Looking for a way to make your desserts even more irresistible? Today I’m going to teach you How to make Easy Chocolate Decorations that will have everyone gawking over your desserts!
I’m always looking for ways to make my desserts more eye appealing. I make a lot of custom cakes and have worked with gumpaste and fondant to make some pretty extravagant cake decorations. There are times though that I don’t have time to spend fussing over a dessert but I still want to give it that “Wow” factor.
I’m a self taught custom cake designer. Most of what I’ve learned has been from books or the internet. I love finding different ideas and then creating my own twist on them. These decorations were inspired from a video by My Cupcake Addiction. Elise Strachan is amazingly talented and comes up with so many awesome easy ideas for decorating desserts. Click on the link if you would like to watch her video on making some of these decorations.
Today I’m going to share 3 Easy Chocolate Decorations that anyone can make.
Here’s a list of what you’ll need
- Two 12 ounce bags of chocolate of your choice. I used semisweet and white chocolate. (**If you’re using a chocolate with cocoa butter in it you’ll need to temper it…although I don’t always do it. The chocolate may turn a whitish color if you don’t)
- Bubble wrap that is clean and dry.
- Dixie cups or the cardboard insert from a paper towel roll. Cut in half.
- Wax paper.
- Gold Dragees or whatever color you want to use. (Those are the little gold edible candy balls in the picture.)
- An off set spatula.
- Butter knife.
- Large cutting board or cooking tray.
- Plastic baggie or disposable piping bag.
The first thing you’ll need to do is melt your chocolate. I like to melt my chocolate over a double boiler filled with water. That way I can always place my pot back over the hot water to warm and loosen my chocolate if it begins to harden.
For the Bubble Wrap decorations
You will need the most chocolate for these so that it can settle into the pockets of the bubble wrap.
Place a few heaping spoonfuls of chocolate on to the bubble wrap. (I used a combination of both chocolates and swirled them together a little bit.) Then using your offset spatula spread the chocolate to cover the bubble wrap. ( You will need to hold the bubble wrap as you spread the chocolate away from where you are gripping) Continue until you have your bubble wrap covered leaving about 1 inch around all the edges uncovered.
Place your chocolate coated bubble wrap onto a large board or pan and place into the refrigerator to set. It may take about 15 minutes to become firm.
Once it’s set remove it from the fridge and carefully peel the bubble wrap away from the chocolate.
Break into different sized pieces. (I always try to keep them larger. You can always make them smaller once you see how it looks on your dessert but you can’t make them bigger)
For White Chocolate Triangles with Dragees
Tear out a sheet of wax paper and place it on a hard flat surface. (Place it with the side down that doesn’t roll up on the edges.) Spread a thin coat of white chocolate leaving at least an inch around the edges of the wax paper bare. Work quickly as the chocolate will begin to set. You will need to sprinkle your dragees onto the soft chocolate for them to be able to stick.
At this point use your butter knife to trace lines down the chocolate about and inch or two apart. Then turn your wax paper and trace lines down across your other lines to create squares. Then trace through the squares to create triangles.
Let them set either on your counter or they can also be placed into the fridge to set more quickly.
Peel away the wax paper carefully and place your triangles onto a large baking sheet or tray.
For the curved chocolate swirls
Cut several dixie cups in half and cut out small pieces of wax paper pieces.
Place melted chocolate into a plastic baggie or disposable piping bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and pipe your chocolate onto the wax paper pieces in a circular motion to create swirls. Make sure to over lap the chocolate many times to make it stronger. Lay your wax paper into the cut dixie cup to let the chocolate set.
Once the chocolate is set carefully peel the wax paper away and place your curved chocolate swirl onto a tray.
Use your Easy Chocolate Decorations to add to cakes, pies, cupcakes or any other desserts to create eye catching, drool worthy desserts!
Now that you know How to make Easy Chocolate Decorations you can create your own spectacular desserts!
My Easy Chocolate Decorations made there way onto my Spiked Chocolate Mudslide Cake. They were the perfect easy decoration that gave my cake that “Wow” factor! The best part was it was Easy!
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Here are some more dessert decorations for you to try. Just click on the picture for the recipe!
Christina Kamp says
Oh my, this is stunning!
Diane Lavoie says
what a creative way to make use of simple items found around the house. you make it sound so easy. Great idea!
Kristin Cook says
You are so incredibly talented!
Linda merrick says
Wowoo I have learnt a lot thanks