Death Note Apples

Okay, okay. This one is entirely subjective. Skill level largely dependent on art skill. Fair?
Okay, okay. This one is entirely subjective. Skill level largely dependent on artistic ability. Fair?

So, I’m going a little easy on the both of us this time. I could have done candied apples or caramel apples dipped in white chocolate but, let’s face it: I’ve been a busy girl this week. Plus, you’re getting two recipes today. Take your moaning elsewhere. If you’re not familiar with the Death Note manga and anime series, you’re missing out. No, really. You are quite possibly missing out on the best series to ever exist*. (Yes, I’m aware there’s a movie, too. It’s live action. Haven’t seen it, and not planning on it either. Yecch.)

*Again, subjective.

For those of you not in the know, Japanese shinigami (gods of death) are featured prominently in the Death Note series. Particularly one shinigami called Ryuk who loves apples. More than love, really; it’s an addiction.

L, do you know gods of death love apples?

Ready? Let’s go.

Gamers, grab your mats:

  • 6 apples, Red Delicious variety preferred
  • 2 bags Bright White Candy Melts
  • black decorating icing
  • skewers or lollipop sticks
Not too daunting, surely?
Not too daunting, surely?

Wash and dry your apples very well. If you don’t know how to wash an apple, well, I can’t help you. Remove the stems from your apples and insert your lollipop stick or skewer into the top of the apple. If you’re using a skewer, cut a few inches off the pointy end or you’ll have some really awkwardly long sticks.

Can you believe I'm almost out of skewers?
Can you believe I’m almost out of skewers?

Heat your Candy Melts (all of them) in a medium microwave safe bowl according to package instructions. Stir through to ensure there are no lumps.

Is this the part where I confess I only had 1 1/2 bags of Candy Melts? I wasn't about to leave the house again.
Is this the part where I confess I only had 1 1/2 bags of Candy Melts? I wasn’t about to leave the house again.

Dunk an apple into Candy Melts.

Fat bottomed apples, you-- no. Not going there.
Fat bottomed apples, you– no. Not going there.

Turn the apple on its side and rotate to cover. I decided to leave a bit at the top uncovered so you can see the pretty red.

Turn at a steady rate for a relatively even coat.
Turn at a steady rate for a relatively even coat.

Congratulations! Apple!

Something like this.
Something like this.

Set aside to dry on parchment paper

Wash, rinse, and repeat 5 more times. Try not to touch the apples while wet.
Wash, rinse, and repeat 5 more times. Try not to touch the apples while wet.

Allow to dry for about 30 minutes. I’m erring on the side of safety here. You’ll be ultra pissed if you start handling semi-set apples and have to redo the coat. Eff that.

So, icing the apples would be a colossal pain in the ass if left like this. Make a cradle for your apples using a bowl and towel. Place an apple in the cradle. Naturally, ice the apple on the smoothest and most aesthetically pleasing side.

This is about the point where it all went to hell.
This is about the point where it all went to hell.

So, rather than explain the process and come off like an idiot, here’s a series of pictures detailing how to draw the more complex designs. My most valuable advice to you?

  1. Use a #3 tip. Test your flow on another surface before you start. Mine was a bit watery in the beginning which would have ruined the apple.
  2. Blank surfaces are daunting. You have to start somewhere; make a mark and go with it.
  3. Refine your lines using the pointy end of a skewer.
  4. Yes, you can erase! You can remove most unwanted black lines by lifting the icing off with a skewer and a bit of damp paper towel. You can also lightly scratch at the coating with your skewer.

Also, see the captions for the story. Yes, there’s always a story.

Here goes nothing...
Here goes nothing…
“Leisel, I’m hungryyyyy!”
“Um. Kind of doing something time sensitive here. What do you want?”
Boy appears in kitchen, opens freezer, extracts ice cream.
Boy appears in kitchen, opens freezer, extracts ice cream.
-Slides ice cream across the counter until I'm forced to grab it or allow it to fall to the floor.'
-Slides ice cream across the counter until I’m forced to grab it or allow it to fall to the floor.’
Oh, for fuck's sake. -dishes out ice cream, raw steak appears in place of ice cream.-
Oh, for fuck’s sake. -dishes out ice cream, raw steak appears in place of ice cream.-
This is my life, apparently. Nevermind I'm arting, apparently I'm making steak, too.
This is my life, apparently. Nevermind I’m arting, apparently I’m making steak, too.
Absolutely ridiculous.
Absolutely ridiculous.
Seriously, there are two steaks sizzling in the skillet not 5 feet to the right.
Seriously, there are two steaks sizzling in the skillet not 5 feet to the right.
Oi. This boy. -flips steak-
Oi. This boy. -flips steak-
The words 'excellent multitasker' are listed on my resume.
The words ‘excellent multitasker’ are listed on my resume.
Perfect apples. ...And medium-rare steak apparently.
Perfect apples. …And medium-rare steak apparently.
Right, I'm not eating til I finish these.
Right, I’m not eating til I finish these.
Mein gott. I can't even make shit like this up.
Mein gott. I can’t even make shit like this up.
That boy. What're you gonna do, right?
That boy. What’re you gonna do, right?
The thought makes me smile.
The thought makes me smile.

Quick, let’s see who’s paying attention: What did I eat for dinner?

Did that montage make sense? I hope so. In any case, the apples are done. It should be noted that it was more difficult to photograph them than to make them.

I've so missed drawing.
I’ve so missed drawing.
Who loves apples? Ryuk loves apples! Is it true? Mm-hmmm..... I do, I do, I do-oooo!
Who loves apples? Ryuk loves apples! Is it true? Mm-hmmm….. I do, I do, I do-oooo!

Luna’s Scooby Snacks will be up later in the day. Since I used someone else’s recipe I’d rather not post it up without giving them credit and I can’t find the site at the moment. ETA 2pm EST okay for you folks? Okay.

Also: over the last few days I’ve had several people sharing stackable gummy Legos on my personal Facebook page. Your wish is my command! I promise you, I will make this happen within the next month (I want to get the supplies to do it properly…)

Coming Up Next: Um. Uh. I’ll get back to you on that. But seriously, give me like two weeks or so to get those gummy Legos ready.

Cheers,

Leisel

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