If you visit us often, you’ll know that Star Belle is a fan of Jupiter, which looks like a bright, shiny star, but is actually a planet.
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. It’s so big, it has over 67 moons! It’s also the third brightest object in the sky, which is why it is often mistaken for a star.
Thank you Kevin Baird for the lovely photo.
At this time of the year, when it’s cold and wintry, Star Belle is happy to have Jupiter â€“ and the moon â€“ helping to light her way in the night sky, so she can get home to Twinkle Towers quickly! As January comes to an end, now is your last chance to see Jupiter looking bright in the early evening sky.
This week, Star Belle had a little tea party with her friends to celebrate the planets and stars, and she made a fabulous chocolate moon – or Jupiter! It’s so yummy and easy to make! Here’s how…
Make a Chocolate Moon
Small round cake tin
Greaseproof paper and scissors
Small saucepan and large heatproof bowl
200g white chocolate
Chocolate stars or buttons
- Before you begin, line your cake tin with a circle of greaseproof paper.
- Pour about 5cm of water into the saucepan and place it on a low heat.
- Break the white chocolate into even chunks and put in the heatproof bowl. Sit it on top of the saucepan of gently simmering water. Ideally, the water shouldn’t touch the base of the bowl.
- Melt the chocolate slowly and stir it frequently. When it’s melted, dry the base of the bowl to remove moisture, then pour the chocolate into your cake tin.
- Use your spatula to spread out the chocolate. If necessary, tip the tin from side to side so that it reaches all the edges.
- Gently shake and tap the tin, so that the chocolate levels out, then scatter chocolate stars or moon crater buttons over the white chocolate.
- Place the white chocolate moon in a cool, dry place to harden â€“ give it five to 10 minutes in the fridge to help it along, if you like. After 30 minutes it should be completely hard. Break it up and share it with your friends!
Star Belle hopes you enjoy her yummy, chocolately treat! And don’t forget to look out for Jupiter tonight!
With love and magic dust from the Magic Belles xxx