Archive for July, 2007

apricot anniversary

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

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this was a chocolate cake with mocha frosting and filling. i piped a shell border and placed chocolate covered espresso bean on alternate shells. i spread a layer of apricot jam in the middle so the roses on top, made from dried apricots, allude to the apricot preserves within. the roses were made by splitting a dried apricot in half (they should have be en pre-split during the pitting process), and rolling each half in parchment paper with a rolling pin to thin it out. once the “petals” are flattened, wrap and form several into a rose. the leaves are hand-formed from modeling chocolate.

curvy edged chocolate wall

Sunday, July 29th, 2007


i wanted to try covering a cake’s side with chocolate, so i experimented with modeling chocolate (aka chocolate plastic). it is a mixture of melted chocolate and corn syrup and the final result has the consistency of tootsie rolls. modeling chocolate can also be used to sculpt with, but i rolled it out into a thin layer using a rolling pin and cocoa powder to prevent sticking. i also used a knife to cut out a freeform edge, and applied the layer to the edge of the cake.


Monday, July 23rd, 2007


a culinary tribute to independence day…