Woah there time, don’t go so fast! I’m finally at the age where my birthday approaching is kind of scary and something I don’t like to dwell on too much. I’ve always felt anxious about getting older and I’ve said more than once that after 21 it is kind of all downhill. A lot of my older friends keep telling me that being in my 20’s is nowhere near old but I still can’t help feeling… old.
At least my 26th birthday was spent in beautiful Seoul. Seoul has been my dream since I started college, and to actually come and live there for a year was… amazing. There is no better feeling than doing something that you have wanted to do for so long! I learned a lot there and most importantly, I made very good friends.
It’s funny, because a lot of people say that being lonely and not socializing can be a problem here. I was extremely lucky because all of my coworkers were AMAZING and we got along really well. I rarely felt lonely. It was truly a blessing! Those same coworkers took me out to Hongdae to celebrate at a cake decorating place for my birthday. Micake, whose name roughly translates to “I made a beautiful cake” was totally up my alley!
This place is mostly filled with couples and friends decorating cakes for holidays, birthdays and those ever important relationship milestones. Koreans are big on their 100th day of being in a relationship, so there were a lot of decorations for that.
The best part is, you don’t have to actually make the cake! Just choose whatever base you want, then choose from any of their ingredients to create the look you want. There is a huge assortment of fruit, icing, chocolates, jellies, glaze, candies… you name it, they probably have it. You can even buy party supplies there if you want.
We grabbed a whole bunch of random stuff and went at it. We didn’t really plan anything out and just grabbed what looked nice. They give you a quick tutorial on how to use the icing and then you are basically on your own to do as you like. Using the tweezers and icing was a little tricky but we got the hang of it. You have to be careful because the more things you add on the more money you spend. It’s all reasonably priced so for ours we ended up spending about $30. We got a deluxe base of tirimisu. 😉
I think we didn’t do too bad considering! The idea of a cake decorating shop was really unique for me and we had a lot of fun. Some of it was harder than expected, like placing the small chocolate pieces with the tweezers. Since it had a dusting of cocoa powder on top it took a little more effort to get everything to stick. We just laughed it off. Some of the other cakes in the shop looked really professional and a few of the girls at the table next to us were really concentrating on decorating. They even have cupcakes that you can decorate if taking home a whole cake isn’t your thing. 🙂