Tuesday, September 21, 2010

DIY Chocolate Covered Biscuit Sticks

I've been wanting to make my own chocolate covered biscuits for the longest time (also known in the Asian world as Pocky sticks) but I could never find a proper biscuit stick recipe.

Then last week, I wandered into a Korean grocery store and there they were! A pack of plain biscuit sticks... now I'm not sure exactly what they are made of because there was no English label but from the picture I'm guessing wheat is the main ingredient. 

They are yummy on their own but yesterday I dipped them into white chocolate and coated them with my own range of yummy toppings.

 White chocolate sticks from front to back: white sprinkles, chocolate flakes, hundreds and thousands and strawberry popping candy.

I made a few different versions and I imagine this would be great for dessert tables, party/ wedding favours or just to indulge in. You could easily colour the chocolate to suit your theme and at $1.70 for the pack, you can go crazy experimenting with different looks :) Here's how I did it:

Melt the chocolate over a pot of simmering/boiling water or you could microwave it. Here I used about 200g of white chocolate.

Place the chocolate into a deep and narrow cup and dip in the sticks.

Remove and use a skewer to help remove the excess chocolate

Place the sticks on baking paper and sprinkle with desired topping and leave to set.

Ta-da! The white chocolate did take a long time to set as it was a warm night but they did harden eventually :)

And since we're on the topic of biscuits, here is a picture of some cute cookies I made last week for a christening which were designed to match the cake (I'm loving the little dinosaur!)...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Teddy Bear Inspired Wedding

Last week, my cousin came over for a private Mad Hatter class. She was holding a dinner for everyone to thank them for their help and support during her wedding and wanted to present the cake as a thank you gift. She created everything herself - all the flowers, the figurine and the cake design too.

That same week I was also enlisted with the task of creating my friend Fonny's wedding cake/cupcakes and to attend the wedding. Which meant that I had to be very organised with my time! I couldn't just show up in the afternoon to deliver the cake, I actually had to work out when I needed to get dressed, how I was going to get to the ceremony and work out how I was going to manage 7 boxes of cakes and bonboneries in high heels.

The ceremony was at the Botanical Gardens and I don't think anyone could have been luckier to have such a beautiful backdrop.

On the day, the storm clouds loomed above and as it neared the time the bride was due to walk down the aisle the chairs and table blew over and we all started to get worried. But the groom and bride were still smiling and they were so clam that I don't think they would have mind if it really did start raining!

Luckily, everything eventually calmed down and we got to experience a beautiful ceremony. The couple wrote their own sweet vows which I was so honoured to be able to witness and I wish them a lifetime of happiness :)

What about the cake you ask? Fonny wanted a garden theme, cupcakes, teddy bears and for it to have pink... the rest she left up to me. I tend to get a little carried away when I have creative freedom :)

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