candies and glue them together and them dip it in yellow cocoa butter. From there, you just take a small pointed knife, dip it in the chocolate, and make the leaves. There is a special way of using the knife so that there is a vein going down the petal which makes it really realistic. However, being as it is so simple, if I tell you this technique, I wouldn't be very skilled anymore. Then you just take the petals, dip them in chocolate, and attach to the half hollow sphere. Crazy simple but such a cool look. Then we made the leaves and the stems. This is all white chocolate and colored cocoa butter which is blended up until it forms a paste which you can them form into whatever you want really and it hardens completely.
Earlier in the day my friend Alex who is from Chicago but lived with me in Australia came to tour my school. Chef Scott was teaching both the morning and evening class and doing chocolate in both. We sat in during his demonstration of other cool chocolate techniques. I was the first to finish my cake so I was able to work on a few of these and was very excited about them. It's amazing how simple some of this stuff is but just how cool it looks. My favorite were the chocolate plaques which look awesome. What you do is take colored cocoa butter and brush it onto acetate then pour chocolate on top. The fats in both are attracted to each other and so the cocoa butter sticks to the chocolate. You are supposed to cut it into shapes while it is waiting to harden but I forgot so I had to crack mine once it hardened all the way. So cool. And then the sad tale...since I was leaving for the airport right after class, I couldn't take my whole cake with my so I was going to take apart each chocolate part and put it in my locker. So I asked Chef Scott how to take it apart mychocolate piece since its all glued together and so he came over and pulled it off the cake, flipped it upside down, and smashed all of it into pieces. I literally shrieked while everyone else gasped and I just looked at him like he was crazy. And all he said was something like this, "Isn't it great destroying these showpieces." And I responded with, "When you've done 1000 of them, sure its fun. But when this is the first and only one you've ever made....not so fun." Very sad, but I do have plenty of pictures.
Then I got to go home and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the fam. We skyped with Sally and ate a wonderful meal with some great pies. It was a perfect holiday and then I went shopping on Black Friday and got about 15 DVDs. Thanks fam for a great break!