♥♥♥ Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥♥♥

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine Cake Topper from ZANDA PANDA's Kaleidoscope Heart Mold

Valentine Cake Topper made with ZANDA PANDA’s Kaleidoscope Heart Mold

Learn how to make this Kaleidoscope Heart Cake Topper!
(There’s a video, too!)

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New Video, New Chocolate Technique!

Kaleidoscope Heart and Kaleidoscope Butterfly Molds

Make two-tone chocolate cake toppers or No-Bake Backwards Cakes™

I’m very excited about this new chocolate technique!  I had been making multi-colored chocolate cake toppers by filling just the hearts or butterflies with a separate color.  I realized, quite by accident, that the scrollwork and flowers could also be made in another color from the background.  I think the two-tone look is very elegant.

Don’t be afraid to try this technique, even if you’re a novice baker/chocolatier.  It’s very easy and will give you amazing results.


No-Bake Backwards Cakes™

If you want to make a complete Kaleidoscope Heart cake with a chocolate shell – a No-Bake Backwards Cake™ – rather than just a cake topper,  just brush chocolate onto the sides of the mold after the second (background) color has been chilled.

Then fill the shell with layers your favorite ingredients, such as cookie crumbs, lady fingers, sliced, store-bought pound cake, jam, fruit, Nutella, drizzles of syrups or liqueurs, ice cream – anything you like!

You can optionally add a final layer of chocolate to seal the cake (which will become the bottom of the cake after demolding).

If you use candy making and dipping chocolate, you won’t need to temper it.  If using regular chocolate, here are some tips on melting and quick-tempering:


Quick-Tempered Chocolate

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 which will 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.


Try this cake topper for Valentine’s Day!


Heart-Healthy Cream Cheese Cake

zp-kh_cake_722Heart-Healthy Cream Cheese Cake

 

This cake is very easy to make, even for kid chefs and novice bakers.  The recipe has lots of room for experimentation to give it your own special twist.  It also uses the tub from the cream cheese to measure the other ingredients, so clean-up is very easy.

The recipe is an adaptation of a heart-healthy cake recipe by Paula76 in reply to a Chowound post on heart-healthy cake recipes (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/574561), for use with the Zanda Panda Kaleidoscope Heart Mold.

Recipe at: http://www.zandapanda.com/H-HCCCake.asp.

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