Chocolate

Chocolate has many uses in the world of baking.  While we do not attempt to replace your local supermarket in offering you all kinds of chocolate, we present the specialty items that you may need for your next baking project.

The right kind of chocolate to make cake pops

A common mistake people make when preparing cake pops the first time is the...

Chocolate has many uses in the world of baking.  While we do not attempt to replace your local supermarket in offering you all kinds of chocolate, we present the specialty items that you may need for your next baking project.

The right kind of chocolate to make cake pops

A common mistake people make when preparing cake pops the first time is they use regular store bought chocolate to make cake pops.  This typically results in clunky, heavy chocolate that causes your cake ball to fall off the stick.  This can be really frustrating.  To dip cake into chocolate, it needs to have a right consistency.  This is achieved with these of compound chocolate. Compound chocolate is different from normal chocolate because it uses coca powder instead of liquor and oil instead of cocoa butter. This leads to a much smoother consistency and easier dipping. There are many brands that offer compound chocolate in the form of wafers or chocolate melts.  These you will find in this category.  Make sure to follow the instructions and do not apply too much heat to your chocolate.  Increase the temperature of the chocolate by placing it in the microwave in increments of 10 seconds.

What is modeling chocolate?

Modeling chocolate has a gum like consistency that allows you to stretch and shape the chocolate over your cake like fondant.  You may also sculpt with modeling chocolate and create chocolate teddy bears, for example.  We offer a few modeling chocolate products here.  Alternatively, you can create your own by adding corn syrup, which we also carry. We have a recipe for this available here.

What is cocoa butter based food coloring and why do I need it?

Cocoa based food coloring allows you to change the color of chocolate without breaking it.  If you have ever tried to add liquid or gel based food coloring to melted white chocolate, you will know that these make the chocolate clunky and unusable.  Cocoa butter based food coloring ensures that the chocolate stays smooth, while allowing you to add a dash of color.  So if you only have white chocolate melts in your cupboard, then adding some pastel pink cocoa butter coloring, will give you cute and sweet pink chocolate.

What is acetate and how do I use it for chocolate?

Acetate is a clear, food-safe plastic that enable you to decorate your cake and keep your work area clean.  Acetate rolls are frequently used with chocolate.  To do this, you lay a strip of acetate on your work surface and pipe over various designs with tempered, melted chocolate.  You allow this to cool for a few minutes and while it is still stretchy, you wrap it around your cake to give your cake a beautiful chocolate border.  It can also be used to help you stack a layer of pudding on a cake.

We hope you find what you are looking for in our online shop.  In case you are wondering about tempered chocolate, we talk more about that here.

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