How to Pipe Chocolate Writing

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Piping chocolate writing is easiest to do in handwriting. Try to make the handwriting as neat as possible.

When writing words, put a line underneath it to have something that will make the letters more stable. This way, you can use the piped chocolate writing for decorations on cupcakes, cakes, or for plating.

How to Pipe Chocolate Writing

How to pipe chocolate writing

You’ll need a couple of tools to pipe your chocolate words

  1. Melt your chocolate in 30 second intervals until it’s fully melted. Use a spoon to mix your chocolate in between intervals. You’ll only need 1/4-1/3 cup of chocolate to make your chocolate words.
  2. Place your piping tip into a piping bag. Put the piping bag over the edges of a tall glass.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate into the piping bag.
  4. Cut the piping bag tip and twist the end of the piping bag to get it ready for piping.
  5. Place your parchment paper or silicone mat on a baking sheet. This will make it easier to transfer it to the freezer later. Any plate would work for this as well depending on how much freezer space you have.
  6. Begin piping your words as if you were handwriting the word. After you’ve completed the word, trace a line underneath the word to make the letters reinforced, or have something that will be easily stuck into your cake.
  7. Remove the tip from the chocolate word.
  8. Place the chocolate words in the freezer for 20 minutes to set them.
  9. Do not hold the chocolate writing decoration for a very long time in your hand or it will start to melt.
  10. Place your decorative chocolate writing in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it.

What type of chocolate to use for piping writing

The chocolate that should be used for piping chocolate writing is melting wafers. Melting wafers are easy to melt in the microwave, and will not burn easily. Melting wafers flow well when melted, making them the best choice for piping chocolate writing.

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How to Make Chocolate Leaves

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You’ll need a couple of tools to chocolate leaves. Select a couple of leaves you like from outside. They need to be fresh, not dried. Your chocolate will take on the leaf impression of the leaf you select.

How to Make Chocolate Leaves
how to make chocolate leaves
  1. Melt your chocolate in 30 second intervals until it’s fully melted. Use a spoon to mix your chocolate in between intervals. You’ll only need 1/8 cup of chocolate to make a few beautiful chocolate leaves.
  2. Lay your fresh leaves on a silicone mat.
  3. Dip your food safe paintbrush in the melted chocolate and paint the chocolate onto the fresh leaves.
  4. Cover it fully and make it as thick as you need to for your preference.
  5. Place the chocolate leaves in the freezer for 20 minutes to set it.
  6. Gently peel the fresh leaf from the chocolate carefully, not to disturb the chocolate.
  7. Do not hold the chocolate leaf for a very long time in your hand or it will start to melt.
  8. Place your decorative leaves in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it.

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How to Make White Chocolate Decorations

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You can make white chocolate decorations in a matter of minutes that will look absolutely breathtaking. Using a steady hand, and a couple of tools, you’ll have your white chocolate decoration ready in no time.

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How to make fancy chocolate decorations

You’ll need a couple of tools to make your fancy chocolate decorations

  1. Melt your chocolate in 30 second intervals until it’s fully melted. Use a spoon to mix your chocolate in between intervals. You’ll only need 1/4-1/3 cup of chocolate to make a few beautiful chocolate decorations.
  2. Place your piping tip into a piping bag. Put the piping bag over the edges of a tall glass.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate into the piping bag.
  4. Cut the piping bag tip and twist the end of the piping bag to get it ready for piping.
  5. Cut a strip of parchment paper as long as the length of your chocolate decoration.
  6. Begin piping your decoration by piping circles the length of your parchment paper. Continue and go back the same way.
  7. Make another layer of circles beside the first layer. Go back over and create another layer of circles.
  8. Cut the parchment paper close to one side of the circles.
  9. Roll the parchment paper and make sure the chocolate does not touch itself when closing the circle of parchment paper.
  10. Place an elastic band gently over the roll of parchment paper. Don’t squish the parchment paper or you’ll ruin your design.
  11. Place the chocolate decoration in the freezer for 20 minutes to set it.
  12. Take the elastic band off of the roll of parchment paper.
  13. Gently unwrap the parchment paper. Remove the chocolate decoration from the parchment paper.
  14. Do not hold the chocolate decoration for a very long time in your hand or it will start to melt.
  15. Place your decorative chocolate piece in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it.

