Chocolate Decorations For Cakes

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Here’s how to make chocolate decorations for cakes. Some people just don’t like fondant and if it is their special day then you need an alternative so you can make a cake that they will love. In this post we will go through four different styles of chocolate decorations that you can use around cakes
Not sure what chocolate to use? There is a post on chocolate basics here for you.

1. Chocolate Cuff chocolate decorations for cakes

You will need acetate which is thin clear plastic for making the cuff. You can buy this from cake decorating store and some art stores. Failing that you can use overhead projection sheets from office supply shops. If you want the cuff to be patterned the you can purchase chocolate transfer sheets which have a thin coloured layer of cocoa butter on them which transfers to the chocolate when you put warm chocolate on it.
You will also need about 200g (7.05 ounces) chocolate for a 20cm (7.87 inches) cake. Make sure you temper your chocolate first.

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2. Chocolate Frills 
Compound chocolate is the best type of chocolate to use for this one as it is so thin it benefits from the higher melting point. You will also need non-stick baking paper which allows the chocolate to come off easily once it is set. You can colour the chocolate using oil based candy colors.

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3. Double chocolate frill
Wrap a small area of the cake in chocolate and then wrap another sheet around over the top, you can pipe a pattern on the end of the chocolate where it will overlay. This provides a perfect looking cake with no join at the back.

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4. Chocolate rectangles
This is one of the easiest methods, spread your chocolate evenly on some non-stick baking paper and then once it has started to firm up cut into equal sized rectangles. The smaller you cake the thinner the rectangles will need to be. Add them to the cake overlapping the whole way around.

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This cake is topped with homemade chocolate swirlies.


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Hi I'm Ann, food scientist, dietitian, wife, mum to 3 boys. Join me each week for desserts, chocolate and cakes.
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11 Responses to Chocolate Decorations For Cakes

  1. Stacy Skaggs says:

    Thank you so much! I used your chocolate frill technique for a cake and loved how it came out! I used it to make waves like the ocean, using an ombre effect from white to darker blue.

  2. Trisha says:

    Hey ann could you please make a minecraft logo cake. I ❤️ Minecraft. If not then just a iPhone cake thanks

  3. Trisha says:

    Hey ann could you please make a minecraft logo cake. I ❤️ Minecraft. If not then just a iPhone cake thanks

  4. Ashley says:

    When you make the supersize inside desert can you so the twitter logo… Thank you

  5. Lesley says:

    Hi ann, what do you suggest for this tier cake besides your chocolate cake , I loooovvvveee your chocolate cake recipes.
    If use sponge cake, will it be strong enough?

  6. Ashleigh says:

    Hi Ann,
    Your cake looks amazing as always and I love the new decorations tutorial. I was wondering how do you store the tempered chocolate after use, I’m afraid mine will seize up if I were to leave it out.

  7. Claire Sullivan says:

    hi ann! the flower tubes looked very interesting, but my local florist had no idea what i was talking about. Can you buy them online?

  8. Oh… This would have been so useful when I was making Mr5′s last birthday cake!
    As much as I tried to weight the acetate sheets, I was worried I would destroy the pattern, so I didn’t weight them enough.
    So the buildings were slightly curved, he didn’t mind. He loved it… He had been designing it since his last birthday :)

  9. ashley says:

    that is one beautiful cake!!! love it and thank you for all of your tutorials.

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