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Happy New Year Everyone! I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2016. To start the year properly I made chocolate Bourbon donuts; you could think of them as the dark counterpart to last week’s cardamom cinnamon donuts. These guys here are again baked and they are cakey but still very light. My favorite part about them is the glaze, which is a chocolate Bourbon ganache of sorts that I made with heavy cream, butter, chocolate, vanilla extract, espresso powder and, of course, Bourbon. It’s not one of those hard chocolate shells you sometimes see, instead it’s soft and creamy; I personally like that better in combination with cakey things. I suggest you eat (or serve) these donuts as an afternoon snack with a glass of milk (or Bourbon)!
Recipe Update: I have updated and improved this recipe since posting it here and you can find the new (and even tastier) version on my new site: https://www.nicolebranan.com/stock-food-photos/chocolate-donut-sprinkles.
Food Photography and Styling: I wanted to be sure to tell the viewer that these donuts have Bourbon in them and I tried several different ways to do that. First I set a glass filled with Bourbon in the background but that ended up looking a bit dingy and I didn’t think it got the idea across. Next I thought of a whiskey bottle but I didn’t have one that would have fit with the size of the donuts, everything I had was much too large. In the end I opted for writing the recipe name on the photo and left space in the background to do that.
The backdrop is actually the seat of a chair (the same one I used as the surface in this photo). The surface that the plate is sitting on is a tray that I turned upside down and I thought it looked like a nice table. As I’m sure you guessed, I used my strobe to light the set.
Nikon D600, 105mm, f/5, 1/125 sec., ISO 100. One Hensel Integra Pro Plus 500 Monolight, 35″ x 58″ Softbox.