I’m a huge gardening fan, and I also love to plan parties. So when I found out I had the opportunity to write something for Chocolate Bytes I decided I would combine those two favorites with my favorite food, chocolate. Yum!
I enjoy decorating cakes and cupcakes. One of my favorite cupcake decorating tricks is to use molded chocolates as a topper. Molding chocolate can be a very simple process, even if you’re using several colors.
What you will need:
~ Melting chocolate, regular and white
~ Melting colored (pink, green, yellow, blue) chocolate or coloring made for chocolate to add to the white chocolate.
~ Parchment decorating bags, or squeeze bottles (Wilton makes squeeze bottles specifically for chocolate molding).
~ Chocolate molds, I prefer the molds you can add a stick to, then you have the option to make a lollipop to stand up on your cupcake, or lay the chocolate directly on the cupcake (without the stick).
~ A small glass or ceramic bowls to melt the chocolate in.
Making Your Chocolate Cupcake Decorations:
If you’re making the cupcakes for a party, find chocolate molds to match your party theme. I made some fun flower and gardening chocolates, since I’ve been celebrating Spring.
Pick the colors you want your chocolates to be. You can keep it simple and make your chocolates one or two colors. I like to add multiple colors of chocolate to make interesting cupcake toppers. Melt your chocolates according to the directions on the package. Most can be melted in the microwave.
You can purchase colored chocolate melts, or make your own colors with coloring made specifically for chocolate. Don’t try to use regular food coloring, most will jell up your chocolate and make it difficult to work with. Mix the colors well after the chocolate has melted.
To add colors to small spaces use a parchment cake-decorating bag and pipe the chocolate into the mold. You can use a small round decorating tip, but I prefer to use the bag with a small hole in the tip. Melt the chocolate before you put it in the bag. If the chocolate starts to stiffen up before your finished working with it, zap it in the microwave for a few seconds at a time. Repeat until the chocolate is soft enough to work with again. You can microwave the chocolate in the decorating bag, or squeeze bottle.
Add your chocolate colors one at a time, and allow them to dry before you add another color of chocolate to the same mold. Finish with the color you want to fill in the remainder of the mold with, or the color you will be using the most. Add a lollipop stick if you want the chocolates to stand on your cupcakes.
Lay the molds aside to cool and harden. I have no patience, so I like to place mine in the freezer for a couple minutes to speed up the process.
Once the chocolate has cooled and hardened carefully remove it from the mold. Ice your cupcakes, and insert the chocolate lollipops. I love to decorate with chocolate because you can make the decorations stand up, it’s not as delicate as icing, and but it’s still edible. A little extra special treat for your party guests.
[Thank you so much, Linette!]