Monday, December 10, 2007

Piping Chocolate Decorations


Tis the season to bake and decorate!!

Chocolate Christmas Tree Decoration (recipe by Anna Chan)
Ingredients:

Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
Colourful dragees (edible tiny sweet balls)
Cupcakes (homemade or store-bought)
Equipment:
Greaseproof paper
Piping plastic bag
Piping tube

Method:
1. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time till melted. Remove and stir after each 20 seconds. Do not overheat it.
2. Put the piping tube in the piping bag. Then pour the chocolate in.
3. View the video below on how to pipe a Christmas tree design onto a piece of greaseproof paper.
Video: Chocolate Christmas Tree by Anna Chan

In this video, Anna is ‘drawing’ a chocolate Christmas tree for use to decorate her cheese cupcakes (recipe will be featured in her ‘Gorgeous Cupcakes for the Homebaker’ cookbook (bilingual edition). But this Christmas tree decoration can be used on any cupcakes that you make. Simply take a cupcake, level the surface with a knife so that the top is flat.
4. Place the greaseproof paper in the fridge to set the chocolate.
5. When the chocolate tree has hardened, lift it with a spatula and place on a flat cupcake.

Recipe Notes:
1. Do not let chocolate come into contact with water as the chocolate will become grainy and impossible to use.
2. Create many Christmas trees and use them to decorate a large cake.
3. Use your imagination and come up with various designs with a Christmas theme.
4. You can melt white chocolate and pipe designs on brownies. Actually you can use this form of decorating on flat baked food such as bread, bars, slices and pies.
5. If you are very confident of your artistic skills, pipe the design directly onto the cake itself. See video below:
Video: Using chocolate to do a border and to write ‘Fu’ by Anna Chan.


Bake a sweetheart cheese cupcake for that special someone (perfect as a Valentine's Day gift)!


No prizes for guessing what occasion this cupcake is best for!

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