A Chocolate Proposal

I’m often surprised by the requests that come through to my inbox, but this one simply delighted me.

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A lovely client wanted to propose to his girlfriend with a bespoke chocolate engagement ring, within a bespoke chocolate ring box. He sent me her ring size and some other specifications, and I suggested we use an edible diamond to give it that essential sparkle.

The ring is made from dark chocolate, nestled on top of a marzipan cushion. It sits within a white chocolate box that is adorned with delicate pink hearts and gold detailing.

It’s really something special to be a small part of the personal moments in people’s lives. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

The best part is that she said yes (how could you refuse a chocolate ring?)!

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First of all thank you very much again for making this beautiful chocolate ring and ring box! My fiancé absolutely loves it! Everyone we’ve shown photos of the ring makes compliments on how amazing it looks. Thank you very, very much!!

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If you’d like to discuss your own bespoke chocolate piece, please get in touch.

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Chocolate aubergine

It’s not every day you hear those two words strung together. Chocolate. Aubergine. Chocolate aubergine.

But in this case, it’s entirely accurate. I was commissioned to produce a chocolate sculpture for the food charity Gefiltefest that I am involved with.
I opted to use their logo, the aubergine, for the sculpture. It is true to size, as big as a healthy, voluptuous aubergine. This is solid Valrhona chocolate, almost 3kg of it, coaxed by hand into that lovely curvy shape aubergines have. The finishing touches are the charity logo piped in white chocolate, a chocolate base for the aubergine to rest on, and strokes of green and purple painted on with cocoa butter for a more realistic veggie look.

The lucky recipient seemed very pleased with his gift:

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Many thanks for the truly astonishing chocolate aubergine – it is a work of art that will be eagerly devoured (though it seems a shame to eat it rather than embalm it)!

If you would like to chat to us about commissioning a chocolate sculpture, please get in touch.

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All you need is LOVE: a special wedding cake

As a chocolatier, I often receive surprising phone calls, emails and unusual requests.

allpaintEarlier this summer, I was asked if I could make some elaborate wedding cake decorations from chocolate. The client wanted the words “All you need is love” and “Love is all you need”, along with 25 brightly coloured chocolate flowers. I was given a detailed specification as to the exact size of each word and general style of lettering. The cake was for a wedding party in Italy this summer.

What a daunting, but exciting challenge! It was one I readily accepted.

I taught myself how to make detailed decorations from chocolate, how to paint on chocolate, and techniques for making a wide variety of chocolate flowers.
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I enjoyed the project so much, getting creative, colouring, shaping, painting and coaxing the chocolate into lovely forms. Being a chocolate artist was immensely satisfying. I was thrilled when the happy couple sent me pictures of the finished cake.4smIsn’t it just fabulous?! As you can see, it also contains some marzipan creations made by another food artist (the animals and world landmarks), but these could be made from chocolate too.

I sent over a preview picture of the work to John, the client, as soon as I had completed all the pieces. I received the loveliest email soon after.

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I am utterly speechless – like them!? I LOVE THEM!! You have done a magnificent job. I am over the moon with how they look! I could not concentrate at work after seeing them, they are so beautiful. Thank you so much for all your hard work. I could not be happier with the result!!”

John

Do get in touch if you’d like to discuss bespoke chocolate decorations for your special cake.

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