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I'm seeing stars!
Having two kids, I like to think of myself as quite a good cupcake maker now, habing perfected my talent over the last four years making cupcakes for birthday parties, mummy groups and just for fun for my kids.
One of the ways I embelish my cupcakes is with a lot of decorations, mostly to try and hid the little burnt bits or the bad icing on the top, but they still taste quite nice!
In my opinion Dr Oetker do a really nice range of cake decoration and one of my favourite are these chocolate stars. Stars are very popular at the moment and my daughter koves to wear clothes with stars on them so she loves it when I make these star cupcakes.
The stars are made out of quite a nice tasty chocolate abd I find them quite nice to eat. Sometimes I find with chocolate decorations that the chocolate is not that good quality but these are really quite smooth and milky.
In the packet you will find both milk chocolate and white chocolate stars which I think is realy good because then you can make a really nice batch of contrasting cupcakes. I ice some of them with chocolate icing and put a white star in the middle and then I ice the others with white icing and put a milk chocolate star in the middle and it has a really nice look and effect. The stars are easy to slot into some icing because they are quite thin and obviously have pointy bits to them so you can put them in at a angle standing up and it looks really effective and like a professional made the cupcakes.
I would say the stars are about as thin as a chocolate button. Sometimes with them being this thin you find a few broken ones in the bottom of the box which is a bit annoying but then you can just eat these on their own.
The ingedients are listed as: Milk Chocolate Stars (50%): Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole MILK Powder, Cocoa Mass, MILK Fat, Emulsifier: SOYA Lecithins; Flavouring. Cocoa Solids: 32% minimum. Milk Solids: 20% minimum ,White Chocolate Stars (50%): Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole MILK Powder, Emulsifier: SOYA Lecithins; Flavouring
All in all, a great way to decorate cupcakes!
I love chocolate and I love home baking with my little boy, so when I spotted these milk and white chocolate star decorations in the home baking aisle of Sainsburys they quickly ended up in my trolly!
They cost £1.29 for a 50g packet, but as only a few are needed per decorated item, they last ages!
They are made by the very popular and reputable Dr.Oetker ( that I only just found out are also the makers of Onken yoghurts and pizza ristorante!) and are available from most supermarkets. They are part of a wider range of Dr. Oetker products including sugar alphabet sprinkles, shimmery sprinkles and chocolate lattice shapes there are hundreds more I just picked a few that impressed me!!
The stars are great for sprinkling on ice cream and other desserts, but my favourite purpose for them is home baking, especially cakes and biscuits.
The best thing about these is that they actually taste good!! I'm so used to either those awful edible paper stickers or worse still them silver balls that crack your teeth!!
My independant 3 year old was pleased with them too, as besides being delicious, they are not too fiddly for him to do himself! ... Normally my kitchen is covered with them multicoloured sprinkles after a baking session with him!!
My extra yummy tip to get the best from these is to replace icing with melted chocolate when decorating your cakes/biscuits and even better, for a real chocolate overload, add chocolate chips to the cake/biscuit mixture!.... mmmmm!
To get the best results it is better to put the stars on just before the icing/chocolate sets or the dessert is served, this is because they can sometimes sink otherwise!
Unfortunately these fabulous edible decorations are not suitable for those with allergies against milk, peanuts, nuts, soya, eggs or sesame.
They are however perfectly ok for vegetarians.
I would definitely recommend these as they are versatile, being great decorations on both fairy cakes with the kids to more sophisticated cakes for coffee mornings with the girls.
They are also very reasonably priced, tasty to eat and easy to use.
A chocolately thumbs up!!