Archive | September, 2012

Chocolate weekend

25 Sep

It was crazy, it was stressful, it was chaos but it was fun!

As I mentioned in my first post, we are making chocolates now.  With very little experience we need to learn quickly. Once per month hubby and I have agreed to make a batch of packaged chocolates.  We decided to start with chocolate bars as we thought that would be an easy option.  So the order was 42 boxes, 6 bars per box, all different flavours.  Also, each bar needs to be individually wrapped.  Yikes.
Here we go.  Dark chocolate anyone?.


75% of the chocolate is added to the tempering machine.  Anyone who has ever hand tempered large quantities of chocolate would immediately fall in love with this machine — I did.  i think I will name her 😉

ImageThe chocolate is slowly melted and brought up in temperature, the remaining 25% of the chocolate is added to seed the chocolate, bringing down the temperature and then the temperature is increased slightly again.  It takes about one hour.  We did this 7 times this weekend.  Add flavour etc. and pour into molds.  Then we wait.


These bars had nuts in them and every time I scraped the excess off the mold it ‘caught’ on the nuts in the bars and pulled too much chocolate out of the bars.  So I left it as messy as I could and cut the excess off the bars when they were set.
Now, we wait.  It took longer then I expected partially because my kitchen was too warm but mostly because I lack patience.  Not a good trait in a chocolatier (I have not yet earned that title lol).  These are the ‘release marks’ caused by my lack of patience.


So we had to redo this batch and we learned to wait.  I also did short time periods in the fridge to help speed things up.

Finally it was wrapping and packaging.  Image


we recruited an extra little helper near the end.  This is my daughter dusting chocolate bars 🙂  she is three and was very serious about cleaning off every chocolate crumb lol.

Image Next month we are doing filled chocolates and I want to have some fun with fall flavours.  What do you think of dark chocolate and pumpkin???


Lady bug cake, cupcakes and cookies

17 Sep

I love doing bug cakes/cupcakes… whatever.  I hate bugs in real life but gumpaste bugs with big eyes are adorable!!   So when I received a request to make a lady bug cake, cupcakes AND cookies I was very excited.
The cake was easy, I knew exactly what I wanted.  As fcr the cupcakes i wanted to make flowers that would match the birthday girl’s invitations.  But I want to add something a little extra so i decided to make some roses too.  So on my daughter’s first day of nursery school (while I was a bit distracted) I sat down to make some beautiful roses — a little extra for a woman who has gone out of her way to support my business over and over again.   I had troubles in the past with roses slipping off of wire so I decided to use toothpicks, but that meant that my drying rack wasn’t going to work.  So I needed to get creative.  Some butcher’s string and Ikea clips and I was set 🙂


Anyway, on to the real flowers and the many many little lady bugs.  Check these guys out my little swarm of lady bugs lol. Image
Here it is all put together.

This was one of the most enjoyable projects I have done.  I think it all worked out.  I really like doing a variety of matching desserts.

Last weekends cake orders

14 Sep

Ok, so I plan to take pictures in stages so I can show a bit of how I make the cakes but I forgot… So all I have is the final pictures for these two.

The Abby birthday cake was made for one of my little girl’s best friends.  It was a fun cake to make.  Especially Abby’s hair!!
The second cake was a small engagement cake that turned out to be a wedding cake.  The couple surprised their parents by getting married in the backyard at the party!!

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So we got a chocolate deal

10 Sep

This is what has inspired this blog.  I was a marketing student, then an administrator, fundraiser and then a mom.  That was a huge step.  Next I started taking courses and decorating cakes.  Dear husband is sales guy and when he sees a potential market his answer is always “yes”.  So, when a customer told him they needed chocolate he told them I would do it.  Fortunately the internet is a wide open book with a lot of suggestions.  I have one chocolate course under my belt (signed up for a second) and I am learning fast as I go.  Follow along to see what cakes I make and what chocolate tricks I learn.