I wanted to mold some cups out of chocolate. The problem is, I can't seem to remove them. Any suggestions? I think the little cup is made of steel. It's one I brought from a baking shop.
Thanks for any help,
You mean molding or TEMPERING?
I wanted to put melted chocolate into a cup and when it is set, remove it.
Ive seen this method in a cooking book:
make little cups out of tin foil
then paint inside of it with the chocolate
then unfold the tin foil, and voila! chocolate cup!
In order for the chocolate to release from the mold, you need to use Tempered chocolate. If you know how, no problem. If not, try using cup cake papers. Use two, paint the inside with chocolate, let it set paint it again. once it is set, the paper peels off easily.
or you could paint the insides of paper baking cups and do the same method nadinesslyce stated.
blow up a balloon to the size of cup you want, dip balloon into the chocolate, let the chocolate setup, redip until you have a nice thick shell. slowly let the air out of the balloon after chocolate has become hard.
I recently went to my very first ICES meeting and a woman demonstrated how to make baskets from chocolate. The mold for the basket was a small cake pan and the chocolate was "woven" on the outside of the pan, which was upside down obviously. The trick was she wrapped the pan in saran wrap. Once the chocolate had set for about 30 minutes in the 'frig, she CAREFULLY pulled the saran off of the pan and removed it from the chocolate. It was beautiful.
Go look at this....
What kind of chocolate are you using? And have you tried putting it in the freezer?
Wow!!!!! thank you everyone for your sugguestions. I am going to try the balloon idea. I'll ley you know how it goes!
really the problem is that it is not tempered. even with the balloon you should temper it. really for anything you should temper haha. if you need to know how to temper pm!
I just made these to fill with chocolate mousse for my sisters shower. I used cupcake wrappers and painted the outside. I put them in the freezer for about 10 min then peeled off the cupcake wrapper and put them in the fridge. For each bag of chocolate I had, I got about 10 chocolate cups. Hope that helps Good luck its messy!!
Or if you wanted to stick with your steel cup (or anything else for that matter), you could use part of indydebi's suggestion and use saran wrap:
1. saran wrap the outside of the steel cup and make sure that you have some extra wrap that tucks inside the mouth of the cup
2. put the cup upside down on a cooling rack (you will want to put some wax paper under the cooling rack)
3. pour tempered chocolate over the cup (the cooling rack will let the extra chocolate drip away onto the wax paper)
4. stick the cup in the fridge to harden
5. once the chocolate is hardened, untuck the saran wrap from the mouth of the cup and pull out the cup from the chocolate. Carefully peel the saran wrap from the chocolate (it peels a lot easier if the chocolate is still cool)
6. if you need to, you can use a warmed knife to level the mouth/rim of the chocolate cup
I forgot to mention that the chocolate that is dripped on the wax paper can be peeled off and reheated. Depending on how much gets poured on the wax paper, if you poured enough chocolate that you end up with a sheet of chocolate, you could use cookie/fondant cutters and add the cut shapes to your creation!
thanks again for taking the time to write, I would like to sit down and do some of the cups. I did the balloon baskets and they turned out fine, but the cups would look better
Hi Mel, I think what you want is to temper chocolate into molds. This is not an easy task. If the chocolate didn't easily come out of the mold, probably the tempering was not done correctly. You would need to use this chocolate for something else, then try with fresh chocolate, again and again, untill you get it right. You need the right equipment, at least a thermometer, and a room with the right temperature.
Believe me, I tried many times before I got it right. At the end, I got my own tempering machine, that I LOVED.
Here is a picture of my coffee cups made from chocolate molds. If you need any other help, please let me know.
I would just use candy melts.. depending on what it's for and I have heard you can use the new silicon cupcake things for this as well. The silicon will bend away from the chocolate making it easy to remove the cups.