Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Homemade Easter Chocolates

This was my fourth mini-batch - milk chocolate shells filled with milk chocolate ganache.

The first batch was an experiment: white chocolate half-eggs filled with milk chocolate ganache which ended up being eaten at D's party; the second batch was a complete failure and impossible to unmould (think I must've botched the tempering), and the third batch was a success - white chocolate flower shapes filled with rose-flavoured ganache, but they disappeared before I could take any piccies (will definitely make some more!).

I need to remember to tap the moulds though, to get rid of any air bubbles.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Drum-Kit Cake

It was my D's 13th birthday yesterday, so I made him a drum-kit cake!

The cake base was rich 50%/50% dark/milk chocolate cake with a milk chocolate ganache topping, and the drums were made of the same, but cupcakes, brushed with apricot jam and covered with fondant. Next time I will wait for the drums/icing to set properly before assembling, as it was all a bit squishy! It was fun but incredibly tricky making the little marzipan figure - the best bit were the little Converse sneakers, but I forgot to take a photo of them and they ended up drowned in chocolate ganache hehe arms and torsos were a little unruly too haha