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Chocolate candle place settings

  • Preparation Time60 mins
  • DifficultyHard
32 ounces white chocolate, tempered
Powdered food colors
8 ounces cocoa butter, melted
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, tempered
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Candle molds (each mold has 3 parts - 2 candle pieces and a base)
Rubber stamps
1) Make the candle base and the candle: Use a ladle to fill each mould(2 candle halves and a base) with chocolate.

2) Tap the mould on the work top to encourage the air bubbles to depart. When the mould is full, set it aside and let it harden. You can place the mould in the refrigerator for several minutes to help the chocolate to harden. Repeat with as many moulds as you would like.

3) To make the transfer sheets, place the powdered food colours in small bowls (I used orange, green and blue).

4) Add a few tablespoons of cocoa butter to the food colouring and stir until well combined. Pour a little of the coloured cocoa butter onto a clean tea towel. This will serve as a blotter or ink pad for the colour.

5) Place the sheet of acetate on the work surface. Press the rubber stamp into the blotter and then press onto the acetate sheet. Continue using this same process to create as many colors and stamps as you like. Be sure to clean the rubber stamp between colors. If you need to reheat the cocoa butter, use a hair dryer or heat gun.

6) When the stamped transfer sheet has set, use an offset spatula to spread a 3mm thick layer of white chocolate over the acetate sheet.

7) Break the cooled colored chocolate into interesting free-form shapes.

8) Fill a piping bag with bittersweet chocolate and use it to write names onto the transfer sheet shapes. This will be the place card for the candle.

9) To stick the candle halves together: Invert a flat baking sheet over a pan of hot water. Press one half of the candle against the warm surface. When the chocolate begins to melt, press the other half of the candle into place. Press the candle bottom onto the warm pan. Centre the melted candle bottom on the base. Allow it to set until hardened.

10) Make the flame of the candle: Use an offset spatula to spread some white chocolate candle flames onto a sheet of acetate. The chocolate should be tapered at one end to resemble the flame. Allow it to set, then remove from the acetate.

11) Press the bottom of the flame onto the warm baking sheet. Then adhere it to the top of the candle.

12) Place some powdered red food colouring in a small bowl. Add a few tablespoons of cocoa butter to the food colour and stir until well combined. Use a paintbrush to paint the flame with the colour.

13) Place a small amount of white chocolate in a piping bag. Pipe white chocolate at the top of the candle until it runs down the side. This resembles the melted wax of a real candle. Place a small amount of bittersweet chocolate in a piping bag and use it to make small dots for the candles' eyes.

14) Use more tempered white chocolate to glue the nameplate to the base of the candle.

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