How to decorate with melted chocolate explains how to make and use chocolate for piping and drizzling decorations and letters and squiggles on cakes and cookies and whatever you fancy.
In case you’ve always wanted to know how to decorate with melted chocolate, here’s your answer. Yep. You read correctly. An entire recipe to show you how to make melted chocolate squiggles and letters for piping and drizzling. It’s actually a pretty easy thing to do, although no one else needs to know that. Just let them be impressed by this nifty talent that you can use to decorate cakes, cupcakes, cookies, anything. Someone we know even wrote the name of her college football team in script and used it as a decoration for cupcakes. Because sometimes—actually, most times—chocolate makes everything better, even if your team didn’t win.–Angie Zoobkoff
*What Type Of Chocolate Works Best For Decorating?
For the smoothest and most well-behaved melted chocolate for decorating, seek out “couverture chocolate,” which contains more cocoa butter than other types of chocolate. It’s easier to handle than regular chocolate and may be a good option for you if you’re new to chocolate decorating or you’re the impatient sort. Otherwise, almost any dark, semisweet, or milk chocolate will work adequately for most decorating purposes. If you really want to go all out and decorate with chocolate that firms and becomes glossy and sufficiently sturdy to stand upright, use tempered chocolate. Be forewarned that white chocolate is rather fragile and is typically not recommended for decorating.
How To Decorate With Melted Chocolate
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Knowing how to decorate with chocolate is a simple, easy, and relatively fast way to add chocolate decoration to basically anything you'd like to add a little pizazz to. Using the microwave method is faster and only takes about 35 minutes start to finish. On the stove with a water bath took about 50 minutes start to finish. I used Wilton candy melts (6 oz. (170g) of chocolate). I then poured my melted chocolate into a piping bag (set inside a cup) after letting it cool slightly (about 3-5 minutes). I put parchment paper on a baking sheet and piped out Happy Birthday, and the rest of the chocolate piped out squiggles. I had 13 letters and 38 squiggles, that I used on a birthday cake and cupcakes. Make a few extra to allow for any breakage. I set my sheet in the refrigerator and allowed the chocolate to harden about 5 to 8 minutes. This is something the kids can help do with supervision on melting the chocolate, but the rest is nothing but pure fun! Any squiggles that don't make the "cut" can be eaten! No such thing as waste here.
Chocolate squiggles and letters are an easy way to make your desserts look fabulous. With football season upon us, cupcakes with script Ohio on top were essential. I used a print program and duplicated a 1-by-2-inch script “Ohio” 24 times on a single page, printed it, taped it to a sheet pan and placed a piece of parchment paper on top. Then I melted 6 ounces of red candy melts in the microwave and poured it into a squeeze bottle and traced over the script Ohios. Then I placed the pan in the fridge for 20 minutes for them to harden. They were adorable!
Yummy melted chocolate does taste great and knowing how to decorate with chocolate can add a serious wow factor when used to make a filigree garnish for a dessert. I used 1 oz of Trader Joe’s 85% Dark Chocolate Lover’s Bar. This was an adequate amount to do plenty of piping. I only used about 1/3 of it, but I didn't melt the chocolate for a specific purpose, so who's to say how much is the exact right amount. I broke the chocolate into pieces about the size of my pinky nail. The chocolate melted quite nicely and I piped them using a small parchment piping cone I rolled. I piped onto wax paper over a plate. This chocolate flattened out right away and didn't stand up or retain any body once piped like a nice couverture chocolate does. It chilled well but never achieved a lovely gloss or sheen like tempered chocolate does and the pieces were very fragile because of how flat they laid. The pieces peeled off cleanly from the paper but began melting immediately on my finger. Chocolate can be incredibly finicky!