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CHOCOLATE Wonder Woman Pop Art | Ann Reardon | Roy Lichtenstein

Welcome to How To Cook That I’m Ann Reardon
and today we are making this huge Wonder Woman Pop Art Roy Lichtenstein picture out of 100%
CHOCOLATE! This week’s notification squad-out goes to
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and write ‘Done’ in the comments for me so I know that you have done so. To make this crazy, sweet creation print out
the pop art artwork nice and large and trace around all of the red and pink parts onto
some acetate and cut them out. Colour some white chocolate using oil-based
food colouring and spread it thinly on your acetate. Then add the lip pieces upside down onto the
chocolate. And the reason I am going to add them upside
down is two-fold, 1 because the acetate on the bench side is completely flat, whereas
the stuff I’m putting on top is a little bit curved. And 2 because air bubbles rise up to the top
and we don’t want any air bubbles on our pieces so this way when we flip it over we get the
nice, perfect side for our artwork. Once that is starting to set cut around the
shapes using the acetate as your guide, and you can see there right in the middle of the
lip there is a big air bubble and that’s why we are using the other side, not this side. Add a whole heap more colour to get that bright
red colour. To get it this intense I am using coloured
cocoa butter which is another way you can colour chocolate – you just melt the coloured
cooca butter in the microwave and then add it and mix it in. So you can use that or you can use powdered
oil based food colouring. You can’t use your gel or your liquid food
colours because they have the liquid, the water in the them will seize the chocolate. Spread out the red chocolate and add the pieces
over the top and cut around those too. When you’re cutting out the shapes make some
extra cuts running out towards the edge and this will just make it easier to get these
pieces off. If you just have one large outside piece it
may be tricky to get off without breaking your shapes. But if you have lots of little ones it is
easier to get them all off. For the white colour I am using white cocoa
butter on its own and I am spreading it out really thinly onto some acetate. This is a bit like making your own chocolate
transfer sheet. White chocolate is actually quite yellow as
you know so to try and colour it really white is bit tricky. Add the tempered white chocolate over the
top and put your pieces into place. Just like before we need to cut around each
one. Colour and temper some blue chocolate. And to get this bright a blue I used a whole
packet of powdered blue food colouring – that cartoony blue is pretty intense but it looks
awesome. Add your pieces over the top, there are so
many blue bits it is a bit like doing a jigsaw puzzle to get them to fit. Just start with the biggest pieces and work
down to the smaller ones and you should be right. Then trace around each of those pieces using
your knife. Working with chocolate like this takes a long
time because you have to temper each batch of chocolate. Now if you don’t know what tempering is, what
it does is it makes all the crystals in the cocoa butter line up really tightly together
so that it sets firmly and room temperature. So the chocolate is not all soft at room temperature. If you don’t know how to do that there’s several
ways you can do it at home and I’ve got a video called CHOCOLATE SECRETS which shows
you how you can do that at home. But it does take a little bit of time. Each time you want to melt some chocolate,
you need to temper that chocolate so there’s a lot of tempering going on in this artwork. Lighten some of your blue by adding more white
chocolate and of course temper that. Then add the eye pieces on top and cut around
them. To make the skin with those iconic pop art
dots you’ll need some bubble wrap. Now this one has raised bubbles on one side
and smooth plastic on the other. Some bubble wraps have that smooth plastic
on both sides – and you can’t use that type so make sure you get this one that has the
bubbles. Using permanent marker trace the shape of
the face and all the other dotty areas of skin onto the smooth side of the bubble wrap. And make sure you also mark down the area
on the face that is plain and not dotty too. Cut along the lines that you’ve just drawn
so that you end up with 5 pieces of bubble wrap. Melt 2kg (4.4LB) of white chocolate and temper
it of course and then spread that out onto a large silicon fondant rolling mat, or if
you don’t have one of those you could use some foil under it instead. Level it using a spatula as best as you can
and then gently press the bubble wrap down on top. Look at all those dots perfectly lined up. Add all of the rest of the pieces and check
that the chocolate is coming up in between each of the bubbles to fill that area up. If it’s not, just gently press down with your
fingers to get it to fill up. Cover that whole thing in non-stick baking
paper or you could use foil. Then place something heavy and flat over the
top and push it down gently to make your pieces are level. Remove those and once the chocolate is starting
to set but is still soft, use a knife to cut around each piece. Once it is set remove the excess and place
it in a bowl. Peel off the bubble wrap so you’re left with
this beautiful, textured chocolate. Look at that, doesn’t it just look perfect! Melt the white chocolate off-cuts and put
some of them in a smaller bowl and add to that some oil-based food colouring. To make the cartoony pink, I’m using some
red and then to off-set the yellowy tone from the chocolate I am adding the tiniest amount
of blue. Once you’re happy with that shade, you can
then colour the big bowl of the white chocolate and temper that and then pour it over the
set chocolate. By test colouring on a small batch first if
you make a mistake you haven’t ruined the whole lot. That’s why I encourage you to just colour
a small bowl and then the rest. Now it doesn’t matter here if you still have
a thin layer of pink over the top of the white, in fact that’s just fine, that’ll make sure
that they’re all full. So just have it very thin going over the top
and I’m just going to work on one piece at a time here because they are such big pieces. Once that pink chocolate is starting to set
take a scraper and run it across the top to scrape back a thin layer so that then you
can see the pattern that we are after underneath. Continue scraping it back and if you have
any areas which are a little bit recessed, like I’ve got a little bit here, then you
