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Guest Post!!! Chocolate Forest Critters by Cheryl of Sew Can Do

I started blogging having no idea that one could make true friends with a computer. What a fool I was! I feel so lucky to be able to share not just one, but two guests posts from super duper awesome friends who also happen to be fellow bloggers! I adore these little candy critters. I think my favorite is the hedgehog. Yep. The hedgehog. OK, no more me, now it’s to super duper awesome Cheryl.
Hey Everyone, it’s Cheryl from Sew Can Do.  I do a lot of crafting on my blog, but I also love making treats.  Today I’m sharing a little idea that makes a fun Fall decoration for cakes, cupcakes and desserts of all sorts: Chocolate Forest Friends!
So much easier to do than decorating an entire cake with icing and a lot more fun to make too!
Here’s How:
You’ll Need
A bag of chocolate candy melts – white
1/2 cup corn syrup
Necco wafers
Brown jimmies (extra long)*
Small oval & triangle candies*
Sugar Pearls
Food coloring gel
Food writer pens
Cornstarch
Pyrex container
Cling wrap
Cookie sheet
Small paintbrush
Toothpicks
You can get nearly all these supplies in the cake/candy making section of most craft stores
* You can get the long jimmies, ovals and triangles all together in the Animal Sprinkle Set by Wilton
First thing you need to make a batch of modeling chocolate, my go-to recipe for easy cake decorating.   I love it because if you goof up while making the shapes you can just roll them out again until you get it right, unlike frosting directly on a cake which is much less forgiving when you make a mistake. It also tastes a lot better than fondant and much simpler to make.
Just melt one bag of chocolate melts in a Pyrex container in the microwave according to package instructions.   It may not look like it’s completely melted, but if you stir well it will get smooth.  Fold in 1/2 cup of corn syrup until it starts to come together like a dough ball, then spread out about 1/2in thick on cling wrap covered cookie sheet and top with more cling wrap.
Let it sit for at least 3 hours, then knead with hands until soft like play dough.  Now you’re ready to get decorating!  Using the gel food coloring, color half the batch gray, a small golf ball amount pink, leave a smaller bit white and color the rest brown.

For the mouse:
Sprinkle some cornstarch onto a smooth work surface and roll a ping-pong sized ball and shape it into a lopsided oval.  Press in two pink Necco wafers for the ears:

Roll out a skinny strip of pink about 3 inches long for the tail:

Press together tail and back of mouse.  Add two sugar pearls for eyes, an upside-down triangle candy for the nose and some jimmies for whiskers:


Add pupils to the eyes with a black food pen and the little mouse is ready to be nibbled:


For the Owl:
Take a ping-pong ball sized piece of brown and press flat into a pear shape.  Pinch the top edges to make the “ear” sections of the owl’s head:


Press in two oval candies for eyes, a triangle for the beak and snap a Necco wafer in half and press in the sides for the wings:

Draw on some eyes and look Hooo’s ready -


For the bunny:
Make a small ping-pong ball out of gray for the body, with a slightly smaller ball for the head, two small bits for ears, a gum ball sized ball from white for the tail and a small bit of pink for the nose:

Shape the body into an oval and attach the head and tail:

Shape the ears into small, flattened, lopsided ovals.  Break a toothpick in half and press half of each piece into the back sides of the ears with the rest of the toothpick piece sticking out the bottom.
Then insert the remaining part of the toothpick into the head so the ears will stand up:
Shape the pink bit of chocolate into a nose and attach to head with a long jimmy.  Press in sugar pearl eyes:

Add centers of eyes and a curved mouth with food pen.  Since there are toothpicks used, be sure anyone eating knows they are there before taking a big bite!


For the Hedgehog:
Again use a ping-pong size amount of brown modeling chocolate, but carefully pull out and narrow one end of the ball to look like this:


Starting at the back end and working up from the bottom, insert the extra long jimmies for the spines, stopping when you get to the elongated end.  This takes a bit of patience, but the look is really worth it:
  
Add sugar pearl eyes and a small amount of gray for the nose:
Add some centers to the eyes and a small smile on one side of the face with the food pen:

Brush off any excess cornstarch with the paintbrush and these little chocolate friends are ready to be admired or eaten.  This amount will make enough for two cakes plus some extra for other decorations.  I tinted some leftover modeling chocolate blue and rolled out some little lakes for the centers of the cakes.  A little brown sugar “sand” to hide the edges and our sweet woodland critters had a place to call home:
Thanks for letting me stop by Meaghan!

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4 Comments

  1. Mini Baker
    Posted November 20, 2011 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    love the porcupine!

  2. Naomi Davis
    Posted November 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Too stinking cute! It's neck and neck between the porcupine and the owl for me. I think I shall have to play too.

  3. sue
    Posted November 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    too cute!

  4. sonsuz dekorasyon
    Posted November 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    so cute!!!

    http://sonsuzdekorasyon.blogspot.com/

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