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DIY Chocolate Molds & SprinkleBakes Cookbook Review plus Giveaway

Cookbook is a bit of a misnomer with SprinkleBakes. It’s more like an education. Like your best friend who happens to be an incomprehensibly talented pastry chef standing in your kitchen teaching you everything she knows about baking. Of course there are recipes, they range from redefining the idea of a basic cake to fabulously well crafted mousses, but it’s more than that. As with most cookbooks these days, you get more than just a compilation of recipes, it’s a catalouge of all the tips and tricks you didn’t even know were missing from your repertoire. SprinkleBakes is filled with instruction that not only inspires you to create your own works of art, it gives you the tools you need to do so. From simple to extravagant, everything you learn is accessible, no matter what your skill level.

How To: turn anything into a chocolate mold using just brown sugar

(Photo, Heather Baird)

This is the perfect addition to the kitchen of anyone who wants to learn more about the art of baking, no matter how long or short your’ve been at it.

I was so impressed by the tips and tutorials in this book, they seemed endless, like every time I flip though it I am bound to learn something new. This is a book that I will be referencing for years.

Here is a fun trick that I feel in love with right away. She teaches you how to turn just about anything in your house into a chocolate mold using just brown sugar. This is a great tip for anyone who throws kids parties and doesn’t want to invest in a chocolate mold that you’ll use once.

How To: turn anything into a chocolate mold using just brown sugar

Brown Sugar Chocolate Mold

Step One:

Fill a small bowl with soft brown sugar and pack lightly.

Step Two:

Place your object into the brown sugar and press down, compacting the sugar around the object. Objects that work best are fairly flat, with minimal detail. Heather uses a shell in her book and it turns out great. I used my daughters Alphabet magnets. If it doesn’t look right, remove the object, fluff the brown sugar and start again.

Step Three

Add chocolate chips (or candy melts) to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for thirty seconds, stir and repeat until chocolate is melted. Remove the objects from the brown sugar

Pour the chocolate gently into just the depression made by the object.

How To: turn anything into a chocolate mold using just brown sugar

Step Four:

Place in the refrigerator until set, about 10 minutes. Remove from the brown sugar and dust off as much sugar as you can. Run a very slow, very cold stream of water from your kitchen faucet. Gently run the chocolates under water until the excess sugar has been removed.

How To: turn anything into a chocolate mold using just brown sugar

Things to keep in mind:

These will not be shiny and smooth like those you get from a silicon mold, they will have a bit of a pocked texture. This might be what you want if you are going for a weathered look.

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SprinkleBakes Cookbook Giveaway!

Win your very own copy of this fabulous cookbook!

All you have to do is leave a comment in the comment section to enter! This makes a great gift for anyone you know who loves to bake, no matter what the skill level.  

Contest ends Monday, June 4th at noon PST.

Contest Only open to residents of the USA.  


Random Number Generator choose #32, Emily!

Congrats Emily!

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151 Responses to DIY Chocolate Molds & SprinkleBakes Cookbook Review plus Giveaway

  1. Jenny Smillie May 30, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    What a cute idea! I’d love to win this cookbook! :)

  2. Nichole Garzone May 30, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    I really LOVE this.. It looks easy to do, and very relaxing…
    Thank you

  3. Krista Keener May 30, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    i absolutely love to bake. i dont know too much but i would love to use this and learn a lot of new recipes and different ways to bake things :)

  4. chris Grata May 30, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    I want this, i want to own my own bake shop one day!!!

  5. Grishma @ZaikaZabardast May 30, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    What a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Teresa May 30, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Love this idea and would love to win the book.

  7. KELLY May 30, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    That is so creative and awesome…

  8. Maggie May 30, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    That is geenyus. I don’t know yet what I’m going to use it for, but I’m definitely going to use it!

  9. Ruchira May 30, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Totally love this idea…. so awesome!

  10. Rachael May 30, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    Super cute idea!

  11. Brenda May 30, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Love this – what an easy, simple trick!

  12. Raquel May 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Cant wait to try this!!

  13. The Home Cook May 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    What a fun trick!

  14. Paula May 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Neat idea !!

  15. Sarah O. May 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    These chocolate molds are such a great idea!

  16. Sarah Bailey May 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    So easy and so much fun! I LOVE the idea! :)

  17. Jennifer May 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Cute, easy idea!

  18. Sandra May 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    What a wonderful idea! Just in time for Father’s Day too :)

  19. Cassie May 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Cute! I so adore this cookbook!

  20. Caitlin May 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    How fun is that? I need to keep my kitchen supplies to a minimum, so this is a great trick!

