Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pinterest Challenge- White Chocolate Decorations

I'm just putting this out there right now. I have been up for two hours already. I had this image in my head where I would make myself a coffee and finish this post up. But no. We are out of coffee. All that is left is decaf, and that is just not going to cut it on a day like today. I am soooooo sleepy right now. But I will power through this.

So I have another addition to my Pinterest challenge. I don't know about the rest of you who have tried this, but I also have at least five windows open while writing this. It takes effort! Anyway, this post is not exactly like the others. It is more inspired by Pinterest than anything else. The link led to an article on Squidoo with ideas for Valentine's Day cupcakes. I don't know if you've noticed, but it is not February. So my friend and I decided to make a more summery cupcake. There isn't exactly a recipe for this either. So we'll just get into this.

The Cupcake















You don't even know how hard it was to find a good lemon cupcake recipe. It did not exist in my  cookbooks. So we took to the Internet. The right one was on Favourite Family Recipes. It was a really good, really moist cupcakes, so I would suggest using it. Also, how cute is the cupcake liner?

The Decorations

















This was a little difficult. It turns out that white chocolate has a low burning tolerance. So if you are melting white chocolate chips, then you have to microwave it for only 20 seconds at a time. ONLY 20 SECONDS! We learned the hard way. We put the melted chocolate in a piping bag and piped out the decorations on a pan covered with parchment paper. Our decorations were not always the best looking (upper right picture, the one not being piped is a prime example), but it was fun to do.
















Make sure you put them in the freezer overnight though. We did not, and they melted in a a few minutes of starting to place them on.

The Final Product

















Any Harry Potter fans out there? But how great do they look? We also filled the cupcakes with lemon curd and used a great icing recipe, but I didn't end up taking pictures of that process, so no recipes for those today!

These cupcakes tasted so good, and now that I actually know how to do it, the decorations are easy to make. It would work the same way with milk chocolate too.

Have you tried a challenging baking decoration before?

-Daniella