White chocolate decorations can be used in a variety of ways

  • for plating
  • on top of cakes
  • on top of cupcakes
  • on top of tarts

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How to Make Chocolate Snowflakes

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Chocolate snowflakes are easy to make using only a few tools:

How to Make Chocolate Snowflakes

How to make chocolate snowflakes

  1. Melt your chocolate in 30 second intervals until it’s fully melted. Use a spoon to mix your chocolate in between intervals. You’ll only need 1/4-1/3 cup of chocolate to make lots of chocolate snowflakes.
  2. Place your piping tip into a piping bag. Put the piping bag over the edges of a tall glass.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate into the piping bag.
  4. Cut the piping bag tip and twist the end of the piping bag to get it ready for piping.
  5. Begin piping the snowflakes. Touch the tip to your silicone mat, pipe it so it’s a bit of a thick circle.
  6. Lift the tip of the piping bag and make a line. Push out a bit more chocolate so it matches the other end of the snowflake.
  7. Make 2 lines perpendicular. Make 2 more lines diagonally for a total of 6 branches on your chocolate snowflake.
  8. Add tiny branches to all of the chocolate snowflake arms.
  9. Place the snowflake in the freezer for 20 minutes to set it.
  10. Gently peel the chocolate snowflake from the silicone mat. Do not hold the chocolate snowflake for a very long time in your hand or it will start to melt.
  11. Store your chocolate snowflakes in an airtight container.

What kind of chocolate do you need to make chocolate snowflakes

You can use any type of melting wafers for your chocolate snowflakes. Melt the chocolate down in a microwave bowl. Only microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds at a time. Stir the chocolate in between. This will prevent the chocolate from burning.

Why do you need to place chocolate snowflakes in the freezer to set?

The freezer sets the chocolate much faster than the fridge. The chocolate snowflake will be much easier to handle after coming out of the freezer since they will be a lower temperature than the fridge.

Can you use chocolate snowflakes on the Christmas tree

You can use chocolate snowflakes on the Christmas tree by placing an extra O shape on one of the arms of the branch. Thread a small ribbon through the O and you can place your edible snowflake on the Christmas tree.

How to Make Chocolate Snowflakes

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Cookie Decorating Tips and Tricks

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Decorating sugar cookies is a ton of fun when you have ample time and the right equipment. Give yourself at least 1-2 hours to decorate sugar cookies as they do require you to be patient.

Tips and Tricks for Decorating Sugar Cookies

How to outline a sugar cookie

  • When you outline your sugar cookies, you should use a thick icing so the icing doesn’t fall off the side of the cookie.
  • Flood the cookie with a thinner icing. Use a tiny bit of water to thin out the icing for flooding sugar cookies.
  • For outlining a sugar cookie the best technique is by touching your cookie with the icing, let it flow, then lift the icing so it floats onto the cookie. This gives the cookies beautiful esthetic lines.

What tip do you use to outline cookies?

Use tip #2 to outline cookies.

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How to add sprinkles to sugar cookies

Sprinkles can be added at a couple different points.

  1. Add sprinkles right when the cookies come out of the oven. The warmth of the cookies melt the sprinkles a little bit so they stick to the cookie. Do not press the sprinkles into the cookie, as this will put a dent in the cookie.
  2. Add sprinkles right after flooding your cookie. The sprinkles will adhere to the icing as it dries.
  3. Add sprinkles after putting your designs on the cookie. The sprinkles will adhere to the design above the flooded cookie

Do sprinkles melt in the oven

Yes. Sprinkles melt in the oven. Add your sprinkles after your sugar cookies come out of the oven so they only melt enough to adhere to the cookie.

