Chocolate collars going around the outside of a cake are simply one of the fastest and easiest ways to take a cake from ordinary to fabulous! Got five minutes, chocolate and wax paper? You're good to go.
Yes, this beautiful cake was my birthday cake on Sunday! My own personal cake that is. I made a second cake for everyone else. It's my birthday. I don't want to share my cake on my birthday. Ha ha. You might judge me for it, but deep down, you know you really want to do the same. Besides it's not like I didn't let them have any cake! I made a four layer chocolate hazelnut cake for the party! And pumpkin pies!
My good friend, Rachel, and I had a
My mother gave me some new
|top: close up of chocolate collar and berries bottom: uncovered cake and chocolate hazelnut cake|
Making the chocolate band is super easy! My recommendation is keeping the chocolate decently thick, so then when it hardens fully, it won't break. :) For my birthday cake I cut a strip of wax paper that goes around the cake, andmade the band extra tall, melted some chocolate, smoothed it on, and then refrigerated for five minutes....CAREFULLY picked it up, wrapped it around and then crinkled in the chocolate. I loved the effect but getting the wax paper pulled off after it set was a tad bit tricker.
Here's the video I used from Bonappetit.com as my guide! Good luck and have fun!