New Technique! Marbled Cameo for the Kaleidoscope Butterfly Cake Topper

I’m so proud of myself!

I’ve just thought up a ridiculously quick and simple way to make absolutely gorgeous cake toppers using two colors of chocolate.

Two-Tone 'Cameo' Kaleidoscope Butterfly Cake Topper

So all I did was take melted Ghirardelli molding chocolate, put it on the surface of a Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold, pull a flexible silicone spatula across it, let it cool, then add white chocolate on top of it!  That’s IT!!!

Ghirardelli Dark Dipping Chocolate

Ghirardelli White Dipping Chocolate

I wasn’t even very careful about it, and where I ‘missed’, it created a very pretty marbled effect!

If it started to solidify,  I’d just pop it into the microwave for a few seconds.

I am going to have so much fun with this technique!

I can’t wait to try to using tinted white chocolate in pink and red for Valentine’s Day – A Kaleidoscope Heart, No-Bake Backwards Cake with all the elements in a contrasting color, not just the hearts!

You could probably get a very pretty ‘stained glass’ look rather easily by using several colors.

You can also use regular chocolate, but be sure to temper it, so that it will solidify properly without graininess:

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 spatula (don’t use wood, 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.

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Got a great ‘heart healthy’ cake or cookie Recipe?

I’m putting out a call for ‘heart healthy’ cake and cookie recipes. Partly because I’m donating part of the profits from the Kaleidoscope Heart cake/cookie/craft mold to the American Heart Association, so I think it’d be appropriate, but I also really like the idea of putting healthier alternatives on the blog and website.  Recipes suitable for Valentine’s Day would be especially appreciated.

I’m particularly looking for recipes that are:

♥   Heart-healthy
♥   Very easy to make (for even new bakers or kids)
♥   Have easy to find ingredients
♥   Have a fairly short ingredient list
♥   Cakes with a slightly dense texture preferred

So, if you have a favorite recipe, please send it and be sure to include your name as you’d like it to accompany your recipe and your blog or website if you’d like a link to it!

Please post them here or send them to Lira@zandapanda.com.

Thanks!


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Go Red for Women

I’m very pleased to announce that ZANDA PANDA Specialty Bakeware will be donating a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the Kaleidoscope Heart cake/cookie/crafts mold to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

I’m on the lookout for ‘heart-healthy’ cake recipes for the website. If you have a favorite that’s easy, healthy and yummy (Whole grains, low, fat, etc.), send it over!

I asked the folks at ChowHound for recipes and am getting a nice response. Check out their recipes on the Chowhound ‘Home Cooking’ board.

Kaleidoscope Heart, milk chocolate

Kaleidoscope Heart milk chocolate

Kaleidoscope Heart

Kaleidoscope Heart Versatile!


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