Chocolate decorating just got a wee bit more exciting.
Cocoa butter is the edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean, and is used to make chocolate. Cocoa butter is what gives chocolate its smooth fluid consistency, and what makes it so luxurious.
I’ve been exploring the world of chocolate decorating for several years now, and it’s so exciting to discover new techniques that can really inspire your creativity to the next level.
Colored cocoa butter is like edible paint
In the past I’ve dabbled a little with using colored cocoa butter for painting the faces on my chocolate figures. However, recently Nicole and Kurt from chocotransfersheets.com asked me to film a video tutorial, introducing their new line of colored cocoa butter; “Chocobutter”. While filming, I was thrilled to discover many newfangled techniques (new to me anyway), and easy fun ways to further embellish chocolate. Up until now, I have tinted white chocolate to colorize for decorating, but using colored cocoa butter is so much easier, and really adds a beautiful shine to your piece.
Here are just a few ways you can apply colored cocoa butter:
- Use it to decorate molds for added color
- Paint or pipe on chocolate decorations
- Use it with chocolate transfer sheets
- Airbrush with cocoa butter for beautiful effects on chocolate pieces
Watch Nicole Knobel from Chocotransfersheets.com, and Robin Robins from Robin Art Chocolate demonstrate several colored cocoa butter techniques on video below. I think these ladies are the bee’s knees.
“Using colored cocoa butter is one of the easiest ways to add a splash of color to your chocolates. It can be sprayed, painted on, splattered, mixed, etc. to add brilliant color and shine to any piece. Our ChocoButter is pre tempered and only requires small increments of time in the microwave, or warm water bath, to become the perfect temperature to create a masterpiece”. – chocotransfersheets.com
You can purchase colored cocoa butter at chocotransfersheets.com
Nicole, Robin and I will be bringing you many more chocolate tutorials and decorating with cocoa butter in 2014. Be sure to subscribe to my blog (on the right, look for the chocolate lotus flower) so I can keep you posted!
Until next time,
Peace, Love, Chocolate,
The Chocolate Addict.com
NOTE: please understand that I am an academically challenged right-brainer, and forgive any typos, grammatical faux pas, and things that don’t make sense.