Chococlate Crunch Bar overload!

This was a very fun cake to make!
I started with two rich chocolate 1/4 sheet cakes and filled them with chocolate buttercream whipped full of smashed up crunch bars! Then I coated the cake with more chocolate buttercream.
First I put a strip of grey fondant on one end, folded the edges in for the wrapped and brushed it with sparkley silver food coloring. Next I cut out the C and the R from thick chocolate fondant and placed it on the cake. Next, I placed a layer of chocolate fondant over that and smoothed it over the letters to give it the embossed look.
Next I added the blue strip for the wrapper and cut out white fondant for the logo. I had piped the rest of the letters onto the wrapper.
I was pretty darn excited with how it turned out!
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This was a Valentine’s cake for someone’s sweetie and I hope they loved it!

Tutorial Tuesday: Making a cake filled chocolate… well… anything!

Alright, so I was a slacker last week, so I promised something epic this week. So here we go! I’m going to show you how to make your very own custom molds and create with them!!

I’m pretty sure this would be a great project to do with kids. I mean, I don’t really know this. I don’t have kids. It’s a terrible project to do with cats. For the record.

For the basics of this you well need:
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Some cake! Just a little bit of cake. I have some frozen in my freezer, but a cupcake or two would be more than enough cake for this. A little bit of frosting (Like half a table spoon), Some chocolate or candy melt.
This ridiculous stuff called Amazing Mold Putty! It’s $20 at your craft store. I got it at Michael’s. It’s my new favorite thing on earth maybe.
And you’ll need an object that you want to immortalize in chocolate. I wanted to make a chocolate wii remote. I ordered this wii remote on ebay and it doesn’t really work because it’s a damn cheap knock off. So I wasn’t worried about messing it up, though it was not harmed in the process anyway!

Alright, so to start with, I did wipe down the remote with a disinfectant wipe, since, obviously, I’ve had my grubby hands all over it.

Alright, we’ll start with the putty. You need equal parts of each color. Grab as much as you think you’ll need to cover your object. You can always mix more.
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Knead it until you get a solid consistency with the color:
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I sort of flattened and rolled mine out until I thought it was a good size to fit over the remote. It doesn’t have to be super thick, but if you’re too stingy with it, you’ll end up with bad results when it tears.
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Start to mold it over your object, pressing down to get all the details in to the putty. This stuff doesn’t dry crazy fast, but you’re still working against the clock, so remember that!
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Once I got it pretty well around the edges, I trimmed a little off the sides and made sure it was pretty well tucked around it and all.

You have to let it sit for about 20-30 minutes to fully harden.
Then, you’re ready to pop our your object and see your mold! Practice makes perfect and this is only my third mold, so it’s not perfect, but I’m working on it lol
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When it’s set you can rinse it with warm water and a tiny bit of dish soap, but make sure to dry it 100%! Chocolate and water are like mortal enemies. Just throwing that out there. I’ll be totally honest and say I was so stoked, I didn’t even wash mine out. I’m still alive. We’ll see what happens… hmmm.

Alright! So now, you have your mold. You’re going to want to melt down some chocolate to pour into it. I actually decided to fill in the buttons with white chocolate first.
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I melted down my chocolate in a make shift double boiler. I’ve grown to prefer this method over microwaving it in short bursts, but you can melt it how you’d like. Just get it to the nice liquid consistency.
Again, hard to say how much you’ll need. Enough to coat the inside of your mold and then cover the cake once you’ve stuffed the mold with cake.
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Start by dropping some chocolate in and spreading it around the bottom. Coat the bottom of the mold and then use the back of the spoon to coat the sides. Remember you need room for the filling! You’re just trying to get a nice chocolate crust.
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Now pop that bad boy in the freezer and let it chill for about 5 minutes or so until it’s hard.
I decided to add cherries to my bar! So I cut some cherries in half and plopped them in there. Then I mixed my cake with a tiny bit of frosting and stuffed it in there, leaving room to add more chocolate on the sides and top. Don’t press too hard when you fill though, you don’t want to break the chocolate that’s already set on the sides and bottom!
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Now pour more chocolate over the filling until you’ve filled the mold.
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Once it’s full, drop it on the counter a few times. Air bubbles WILL rise to the surface. Fill them accordingly. I do this for a minute or so just to make sure everything it full of chocolate.
Now, again, pop that sucker in the freezer for another 5-10 minutes.
Then you’ll be ready to unmold. It’s like… opening the freaking ark of the covenant. No matter how badly you think your mold might have turned out, you’re going to be ridiculously stoked right now to see how your masterpiece turned out. Get giddy.
Make sure it’s solid! Figure out the part that peels the most easily and start there. A large mold like this, you can turn inside out, but peel slowly!
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Trim off any excess on the bottom:
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And then behold!
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Is it perfect? Absolutely not.

Can I play wii with it?
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Turns out… no.

Is it omg amazingly delicious?
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YES.

Here are the other two molds I’ve made:
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So yeah, overall, still something I’m perfecting, but I am having SO much fun with it!! Seriously. The possibilities are endless.
And, come on, that candy bar might not be PERFECT, but if you made that for some one they will still be super impressed and probably be obligated to love you forever. Jussayin.

You can wash the molds out with mild dish soap and warm water. They’re awesomely reusable.

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! I promise I’ll be back next week with more! I have some awesome cakes coming up as well! I’m doing my second wedding cake this month and I’m thrilled about it!

As a disclaimer, I’d like to apologize for taking all the photos for this with my iphone. It’s not as good as my camera, but the batteries were dead and I needed to get this done!

*UPDATE*
I created this as an instructable as well and within moments of submission, I was chosen to be featured on the front page!!!

Check it out here!

Tutorial Tuesday: Chocolate Butterflies

Better late than never, Tuesday isn’t over yet!
I’ve had a few requests for a tutorial on how to make the chocolate butterflies I use to decorate some of my cakes.

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It’s super easy and fun! You can use this technique for lots of other things as well!

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Ok, so we need to start with two different colors of chocolate or candy melt. If you’ve not worked much with melting/tempering chocolate, candy melt/almond bark is your best bet. You can find a package in the baking isle at your grocery store for around $3.

You’ll need wax paper, a couple of icing tips, frosting bags and some scotch tape.

Go online and google “butterflies”, find a page of those suckers and print that baby out! You’ll want to tape that print out to your counter and then tape the wax paper over top. The tape will keep your sheets lined up and not sliding around.

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I wouldn’t use anything larger than a no.3 icing tip. Remember, the smaller the tip, the more detailed your butterflies will be.
Melt down the chocolate that you want to use for your outline. It doesn’t matter which you use for the outline, either works great.
I melt 30 seconds at a time stirring in between in the microwave until it’s melted.

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Fill your icing bag with your chocolate and start tracing your butterflies. (YES it is THAT EASY!) :D
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Once you’ve finished your outlines, melt down your second color. This one, you’ll be using to fill in the rest of the butterflies. As you get this ready, your outlines should cool and set up enough to hold the white chocolate.
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They should set up pretty quickly, but you can speed up the process by cooling them in the fridge. Once they’re solid, you can just peel them off the wax paper!
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See, super simple!

You can attach these to the cake with melted chocolate, frosting or piping gel.

Hope you are all having a good week. I can’t wait for the snow here in Ohio to melt so that I can see some real butterflies.

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