After some very serious chocolate tasting, we kicked off with decorating our martini glasses with melted chocolate. Flicking chocolate around safe in the knowledge that someone else will be cleaning up is pretty ace. We then made up the chocolate martinis, recipe coming up now...
1. Warm a glass of whipping cream on the hob until it is hot but not yet boiling.
2. Add a large handful of chocolate buttons and stir them into the cream to melt.
3. In a cocktail shaker (or jug if, like me, you're not fancy enough to own a cocktail shaker) put a handful of ice cubes, then pour your chocolate cream over the top. Add 2 shots of vodka and 2 shots of chocolate liqueur - we may have upped this a bit...
4. Mix together and strain into your chocolate decorated glass. Drink and feel instantly like an 80s bunny girl.
We went on to drizzle our whoopie pies with melted white chocolate - this is a great way to make anything chocolate look designer. The trick is to get the drizzle running of the spoon in a thin strand before you flick it over the pie so it's nice and delicate. We then filled them with a ludicrously sticky mixture of molten marshmallow and white chocolate - this could seriously be used to put pictures on the walls!
We finished off by decorating 6 cupcakes each with the various buttercreams, food colouring, decorations and, of course, chocolate toppings.
Overall we had a great afternoon of creating sweet treats in a fun, well set up location. I wouldn't say we left with any new skills as far as cupcake decoration goes but the martini and whoopie pies were a nice addition to the course and the cupcake part would suit a beginner well. My Chocolate run courses for hen dos and corporate team building and I think the set up would be ideally suited to groups who know each other well.
Here are my finished cakes - with a bit of patriotic Olympic spirit thrown in for good measure!