April 8, 2009
My mom asked me a few days ago how to make chocolate curls or the decorative chocolate on cakes. Its actually quite simple ! I demonstrated them for her and a bunch of women at my future sister-in-law's bridal shower. Here's how ....
Pour melted chocolate on to the back of an oven tray. Spread it around to cover the entire back side. It can be anywhere from a few millimeters thick to half a centimeter. Let it cool. If you are in a rush - 5 minutes in the fridge will do it. Otherwise you can just set it in a cool place in your kitchen. To test if its ready you want it to be mostly dry to the touch - but just a little wet that you can see your fingerprint.
Take a paint scrapper and press firmly against the pan. Slow and steady wins the race ! Either brace the baking sheet against a wall or get a helper to hold the other end so it doesn't slip away while you're making your curls. You can make small curls with small scrappers or large curls with large scrappers. If you are daring - hold one end of the chocolate while you are pulling it off so you get one long strip. Use this to wrap around a cake for a sleek polished chocolate look.
Hope this makes sense... Post questions if you need any further help !