  21. Louise May 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    What a fabulous idea and so creative. I would love to win this cookbook.

  22. amy marantino May 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    I’d love to win this cookbook.

  23. Janice De la Cruz May 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Super easy + fun!

  24. Julia {The Roasted Root} May 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    This is so creative! I’m gonna be making me all sorts of chocolatey letters and shapes! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Sam F May 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Looks like a wonderful book!

  26. Joline May 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Totally creative and cute idea! I have some cookie cutters that would work great for this. Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing :)

  27. Cassandra guardado May 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    I am going to use this to make some l and y chips for a picnic potluck. 😀

  28. Judy May 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    What a clever idea- I love it.Sometimes the simplest things are the greatest. Moral—don’t overthink it-just do it.

  29. Karen May 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to give it a try.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Jacqueline May 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    This is awesome!!! I work at a craft store and we sell plenty of silicone molds… I have even used them myself! But these are perfect if you have something at home you want to replicate that can’t be bought in stores! Definitely going to try this. Thanks! :)

  31. Kathryn May 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    What a sweet idea! You could make a whole tray of chocolate letters for cupcake toppers- so many ideas already. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Emily May 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I’ve seen many different posts about this cookbook and it looks amazing!

  33. Hezzi-D May 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    I’d love to win this cookbook!

  34. Anji May 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Love. It.

  35. Sarah May 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    This cookbook looks really intriguing. Would love to win a copy!

  36. Miriam May 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    I work with children with special needs and am always looking for new ideas for sensory. This book looks great for what I’m looking for.

  37. Shaheen May 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Loving every little trick ..what great ideas!

  38. Michael J. McCoy May 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    Great idea!!!! Would love this cookbook!!!!!!!!!

  39. JackieKC May 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    I will definitely have to try this!

  40. Zarina May 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    Just thinking of the endless possibility to be creative in my future ‘ family time ‘ baking makes me SO excited !! The chocolate mould idea is splendid !! I

  41. Meg @ halfhippie May 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    Love this! And I’d love to own this cookbook so I can learn more tricks!!!

  42. M May 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    What a cool idea. I would love to win this cookbook

  43. Vanessa May 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    What a wonderful idea! I love making chocolate treats. I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks.

  44. Rachal May 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Wow! I love this! Perfect for rustic cakes; I love adding texture! Definitely going to use this trick for my next birthday cake! Thank you so much!

  45. Liz @YUMatfirstbite May 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    So crafty, love it! This cookbook sounds awesome, I love learning new tricks and tips. You can never learn enough!

  46. Angela May 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    Why didn’t I think of that?!

  47. Beth May 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    Absolutely amazing!

  48. Peggy May 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Very clever! It has given me so many ideas. Thanks

  49. Flash May 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    What a great idea! I’ll be forwarding this link to lots of people.

  50. Baker Street May 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    My love for baking is no secret! Heh. Fabulous giveaway, Jackie! I like the chocolate molds. They look so pretty.

  51. Julie May 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    what a neat idea!! thank you

  52. Elizabeth May 30, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    I would love to bake new things!!!

  53. Embla May 31, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    Wow! That is such a cool idea! I’m going to try it this weekend. :)

  54. Rachel May 31, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    This is awesome!!

  55. Ashlee May 31, 2012 at 3:19 am #

    Would love this book! I’m getting it no matter what :)

  56. Jen May 31, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    I make alot of cupcakes and this is a fabulous idea for making decorations!

  57. Deirdre May 31, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    Love this.

  58. Maeghan May 31, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    I love little tricks like these!

  59. Jennifer b May 31, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    How adorable- I’d love to try this with bug toys. I love baking buy for me, that just means following a recipe. I’d live to win! Thanks for the giveaway!! Have a happy spring!

  60. Kari M. May 31, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    What a great trick! Thanks for the giveaway.

  61. Beth {local milk} May 31, 2012 at 7:15 am #


  62. Maggie @ kitchie coo May 31, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    Oh my gosh! Best tip ever! I can see myself going crazy with this…Anna is in for a chocolate mold festival in this house! :-)
    I just found Sprinkle Bakes cookbook when I was browsing at a bookstore in Seattle last weekend and was in love! I put it on my “to-buy when I have money someday” list. Maybe I’ll win it instead! 😉

  63. Diane May 31, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    This would be so much fun to do with kids or Grandchildren.

