Originally Posted by rapollet
Since I am kinda clueless about the cake making terminology what exactly do ya'll mean when you say piping the chocolate?
Also how do you come up with the letters? Just print out letters in a font and size that you like and use that?
By the way if anyone has any other ideas for cute and different baby shower cakes please feel free to give your suggestions. The colors will be pink and brown.
Thanks! Hope to suggestions!
Piping is using a decorating bag (whether filled with buttercream, melted chocolate, royal icing, etc . . . ) and to decorate with it. In this case, it means to melt the chocolate and pour it into a decorating bag. You can use a very fine tip (#1 or a #2) on the end of your bag and you trace the outline of the letter. Once that sets (only takes 10 minutes or so for it to set) then you fill in the outline with the melted chocolate. When I do chocolate transfers, I use parchement bags because they're easier to handle and I don't use a tip . . . I just cut a very small hole in the tip.
For the letters, you can absolutely find a font you like on the computer and print it out. Remember, with letters you want to print them as a "mirror image" so that the letters aren't backwards after you pipe them. You'd take the page that you printed out and lay a piece of waxed paper over it (or clear vinyl or acetate - these have shinier finishes and so will the chocolate as a result but using waxed paper is totally fine). Once you lay the waxed paper down, you'd outline each letter. Let it set and then "fill in" the outline with the chocolate. You want these to be a bit thick so they don't break when you try to peel them off of the waxed paper so after the whole thing sets again (so it's hard to the touch) you can pipe over it again. When the whole thing sets again, gently peel it off the waxed paper and flip it over. The side that was face down on the waxed paper will be smooth and will be the front.
There are a lot of helpful tutorials in the files regarding chocolate transfers - if you do a search using "chocolate transfers" you'll find a lot of info. good luck!