Mirror, mirror…

 

mirror-glaze-4I’ve been wanting to have a go at a mirror glaze cake for over a year now, finally I found an excuse – Valentine’s Day!

We are now settled in our new home, a meer 14,000 kms from our place in Texas!  Things are still in a state of disarray but the kitchen is sorted.  I have missed playing in the kitchen and this cake was a great break from the boxes and organising.

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The cake is a Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake, I halved the recipe for my small heart mould.

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After making the mousse cake I popped it in the freezer overnight before following The Topless Baker’s mirror glaze method. You can find his tutorial here.

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There are so many different methods for creating amazing mirror glaze designs, this one was using a swiping action.  I look forward to trying some of the other methods I have spent countless hours watching on YouTube!

Here’s a quick video of my first try, it is as simple as it looks!

 

Valentine’s Day!

Ok, so Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I really haven’t organised anything!  It is a HUGE deal over here in the States, so completely ignoring it is not recommended!

Chocolate covered strawberries are very popular here for Valentine’s Day, and who doesn’t love a big, juicy strawberry smothered in chocolate?  You can purchase them at the local supermarket, most having a special stand set up as you walk in with someone dipping away.  So convenient but considering how affordable strawberries are here, really overpriced!

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I had a punnet of strawberries in the fridge so decided to get dipping!  Most of the strawberries were simply dipped in melted dark chocolate and then drizzled with some melted white chocolate and sprinkled with red sanding sugar.  Took a total of 3 minutes!

 

I used the remaining strawberries to make the chocolate roses.

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Here is a link to a fab tutorial on how to make them, including recipes for modelling chocolate.

My modelling chocolate was a bit grainy and sticky.  I rolled the petal balls and then used my fingers to shape them instead of the rolling pin.  When they got too sticky I just left them for a few minutes and then they were manageable to play with again.

I didn’t use the lolly pop sticks as suggested as I wasn’t making a bouquet, although in hindsight it would have been easier to handle the strawberries using the pop stick.

Happy Valentine’s Day!