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The Glaze -A Fundamental of Pastry

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Finished UltimateLast week the Ultimate Chocolate  Fudge Cake used a glaze.  This week I want to go more in depth as the glaze is one of the important techniques in pastry making and quite easy once it has been mastered.  This liquid brown coating has an intense flavor since it has no sugar other than that in the chocolate.  We glazed small single layers or individual cakes to four layer wedding cakes as seen below. Large Glazed CakesAfter setting it has a beautiful sheen and the glaze itself is set softly but firmly.  However, if you touch it a fingerprint will be left.  It cannot be used as a coating for chocolates as it is too soft.  For this discussion, we are using a dark chocolate glaze.

The glaze is dark chocolate and cream to which other ingredients such as cornsyrup, butter and flavorings can be added.  Our Cream Glaze, consisting of cream and chocolate, was used for almost everything we glazed with the exception of one cake that required a butter instead of cream.   The glaze can also be set out at room temperature to firm up.  We did this often and used it as a filling for cakes as well as to undercoat cakes that were to receive no other finish, such as decoratifs, vermicelli or sprinkles – all the same by different names.  Once set up, the finished item can be held at room temperature.  See sprinkles blog. Continue reading

Sprinkles, Jimmies, Decoratifs or Vermicelli

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY PASTRIES LIKE A PRO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Jimmies/DecoratifsSprinkles, Jimmies, Decoratifs or Vermicelli –  whatever you call them these little chocolate decorations can make or break a cupcake or cake!

When I first started in business there was no internet and very little help for someone who was not a trained baker.  I had to learn everything on my own and very quickly.  One of the things that took me a while to find was the real chocolate sprinkles.

Basically there are two different kinds of chocolate sprinkles.  The jimmies are made with cocoa and shortening,  can be dull and rather fat in comparison to those made with real chocolate. JimmiesThe Decoratifs by Guittard and Vermicelli by Cocoa Barry are made with real chocolate, are delicate and shiny.  They can add an elegant touch when it comes to finishing.  Looks-wise, they appear to be made by the same company and just packaged differently.Decoratifs Continue reading