If you want a unique Baby Shower Party Favors to surprise your guests then these Lollopops is your way to do that .
You don’t need a recipe to make cabbage patch chocolates – just a technique guide to show you the way.
To begin you’ll need quite a bit of equipment and ingredients.
Equipment & ingridients :
Baby Face Lolly Chocolate Mold
Merckens Peach Wafers
(this is very delicious tasting coating- Do not buy Wilton wafers which are yucchy). If you are filling the molds completely with this, you need 2 ounces per face (you won’t use that much but you lose some to hardening on utensils and bowls).
if filling the centers with it – about 1-1/2 ounce per face. I used chocolate chips because they were cheaper (Ghirardelli). If I were making fewer and spending only my money, I would have used bar chocolate. Bar chocolate tastes better (to me) and is easier to work with because it melts into a thinner state than chocolate chips.
Mercken's Cocoa Dark Wafers
(ok tasting – I use it for decorating only) – 1 bag if you want to paint on dark hair. You can also paint the hair with real chocolate, but if you don’t temper it, it might turn whitish or rainbow-colored. If you want light brown hair, add brown food color to the peach wafers. If you want blond, you will need to buy 1 bag of Mercken’s Yellow or White Wafers(not super white) and add food coloring to these. You might also need Paramount Crystals to get the yellow coating to melt ( I didn’t need it for the peach wafers).
or something like that in a pink color to brush on the cheeks – I think I bought mine at Michael’s, but any place that sells gumpaste supplies will have som
and one cheap, bushy brush for putting on blush.
for keeping the chocolate and chocolate wafers melted and at the right temperature.
Small cake decorating spatula
I like the one that is angled
that you use only for food prep. I bought a special pair from a gumpaste supplier, but you could use regular tweezers as long as they stay in the kitchen!
Full-size muffin papers
in various colors – one for each head
for the clothing – about a 5 or 6-inch square for each head
at least 6-inches for each, or more if you want to tie bows
When you use the swirl method, the coating might swirl slightly out of the mold cup. This is actually good. It ensures that the entire mold is coated. Simply wipe off the excess coating with a paper towel or rag. If you want an extra thin shell, you can hold the mold upside down over a piece of waxed paper and let the excess coating drip out of the mold.
If you have trouble with this method, you can paint each cup individually. Start by putting in the 1-1/2 teaspoons of coating and then use the brush to paint from this pool of coating. After you get the whole thing coated, you might have to go back and daub on more chocolate on the spots you missed .
Place the molds in the refrigerator to set the chocolate. This will take about 5 minutes if the chocolate has been tempered and 15-25 minutes if the chocolate was not tempered.
Cover the top of the chocolate with 1 final layer of coating. I find it’s easiest to just spread it with a teaspoon. Make sure that the molds are completely filled up, and then set them back into the refrigerator for about 3 minutes to set the coating.
Let the molds stand at room temperature for a minute before you try to unmold them.
If the coating and chocolate are too cold, the coating will crack when you try and flex the mold to get the chocolate out. Place a piece of waxed paper on the counter or in a pan onto which you’ll unmold the chocolate.
To get them out of the molds, press on the noses of the babies. If the chocolate don’t pop out, let them rest a little more and then try again. They should pop out of the molds pretty easily.
If you haven’t done a good job in sealing in the chocolate, or if they were too cold when you tried to pop them out, part of the shell might stick to the pan and separate from the chocolate. Don’t despair – it can be fixed!
Just use the decorating spatula (metal) or brush to add a glob of coating to the chocolate.
Then heat the spatula in the flame of a gas stove or over the coil of an electric, just for a few seconds to get the spatula warm.
Press the spatula on the glob of chocolate and smooth it out.
You can use your finger to do the final smoothing.
Another problem you can have when the chocolates pop out, is that there is excess chocolate around the edge of each form because you put just a bit too much coating into the mold.
For the eyes, use a fine pointed brush to dot a small glob of melted peach coating in the socket of each eye.
Use tweezers to set the eyes into the sockets, and then press lightly so that the eye will adhere to the melted chocolate.
If you want to make your own eyes, I think it is much easier to use fondant than to pipe royal icing eyes.
Roll fondant into small round balls – they should be smaller than the sockets. Into the center
The last thing to do is to give the cheeks a little blush.
Use the petal or luster dust in a pretty pink color.
Don’t put too much on the brush at once.
The dust has a little bit of a glittery effect, but if you put it on sparingly, and brush off any excess, it really gives the babies depth and personality!
the bonnets. You can do the bonnets or the sleep sacks first.
To make the sleep sacks, set the tissue paper square either under the lower third of the head or at the neck.
- Fold in the two sides.
- tie the ribbon around the top.
You can also make a wider bottom, so that they look more like sleep sacks.