may need to use the edge of a spoon or a sharp knife to scrape those back. I am so glad that this worked! In my head when I came up with the idea I
thought yeah this will definitely work but once I’d actually committed so many blocks
of chocolate to this and so much time tempering and cutting out all of the template pieces
I started to have doubts of what if this doesn’t work! But it’s looking beautiful so we’re all on
track. Now because we’ve scraped it back it does
have a really fine white sort of dust over the top of it, I don’t know if you can see
that but the chocolate looks a little bit dull when it’s been scraped. So to bring it back to life what you need
to do is fold some paper towel and dip it in some ice cold water and rub it all over
the surface, I don’t know if you can see the difference on the camera here. Here is before and after, before and after
– it’s not a lot of difference, I can probably see it better with my eyes than you can see
on camera. Temper some dark chocolate and add to that
some black oil based food colouring. Keep adding more and more until you get a
really good black colour. Pour it onto a big sheet of acetate and place
the black pieces on top. Now I have only cut out the bits that are
on the face here not the hair, we will do all of those bits later. At this point I realized I am going to need
a LOT more dark chocolate and a baseboard for the artwork. So after I’ve cut these out I’ll pause filming
and go and buy another 20 blocks of dark chocolate, 2 more blocks of white and some wood for underneath! These little tiny ones are going to be fiddly
to cut out so I’m just going to pipe those ones instead. Ok back from the shops now we need lots of
foil to cover the board. My local hardware store cuts the MDF wooden
pieces to size which just saves me a lot of time getting out the power tools. And then just wrap the foil around the edges
and tape that into place. Once it’s all taped up, flip it over so that
we’ve go the foil side facing up. Now we’re going to need some wood to make
a frame so the chocolate doesn’t just drip off the edges. Take each of the pieces of wood and wrap it
in foil just squeezing it at the ends. Tape each corner into place so that it sits
like a frame around the edge. The frame is not actually attached to the
base board and this is so that we can remove it later. But we want it to sit nice and tightly and
snug around the baseboard. Place the printout into the frame and use
that to position the areas of skin. For the larger pieces you can kind of hold
it and hover into place then move the paper out. For the smaller pieces I found putting it
underneath and then just feeling with my fingers to check if they’re in the right place and
adjusting them accordingly is what worked. Temper some more white chocolate. Then add some silicone bake snakes at the
top and bottom of the face or if you don’t have those you could use foil here instead. Pour that tempered chocolate into the gap
and for the finer areas I’m just going to use a piping bag just to make sure I’m getting
into each of the corners and that it didn’t drip it everywhere. While that is setting we want to melt and
temper our dark chocolate. And into that I’m also going to mix the leftovers
of black chocolate that we had. That’s going to darken it a little, it’s not
going to make it that full black. I would just need SO MUCH colouring to get
this much chocolate black. So I’m going to leave it that browny chocolatey
colour. Pour a jug full of dark chocolate up the top
area and spread it out for her hair, trying to get it as smooth as you can. If you get a little bit over the skin don’t
worry we’ll fix that up later just get it as thin as you can, just use a piece of paper
towel and just wipe off as much as you can. Add the headband into place in the top corner
there. And then get some more jugs of chocolate … this
is a VERY BIG artwork, this is a lot of chocolate going into this! Pour that into the next section and spread
it down and around to fill all the way to the edges. Because this chocolate piece is her hair,
try and make the lines from your spatula in the same direction as her hair should flow. So run it from the top down towards her shoulder. You can lift up that little shoulder piece
while you spread the chocolate through that gap and then just pop it back carefully into
place. Next carefully add your blue pieces where
they should go, starting with the bits that sit on the edges because the chocolate at
the edge is going to set faster than the middle. I love the shapes of all these pieces, they
all flow. They’re a bit art nouveau sort of look to
the shapes. Temper a whole heap more dark chocolate and
pour that into the final section. Spread it out using a spatula and then use
a piping bag for those finer areas. If your piping bag happens to pop like mine
did – that’s a bit of a bummer! Then just push as much of that chocolate off
the skin as possible. Then add all of those blue and red pieces
into place using your picture for reference. Jut keep looking at your picture and keep
checking that for reference so you know where they go. Again try and do the ones that are touching
the edge first because that chocolate is going to set first. Once it is set use a sharp knife just to scrape
off any of the dark chocolate on the skin area that should not be there. And now to add the face. Cut your template and place it on the chocolate. And use it to position the lips, then remove
the paper. You can ‘glue’ it into place using some dark
chocolate and then add the pink lips and the white teeth on top and glue those into place
using chocolate too. Continue using the template to add the pieces
to where they go. And you may have noticed there are 2 white
dots on the face, that was where there must have been 2 bubbles on the bubble wrap that
were popped so they didn’t make a hole. I’m kind of hoping that one of these black
pieces is going to cover that and disguise it. There you go one of the eyebrows … it’s
not covering it, it’s not over the top but it’s close enough that we don’t notice it
so much anymore. Add the white of the eye and then the black
over that and the bottom eyeliner should sit just underneath that. Add the blue iris, then the black pupil on
top of that. If your back is aching from bending over chocolate
art all day do some stretches… And then put the other eye into place. Pipe a tiny dot of white chocolate onto each
eye. Sign your 7kg (15LB) chocolate artwork in
the corner. Clean up the kitchen and then lie on the floor
and take some photos and you’re done! Subscribe to How To Cook That for more crazy
sweet creations. Click here for more of my videos. Make it a great week and I’ll see you on Friday.
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