red velvet sprayed chocolate decorations and sphere ruffle piping.
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Ahhh ha, it might not be true love but I'm certainly enamoured with the "Russian" sphere tip that produces ruffles in one vertical squeeze of your piping bag. A real time saver for cake decorators and for the piping challenged... this is your tip!
left to right: these tips were sold as large sphere, large sphere and small sphere. I used the centre tip today, finding the wider gaps piped a more pleasing ruffle.
The tips are being sold as "Russian" or "Oriental" or just "Sphere" tips. There is a difference in manufacturers, the base diameters are the same in the ones I have tried but the gaps in the sphere differ in size between brands.
All the tips fitted standard couplers.
Moving from a few dollars for a tip to many dollars for a can of cacao velvet spray.
Phew, these cans are pricey if I didn't have a birthday voucher I wouldn't have purchased this product. Having it now, it's so much fun and results look fab... tastes nice too which is an oddity for red colouring. If you are running a food related business you will have access to wholesale prices and possible tax rebates depending on where you are.
Velvet spray is cacao butter in a can or using a compressor and spray gun. My can is a product from Belgium and contains cocoa butter, white chocolate, lecithin, flavouring and colours. Used by chefs and chocolatiers to give a smooth velvet finish to chilled chocolate, mousse, ice-cream, you will see it used often in entremets and chocolate show piece flowers.
Chill some chocolate... but not to point that I did here with ice starting to form... just until cold.
I moulded simple chocolate hearts, piped a few chocolate squiggles and popped them in the freezer to chill. The spray can has to be at 25 cel or warmer room for a few hours, you'll hear the ball-bearing inside the can just like spray paint when you shake it. Set up a spraying box (I just used a cardboard box lined with baking paper) to protect your benches/kitchen from a velvet coating. Hold the can 25cm above what you want to spray, place you items close together, but not touching. Spray lightly in a sweeping motion, starting just before the beginning of your item and finished just after, exactly the same way you would use a spray paint can. Repeat as necessary.
If the nozzle blocks it's easily removed, get it working again with a few seconds in a microwave or in hot water.
The velvet look contrasts beautifully with tempered shiny chocolate or used alone like on today's cupcake to add visual interest.
Use for special occasion baking, to add a luxury touch to wedding cakes and the like. I love the red for romance, Christmas and valentines day.
Easy to use, if you can use a can of spray paint you can use velvet spray.
Long life, my can has and almost two year best before date.
Convenient, just grab out the cupboard when ready to use.
Looks brilliant on chocolate to mousse.
A little goes a long way.
Cans are available in assorted colours, red, milk chocolate, white chocolate etc.
Cost, it's expensive at around $50 a can in Australia for this brand.
Cans VS Compressor and spray gun:
Both ways will cost you, if you just need need velvet spray for a special occasion a can is the way to go. If it's business the compressor and spray gun has a larger initial outlay, but gives you much more versatility in colour.
Happy Baking :)
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