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How long should you wait before flooding cookies

  • wait a minimum of 20 minutes after your cookie has come out of the oven.
  • cookies need to be fully cooling before flooding, or the icing will melt and go over the sides of the sugar cookie
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How long should you wait after flooding cookies to put more icing on

  • wait minimum 4 hours after flooding your cookies to put more icing on.
  • ideally wait overnight for your flooded cookie to dry
  • Colors can bleed if you don’t wait long enough for the flooded color to dry

How much food coloring do you put in sugar cookies

Food coloring is completely dependent on your personal preference. Add 1-2 drops if you want a lighter color for your sugar cookies icing. Add more as needed, but only add 1-2 drops of food coloring at a time to adjust the coloring of the icing as needed.

Why you should use your cookie cutters upside down

Turning your cookie cutters upside down gives you a whole new perspective and now you can use it for a completely different purpose.

Turning a gingerbread man upside down will give you a shape of a reindeer

Turning a snowman upside down will give you the shape of an angel.

How to write on sugar cookies

  • use piping tip #1 or #2 and use icing to write on sugar cookies
  • use an edible marker to draw and write on your sugar cookies. Edible markers come in a huge variety of colors, not just black marker.

How to stamp sugar cookies

Have your sugar cookies baked, flooded, and dried before stamping your sugar cookies.

  1. Place a sponge or stamp pad in a small shallow bowl. If you don’t have one, just make sure to put a very small amount of dye in your bowl
  2. Use gel food coloring and a tiny bit of water and emulsify them together. Mix together until you get a nice consistency.
  3. Obtain your clean stamp and gently dip your stamp into the food coloring.
  4. Blog excess food coloring onto a paper towel.
  5. Stamp your cookie gently, so you get a nice clean stamp and will not damage your flooded icing.
  6. Let it dry and store in an airtight container.

9 Fruits that Go Well with Caramel Sauce

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Caramel sauce is made using butter, sugar, salt and sometimes heavy cream. Caramel sauce is one of the sweetest sauces you can eat, therefore selecting fruits that are more tart are more desirable for pairing. These complimenting flavors create a flavor balance in the mouth, making your taste buds very satisfied.

  1. pineapple
  2. apples
  3. pears
  4. peaches
  5. bananas
  6. grapes
  7. watermelon
  8. cantaloupe
  9. oranges

Fruit platters are such a treat to bring to parties. You can make a fruit platter by using 3-5 fruits and then place a serving of caramel in the middle of the platter. Dipping fruit in caramel sauce can be a bit messy. Make sure to place a few side plates and napkins with your fruit platter.

Apples have a neutral flavor that aren’t overpowering. This makes apples an easy fruit to add flavoring to. For more fancy apple slices, you can drizzle caramel, melted chocolate, nuts and sprinkles. Check out these caramel apple slices for some inspiration.

If you’ve never tried caramel apple nachos, you have to give it a try for dessert! Caramel apple nachos are made with sliced apples and caramel sauce drizzled on top. The caramel sauce is topped with a few chocolate chips or your favorite candy items.

Bananas can be either tart or sweet depending on how ripe they are. Caramel goes well over bananas giving it a bit of an extra sweetness to it. You can add bananas and caramel sauce over pancakes, waffles, ice cream, yogurt, or cheesecake using this recipe.

Pears have a bit sweetness to them, and are delicious when paired with caramel sauce. Try making your own caramel dipped pears with nuts, chocolate shavings or sprinkles on the bottom of them. They are one of most beautiful fruit desserts to serve to family and friends.

Typically maybe people have had apple crisp growing up. However for an added twist, you can try out caramel pear crisp which combines caramel drizzled fruit with streusel crisp topping.

Grapes paired with caramel sauce go very well together. In fact, you can make caramel dipped grapes with nuts coating the sides. Using a tooth pick, pierce the grape, then delicately dip the grape into the caramel sauce. Roll the grape in nuts and let it dry on some parchment paper. They are a lovely snack, appetizer, or light dessert.

What kind of fruit goes well with ice cream and caramel sauce

If you’re serving your caramel sauce and fruit for dessert, you can also add ice cream as a variety for your guests. You can make a caramel sundae with fresh chopped up fruit using:

  • peaches
  • apples
  • pears
  • bananas
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How to Use Silicone Chocolate Molds

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Begin by tempering your chocolate.

Depending on if you’re using white chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate, the temperatures vary for tempering. Follow the instructions labelled on your chocolate.

