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post #1 of 22
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ok everyone I need to know how you all ..well most of you on this site made the chocolate transfer.. I am making a cake for my grandsons first birthday for his party this saturday. thanks for the help...
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post #2 of 22
Choco transfers are simply piped on wax paper. Not reversed like a FBCT. Cover you pic w/plastic wrap or wax paper and just pipe melted coating/choco over the pic. When it is set/dry peel it off.
Can;t help w/the other idea.
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks...
Sorry I am new at this. so i feel like a dummy when asking questions.
so here it goes .where would i purchase the choco. or is it candy melts that i can purchase at any craft store..
I can make transfers out of bcf but it comes out real thick. i use a coloing book picture for that. so it is bascally the same thing except for flipping it over
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post #4 of 22
exactly as kakeladi described. I also have recently started "mounting" the transfer on a white chocolate background. After the transfer has hardened, I carefully loosen it with an offset spatula, then pipe white (or even dark?) chocolate over the whole area, then place the piped transfer on top of the warm chocolate. Let it all harden then it is much easier to move and less fragile. (Have broken too many!)
Good luck!
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If you get melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly. ~Unknown
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post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
thank you well i will try this i'm a little worried but by the looks of everyones art work i think i can do it..i'm just afraid the choco will run..oh well thanks for the tip
post #6 of 22
I do reverse my chocolate transfers. Also, a cheap alternative to candy melts and real chocolate is almond bark.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by ladeebug

I do reverse my chocolate transfers. Also, a cheap alternative to candy melts and real chocolate is almond bark.



Yeah, me too, and I do alot of them! I don't like the bumpy uneven look of the directly piped ones. Mine are smooth ala buttercream transfers.
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post #8 of 22
I reverse mine as well. Actually, you must reverse them if you are going to make letters, numbers, or words.....otherwise the recipient will have to hold the cake up to a mirror to read it. icon_lol.gif
post #9 of 22
.....Sorry I am new at this. so i feel like a dummy when asking questions....

There are NO DUMB ?s icon_smile.gif If you don't know...someone will instruct you. Many times we will differ in our opinions but what works for one might not for another icon_smile.gif
.......where would i purchase the choco. or is it candy melts......
It can be choco chips; candy melts (from the craft store etc); or almond bark. Real choco needs to be tempered which can be a difficult project for a novice.
post #10 of 22
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thank you
post #11 of 22
One mistake I made when first making the transfers was making them too thin. Make sure they are thick enough so they don't break apart.
post #12 of 22
So you don't have to reverse it, and still achieve a smooth finish, you may want to try this:

I pipe mine onto wax paper taped to the back of a cake pan or cookie sheet (I can size things this way if I use the same size as the cake I'm making) and if you gently tap the pan with your finger after piping each little bit, it will settle and smooth the chocolate as well, and I don't have to reverse it. It's really not as hard as you'd think. Also, I melt the chocolate in a disposable piping bag, and let it cool for a minute before piping, so it's not super runny, and you can control your piping with how much you snip off. (I don't use a tip for this.)
I use Mercken's and I like the fact that it is completely edible, and tastes good, too! You can also mix your colors to make what you need. If you haven't seen it, they also have a color mixing chart which is great! (I got one at the cake store where they sell the chocolate) Here's the link:
http://www.streichs.com/instructions/Merckens_color_chart.html
HTH!!
If you get melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly. ~Unknown
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If you get melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly. ~Unknown
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post #13 of 22
I like your choclate transfer animals too.....so cute.....on the Diego cake. The real answer to whether or not you want to reverse is how smooth you want it to be. Your animals are adorable, and the chocolate is smooth and shiny, but definitely not flat. Actually, the slightly puffy texture gives them a 3-D effect, which I really like for the animals. But I might not want the 3-D effect on everything. Anyway, reversing is no big deal.......just use the horizontal flip on your computer and print it out. I have often done this to make transfers that look good from front and back.....can make two transfers and stick them together....kind of fun. Anyway, other than that I usually flip them.....we do the transfers the exact same way. I tried with tips before, and cutting a hole in the bag just works a lot better.
Transfers are really easier than you think. If you search the forums, you can find many different threads about them and there are even online tutorials if you do a google search.

Edited to add that I haven't tried Merckens......only Wilton. Kids seem to be the only ones that eat them and they don't mind the taste. But do you think the Mercken's melt better/easier? Sometimes, the Wilton ones seem to be a little....I don't know....'chunky'....even after being melted. it varies from batch to batch.
post #14 of 22
giraffe11: I do like the Merckens SOOO much better for taste and smoothness when I melt it - I think you're right - Wilton can get chunky and lumpy...I do a lot of decorating with chocolate, and a lot of times the adults will end up getting a letter or a small decoration or something and really enjoy it.
I totally get what you are saying about the smooth vs flat...I'll have to try that - never thought of reversing it when I print, depending on what I'm doing...and I am def going to try putting 2 back to back - fantastic idea! Thanks for your comments about the Diego cake...(kids just ate the zebra & a palm tree yesterday! DH stole the lion...big kid!) Still learning and figuring out new ideas - thanks for the tips!!
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post #15 of 22
Thanks for your tips too, djs! I had never considered how not flipping would add a neat 3-D effect. Seems simple, but I never thought to try it. I will give the Merckens a try as well.
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