How to Make a Chocolate Lab Puppy
And ideas for black and yellow Lab cakes
This is really easy. Little ones need a bit of supervision with hot, melted chocolate, but the technique couldn’t be simpler. All you’ll need is your favorite chocolate, a bowl to melt it in and a pastry brush (and of course, an adorable Puppy Mold).
I’ve given the information on ‘quick-tempering’ chocolate in several other posts, but I’ll repeat it here:
Finely chop chocolate or use chocolate chips. Melt two thirds of the chocolate in the microwave for thiry second intervals, stirring in between with a silicone or rubber spatula (don’t use a wooden utensil, it can introduce moisture and cause your chocolate to ‘seize’). Keep the temperature below 120F. When chocolate has melted, add the remaining one third in three batches, stirring until smooth after each addition.
Using a pastry brush, paint the melted chocolate into your mold. Be sure to brush into the crevices, brushing out any trapped air bubbles. Allow to cool, then pop out of mold.
You can also paint in different colors of chocolate if you’re really feeling creative, or you’re making a ‘portrait’ of a multicolored dog, like a Bernese Mountain Dog, a Beagle or an Australian Shepherd. For these, you could use milk, dark and white chocolate. I’ll have to try mixing different colors to see if I can get yellow and black Lab colors with chocolate, but for now, if you want to make a yellow Lab, try the Yellow Lab Cake.
I think a dark chocolate cake might work for a black lab. Or try mixing the two batters to make one of each; pour one color batter just into the puppy shape of the mold, then the other color carefully around it. Then switch colors for the other Lab cake. I’ll try to do a post on this soon. That’s how the ‘Poodle Cake’ was made – before it became a poodle 🙂 Just remember to prepare your mold before pouring in the batter by brushing the interior with melted vegetable shortening and dusting lightly with flour (this step is not necessary for chocolate).
If it’s a gift, you could add a big bow or a collar made of fondant to make it even more special.