Category Archives: Weddings




A Byron Bay Wedding: Part 1….

Many of you may have seen my original wedding tower for Paul and Liz’ wedding a few years ago. Well I was fortunate enough to get another order for one here in Australia! This one was slightly larger with 80 boxes in total.

The dark boxes were filled with dark chocolate mousse and the white boxes with a white chocolate lime and coconut mousse. It was a huge joyful sigh of relief as I placed the final box on the stand!  Now I just have to wait for the bride to return from her honeymoon to find out how it tasted .

I could definitely get use to doing chocolate wedding work. It really is so much fun. Congratulations Elly and Joel!

xoxoxo Cocoa Jo

Wow..its been awhile since I last updated you but I have been busy. At Christmas I created 30+ boxes of chocolates for orders with 9 different flavours. I then had a big war widows order of 4 different flavours, My husband has since designed my new logo and I absolutely love it!!! and finally my latest adventure….a friends wedding cake. So much to fill you in on.

Firstly……the logo.

Next, Christmas has well and truly gone but not the memory of my chocolate making week. Just as I started my 300+ chocolates I noticed my machine wasn’t working. There’s no time like absolute pressure to master the art of microwave tempering. Tough week aside I’m glad it happened. I learnt more about the movement, appearance and temperament of chocolate in one week than I have in my journey so far.

I managed to make 9 flavours some of which have become my ‘new’ favourites. The new ones include:

Classic Nut Tower – Toasted almond pieces in a milk chocolate hazelnut Gianduja
Garden Mint – Bittersweet chocolate ganache and fresh garden mint
Classic Orange – Fresh orange milk ganache with Boyajian pure  orange oil
Pineapple Punch – 70% dark chocolate swirl with fresh pineapple pate’ de fruit and pineapple milk ganache
Raspberry Roses – Raspberry puree and rose water in a bittersweet rose shell

Cocoa Jo's Packing

My war widows order comprised of 4 flavours: Rum ‘n’ Raisin, Coconut Dream, Chai and Honey Cinnamon Caramels. Apparently the feedback was “fantastic”. Another job done…..more satisfied customers. Yay!

And finally this past week I had the pleasure of making a dear family friends wedding cake. They had a gorgeous wedding at the beach in Currumbin with close family and friends, followed by a cocktail reception. It was so lovely. The final creation consisted of three types of cake. The top layer was a chocolate whisky fruit cake covered in fondant accompanied by two types of cupcakes. Italian Wedding cake with Cream Cheese frosting and Chocolate Mud cake with Chocolate buttercream frosting. The absolutely gorgeous cake topper was hand created by the grooms sister-in-law Tamra Philpot of  Birry Cake Toppers. She does a fantastic job and the detail is impeccable.

The end result…everyone LOVED the cakes..absolutely loved them. And I……I learnt to   relax and have confidence in what I do. A hard lesson to learn when your a perfectionist, but a great one.




Professional Chocolate Box Photos have arrived!

Hi all,

Talk about excitement!…Last year as some of you know, I made a tower of mousse and berry filled boxes made from chocolate for a friends grooms cake. I had already posted some of my photos in a previous post but just cant help myself. Garret and Matt really know their art!

The professional photos were taken by GB Photograpers in San Francisco

Well here they are:

The finished product contained 65 individual boxes, the dark filled with a rich chocolate mousse. The white filled with a white chocolate, lime and cream cheese mousse. I topped them off with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries.




Well here the chocolate journey begins…..

Well hello there. I believe it is time to share my journey of chocolate discovery.

Although I have made desserts and truffles and other delights over the years, it has been the last year and a half that I have discovered where my passion really lies. In CHOCOLATE!. So i started learning as much as I could in regards to chocolate and who knew it would be more complex than I ever imagined..yet very satisfying!. Its not everyday you find a career that first of all 93 % of the population loves but to have to work with chocolate on a daily basis..well all I can say is im blessed.

To begin I want to share my latest and most challenging chocolate creation to date. Just this past week I worked on a friends grooms cake. For my Aussie friends, it appears over here in the states they not only have a wedding cake but the groom also has a cake which, correct me if I’m wrong, can be presented at either the reception or the rehearsal dinner. Well Paul and Liz wanted something different that would also serve dessert for their rehearsal dinner. I was given  a picture of a chocolate design they were interested in and asked to see what I could do with it!

Well after many experiments with hand making the boxes I found the best technique. I tried cutting all four sides and a base out of chocolate then glued them together with more chocolate. This was a very slow process and left marks all over the boxes. Not a pretty site. Then my fellow chocolatier friend suggested finding a mold in the shape and size I needed. Voila’! it worked perfectly.

The finished product contained 65 individual boxes, the dark filled with a rich chocolate mousse. The white filled with a white chocoalte, lime and cream cheese mousse. I topped them off with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries. And the end result…..Paul and Liz's Grooms Tower.Chocolate Boxes