For years I’ve wanted to recreate Wolfgang Puck’s famous gold dusted chocolate Oscar statues for my Oscar Party. He just looks so happy holding them up in all his pre-Oscar interviews where people ask what he is serving at the Governor’s Ball.
I’ve looked and looked but you just can’t find the chocolate molds for the Oscar statue at any store in the US. I finally had to grab them off of EBay from a seller in the UK. I’m sure they are under some sort of trademark or copyright protection. I received my gorgeous chocolate molds in the mail just ten days later!
I’ve recently discovered the joys of working with luster dust in cake making and I was sure it’d be a snap to apply that to these cute little chocolate statues. You can pick it up at the cake decorating supply store (If you’re lucky enough to have one) or grab Wilton’s petal dust at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.
My first thought was to mix up the luster dust with vodka to make a paint and simply paint the inside of the molds. It works for covering fondant and gum paste why shouldn’t it work for chocolate molds?
#Fail. You know, you just can’t “paint” plastic molds. They just end up all spotty like water that dried on well, plastic. Hmm. I thought I’d just had the liquid ratio wrong so I patiently waited for some of the vodka to evaporate and tired again. Same result. At this point I was a bit discouraged but decided to pour the chocolate anyway.
The molds worked like a champ and soon I had spotty little Oscar statues! So cute! I had done a few not in the painted molds and they also popped out looking like adorable chocolate Oscars. But this still wasn’t quite the effect that Wolfgang was achieving.
So I finally had the genius idea to check out the Internet where I discovered you apply the dry dust to the chocolate after you un-mold it. What can I say? I’m not a chocolatier. But it seemed simple enough and worked wonderfully. Just look how beautiful my little Oscar turned out! It didn’t seem to matter if it came out of the spotty mold or the untreated mold – the result was the same after a brush with the dry luster dust.
Now I want to cover everything in gold luster dust. Seriously, I’m going to have to go into a 12 step program because it’s getting ridiculous. I’m boxing these up and saving them for the party in two weeks! I can’t wait to share with my friends.