Easter Duckies | April 6, 2017

Spring is trying so hard to be sprung here in Seattle.  We have had a few days of sunshine (or really just no rain) and the trees and bulbs are starting to sprout.  There is always this sense of cautious anticipation this time of year.  You want to be excited and jump right into shortsleeved shirts and cropped pants, but then you go outside and realize you still kind of need a down jacket.

For me, my embracing of spring has always coincided with Easter.  We were the children in pastel coats, matching hats, and (I may be dating myself here) white gloves.  My mom provided big, bright colorful Easter baskets brimming with all kinds of goodies. She would make a big Easter feast and, for dessert, an Easter cake.

Following in that tradition, I decided to do the same but with the shining star being the Tovolo Rubber Ducky Ice Molds.

For those of you who follow Tovolo, you know that I occasionally make chocolate treats out of the Tovolo Silicone Ice Trays.  Depending on the shape, some come out easier than others.  They are made for ice, not chocolate, so it is really user error.  I thought it would be adorable if I could make a springy duck pond cake and add chocolate ducks for decoration.  I hadn’t used the Tovolo 3D ice molds for that purpose so I was not sure how it would go.  Spoiler alert – it went great!

I simply melted white chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring occasionally with the Tovolo Mini Scoop & Spread, and poured the melted chocolate into the Tovolo Rubber Ducky Ice Molds.   I then placed the molds into the fridge for about an hour.  One of the most important tips I can offer whether you are molding chocolate in Tovolo Silicone Ice Molds or other types of moldsis to tap the air out of the mold before the chocolate can set.  All that means is that you want to gently tap the molds after you have filled them against the counter a few times.  You want to do this with even pressure and straight down onto the counter.  As you do this, you will see little bubbles appear at the surface, which means those bubbles aren’t hiding inside your chocolate duck.  These bubbles aren’t pretty, plus they make the chocolate more vulnerable to breakage. 

The great thing about Tovolo Ice Molds is that they are made of silicone, which allows us to create a lot of detail in the mold but also allows you to really stretch the material.  This is ideal for ice cubes so that you can get them out quickly and easily.  The same can be said for unmolding chocolate – you can really stretch the silicone and ease the chocolate shape out of the mold.  Go slowly and push gently so that you don’t break the head off… that would be a different kind of Easter surprise! You can probably see in the pictures as well that I put a few drops of food coloring into my melted white chocolate to get the yellow ducks.  Obviously, that only works with white chocolate.

The cake is just a simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting.  The molds are about 3 fl. oz. each, so a bag of chocolate chips makes about 3 ducks.  As you all know, decorating is not my strong suit, but I thought it was pretty cute.  If I had a five-year-old in my life, I would tell you that they helped decorate, but I don’t… it was just me.  I was impressed with my grass, though, and of course the ducks!

Happy Spring!  We would LOVE to see how your Chocolate Ducks turned out – send us your comments and pictures.