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Hey, fondue, I’m Sandra Dee

18 Dec

Strange how I can link something as innocuous as fondue to a lazy interpretation of an Italian insult and reference one of my all-time favourite movies in one go, but that’s totally how I jelly-roll.

In case it wasn’t blatantly obvious (and why wouldn’t it have been?), this post is about fondue.  Well, kind of.  So… not really.

I’m doing well so far, huh?

Anyway, because I’m so fancy and shit I was browsing through a K-Mart brochure, and I saw their chocolate fondue sets.  I’ve seen them before, but it not being 50 years ago, I never considered buying one.  But then I realised it might come in handy to melt the… melts.  (To be honest, if the had used the word ‘cheese’ instead of ‘chocolate’ on the box, I might not have thought of using it.  S-M-R-T, I mean S-M-A-R-T.)

chocolate fondue set

So I bought one of these babies, because it’s only 12 bucks and I will try to use it more than twice and only shove it to the middle of the shelf, not right to the back where it will never see the light of day again, mmmkay?

Considering chocolate fondue includes cream to keep it more liquid-like, I wondered whether the melts might be too thick to properly melt and/or stay melted.

Luckily it all worked out fine.  Took longer to melt than if I was using a microwave or double boiler, but on the other hand it keeps a constant temperature and the chocolate stayed melted to a nice dipping consistency.  And the Wilton Candy Melts worked fine in this, too (the Nestlé and Cadbury ones were, as usual, perfect).

You can also get ones that use a tea light to provide the heat, but I’m way too impatient for that ridiculousness.

I definitely recommend giving one of these bad boys a go if you use melts a lot (or are lazy and would like to sit on the lounge whilst you work… or something).  It also included heaps of accessories – chocolate moulds, sticks, cellophane bags, fondue forks, small bowls and more).

Overall, it was an absolute bargain for the coin I paid, and it works a treat.

Christmas cupcakes

11 Dec

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These are the Christmas cupcakes I made for my daughter’s class.  Vanilla sponge, vanilla frosting and Wilton’s Candy Melts piped decorations.

VERY easy.  And of course I made the cupcakes in the Sunbeam Pattie Cupcake Maker and used my shiny new Kenwood Chef Premier to mix everything.  Try not to be jelly.

Cupcakes:

  • 1 cheapo sponge cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp margarine

Mock cream frosting:

  • 100g Solite
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 45ml water
  • Vanilla, to taste

Decorations:

  • Wilton’s Candy Melts – green and red
  • Choc-filled sprinkles

No directions (it’s pretty obvious!).

The sponge cake mix (yes, a mix – I’m a very important and busy person!) was from Aldi and cost 75c(!).  Because the cupcakes were for kids* and I had run out of patty pans, I used regular cupcake papers but only used 25g of mix in each one (usually I would put in 40g).  I got 26 cupcakes out of it, which is pretty good.  There were exactly enough for the kids and teachers, so we didn’t get to try them out – hope they don’t taste like crap…

Because I was sending these to school in a cupcake carrier, I had to keep the height down so they’d fit inside.  So that’s why the frosting is low and the decorations aren’t standing upright.  If these had been going to sit on a table and were for adults, I would have used more cake mix in each case, put lots more frosting on top and made them a bit more special-looking. (The ones with a full swirl of frosting are for the teachers).

You might want to sit down for this part – the Wilton Candy Melts actually melted this time!!  Maybe I did have a dodgy bag last time.  I melted these ones in a snap-lock bag and piped straight from it.  I just used a yellow sprinkle for the star on each tree, and red ones for holly berries.  I was in a rush so the decorations are pretty crap, but I’d like to see the kids try to complain about it to my face… yeah, that’s what I thought.

* I usually make patty pan sized cupcakes for the kids, because most of them only lick the icing off, anyway, and they don’t need big, huge ones.  Plus, there’s a saying in my house – “You get what you get, and you don’t get upset”.  

Christmas cupcakes
(Decorations piped using Wilton’s Candy Melts)

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(Kids’ cupcakes, with less frosting)

Nestlé success-lé

7 Oct

After the Wilton failure, I had great success with melting the Nestlé choc bits for coating cake pops (haven’t tried the melts yet but surely they’ll be even easier).

I melted them in a glass jug then sat the jug in a container of hot water to keep the chocolate warm. The cake pops had been in the freezer for a week, as I’d given up on them after the Wilton fiasco. They were therefore obviously very cold. I think this made the chocolate begin to reset too fast (plus the water was cooling), so I would avoid having the pops so cold next time.

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I was happy with the coverage, however it could have been a bit thinner – I think that was just due to the temperature of the cake and the fact I was too lazy to reheat the chocolate after it had started to cool. If the pops had been for a party or something (not just as a test), I would have made the effort to keep it warmer while I worked with it. But, hey…

I will possibly use these for all my chocolate coverings, but am concerned about how they will hold up at room temp (especially in summer, in Australia).

Wilton’s Candy (non-melting) Melts

12 Aug

After I bought the cake pop machine I went out and spent a pile of money I didn’t really have on a pile of crap I didn’t really need… candy melts, cake pop sticks and cellophane bags. With Christmas in mind, I got white, red and green melts.

Went home and made the first batch of pops. All good. It was fast and easy. Put the white melts in a mug (for easy dipping) and whacked them in the microwave for 30 seconds on half power – they softened a little. Stirred. Back in for 30 seconds on full power. Stirred. Still hard, dry clumps. Kept at it until the mug got so hot I was too scared to heat it any longer, but it had thinned enough that I could spread it on with a palette knife.

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I then tried using a stainless steel dish over a simmering pot of water. It did nothing. Possibly got worse. At this point I just threw it out. Still had 12 pops in the freezer but was so over it I couldn’t be bothered with them.

A week later, I went out and bought a glass jug, in case that made a difference. Tried that out and it certainly did… nothing, that is. This time it was worse – they just turned to a big, dry clump when I tried to stir them.

I’d also bought a couple of bags of Nestlé choc bits and melts to try out. I threw a few choc bits in with the Wilton melts, and they (the choc bits) melted as soon as I stirred them through. (I have no pics for this – it looked so shit I didn’t bother…).

Then I tried the Nestlé melts by themselves in the glass jug. Worked like a fucking charm. Covered the other 12 pops in about five minutes, as opposed to the hour I’d spent trying to do the other 12 with the Wilton ones.

I’ve read that old melts can stuff up. Considering they’ve been imported to Australia, them being old is possible, but still not acceptable – they cost $8.95 a bag.

I still have the red and green ones. If they don’t work, I’m going to take them back.

So yeah. Kind of a shitty introduction to cake pops. Thanks, Wilton.