costumeczar Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 12:29am
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I just posted a how-to on my blog about the chocolate pine cones I made for a cake today. They looked really realistic, so I wanted to share the technique, since I dont think I've seen them made this way before.

However, whenever I think that I've invented something, I'll find it somewhere online the next day icon_biggrin.gif

http://www.acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2009/12/chocolate-pinecone-cake-and-how-to.html

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farmersdaughter4 Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 12:45am
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HURRY bakers and decorators to Kara's blog - I've never seen this technique to make pinecones and needles - her tutorial is one to definitely download.

Congrats Kara - great idea - beautiful cake.

revskg Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 1:01am
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I've never seen that before. How clever! Thanks so much for sharing. I am going to give it a try.

costumeczar Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 1:12am
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Okay, so if I see someone on tv claiming that they came up with the idea, can I say they stole it from me? icon_biggrin.gif

cakeandpartygirl Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 1:15am
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They look so good I really like them!!! I will be saving your blog to my favorites

Loucinda Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 3:24am
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Those are the most realistic pinecones I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing your technique!

megankennedy Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 3:40am
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I'm so glad you posted this! They are amazing! I just saw a pinecone cake yesterday and wanted to try it out soon...perfect timing! Thanks so much! When I get around to posting the picture, I will definitely credit you...

tatorchip Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 3:46am
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That is am awesome way to make the pinecones, they look so real.
Thanks for sharing.

all4cake Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 4:33am
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Oh! Those doooooooooo look real! Thanks for sharing the tutorial for them!

-K8memphis Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 5:00am

Those are awesome~~great tutorial.

juststarted Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 1:00pm

I know I'm being repetitive, but it is the most realistic pine cone ever! and you are so generous to share it with us.

farmersdaughter4 Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 1:46pm

I did ask this question on your Blog comment...however, will also ask it on CC as others might want to know the information:

..."the trick to this was I heated the chocolate up way too much, in order to make it bloom when it cooled off"

Question: what temperature needs to be reached in order for the bloom to form when cooling - or do you just heat for a certain time?

I'm just beginning to work in chocolate - so learning. Thanks so much.

costumeczar Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 2:12pm

I didn't even bother to check the temperature of the chocolate, so I can't give you an exact temp. I put it in the microwave and melted the $&%$* out of it, basically. If you mishandle chocolate like that it will definitely bloom, so you don't need to worry about an exact temp. Just make sure to use real chocolate, not candy melts.

Kiddiekakes Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 2:21pm

Kara,

These are the best pinecones I have ever seen..So realistic!! Did you use real chocolate or candy melts?

Loved your blog!!

costumeczar Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 2:27pm
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Originally Posted by Kiddiekakes

Kara,

These are the best pinecones I have ever seen..So realistic!! Did you use real chocolate or candy melts?

Loved your blog!!




Thanks! I used semisweet chips so that it would be darker for contrast when it bloomed.

three_sets_of_twins Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 2:39pm

Wow. I'm speechless. thats amazing.
just normal semi sweet chocolate chips for cookies??
Did you find the chocolate melting on your fingers as you worked with it?
That is just amazing. Wonderful work!

Kiddiekakes Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 3:26pm

Oh..Okay great so you used chocolate chips...That's what I wanted to know!!

Cakeonista Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 3:54pm

Ok you are agenius!! These pinecones look like the real thing. I will absolutely try these for my buche de noel this week. Do they take very long to make, my only wonder, they look time consuming. Beautiful work.

meenu Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 4:26pm

Great tutorial!

tanyascakes Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 5:26pm

Great turorial!! I saved it to my favs!

costumeczar Posted 20 Dec 2009 , 5:39pm
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Originally Posted by mariu

Ok you are agenius!! These pinecones look like the real thing. I will absolutely try these for my buche de noel this week. Do they take very long to make, my only wonder, they look time consuming. Beautiful work.




I don't think they took that long overall, there's just a lot of waiting time in between so that the pieces cool down.

Djor Posted 21 Dec 2009 , 2:26am

thanks thumbs_up.gif

JenniferMI Posted 27 Dec 2009 , 2:56pm

Awesome!!!

Jen icon_smile.gif

sweetcakes Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 4:52pm

those are great, thanks for sharing, love your blog too!!

ctirella Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 6:17pm

what do u use to make the chocolate scales?

PattyT Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 6:32pm

GREAT tutorial. They look absolutely real.
Thanks for posting.

icer101 Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 6:32pm

thank you so much for the tutorial... can,t wait to try them.. they are the best i have ever seen..

costumeczar Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 9:11pm
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what do u use to make the chocolate scales?




Just piped chocolate. Pipe it out and let them harden up before putting the cone together.

bobwonderbuns Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 10:00pm

Thank you for sharing that tutorial. I saw the same pix in Martha's book and just cringed at the idea of using "real" pinecones on a cake! icon_confused.gif I do have a question for you: my question is on the attachment of the "leaves" to the candy clay center: I'm trying to see how you did it -- are the pointy ends in toward the center? How did you layer it? I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around how it was done.

costumeczar Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 11:45pm
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

Thank you for sharing that tutorial. I saw the same pix in Martha's book and just cringed at the idea of using "real" pinecones on a cake! icon_confused.gif I do have a question for you: my question is on the attachment of the "leaves" to the candy clay center: I'm trying to see how you did it -- are the pointy ends in toward the center? How did you layer it? I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around how it was done.




The pointy ends are in toward the center, and are attached using melted chocolate that I piped onto the center stem. Just pipe the chocolate on about 1" worth of the stem, then layer that many "leaves" and continue up the stem that way.

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