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Not sure if anyone read my very first journal, but I mentioned that my previous career was as a Chef. Well here's a dessert I created, it's a Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake.

1 Layer Belgian Chocolate Mousse
1 Layer Bailey's White Chocolate Mousse
1 Layer Cappuccino Chocolate Mouse

Yes, that is a chocolate maple leaf.

If anyone thinks I should post the recipe please comment.
I'll even teach you how to make the chocolate leaves.

As requested, here is the recipe.
Now please forgive me if this is so confusing. I've been making these type cakes for over 20 years and it all just comes naturally and I go so fast, so I may have jumped steps. I've tried to write it as easy as possible for you. If you're unclear, please ask, I'll be glad to assist.

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake
Preparation Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 hour (includes setting time in refrigerator and decoration)
Yield: One 9” Cake, 12-14 servings depending on size
Equipment:
9” Springform pan
rubber spatulas
12 clean non porous artificial leaves
stainless steel bowls
3 wire whisks
electric mixer
small paint brush
Ingredients:
14 (1 ounce) squares bitter sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
6 (1 ounce) squares white chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 ounces of reduced cappuccino coffee syrup or use any flavoured liqueur you wish
10 eggs separated
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 ounce cream tartar
4 cups whipping cream, whipped
2 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/4 cup melted butter
2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs, I’ve found that the no name brand contains less sugar—which is good.

Ingredient Note: Now I use a more classic French mousse recipe, I find that it’s the easiest. I prefer to use bitter sweet chocolate because as you add sugar it will increase the sweetness of the mousse. Also, DON’T use milk chocolate, spend the extra money and buy good quality chocolate. You won’t regret it. :)
As for white chocolate—white chocolate is not chocolate at all, but a mixture of ingredients that I won’t get into. But what to look for is a white chocolate with cocoa butter and NOT vegetable oil, it should be creamy coloured and not white. Now I use Guylain Belgium chocolate, (Belgian chocolate is the best in the world trust me) however, you can use Lindt for both dark and white, and Baker’s brand will do nicely as well and is easier on the wallet.
Also, do not allow any water to get into your chocolate. You’ll end up with a chocolate clump.

Preparation:
Cake Base:
In a bowl combine melted butter and cookie crumbs.
Press into a 9” springform pan and bake at 180˚c (350˚F) for 10 minutes.
Remove and let cool completely.

Mousse Preparation:
Melt the 6 ounces of the bitter sweet chocolate on a double boiler in a stainless steel bowl and the other 6 ounces in another bowl.
Melt the white chocolate on a separate double boiler with the Bailey’s.
Do not allow the bottom of the bowls to touch the water, but rather let them gently melt, as this will prevent the chocolate from scorching.
While you are melting the chocolates, bring the cappuccino to a boil and reduce to a syrup.
Separate the eggs, careful not to get any yolks in the whites. Place the yolks in the refrigerator for now.
Whip the cream with 1/8 cup of sugar until stiff peaks form, roughly divide into 3. Don’t over whip or you’ll get butter. Put in refrigerator.
Whip the egg whites and cream of tartar, gradually adding in 1/8 cup sugar until stiff peaks form—the same as you would for meringues. Divide into 3 and put in the refrigerator.

Now take your egg yolks and add 3 to one of the bitter sweet chocolate and mix thoroughly over the double boiler for about one minute. It will make a thick dark chocolate mixture
Do the same for the other chocolate with the cappuccino.
For the white chocolate Add 4 egg yolks and should make a thick creamy yellow mixture. I add extra egg yolk to the white chocolate as it contains more fatty oils and we need it

Remove them all from the heat and grab your whipped cream and meringues.
Now this next part can be a little tricky and will require you to know how to fold ingredients together.
Take first chocolate mixture and add a couple of dollops of whipped cream and meringues and using a rubber spatula mix thoroughly together. You should have somewhat of a creamy chocolate mixture. Now take the rest of the whipped cream and meringues and gently fold them into the chocolate mixture.

Repeat for the other chocolate flavours.

Pour the mousses into the springform pan layering each one on top of the other.
Place in cake into the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Chocolate Leaves:
You’ll need 4 ounces of chopped dark chocolate—not Milk Chocolate
Melt 3 oz of chopped chocolate on a double boiler just as before, gently stirring until the chocolate has melted.
The ideal heat for chocolate is 45˚C (110˚F) Don’t go over that temperature as it could scorch.
Once melted, remove from heat. Keep the water in the double boiler on low.
Now this next step called Tabling isn’t necessary but Pastry Chefs will do this so I’ll include it so you know what I did. Pour 1/3 of the chocolate onto a marble slab and spread thinly with a metal spatula, scrape back into a pile re-spread the chocolate again. Do this until you have a muddy consistency, then reintroduce the mixture back into the warm chocolate.

