Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Lekue Kit Decomat


Lekue chocolate making, silicone baking mat, silicone chocolate decorating set

Last month I've reviewed Lekue's Macaron Kit, and really liked it! The kit was convenient to use for making even shaped Macarons. It's obvious that I like to challenge myself with tricky recipes, though I'm an impatient perfectionist, meaning I disappoint myself all the time, so Lekue's kit really helped with making things a bit easier for me! 

One of the tricky recipe I like to experiment on once in a while is chocolate making. It can be as easy as melt and reshape, but the perfectionist in me says that the chocolate has to be tempered (to get the chocolate to the right state to make shiny, snappy, harder to melt chocolates) properly, which has caused me a lot of heartaches! I managed to get it almost right during Easter, but it wasn't the same as the moulded chocolates I made few years ago! Surely if I can do it then, I can do it now?

Lekue has kindly offered me their 3D Easter Chocolate Mould to review, which I've featured in my Easter Guide, as well as their Kit Decomat.


Lekue chocolate making, silicone baking mat, silicone chocolate decorating set

Lekue chocolate making, silicone baking mat, silicone chocolate decorating set

Lekue chocolate making, silicone baking mat, silicone chocolate decorating set

Kit Decomats (approx £26.62) comes with a 100% Platinum Silicone Decomat (can be used as a baking mat), 4 laminated templates, a Decopen with 2 nozzels and an instruction leaflet. You can also download other templates from their website.


Lekue chocolate making, silicone baking mat, silicone chocolate decorating set

Lekue chocolate making, silicone baking mat, silicone chocolate decorating set

Lekue chocolate making, silicone baking mat, silicone chocolate decorating set

I've envied other bloggers making chocolate decorations for ages now, but I could never make them as I always get stuck with the designing (nothing new there). The transparent decomat and laminated templates helps a lot as I don't have to sort out my own templates on a greaseproof paper anymore, and the fact that the mat acts as a baking mat as well is a bonus!

Using the Decopen to pipe chocolate is very easy, and I had so much fun tracing the templates! The mat "sticks" on the laminated template to prevent it from sliding away and ruining your design, yet it's also easy to roll the template away from the mat (curl the template backwards and gently pull it away from the Decomat)

The only problem I had was that the chocolate wasn't tempered correctly (either that or I should have left it set in the fridge for longer). It's not just that the decorations are dull looking, I also had problem removing them from the mat! If they were tempered correctly and set hard, It would have been much easier to remove them as they would have released from the mat themselves. I managed to salvage the 2 thicker decorations and used them for my cupcakes. I think they made the cupcakes much nicer looking, and it's a nice change from royal icing decorations too.

I'll definitely try it again as cakes (cream or cheese cakes, for example) decorated with it looks really professional, like those from the shops (I'm not talking about icing covered cakes of course)! I do like Lekue's products, they did make my life easier so I can experiment a few more times!