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- How to Temper Chocolate the Easy Way
- Make your own Piping Tips and Bags
- No Cake Fails
- How to Make Parchment paper Decorating Bags
- Substitute List – Use this instead
How to Temper Chocolate the Easy Way
What is Tempering Chocolate?
When you temper chocolate, you’ll produce a finished product with a glossy beautiful sheen, snap and taste – and your creations will harden perfectly. Tempering is the process that re-establishes the cocoa butter crystals that are in real chocolate.
Chocolate starts as a solid (when you get your hands on it), then you melt it, turning it into a liquid. Ultimately, you want it to turn back into a solid (unless your using it in a fountain or fondue…then you can ignore this stuff!) to create wonderful chocolate candy, molded items, dipped items, lacing, bars, etc. But unlike water turning to ice, where nobody cares how or why it happens, we need to be concerned with how to properly harden the chocolate so that it has the best sheen, snap and taste and so that it doesn’t bloom, separate or harden a dull gray look.
Watch Jill show you a SIMPLE method to melting and tempering chocolate
Chocolate (not candy melts) – you can use milk or dark chocolate – even chocolate chips
Make your own Piping Tips and Bags
Learn how to make your own piping tips using freezer storage bags. Here Jill shows you how to make a writing tip, star tip, rose tip and leaf tips. These
tips will help you make lots of designs! Have fun!
You will Need:
Freezer bags (I use the quart size)
Buttercream (see recipe below)
Easy Buttercream Decorator’s Frosting
1 cup softened butter
1 cup shortening (Crisco or Great Value Walmart brand are good)
6 – 7 cups of sifted powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk or whipping cream
1-2 teaspoons clear extract or flavored syrups (I use many but mostly like pure almond)
Beat butter until light and fluffy. Addd shortening until well blended. Slowly add one-half cup of powdered sugar at a time until you get the consistency you like. Add milk and extracts if needed. Beat well until smooth.
Can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator.
How to make a Parchment Decorating Bag
One of the first things I learned as a cake decorator was making parchment decorating bags. We didn’t have the disposable bags at the time, so it was either the parchment bags or cleaning the pastry bags (uuuughhh!)
Once you learn how to make them, you may only use these. They are not only easy but inexpensive to make!
Need a Substitute Ingredient? You’ll love this list of ways to create an ingredient you may not have around your pantry
Free Cake Mix Magic Recipe Book
Includes simple to make cakes and BONUS decorating ideas