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?.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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???

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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 🙂

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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.
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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!!

Check out more of my cakes at www.CanadianCakeFactory.ca

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.