Tuesday, August 9, 2011

All things chocolate! Part 2

Have you ever slept in a room created from chocolate??? With a chocolate mosaic wall and chocolate furniture? 
Well, Godiva created one for a contest:

Godiva created the most amazing chocolate paradise! a room filled with all of a chocolate-lover’s dream, in the the Bryant Park Hotel NY.

The creating included: a full-walled mosaic compose of  chocolates, chocolate artworks were hang on the walls, and two huge chocolate statues were placed in the dining room. The rest of the room was decorated with  more chocolate treats.

This was a prize by Godiva for their annuel Valentine’s Day sweepstakes. The winners of this prize will enjoy the one in a life time suite

And here is a video of the suite!:

I found a lot of other stuff made of chocolate, but I thought that you might find the next idea as really easy, cool and fun to do, and there is also a tutorial! on how to create- Mini chocolate hamburgers!

So, how can you make these mini chocolate hamburgers?
For the burgers:
use chocolate discs (dark or milk)

For the buns:
make these cookies:
7 ounces of butter, at room temp.
5.3 ounces sifted flour
5.3 ounces cup sifted white cornflour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
3.5 ounces of confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place in a mixing bowl the butter, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract and beat for several minutes using the flat beater, until you reach a smooth cream.
Gradually add the flour, cornflour and baking powder and mix until combined.
Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Turn on the oven to 350 F/175 C

Create balls from cookie dough, for ½ of the balls make sure the ball isn’t wider than the chocolate discs; flatten them just a bit. For the second half, use just half the amount of cookie dough and flatten the ball to create a round disc. Thus creating 2 parts of the bun, top and bottom.
Both cookie types should be about the same diameter, and just a tad larger than the chocolate discs.

Brush the cookies that are rounded on top, lightly with egg white; spread some sesame seeds on each one.

Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
Place a flat cookie, a chocolate disc on top of it and a rounded dome shaped cookie on top of the chocolate.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, be careful not to burn the cookies!, let cool fully and enjoy your chocolate maple mini burgers!

I hope you enjoyed me summer glimps to the chocolate dreams in this world

Til next time
Cake away


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

All things chocolate! first part (because I couldn't choose!)

I'm gonna make a statment I'm pretty sure you'll be able to relate to:

That's why, today I brought you a gift! the most amazing things created in chocolate.
Sit back and enjoy the ride:

First come the shoes and bags, they are so beautiful and I really like the sets of items.
Frances Cooley a chocolatier and owner of Choc Chic creates fabulous stiletto shoes and handbags out of Belgian chocolate.
Frances Cooley

I'll take this one! thank you

And a matching pair of shoes! great

Next are these AMAZING dresses created for the Salon Du Chocolate- an annual exhibit held at Paris.

I was very lucky to visit this exhibit with my husband on our honeymoon almost 15 years ago. It was amazing, an Eiffel tower from chocolate activated as a chocolate fountain, a candy machine throwing candies at you at high speed and kids collecting them using their shirts as bowls, beautiful and tasty chocolate acorns, chocolate branches, tasting the coca fruit pulp, it was so good I still remember its flavor, unbelievable! 

Check out the NY chocolate fashion show:

Cadbury Chocolate Couture Collection Fashion Show:

If you want to visit the great wall of china but enjoy an easy trip, this is the way to do it:

I found a lot of other stuff made of chocolate,but I don't want you to have too much at once, you know the saying.. good things come in small packages.

Til next time,
Cake away

Monday, August 1, 2011

Remember The Puzzle cake?

If you haven't seen it yet, this is it!

I've been decorating cakes for many years, (over 15 as a hobby and over 6 as a business) I must say that I have the most amazing customers! (mainly brides, and sometimes the bride's moms)
Most of them call me a few days after the wedding, or drop a line to tell me how great their wedding cake was.

That really makes me happy,  I gotta tell you, even after sooo many cakes, I always have the jitters and never truly relax until I know everything went well. (hubby, that's why I have so much white hair!)

Once in a while, I get really fun reviews that are even more exciting than usual!
I got one of those today ! yeh-y!
I felt like sharing, it with you, if you decorate cakes, cookies or occupay in any business that involves working with people, I'm sure you can relate.

so, here goes:

"Dear Sharon,
I am sending you two photographs of Leora and Ran with the wonderful wedding cake you made for them!

Everyone who tasted it said how good it was.

It also looked fantastic and turned out exactly as we discussed beforehand.

I would heartily recommend your cakes to anyone who wants something original, impressive, and tasty. 
So thank you.


Hedva Rechtman"
Leora & Ran about to cut their wedding cake

Til' next time
Cake away!

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