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How to Temper Chocolate for Cake Decorating

Learn how to temper chocolate from professional pastry chef Katie Rosenhouse in this Howcast cake decorating video.


So, I'm here with bowl of white chocolate. And you can see I've set it over a double boiler. What I'm about to do is temper the white chocolate and I'm going to use that as decorations for my cakes.

So, you can see all of my chips are in the bowl. And I have the heat on, I'd say, medium or medium low. The goal is if you see all this steam happening, steam is very bad. Avoid steam.

What that does is all that condensation could end up back in your chocolate and you don't want the chocolate to seize. What that is is when chocolate mixes with a little bit of water it will kind of firm up very hard. And you don't necessarily want that.

So, all I'm doing is gently melting my chocolate. And the purpose of tempering is really to create what's known as like snap and sheen.

If you've ever have, you know, pieces of white chocolate or dark chocolate and you can kind of snap them in your mouth and they have that beautiful glossy finish, the chocolate has been tempered. Because without it your chocolate would just kind of be limp and melt in your hands, not in your mouth.

So you can see I just melted it about two thirds of the way. This way it's not going to stay too hot. I'm almost cooling it down with some of the seeds that aren't melted yet.

And I'm just turning my bowl and using my rubber spatula. I'm just bringing it together.

Now the goal is to cool it down to the point where it's about body temperature. If you find that it's still too warm when all your chips are melted just set it over a bowl with ice water and give it a little bit of a stir and then remove it. And just kind of stir it and stir it until it's nice and cool and ready to work with.

And that's how you quickly temper some chocolate.

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