Chocolate Dirt Cups

These chocolate dirt cups were another dessert I made for my sister in law’s strawberry garden themed bridal shower. I found a bunch of these recipes on Pinterest. The only thing I changed was replacing a gummy worm to a strawberry to make it relevant and cute! The best part of this yummy dessert is how simple they are to make!

You will need:

  • Oreo biscuits
  • Chocolate putting
  • Strawberry
  • Mint leaves

Method

  1. First, make the pudding and put into dessert cups.
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  2. Then, make place the Oreos into a food processor and make fine crumb for the soil.IMG_2342
  3. Put this on top of the pudding & decorate with a strawberry, mint and an ice lolly stick. Now you’re all good to go! 🙂IMG_2344

Chocolate strawberry roses

For my sister-in-law’s strawberry garden themed bridal shower, one of the desserts we made were chocolate covered strawberries. I originally came across this idea from howtocookthat.net, and  loved them — they serve as both a tasty dessert and lovely decorative piece!

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You will need:

  • Dowels (I covered these with floral tape)
  • Leaves from fake flowers (I bought these at the dollar store)
  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate
  • Modeling chocolate

Method

  1. First, wrap the floral tape around the dowel and add the leaves.
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  2. Then attach the strawberry onto the rod and dip it into some melted chocolate.
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  3. Leave these to harden. Use the modeling chocolate to  make the rose, for this follow the tutorial on How to make a fondant rose.

 

And there you have it! Easy 🙂

Making Modelling Chocolate!

I have always wanted to use modelling chocolate to make cake decorations. It’s so much easier to blend than fondant, it’s smooth and unlike fondant, it actually tastes good! I also find it easier to make fondant figures out of modelling chocolate because it doesn’t crack or form elephant skin, and blending the seams with it is so much easier!

This recipe is a bit difficult – it took me a few failed attempts before I finally got it right!

Ingredients

  1. 1 lbs Chocolate or candy melts — use candy of the colour that you need.
  2. 1/3 cup corn syrup

Directions

  1. Melt the candy melts or chocolate in the microwave or double boiler. I usually use the double boiler as it’s far too easy to burn chocolate in the microwave.
    The Melted Candy Melts
  2. Microwave the corn syrup and add it to the melted chocolate.
    Adding the heated corn syrup to the mix
  3. Stir until incorporated.
    The stirred mixture
  4. Pour the mixture onto your worktop and knead it until the chocolate is soft and pliable.
    The kneaded mixture
  5. Wrap it up in cling film and leave it to rest for 20 mins before use.
    Leave the modelling chocolate to rest

Quick Tip:

Overmixing can ruin the modelling chocolate. I found this out the hard way when my modelling chocolate was a crumbly mess! 🙁

This is something that can be fixed with a little effort, as I learnt from Wicked Little Cake Company’s youtube video (See Below). The steps to fixing this are:

  1. Strain all the oil out of the modelling chocolate.
  2. Place it back into a bowl and start stretching it as shown in the picture.
    Do this a few times and let it set overnight. This should fix your modelling chocolate.
    Stretching the mixture

I fell in love with modelling chocolate the first time I used it, and I’ve used this recipe so many times since then, as modelling chocolate is so easy to use! Hopefully, you’ll enjoy modelling chocolate just as much me, and you’ll find this recipe just as useful as I do. Good Luck!