Friday, December 4, 2009

Four huhu grubs - Kiwicakes advent calendar - day 4

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ................... Four Huhu grubs

These huhu grubs were fun to make, the bodys only took 5 minutes. Simply roll a sausage of white fondant icing and mark with lines along length using a fine blade. Pop a small domed piece of brown fondant on one end. I then painted over the top with some piping gel, to give the translucent sticky appearance of a huhu grub. along with some pearlised lustre dust. I painted brown dots along the side, using brown gel paste colouring. The brown chocolate log was made using a 3d log chocolate mould These grubs would be great for halloween. The 3d chocolate moulds come in other shapes such as heart, cars & houses - they make a lovely gift for any occasion - it's probably not a good idea to fill the boxes with huhu grubs for Mum or Granny. I thought these chocolate coins looked great inside. They are regular gold coin chocolates from lolly shop, I took the gold foil off and dusted with edible silver lustre to give them the look of a real 20c piece.

For my overseas readers (courtesy of Wikipedia commons)
Huhu beetle larvae are commonly known as huhu grubs. They hatch from eggs deposited under bark or in crevices in rotten wood. For two to three years they live in cavities they have eaten into the wood, then begin a pupal stage that lasts 25 days. They emerge as flying adult huhu beetles.

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