Homemade Chocolate Slabs


Chocolate slab giftsIf you’re looking for a winner of a gift, you can’t go far wrong with a handmade chocolate slab!

What you need to make a large slab, or two smaller ones:

  • Baking tray
  • Baking paper
  • 100g Milk chocolate
  • 100g Dark chocolate
  • 50g White chocolate
  • 3 Heatproof bowls
  • 3 Small saucepans
  • Cocktail stick
The beauty of making your own is that you can use whatever chocolate you like and tailor the topping to the ‘giftees’ taste. One tip – make sure you use tasty chocolate, if you wouldn’t eat it on it’s own, don’t bother using it!
  1. Chocolate slabs  set-upSet up a baking tray with some baking paper, and if you want to multiple slabs, use something to keep the chocolate contained (I used some straight edged cutters held down by weights).
  2. Take 3 bowls and 3 pans, pour a small amount of water into each pan (the bottom of the bowl must sit clear of the water to avoid burning) and heat. Chop up each bar of chocolate as small as you can – the smaller you chop it, the quicker it’ll melt! I used 3 different types of chocolate: Green & Blacks milk, Tesco Finest white and Tesco Finest 70% dark.
  3. When the water in the pans is hot, turn down the heat and place each bowl over each pan and add each type of chocolate to its own bowl.
  4. With a close eye on your melting chocolate (give it a stir every now and again), chop up any nuts, etc. to sprinkle on top and keep these close by. As soon as your chocolate is melted down to just a few lumps, remove the bowls from the heat and stir until completely smooth. The milk and white chocolate will probably be ready before the dark chocolate.
  5. Melted chocolate slabPour your milk chocolate onto your prepared tray, keeping it to the left. Don’t be stingy! Pour it quite thick to ensure it doesn’t snap when you pick up your finished slab. Straight away drizzle the white chocolate down the middle and as soon as the dark chocolate is ready, pour that on the right. Quickly take a cocktail stick, or thin knife and lightly draw out from the white chocolate in the middle to create a swirl. Don’t be too precious and don’t worry if you mix up the chocolate, it all adds to the beauty.
  6. Grab your sprinkles, whether these are chopped nuts, dried fruit, fudge, marshmallows, or anything else and gently drop these down the middle of your slab. Leave your chocolate slab to set in a cool room out of direct sunlight.
Homemade chocolate slabsOnce set and looking delicious wrap in cellophane for a lovely gift.

Valentines love bird cupcakes

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I’ve treated myself to some new cutters and couldn’t resist trying them out today by creating some Valentines cupcakes! Using Cakes by Bien’s bird, birdhouse and stripe cutters I created a series of love bird cupcake decorations. I have also used some stamps to make the little message banners – simple but effective!

Have you got your Valentines presents sorted yet?

Lots of love in 2013,

Cakedin x

Christmas cupcakes and truffles

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I also made a few Christmas cupcake gifts for family and couldn’t resist using these adorable Christmas cupcake boxes bought from e-Bay! I made mixed spice and orange cupcakes and also Baileys coffee cupcakes. Coffee sponge with Baileys buttercream cupcakes were decorated using my new snowflake cutters, I dusted fondant snowflakes with edible glitter.

The orange and spice cupcakes (orange and spice sponge topped with orange buttercream) I used holly cutters and rolled some red fondant berries and dusted the berries in red edible glitter.

Simple but effective 🙂