Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Bloody eyeballs and a pumpkin army

Today we kicked off the Halloween season by making:

• Bloody eyeballs (rice krispy treats and chocolate)
• Chocolate cake pops decorated as pumpkins
• Cupcakes topped with orange, black and bat-shaped Halloween sprinkles (not pictured)

I love this holiday! We're planning to make even more spooky treats over the next few weeks, so I'll be sure to post photos of these frequently.

Anyhow, back to today's activities. While Paige worked on the awesomely gross-looking rice krispy eyeballs, I got to fly solo with the pumpkin-themed cake pops pictured below.

To make this little pumpkin army, I hand-dipped each pop into orange-colored melted chocolate and let them cool. Once they cooled off, I had to hand-pipe each pumpkin face with melted dark chocolate.

Hand-piping such tiny details is pretty tricky to do on such a small surface while trying to keep your hands steady. You kind of have to work fairly quickly because once the piping chocolate starts to cool, it gets a bit stringy when you're trying to decorate. Overall, I think they came out pretty good considering that's my first time doing any real detail work. Detailing was always my favorite part of drawing, but I just need to get used to doing it with chocolate instead of a more easily controlled pencil. All in due time!

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