  64. Sandra D. May 31, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    I want to learn more edible art tricks like this. Love it.

  65. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie May 31, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! What a wonderful trick :)

  66. Perla May 31, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Wow! Looks easy and fun! Can wait to have my kiddos help me get creative! I’m thinking Father’s Day!

  67. Pattypro May 31, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    I’m creatively impaired, so I think this is a great idea!

  68. Claudia May 31, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    What a lovely idea, I will be trying this at some point and would love to win the book to learn more great tricks!!

  69. tiffany May 31, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Sounds like a fun cookbook!

  70. Jennie May 31, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    This looks like such fun!

  71. Kristin May 31, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    What a fun idea! I’ll definitely have to try this.

  72. Lindsay May 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Such a clever idea! lovely giveaway too!

  73. Pangrum May 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    What a lovely book!

  74. amy @ fearless homemaker May 31, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    what a great idea – definitely pinning this to try in the future!

  75. Chris May 31, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Awesome idea. We will use this for my grandson’s first birthday party.

  76. Tinah May 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    What a great idea! If the ideas in the book are like this one then I totally need a copy of this book.

  77. chinmayie @ love food eat May 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    That is such a cool idea! Great photos too :)

  78. Lindsay May 31, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    This is a great idea! Just recently out of college, I still have a lot of learning to do for baking and cooking. I would love this book to learn more!!

  79. Judy May 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Oh my! This is brilliant! Love love love it.

  80. Cait May 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Looks great! Can’t wait to try it.

  81. Amber May 31, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this idea…it is brilliant!

  82. Leah May 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Thanks for sharing such a great idea! My fingers are crossed :)

  83. Susana May 31, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    Oh! This is such a great idea! All those times I got frustrated when I couldn’t find a certain chocolate mold that I wanted… Thanks for putting this up!

  84. Vilay May 31, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    This was a really cute and smart idea! Curious to see what else is in the book. :)

  85. Shari Malcomb May 31, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    Awesome idea and I’ve got everything crossed…even my eyes! lol

  86. Emily June 1, 2012 at 4:44 am #

    This is such a brilliant idea! i love it and i can’t wait to use it :)

  87. Davinica June 1, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    This is amazing! My friends and I go to an all girls Fine Arts College, but my absolute best friend has a secret love for baking..that book would be the best birthday present! (There are only so many Van Gogh posters you can give a girl). I’m her RA in the fall, I’m totally going to use this to make welcome baskets for my residents!

  88. Liz June 1, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    oohh… this is a great trick to have up your sleve! And an excuse to make lots of chocolate goodies.

  89. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial, Jackie! It looks so easy, which means I’ll be making molds 24/7!

  90. Michelle Jaffee June 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    This book is on my wish list! Love the molds above… neat-o!! : )

  91. Eva @ Eva Bakes June 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Very cool trick! I’d love to win this book!

  92. Holly June 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm #


  93. Kim June 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Great idea!! Love it!!

  94. Beverly June 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    This looks like so much fun. Chocolate butterflies tomorrow!

  95. Robyn June 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Talk about resourceful! Can’t wait to read the other tips. Sounds like a baking bible!

  96. emma June 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    cute cute cute!

  97. Jessica Quintero June 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    I would Love to win this Book for my Sister she’s a 1st time Mom and she just told me she wants to start learning how to bake :) This would put a big smile on her face! Your page Rocks:) Thanks

  98. Jessica June 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Why did I never think of this?! I can’t imagine what other bits of gold are in the pages of this book.

  99. Elinor June 2, 2012 at 12:27 am #

    Brown sugar + chocolate = incredible (and tasty) idea! This book looks wonderful! -Elinor

  100. Angie June 2, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    What a great idea! Hmmm….if I can bring myself to wash off the brown sugar 😉

  101. WrayLynn June 2, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    I would love a copy of this! That chocolate molding looks so easy I could do it.

  102. Brooke Tollison June 2, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    I’d love this book!!

  103. Skin Betty ( Jenna Alderton) June 2, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    I follow all your post and would be a awesome book to help this beginner. Your ideas and info are just awesome!

    Good luck to everyone!!!!

