Dark Chocolate Covered Apples

I’ve actually been meaning to make these for a while, but over the holidays was the perfect opportunity.  After putting together an edible gift basket for my in-laws, I kept looking at it and thinking,  Seems like it’s missing something.  Then, I realized that this would be the perfect addition.  And apparently it was a wonderful addition…  When I told my mother-in-law that the big lump of chocolate on a stick was a dark chocolate covered apple, she dropped her hands to her side, and her eyes got big.  Her jaw dropped, and she engulfed me in a big hug, and told me that she loved me.  Not only was I overly flattered, but very shocked that she loved them so much.  Mental note.  Might even be a good way to suck up to the in-laws in the future.  😉

IMG_3653First, buy the necessary ingredients and materials.  I bought these at the local arts and crafts store.  For this project, I picked up cookie sticks, large treat bags, twistie ties, 1 bag of dark chocolate, and 4-5 small apples.

IMG_3654Insert the cookie sticks into the apples.  I used a hammer to tap them in…this keeps the sticks straight.  Push the sticks all the way down until they hit the bottom of the apple.

IMG_3655Melt the chocolate wafers in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between each interval.

IMG_3656Insert the apple into the melted chocolate, swirling around to completely cover apple with the chocolate.

IMG_3658Gently twirl the apple around, letting the excess chocolate fall off the apple.  This will help prevent extra pooling of chocolate at the bottom while setting.

IMG_3659Set chocolate covered apple on wax paper for chocolate to harden.  Try your best not to eat while chocolate is still liquid…you’ll need a bib.

IMG_3660How do you like dem apples?!  I love them!

IMG_3661When I packaged these, I trimmed down the treat bags so that the stick was coming out farther than the end of the bag.  Wrap twistie tie around to seal.  Store at room temperature.

Bouquet of Flowers Cake

Making flowers hasn’t been a real strength of mine since I started making cakes, so I decided to learn more.  I signed up for a class at a local arts and crafts store, and we spent the first three classes making flowers out of royal icing.  After getting home, it only seemed logical to do my homework, so even more flowers were made.

In our last class, we bring in an iced cake, and decorate it.  We did the basket weave around the sides of the cake, and picked a border for the top and bottom.  I chose the e-motion border for the bottom, and the reverse shells for the top.  There is a LOT of icing on this cake!  We had to pile up more icing on top of the cake so the flowers would sit up, and we could position them at an angle.  I wanted a lot of green leaves to add to the color, so I went a little crazy with the green…but very satisfied how it turned out.  Even though these flowers ARE edible, I’ll have to pass on crunching into them.  🙂