Learn why you need to temper your chocolate before using it in silicone molds.

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Tempering Chocolate Temperature Chart

 Milk ChocolateDark ChocolateWhite Chocolate
Melting temperature46 C49 C43 C
Cooling temperature26 C27 C25 C
Reheat temperature30 C32 C28 C

How to temper chocolate for silicone molds

  1. Place chocolate over a double boiler. There should be a couple of inches of water in a large saucepan. Place a large metal bowl over the saucepan. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water.
  2. Heat the chocolate until the melting temperature has been reached. Use a digital thermometer to get an accurate reading.
  3. Take the chocolate off of the heat.
  4. Turn the heat off. Leave the saucepan with hot water on the burner.
  5. Place the chocolate filled bowl in another bowl full of ice water. The chocolate should not touch the water at all. Cool the chocolate until the cooling temperature has been reached.
  6. Put the chocolate bowl in the saucepan again and reheat until the reheating temperature has been reached.
  7. Your chocolate is ready to for your silicone molds.
  8. Pour the chocolate over the molds until they are completely filled and overflowing.
  9. Tap the silicone mold to remove any air bubbles.
  10. Scrape the excess chocolate off of the mold by using a bench scraper. You can reuse this chocolate again, just scrape it onto some parchment paper.
  11. Place the molded chocolate into the fridge for 20 min.
  12. Remove the chocolate from the silicone mold by gently pressing the chocolate using your thumb onto a plate.
How to temper chocolate for molds

Can you use normal chocolate for silicone molds

You can use normal chocolate for silicone molds if you don’t have chocolate for tempering. The difference will be that your chocolate will not have the shiny, glossy look to them. The chocolates will be much harder to bite into.

What kind of chocolate to use for molds

Couverture chocolate is used when making molded chocolates.

Couverture chocolate is made with a larger percentage of cocoa butter (>30%) than regular compound chocolate.

Due to the bigger portion of cocoa butter, this gives a more rich flavor to the chocolate than regular chocolate.

Couverture chocolate is processed to a finer chocolate, making the smoothness of the chocolate much more luscious than regular chocolate.

Best chocolate for melting and hardening

The best chocolate for melting and hardening is Callebaut Belgian couverture chocolate.

  • Belgian chocolate
  • chocolate chips – easier to melt than a brick
  • couverture chocolate
  • luscious flavor
  • hints of caramel
  • large volume – enough to make a lot of chocolates

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How to Remove Chocolate from Silicone Molds

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Tempered chocolate can be difficult to remove from silicone molds for a variety of reasons.

Chocolate isn’t fully hardened

If your chocolate isn’t fully solidified, it will be too soft to remove from the silicone mold all in one beautiful piece. It may be sections missing from the chocolate due to it not hardening.

Place the chocolate in the fridge for about 20 min until it’s solidified, then you can remove the chocolates from their molds.

Silicone mold has too much excess chocolate

One of the biggest culprits of not being able to remove chocolate from a silicone mold easily is from having too much excess chocolate on the silicone mold.

Remove the excess chocolate while it is still warm by using a bench scraper to scrape away the excess chocolate. This will give the chocolates a nice even back to them.

Chocolate has air bubbles throughout

Air bubbles are common with tempering chocolate. To remove the air bubbles before your chocolate hardens, tap the mold on the counter after you have filled them. This will make a beautiful chocolate without imperfections, and be much easier to remove from the silicone mold.

How to get chocolate out of silicone molds without breaking

  1. Place chocolate in fridge for 20-30 min depending on the size of chocolate.
  2. Remove from the fridge and turn the mold upside down on a plate.
  3. If the silicone mold is quite large, start by gently removing the edges of the mold from the chocolate. Go around the entire edge and pull the mold away from the chocolate.
  4. With the silicone mold close to the plate, gently press the top of the mold of each chocolate with your thumb to delicately take the chocolate out without breaking it.
  5. Chocolate is removed safely and remains fully intact.

Do you need to grease silicone chocolate molds

No. You do not need to grease silicone chocolate molds. Just use the molds as is. They should be clean and dry before using silicone molds for chocolate.

