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Biscuits's picture

Have been playing around with the chocolate decoration technique.  Thought I'd tell you about one of my little successes.


You can use the technique to make letters to place on the cake.  I used a fat stencil and traced the letters onto a piece of parchment (Happy Birthday _____).  Then turned it over (you need the letters to be mirror image) and traced the outline of each letter with one color of melted chocolate.  Then I used a small paintnbrush to fill in each letter in one of 3 different colors of chocolate, being careful to make it rather thick and to overlap the fill-in-chocolate over the outline, so it won't seperate when you go to remove the letters.


They turned out adorable!  I forgot to put a small toothpick in each letter so I could set them on top of the cake, so I just pressed them onto the side of the cake.  They were really adorable, and I loved using the technique for writing.


I haven't enjoyed a baking book so much since Baking with Julia.


Oh, BTW - the banana cake in that book?  Very good.


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RuthWells's picture

(post #63433, reply #1 of 20)

PICTURES, you tease!!!!!!


It sounds terrific.


How did the paintbrush work to fill in the letters as compared to piping with a parchment bag?


I'm jealous, I want to be making birthday cakes.  <pout>


 


Ruth Wells


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Biscuits's picture

(post #63433, reply #3 of 20)

I really wish I had photos, but I don't.   I had DH take photos with the digital camcorder so I could post photos right away.  The next day I asked him to download the photos for me.  After an hour, he told me how sorry he was, that apparently the disk or whatever the hell that thing uses had been full because he'd let Max take photos of shoes. (rolling eyes...) 


You'll have to take my word for it - they turn out terrific.


I outlined using a little parchment cone, very small hole in the end, and outlined very slowly to make sure I got a good, solid line.  I tried to fill in using another paper cone, but it just wasn't working.  I got lots of air bubbles, and it was very awkward.  I switched to a little paintbrush I use for detail work sometimes, and was able to "lay" in the chocolate with it - you understand?  Not actually painting, but lifting chocolate out of the bowl, and just dabbing it into the spaces gently.  No air bubbles, and I was also able to control the thickness really well.  It has to be at least 1/8" thick or they break.  Using the paint brush also helped me overlay the fill-in color over the outline color, so they couldn't split along the seperation when I removed them from the parchment.


Try making the letters.  Really, it was adorable.  For Max's birthday I'm going to do it again, along with some number "4"'s,  so I'll make sure the photos come out.  That won't be for about 3 weeks, though.


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RuthWells's picture

(post #63433, reply #4 of 20)

Can't wait to try it -- thanks for the detailed explanation of your technique.  My boys have birthdays coming up, so I should get a chance to try this soon!


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

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RHart18's picture

(post #63433, reply #8 of 20)

Did you ever try using the zip top bags instead of the cones?

Biscuits's picture

(post #63433, reply #9 of 20)

I did.  And it was hit-or-miss.  I had a couple that worked fine, but mostly they split and ruptured and I had a mess on my hands. 


What I like best are the disposable pastry bags for working with chocolate and icing.  The zip-lock bags I like for filling things, like pate-choux and cannoli and things, where it doesn't have to be pretty, just fill it.


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RHart18's picture

(post #63433, reply #14 of 20)

Really?  I've never had a bag rip.  I use the freezer grade, not the regular ones.  Maybe that's the difference.

Biscuits's picture

(post #63433, reply #20 of 20)

Mine were not - are not - freezer bags, thats true.  They were heavy-duty, though.  But even being heavy duty, the freezer bags would be a lot more sturdy and probably not split.


I'm still going to go back to those great disposable decorating bags.  I can get them at the restaurant supply store for pennies.


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Jean's picture

(post #63433, reply #16 of 20)

I would think that Coloring books would be a great source for designs using this method. I can see Winnie the Pooh characters, for example, or Bob the builder.  Now I have to go find a kid with a birthday. LOL

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(post #63433, reply #17 of 20)

"I would think that Coloring books would be a great source for designs using this method. I can see Winnie the Pooh characters, for example..."

Psst: You didn't think I drew all those figures for Berend's cake freehand, did you?

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(post #63433, reply #18 of 20)

Oh, I thought they might have been in the WB book. :)

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RuthWells's picture

(post #63433, reply #11 of 20)

Yes, I have, and I've found that it's hard to get a smooth, round opening with the zip bags -- the seams of the bag force the chocolate to flow in more of a flattened ribbon.  Which is fine for some applications, but not so great if you're trying to do very detailed work.


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

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(post #63433, reply #12 of 20)

Has anyone bought Cakewalk? If so, is it any good. It's been calling my name for months now. I try to resist. I just cleaned out and organized my cookbooks. I'm out of control.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0847823342/qid=1108756744/sr=2-3/ref=pd_ka_b_2_3/104-6630764-0838301

RuthWells's picture

(post #63433, reply #13 of 20)

What I like about WB is that the designs seem to be within my reach.  Margaret Braun's cakes are pretty to look at, but there's no way I'm ever going to be concocting anything similar, so the utility of her book would be limited for me.  Thank goodness, as I have no room left on the baking book shelf!


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

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www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

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Biscuits's picture

(post #63433, reply #19 of 20)

What you said.  I adore all of my Collette Peter's books, but honestly - I am NEVER going to make anything in there.  They are just for eye-candy - a bakers version of coffee-table books. (G)


That's one of the reasons I love Whimsical bakehouse.  It works with my limited decorating skills, and the results make me look like I actually have some talent (G)


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RHart18's picture

(post #63433, reply #15 of 20)

I guess for the stuff I've done it hasn't been critical to get a perfectly smooth line.  The snowman I did at Christmas has been the most detailed so far.  I didn't seem to have any trouble with the detail for the arms, I guess I was able to make the hole small enough.


I wish I hadn't heard about a new cookbook...like I need another one...

Jean's picture

(post #63433, reply #2 of 20)

How clever of you. I will have to paste your note to my instructions. I hope you will post pictures!

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AmyK's picture

(post #63433, reply #5 of 20)

I usually lurk, but couldn't resist a post about Whimsical Bakehouse - I adore that book! I noticed recently that through Amazon you can pre-order the new book they have coming out in November - Christmas Cookies from Whimsical Bakehouse. Can't wait for that one!

Biscuits's picture

(post #63433, reply #6 of 20)

Really?  Thanks for the information.  I'll have to pre-order it!

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RuthWells's picture

(post #63433, reply #10 of 20)

A new book?  Woo-hoo!  Thanks for that tip!


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

RHart18's picture

(post #63433, reply #7 of 20)

Once you learn the technique, there's no going back.  I did a confirmation cake for our church.  It was a chocolate cake with a poured ganache frosting.  I put a white chocolate cross in the center (purchased from a local candy maker) and wrote the kids names in white chocolate.  The greatest thing was, I wrote the names in the white choc on parchment paper and was able to pick out the best looking ones to put on the cake.  It's terrifying to pipe directly on that beautiful shiny chocolate frosting!


I'll have to try the paintbrush method next time.  Thanks.