Anything made with chocolate is considered a treat. No matter what kind of chocolate your prefer - whether dark, minty or milk - it has become a regular part of our diet. After having a large meal, many of us crave for something sweet to help us clean our palates. Chocolate is a popular go-to dessert for this task. For special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, this mouth watering concoction is a popular gift. Chocolate seem to make any occasion or day more special.
Chocolates can be bought in different forms. Visit any grocery and you might be overwhelmed by its varieties. Modern technology has enabled us to enjoy its rich taste in the form of bars, powders, liquids and even sprays. It is such a malleable material that it can take the shape of any mold you put it into. Did you know that chocolatiers have used molds since the late 1800s? Although during that time, molds were made from metal. Then, plastic was discovered. It was cheaper and more flexible than metal which made it a popular choice for making molds. Now, even beginner cooks can afford to make chocolate at home. When purchasing chocolate molds, make sure to choose not only a cute shape, but something that is durable and made up of quality plastic. This is most important if you are planning to sell your chocolates. Good quality tools will lessen your production costs because they last longer.
Next, it is advised that you choose a variety of molds. There are hundreds of varieties available in the market today. Molds shaped like animals, people or letters will give you more chances to bring out your creative side. Of course, no matter how aesthetically pleasing your products are, taste is the most important factor. People may purchase chocolate from you because they look good, but they will not come back because its quality is below par. You must invest in quality chocolate. In the food industry, presentation plus flavor is the magic equation. Make sure to choose chocolate you will personally serve to your family and friends.
Caring for your plastic molds is fairly easy. Just remember to clean them after each use. Do not wash them with soap because it may affect the taste of your chocolate. Wash them thoroughly using hot water then dry with a clean cloth. If you are planning to put add-on treats like marshmallows, cookies and sprinkles while your chocolate is in the mold, make sure you grease it every once in while. This process will make separating the chocolate from the mold much easier.
Making chocolate treats using plastic molds can truly bring some variety to the usual bars and candies. Somehow, seeing this sweet potion in the shape of your favorite animal or your loved one's name makes it more appetizing. So, good luck! Enjoy exploring the world of chocolate.
It is time for the wedding; now for any traditional wedding it's a black tuxedo for him, a white gown for her, a multi-layered cake to accommodate for the guests, and floral bouquets to tie it all together. For some brides, they seek for something more than the textbook wedding.
With minor adjustments, their special day could be more original than the usual wedding- plus be one that their guests would remember. One of the most popular ways to tweak weddings is with the cake. With wedding cakes, there are about as many different possibilities as there are brides. Isn't that really what makes a wedding special!
If you really want to push the envelope, why not try a cupcake wedding cake? This option provides a cake which is convenient, versatile, can differ hocolate box in colors and flavors, and these days it's not as difficult to find as it may sound. Although it is a new idea on the traditional need for cake, most bakers these days do offer wedding cake cupcakes as a creative and unexpected alternative.
If a wedding cake cupcake doesn't quite strike your fancy, then why not go for a wedding donut cake? This original cake is a group of doughnuts which are individually frosted and offer an assortment of flavors. Each doughnut is arranged in a festive manner- usually meant to resemble a cake. For a couple who wants something a little different from the traditional wedding cake can forgo the doughnut wedding cake. Not only is it good and original but some people also just prefer doughnuts to cake.
Another choice to spice up your wedding is to build the traditional cake around a water fountain. This romantic aspect of your special day will give people something to talk about for years to come. The trickling water sounds and the added light will give your wedding a feel and presentation unlike any other.
Something else to remember is that all cakes don't have to be white with buttercream frosting. Nearly any flavor is a possibility from white to yellow to chocolate, cheesecake to pumpkin, carrot to red velvet.
It is also just fine to use different flavors of cake for each layer of cake. Frosting can also be a different flavor besides the usual buttercream. You can have any flavor of frosting and any color too. Some brides like to choose a frosting color to match the bridesmaid's dresses, to match the season and setting, or to compliment the color of the cake.
Choosing your cake is not always going to be a black or white decision. Although, light colors like ivory and white still hold the standard, with the help of a pastry chef nearly any color that you can imagine can be created. Picture a dark frosting with an abundance of wonderfully colored flowers or leaves scattered all around the cake. Color can add excitement, imagination, texture, and interest to the cake. The best thing is that the possibilities are practically endless.
So now you've discovered that for your wedding cake, you have options. You can play with the color, the flavor, what it is created by, and now you can also play with the shape. Typically, wedding cakes are round, stacked layers that get smaller towards the top to create a circular pyramid of cake.
Now just because this has been the standard for so long doesn't mean that you can't alter the tradition to fit your personal desires. Cakes can be constructed in any shape and can also be stacked at any angle.
Some cakes have staggered layers, like a brick pattern, some stack identical layers straight up, like a tower, and some cakes are made with layers that have been cut at an angle to give the appearance that the cake is about to topple over! Cakes can be made to resemble a beautifully wrapped present, an animal, a tree, flower, building, people, letters or any other combination of shapes and angles.
When the wedding day comes, the bride and groom should have a cake which is exactly what they want; whether it is a convenient cupcake cake, an unorthodox doughnut cake, or a combination of the right colors and shapes to create a cake which resembles them in every possible way by the help of an experienced pastry chef.
With the perfect cake on their perfect day, the 'ooh's and 'ahh's will be pouring in by impressed guests and the wedding will be one not soon forgotten.