’s true, sometimes the risk IS too heavy, and it shouldn’t be taken on.
But most of the time we don’t even stop to ask ourselves what the worst thing is that can happen from taking that chance.
And nobody has a 100% success rate. Make no mistake, there WILL be complete fails.
But there will be successes too, and the joy that can come from those may just be greater than the stuff our wildest dreams are made of.
And I don’t know about you, but my dreams are pretty wild.
Ok, *AHEM* getting back to making structured cakes… I’m not naturally inclined to make them, as they often don’t fit into my neat little box.
They’re riskier than normal, with more opportunities for things that can go wrong while creating them.
So yeah, the chances of beating your head against the wall during the process are maybe a bit higher.
But man oh man… when things go right?
And the sense of accomplishment is through the roof.
AND you’ve most likely just made somebody ELSE even happier than you’ve made yourself.
Which may just, in fact, be the very best part of all.
So yeah, I guess I am now officially counted amongst those who annoyingly recommend risk on a regular basis.
‘Cause never even allowing yourself the CHANCE to experience some crazy joy in this lifetime… just isn’t good enough anymore.
Ya know? Xx
(Oh and one more thing… each time I make one, I’m reminded that structured cakes are really NOT even as risky as my mind wants to trick me into thinking. I break it all down for you in the video. 🙂 )
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Here’s the photo I blew up, printed and used as my inspiration…
Some work in progress pictures…