Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chocolate Oak Leaves and Peanut Butter Frosting

Have I told y'all that I love fall?  Especially the leaves.  There is something magical about all the rich, earthy colors.  As a tribute to fall I made these chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting and chocolate oak leaves.

Let's start by making the chocolate oak leaves.  Roll some modeling chocolate out on parchment or waxed paper.  Use a small leaf shaped cookie cutter or cut around a template.  I had both a maple leaf and an oak leaf cutter.  I decided to only use the oak leaves on the cupcakes.

Here they are all cut out.  Now its time to add some detail.
I used a plastic stick with wood grain texture to add some veining to the leaves.  I rolled it some in the middle.  I also rolled the stick over the edges of the leaves to thin them out a bit.  You can use a paint brush handle and toothpick to do the same thing.
Here they are with all of the veining done.  It gives them a little more character, don't you think?

Brush them with a little red and gold luster dust.  Shape them like you like and let cool to room temperature or place in the fridge. 

 I also rolled some little balls of modeling chocolate for chocolate pearls.  Dusting the balls with a mixture of the red and gold luster dust made them look almost like copper.

Use a Wilton tip 2D to pipe the swirls of peanut butter frosting on the cupcakes and top with the chocolate pearls and oak leaves.

I'll be posting my recipe for the peanut butter frosting separately.