Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chocolate Log Cabin Part 2

When I left you last week, we were just about to construct the cabin. If you need to read part 1 to refresh your memory, then feel free to do so; I'll wait, no worries.

You're back! Good, I was beginning to get worried and thought I might have to call Lassie.

First you need to make some glue to hold the logs. This is simple. Take a pound of dark cooking chocolate (or dark chocolate melts), break it into small pieces, put the peices in a bowl and nuke that sucker. 20 seconds in the microwave, then stir, then another twenty, etc. It won't take long before you have a bowl of dark chocolate liquid glue!

Start assembling by using one long wall log, one short wall log at 90 degrees, and one interior support. And lots of chocolate glue.
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BTW, if you aren't sure about the wall logs and such, reread part one.

You'll soon notice (as I did) that your logs need to be glued to the greaseproof paper otherwise they'll slide around. More dark chocolate glue to the rescue.
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You don't want to do only two walls at a time, so after two or three logs, start on the other two walls.
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Don't forget your other 3 interior braces and use lots and lots of the dark chocolate glue.
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A few things you make have noted by now...

One: You've had to reheat (nuke) the dark chocolate a time or two.

Two: You didn't use enough chocolate.

Three: You are very glad I had you put the semi-cooled logs in a sealed plastic bag overnight so they are somewhat flexible.

Four: You've noticed the short walls are about an inch inside the long walls. This gives a nice log cabin look.

Here's where you should be at:
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Next step is to plaster the exterior of the walls. The plaster is made of half dark chocolate and half milk chocolate. Melt it in the microwave as before and stir it to combine.

Now grab a rubber cake spatula and start slathering it on!
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After you slather all the sides with chocolate plaster, you can then glue your roof supports on --kinda like A-Frame cabin look:
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Use lots of dark chocolate to glue on those roof supports, and then let the whole thing set for a few hours (or overnight) to "cure" somewhere cool (and away from any kids or chocolate lovers).

Next up: Roofing!


Frances said...

Obviously you need to stay away from any alcohol during the building stages ie observe OH&S rules. lol

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Awwwww, gee-whiz! That'll take all the fun out of it :)