Take your artifical leaves and uniformly paint the underside (veiny side) of the leaves. Now you can use real leaves, but please make sure they are clean, clean, clean, and you know what kind of leaves they are. Allow the leaves to cool completely and refrigerate for about 5-10 minutes. Once they’ve cool, gently peel the leaf away from the chocolate. I’ve found that using a palette knife helps. Don’t over handle them as they’ll start to melt, if so refrigerate and repeat the process.

Removing your cake from the springform:
Pitcher of hot water
Sharp knife or metal spatula
Dip your knife of spatula into the hot water and go around the edge of the springform gently releasing the cake. Release the spring and voila!

Decorate your cake and enjoy!

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The Flutterby did just that.
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mixed media with music box, toilet seat and light bulbs.
for my dryad art show, opening april 5th.
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Frozen Inside Egg

plastic egg, nail polish, necklace, plastic flowers

4" tall
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Souichi Tsujii + editing_:iconfengsong:
Photography + editing_:iconpireze:
Series: Souichi's Diary of Delights by Junji Ito

More Photos: fc2blog | tumblr

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ARRGGHHH while editing these pics it only just hit me that I've cosplayed a Junji Ito work. It's a great feeling since he's one of my favourite and one of my very first creepy/ horror story authors! Souichi's one of my favourite characters in that he's so fun to hate and portray. Thank you *silverharmony for inviting me to be your schoolgirl victim in the Lovesick Dead shoot we did earlier in the day and encouraging me to cosplay Souichi!!

I had lots of fun acting like a brat for the duration of this shoot GEHEHEH. The only downside was that everything else in the shoot was a nightmare for both me and the photographers- it was basically a cloudless, sunny sky with temperatures at around 28 Celsius (if I'm not wrong), and with it being a summer day and the shoot being right next to a billabong, mosquitoes. Everywhere. I still have scars from their bites on my legs and they (and the mosquito bites that resulted) even showed up in the images I had before post-processing!!

I need to thank both photographers ~pireze and #strawtography again for braving the swarm to shoot with me ヽ(;▽;)ノ Lucky Harmony didn't get bitten as horribly as us!!

Special thanks to ~thebrilliantones for helping me with the voodoo dolls!! <3
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More Junji Ito Horror:
:bulletblack: Junji Ito: Souichi Tsujii
:bulletblack: Junji Ito: Souichi's Diary of Curses
:bulletblack: Junji Ito's Lovesick Dead: Intersection Pretty-Boy
:bulletblack: Junji Ito's Tomie: Carve Up
:bulletblack: Junji Ito's Tomie: Painter's Portrait
:bulletblack: Junji Ito's Tomie: True Face
:bulletblack: Junji Ito's Tomie: Japan's Sweetheart
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Quilt that I made from a carved 2' by 4' MDF board print and serigraph-printed borders. The quilt in total measures approximately 28" by 46.5"

My first foray into quilting, so there are definitely some issues with it, mostly that the fabric took for-freaking-ever to dry, so I was quilting it the day before it was due while it was still damp (a big disgusting mess), but overall I am so pleased with how this turned out. If I decide to make another quilt, I have definitely learned to print early so that it has 19859324 hours to dry, which it seems to need. I also printed a few of just the main image on regular printmaking paper.

Based on one of my favorite literary characters ever, The Raven King / John Uskglass from the Susanna Clarke novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. The novel is gigantic, over 1000 pages in paperback, but I found Mr. Uskglass incredibly interesting.
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Pretty Egg

wood egg, acrylic paint, button
1" tall
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Five days ago... that's when I first had the nightmare. I haven't been able to get out of my room since then. The phone doesn't work... the TV doesn't work... I can't even get anybody to hear me when I yell... My whole world has suddenly turned insane. My door's chained up, the windows are sealed shut... And on top of that, someone chained the door from the inside. How am I going to get out of here?
-Henry Townshend


Henry Townshend + Editing_ :iconfengsong:
Photography + Makeup_ :iconscarletbrenda: :hug::heart:

Series: Silent Hill 4: The Room

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So much to say about this shoot! Thank you :iconsilverharmony: for introducing me to this wonderful series of games and inviting me to be your Henry!

Thank you :iconscarletbrenda: for letting me drag you around the island for photos and putting up with my awkward poses HAHA~ It's always fun to go on shoots with you!

To everyone else who participated in this epic shoot, thanks to
:icontreminate::icontom-nom-nom::iconsilverharmony::iconplaneswalkerlx::iconrayfy::iconwakaleo::iconathira80: Mark and Varia Bell for being such amazing and talented cosplayers!
And to the fantabulous :iconstrawtography: :iconechoing-artemis: :iconpandori: and :iconscarletbrenda: for the amazing photography!

PS. CHERYL!?

:heart:

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More Photos...
:bulletblack: Welcome To Silent Hill
:bulletblack: Silent Hill: Heather Mason
:bulletblack: Pyramid head
:bulletblack: Silent Hill: Henry Townshend
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Photo by Tomek Słupski, model Carol, make-up Agnieszka Kwiatkowska, costume design Katarzyna Konieczka. [link]
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