Pastry Course Day Ten: Chocolate Showpiece

Last Monday the big day had arrived, it was showpiece time!
During the previous weekend I already prepared a few things so on the day all I had to do was combine that to create one showpiece.

In the end I decided to make this simple, dark chocolate and white chocolate which I colored pink. So dark brown and pink were the colors of the day.

I immediately started working on the base of the piece and the ring. I wanted to create 3 layers of chocolate, two brown with a pink layer in-between. Making the dark chocolate layer went fine, tempering the chocolate went well, neatly poured it into the molds and on to tempering the white chocolate. That’s when things went a little pear shaped. My white chocolate was a little too warm and it took a very long time before the chocolate was cooled down and then tempered and colored. As a result, the dark chocolate had already hardened too much and there was a little overflow from the pink chocolate over the brown edge of the dark chocolate instead of it being nice and tight against the brown edge. Too bad, but for a first try, I still thought it looked pretty good.

Due to the considerable amount of time I lost I unfortunately didn’t get around to creating some nice curls as well. At that time however, I had already made so many things, I didn’t mind. For the showpiece I had also made some chocolates which I finished of with piping chocolate so they resembled little cupcakes. I made quite a few, but ended up using only a handful. I also made a shape that was supposed to be at the back of the showpiece, but in the end I thought it would be too crowded.

Chocolates made cupcake ready
Chocolates made cupcake ready
Assembling the showpiece
Assembling the showpiece
Putting on the final touches on the show piece
Putting on the final touches on the show piece

All in all, I had made quite a lot, but used a little. I thought it looked nice as it was, simple, retro and a little modern.

I’m very happy with the end result. In retrospect, if I did had to add something, it would’ve been the curls, I could have incorporated them, nothing else though!

I really am very happy with the end result. Making this showpiece has really triggered some great new chocolate ideas!

The end result, a Chocolate Cupcake showpiece
The end result, a Chocolate Cupcake showpiece

What do you think of the end result?

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