Monday, August 11, 2014

Test Kitchen-Failed Chocolate Cups

Obviously, I have not been crushing it when it comes to baking these past few days.  I had whipped these babies up a few days ago, thinking about what cute little dessert/fruit/ice cream cups these would make.  Plus you get to eat the cup.  No dishes!
It was not to be.  I tried using my silicone baking cups and just regular paper liners, but both cups broke when I went to remove them from the cups.  I probably did not have enough chocolate up the sides of the cups to make them strong enough to withstand peeling off the support.  Nonetheless, they were still tasty crumbled up into my morning yogurt, so not all was lost.
Have any of you had success with chocolate dessert cups?  What was your secret?

8 comments:

  1. Oh no! Baking fails are the worst! If you're open to suggestions, here are my thoughts:
    1. Use either tempered chocolate or chocolate candy coating. Untempered chocolate is soft and not as stable at room temp, and makes for softer cups that break or crumble more easily.
    2. Let the chocolate/coating cool a bit before painting the cups. Warmer chocolate = thinner chocolate, cooler chocolate = a thicker layer.
    3. Paint multiple layers of chocolate on the inside. As in, paint a layer, chill it in the refrigerator, and once set, paint a second layer. Repeat as necessary. Depending on your chocolate you might need 3-4 layers to really get a stable cup.

    Hope this helps!

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    1. Thanks so much for the help! I did use chocolate candy coating, so it did get hard. I should have let it cool a bit because upon further inspection there were some thin spots. I will try painting more layers next time-that is a great idea!

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  2. Okay, I thought of more things. I would definitely use paper or foil liners as opposed to silicone--peeling or tearing a thin liner off will work better than trying to pop them out of the silicone liners whole. Also, you can hold the paper liners up to the light to make sure the chocolate is not translucent while you're painting up the sides.

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    1. Good idea! I had thought the silicon liners would peel off more easily, but that didn't seem to be the case.

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  3. Oy! I hate it when that happens. I have no useful advice to offer but lots of moral support and empathy!

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  4. We all have kitchen fails, but hopefully you'll get right back in there!

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    1. Thanks, Laura-I haven't had a chance to try them again, but I definitely am going to give them another whirl.

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