  104. Kim Perlmutter June 2, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    I would love to win this book in memory of my Grandmother! Such wonderful ideas and I know she would have loved to bake from it!

  105. Sandra Croes June 2, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    Yes yes pls pick me! :)

  106. Erin June 2, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    Great idea! I would love to win this book! My 2 year old is my “little chef” we cook and bake together and would be awesome to practice his letters in this fun way :)

  107. Mary Ellen June 2, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    I would love to get a copy of this book! I made one of her cakes from her blog and it was to die for!

  108. Alisa C. June 2, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    That is such a cool idea! And a tastier and cheaper way than constantly buying new molds!

  109. Madison Swab June 2, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    This book looks so handy for any baker. I’d love to add it to my kitchen collection!

  110. Skyxo June 2, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    I adore Heather Baird and her blog^^
    She’s so awesome =P

  111. Jill McLewis June 2, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    So simple, but ingenious! Love it…

  112. Rima M June 2, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    Woe, this was a great idea. and if this book is as great as you make it seem, then i would love to win it!

  113. Brandy Barrett June 2, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    What a great idea!! I am making beach themed cupcakes soon for a wedding shower and white chocolate shells would be a great decoration on top for them.


  114. Melissa Rae June 2, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    Thats the coolest idea! Wish I could have thought of that. :)

  115. Lacey W June 2, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I’ve been wanting this book since before it even came out!!! (just don’t have the ‘extra’ money to buy it yet!) I LOVE all of the ideas and the blog is fabulous! I was sent here from a SprinkleBakes post of FB even! I looked around your blog, and will be following you as well!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!


  116. Jennifer June 2, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    What a genius idea! I would love to win this book!!

  117. Christine @Cooking My Cookbooks June 2, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    I would love to get my hands on this book! And what a clever idea!

  118. Stephanie (bake with ginger) June 2, 2012 at 7:51 am #


  119. Maggie June 2, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Yes please! I have four kids to make cakes for every year.

  120. Leah Trusso June 2, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    This cookbook looks so beautiful, creative, and delicious! I would love to see it in person…

  121. casey pitts June 2, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    What a great idea!

  122. yaz rodriguez June 2, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    This is a fun idea to keep the kids entertained!

  123. Liz June 2, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Great idea!

    I love heather’s blog too.

  124. perry June 2, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    what an inventive solution to a very common problem, this is very exciting!

  125. Cassie June 2, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    I’m so glad Sprinkle Bakes posted about your giveaway. I’m new to your blog and love it! I’m looking forward to following.

  126. Sandy June 2, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    This sounds like a lot of fun. What a great idea. Thank you.

  127. Jamie June 2, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Found you thought sprinkle bakes- nice blog :)

    • Jamie June 2, 2012 at 11:57 am #


  128. Anne Hernandez June 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Hooray – another great cooking/baking blog! I’d love to win the Sprinkle Bakes cookbook, but am super happy to find your blog.

  129. Tara O. June 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    What a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the giveaway!

  130. Kara June 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    The possibilities are endless for this! Dinosaur footprints!

  131. Wendy June 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    I would love to win this cookbook!! I love the chocolate mold idea!

  132. Hannah June 3, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Aw! Adorable – I love the kinds of ideas where you can avoid the need for expensive equipment with some clever trick. Nice one!

  133. Mell Carney, Jr. June 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    Awesome! Perfect for my friend’s upcoming baby shower!!

  134. Susan June 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    What a great idea, not everyone has molds on hand. Please enter me into your drawing.

  135. Cheved G June 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Great idea! would love to win!

  136. Natalie T. June 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    I love learning tips & tricks about baking. And what a cute book just to look at, would look great just being in my kitchen!

  137. Stephanie June 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    Makes me want to go out and buy alphabet magnets 😉

  138. CodieD June 4, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    Such a neat idea! I love baking tips. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

  139. Marcie Danielle June 4, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Would love to win this cookbook! I need something to spark my creative genius, who coincidentally has been missing since around the time my son was born. Looks like fun!!

  140. Corinne Munger June 4, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    This looks like a book I MUST own! If all the ideas are as wonderful as this, I can’t wait to have it in my kitchen! Thanks for this post!

  141. Laura June 4, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    What a fun idea! I’ve seen something similar – but using sand and wax for candles. Sounds like a great book, thanks for the giveaway!

  142. Erin June 4, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    This is absolutely brilliant!! Will save me tons of money when making chocolates in the future :)


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