Chocolate Release From Molds

Decorating By gadgetgirlcakes Updated 6 Mar 2014 , 1:52am by MBalaska

gadgetgirlcakes Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 1:13am
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Hi. I am making some chocolate designs to put on some cupcakes and am having a hard time getting the plastic molds to release them. I tried spraying them with pan spray and that didn't help. If anyone has some tips I would appreciate it.

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patticake1951 Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 1:22am
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put them in the freezer for a few minutes. They should just pop out. Are they plastic, silicone  or metal? either way they should come out.

gadgetgirlcakes Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 2:38am
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they are plastic....cost about $3 at the Wine & Cake Hobby store. I did put them in the freezer. They seem delicate and break when I remove them.

beachandsweets Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 3:44am
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ADid you try twisting the plastic mold? They usually fall right out that way, if not try tapping it on a flat surface a few times

MBalaska Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 4:27am
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Do not put anything in your plastic chocolate molds.  Keep them super clean, rinse them out with hot water, then clean them out with a very soft cloth or cotton balls/swabs.

 

After they have been in the fridge for about 20 mins, turn them over - onto a towel so you don't break your pieces.  If you have very thin pieces you can reinforce them with a skeleton of chocolate piped on the backs of each piece after it has hardened.

Apti Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 4:47am
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I rinse my chocolate molds with super-hot (NOT boiling!!!) water, gently tap to get off the bulk of the water, then tilt them in my drainer to air dry overnight.  NEVER add crisco, Pam, or anything to your molds.  Chocolate or candy melts will shrink up when they are "set" and should release with just a tiny bit of assistance, or no assistance at all (they will fall out--hence the suggestion for the towel). 

 

If your mold is dirty, OR if it has been cleaned with any abrasive cloth, the chocolate will not release properly. 

 

Since you have already put Pam in the mold, I'd suggest letting the mold(s) soak in mild soapy warm water, then rinse with HOT (NOT boiling!) water and let them air dry and try again.

maybenot Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 6:31am
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I was taught to never wash my chocolate molds, just to wipe them clean with a soft, lint free cloth and finish off with a clean cotton ball, if necessary. 

 

I would buy some cocoa butter and rub that in the cavities, pour, cure, polish, and do it again.  I bet they'll come out fine after a few tries because they'll be "conditioned".

gadgetgirlcakes Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 1:00pm
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OK...I only left them in the freezer a few minutes. That could be the problem. I will clean my mold and try again. Thank you all!

Apti Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 5:44pm
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Originally Posted by gadgetgirlcakes 
 

OK...I only left them in the freezer a few minutes. That could be the problem. I will clean my mold and try again. Thank you all!

Another thing is that the chocolate may not have finished "hardening".  When the chocolate is ready to be released from a mold, it will shrink a tiny bit and if you carefully hold the entire mold containing the chocolates and look at the underside, it should be opaque with NO shiny spots.  It's hard to explain, but shiny spots mean that portion hasn't finished getting hard yet. 

 

Maybe someone else can explain this better than I.

MBalaska Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 10:07pm
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You explained it well.  I always put mine in the fridge, never freezer.  no spots means that the bottom looks all exactly the same, evenly opaque, if it doesn't, it's not ready yet.

gadgetgirlcakes Posted 3 Mar 2014 , 5:04pm
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I tried again but didn't get it to release without the chocolate breaking. I'll try again next time maybe with a different mold

beachandsweets Posted 6 Mar 2014 , 12:04am
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What method did you use to get the chocolate out?

MBalaska Posted 6 Mar 2014 , 1:52am
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Originally Posted by gadgetgirlcakes 
 

I tried again but didn't get it to release without the chocolate breaking. I'll try again next time maybe with a different mold

Good, you may have to buy new $3 molds. then using good techniques you'll start enjoying it.

Cheers,

mb

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