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Chocolate Raspberry Tree

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Scooch's chocolate tree instructable got me thinking.  I wanted to make a chocolate tree with narrow branches, and I considered using modeling chocolate and dipping the branches in ice water.

I don't like modeling chocolate.

Then I started to think about how 3D printers work, and I came up with this method to make a 3D chocolate tree without anything holding it up.

Chocolate Trees:

chocolate (I used dark)
ice
dry ice
freeze dried raspberries, optional

Temper chocolate in whatever method you prefer.  Crush or shave ice and dry ice.  Surprisingly, the dry ice did okay with the regular ice in our little snow cone maker.  I do recommend using dry ice with the regular ice to make sure it stays cold enough.

Transfer some melted, tempered chocolate into a ziplock bag or piping bag.  Scoop some ice mixture into a container, mounding it up in the middle where the trunk will be.  Pipe squiggly lines, making them thicker at the center for the trunk.  Spoon some more ice mixture over the roots and branches you just piped, leaving the trunk open.  Pipe more branches and roots over the new layer of ice, and continue until your tree is as branched and complex as you like.  Carefully remove the tree from the ice and brush away the excess ice.  Use a dab of melted chocolate to attach any broken branches or roots to add stability, then sprinkle some ice mixture on the glued area to harden the chocolate.


I wanted a somewhat dramatic presentation to serve these trees, so I got some freeze dried raspberries.  I broke them into little pieces and glued the little bits onto the branches with more melted chocolate.


Islands for the trees:

raspberry sorbet
angel food cakes
1/2 C dark chocolate chips
2 C cream
1/2 C fresh raspberries
2 T lemon verbena infused syrup (optional)
1 t agar agar powder
2 T powdered sugar
handful freeze dried raspberries

Trim angel food cakes to fit into oversized muffin tins.  Melt chocolate chips with fresh raspberries and 1/2 C cream.  Stir until smooth, cool, add another 1/2 C cream and whip until slightly fluffy and thickened.  Spoon chocolate mixture into the holes in the angel food cakes.  Cover the cakes in the pan with raspberry sorbet, and keep pan in freezer until ready to plate desserts.

If you really want the hassle of making lemon verbena syrup, simmer 1 part fresh lemon verbena leaves with 1 part water and 2 parts sugar, then let sit overnight and strain.

Whip 1 C cream with 1 t agar agar powder, infused syrup (if using) and 2 T powdered sugar.

Crumble the freeze dried raspberries and force through a fine sieve to get raspberry powder.


Raspberry moat:

1 C cream
1 T sugar
1/4 C fresh raspberries
1 t vanilla

Heat cream with sugar, vanilla, and raspberries until warm.   Blend thoroughly.


Plating the trees:

Slide a knife around the sorbet topped cakes in the muffin tin, then carefully unmold them.  Place a cake in an individual serving bowl, sorbet side down.  Pipe whipped cream over the island, sprinkle with raspberry powder, then carefully place the chocolate tree on top.  
Crush some dry ice in a towel.  Spoon some dry ice powder into the bowl around the island.  Pour the warm raspberry moat over the dry ice.  Eat the dessert.



If you REALLY can't handle that much chocolate for dessert (but what's wrong with you?), you can use a few branches instead of a whole tree.

wow. so cool .
anibioman3 years ago
this looks amazing.
im37333 years ago
Thank you! I've been looking for a way to make a realistic tree out of chocolate for months now, I had some ideas, but this is by far the best looking one i've seen yet! My plan is to use a whipped cream dispenser and make a white chocolate foam with green food coloring to cover the "branches" of the tree, with any luck, it'll work. Awesome 'ible, very informative, and terrific pics, so helpful. Again, THANKS!
Kryptonite3 years ago
That's incredible! Nice job I must say.
What camera do you use? Those pictures are top quality :D
supersoftdrink (author)  Kryptonite3 years ago
um... I used my iphone. I don't have a camera ;)
You've worked wonders with the lighting!
supersoftdrink (author)  Kryptonite3 years ago
Thanks... although I think it's a combination of luck and the auto correct feature built into the iphone. We have fluorescent lights in our little kitchen, no nearby windows.
Fluoro lights are about the best for lighting; incandescent gives a sickly yellow glow to everything.
PACW3 years ago
Brilliant! Could you wait for the ice to melt rather than trying to free it manually?
supersoftdrink (author)  PACW3 years ago
yeah but if you use the shaved ice, it'll mostly fall out as you remove the tree because the pieces are so little.

flyingpuppy3 years ago
What a clever idea to use the concept of a 3D printer.
That looks delicous but too beautiful to eat!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Incredible. Much better job than I did!
cluracon3 years ago
This is gorgeous!
sunshiine3 years ago
Yummy! I love raspberries with chocolate.
abbyr3 years ago
cooooooooooolllllllllllllllllll. it looks awesome!
ChrysN3 years ago
Looks amazing!