Last week, I posted a picture of the strawberry tree centerpieces I had at my 2003 wedding.
This week, here's a different version of the strawberry tree. Chocolate covered AND in an urn.
Here's how you create it:
First, let me say that this is not a dessert that is easily transported. This would be something you'd want to either serve at your home or assemble after you arrive at your destination.
- one styrofoam cone. Use styrofoam, not floral cone. The floral oasis isn't as sturdy.
- 3 lbs of strawberries to cover a 9X4 cone
- chocolate melt
- a block of styrofoam
- one urn
- hot glue/gun
You'll want to dip your strawberries first. Wash and cut the green off each strawberry and dip it into melted chocolate. Stick all the strawberries into the freezer so a) the chocolate can set and b) the strawberries get hard. A harder strawberry is easier to work with in getting a secure fit.
Next, you'll want to fill up the urn. You have two ways of achieving this. You can either get a larger cone that will go to the bottom of the urn (shaving off the sides to make it fit) or you can stick a piece of styrofoam in the bottom and glue the cone on top.
In the photo above, I filled the urn with styrofoam and newspaper. I then covered the entire top of the urn in kale. I did this by using toothpicks and gluing the kale down.
From here, break toothpicks in half and start working your way up from the bottom. You want to put your largest strawberries on the bottom and work your way up in sizes. There may be places where the strawberries don't meet. For those places, you can stick in a few pieces of kale or sprigs of mint to cover the styrofoam.
Finally, you can decorate your urn with a ribbon or other festive ornament. Easy and makes a great centerpiece for your dessert table!
This dessert is great for other occasions too like July 4th, showers, Valentine's Day, etc.