CHOCOLATE DECORATING CLASSES
I've gone hog wild with chocolate decorating class ideas for the holidays and into next year, and have been zipping around looking for places to teach them. Lot's coming up with locations including:
Draegers _ Blackhawk CA
Cavallo Point _
Sur La Table_ San Francisco
Baking Arts_ San Francisco
Cake Art _ Marin CA
Kids Culinary Adventures_ San Fran South Bay
and several community centers around the Bay Area !
Be sure to check my website for updates and new classes.
"Chocolate Covered Day of the Dead"
Sonoma Community Center ( CA ) Saturday November 6th 11-2
Learn how to make chocolate Butterflies, in celebration of "Dias De Los Muertos", in Aztec culture butterflies served as messengers from the living to the dead. You'll learn several easy & fun chocolate decorating techniques such as piping, chocolate cut-outs, the use of transfer sheets and more, while making an exquisite butterfly that can be used as an elegant dessert garnish, cake topper or gift .
Dead or alive.... everyone loves a chocolate butterfly !
NEW TRANSFER SHEET DVD coming in 2011
I'm currently working on a NEW chocolate decorating DVD featuring chocolate transfer sheets. Seriously folks, I've said it once and I'll say it again, they are SO flippin' COOL. Many people don't know about these modern confectionery marvels and that's why I wanted to make a DVD entirely devoted to the many uses of chocolate transfers.
So what are they? think "chocolate tattoo", a piece of acetate paper with an edible cocoa butter design that gets transferred right onto your chocolate lickety- split ! transfers can instantly transform your confections, cakes, decorations into edible works of art. And the real beauty is absolutely no artistic talent is needed. I'll be setting up a pre-order DVD discount page soon, when I get a little further along, hopefully in a month or so.
THEMED DESSERT CUP KITS coming in 2011
Look for my new themed chocolate dessert cup decorating kits coming next year, complete with instructions, templates & transfers for 4 servings. Available ONLY on my website www.thechocolateaddict.com
WHAT IS A GOOD CHOCOLATE TO USE FOR DECORATING ?
A lot of people ask this, and to be honest I don't experiment with too many different brands. Some are harder to temper than others. I stick with Guittard for dark & milk and El Rey for white. I get good results tempering these brands and rate them 5 out of 5 licks as far as taste. Guittard also makes a version of confectionery coating " A'Peels", that does not need to be tempered ( it tastes better than Candy Melts and has a great constancy to work with, cheaper than real chocolate and great for practicing ). You can purchase at www.chocosphere.com
Happy Fall Everyone,
Catch ya on the flip side of the chocosphere !