How to store your chocolates made from silicone molds

Store your freshly made chocolate that you made in your silicone mold at room temperature. Store your chocolate in an airtight container in the cabinet where it will stay a constant temperature. Chocolate doesn’t like temperature fluctuations.

If you store your tempered chocolate in the fridge or freezer, the cocoa butter comes to the surface of the chocolate creating a white precipitate on the outer layer of the chocolate.

How to Use a Spatula for Baking

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How to use a rubber spatula

Spatulas are rubber, they are meant to bend and move as needed to conform to the sides of the bowl you are scraping.

If you’re making batter using a stand mixer, sometimes the food will be pushed up the sides of the bowl. This is when you want to stop the mixer, and using the end of the rubber spatula, push the food down to the bottom of the bowl.

To get the excess batter off of your rubber spatula, run it against paddle or whisk attachment of your mixer. Set your spatula aside.

Turn your stand mixer on again and mix the rest of the contents.

When you’re finished incorporating all of your batter, it’s time to put your batter in or on your pan.

You can use the spatula again to scrape the batter into your pan.

Or, if you’re working with a thicker dough like cookie dough, you can scrape the contents on the bottom to make sure you get as much of the dough you’ve made as possible.

Spatula uses in baking

A spatula is a rubber ended tool that is used in baking in a couple of different ways.

  • scrape the sides of a bowl
  • shaping butter
  • mixing
  • pouring batter and scraping it into a pan

How to use a spatula for butter

When making a butter layer for croissant dough, you use your rubber spatula to push the butter into a perfect rectangle.

Begin by placing the room temperature butter on top of a silicone pastry mat.

Push the butter into a rectangle by using your rubber spatula as tool.

Measure your butter as you go. The sides will become thin. To make them into the thick butter layer that you want, push the excess butter remnants from the silicone mat into the rectangular sides.

Can a rubber spatula melt

Yes, a rubber spatula can melt if it used over heat. Rubber has a melting point of 180 degrees Celsius. You will want to use a wooden spoon if you’re cooking with a saucepan instead of a rubber spatula.

Is rubber scraper a mixing tool

Yes, you can use a rubber scraper as a mixing tool for batter such as muffin batter or cake batter.

These batters are to be mixed only until just combined, therefore using a rubber spatula for a couple of mixes will be ideal for your batter.

A rubber spatula is fairly small and flexible. For thicker doughs like cookie doughs a rubber spatula will not work as well. The dough is too tough to mix with a rubber spatula. It’s best to use a stand mixer or wooden spoon for these types of thicker doughs.

What Goes Well with Banana Bread

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Banana bread is one of the most magical smells coming from the oven as it bakes. It’s a simple cake method recipe that can be made in about 15 minutes plus baking time.

What to spread on banana bread

  • butter
  • peanut butter
  • hazelnut spread
  • almond butter

What to put on banana bread

There are a few items you can put on top of banana bread including:

  • honey
  • cream cheese icing
  • whipped cream
  • vanilla custard
  • chocolate pudding
  • vanilla ice cream
  • chocolate sauce
  • maple syrup

Do you need to put butter on banana bread

If you’re banana bread is quite moist, you won’t need to put any butter on your banana bread when you serve it. But if you’re banana bread is dry and needs more moisture, spread a layer of butter on top of your banana bread before serving.

What goes well with banana bread?

Tea and coffee go well with serving banana bread. You can also serve yogurt and fruit with banana bread for a light meal.

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How do you moisten banana bread?

Banana bread is made with the cake method, therefore you need to do as little mixing a physically possible. Even if there is a bit of flour showing as you mix the banana bread, once you put it in the mixing pan it will be fully mixed in. Only mixing your banana bread until it’s just combined will ensure your banana bread is moist and tasty. If you overmix your banana bread batter, this develops the gluten and causes it to be tough and dry. Serve your banana bread warm with a layer of butter on it to moisten your banana bread enough for your guests. Learn how to reheat banana bread so it retains it’s freshness.

What spices go well with banana

  • nutmeg
  • cloves
  • coconut
  • cinnamon
  • cocoa
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