Chocolate decorations for desserts

Chocolate is so versatile it makes a great decoration for most plated desserts.  Here are just a few examples of what you can do.

Firstly make sure you are using tempered chocolate or your decorations will not set firm.


Chocolate Curls (pictured below on banoffee tart)

chocolate decorations fun with chocolate

Spread some chocolate onto overhead projector sheet, then roll the sheet and place in a glass or round object to hold the shape until set.

Chocolate Shards (pictured below on top of choc pavlova)


how to make chocolate shards decorations for desserts recipe

This one is the easiest of decorations and adds impressive height to desserts and cakes.  Place a sheet of alfoil over a chopping board or back of cooking tray.  Spread the melted choc over the alfoil then place in the freezer until set hard then snap into shards.

Chocolate Swirlies (on top of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting)

how to make chocolate decorations

Three dimensional swirls of chocolate can be made by piping melted chocolate into a glass of alcohol that had been sitting in the freezer for at least an hour.  I like to use marsala for making swirlies.  They look great on top of frosting on cupcakes.

Chocolate lolly Pops

how to make chocolate decorations for dessertsPlace lolly pop sticks on a tray lined with baking paper or alfoil.  Pipe circle swirls of chocolate over one end and sprinkle with hundreds and thousands.

Chocolate Sticks

how to make chocolate decorations for dessertsSpread some chocolate at one end of baking paper then run through it with an icing comb.  For twisted sticks like these ones use overhead projector paper, roll and put in glass as for chocolate curls.

Below is a template for piped chocolate decorations. click on it to open in new window then select ‘file’ ‘save as’ to save it to your computer.
template for piped chocolate decorations

This is the book that I used for the ‘texture mats’ from: Rubbings, the mats are at the back of the book.

You may also be interested in
* how to temper and chocolate and what chocolate to use for decorations
* How to make chocolate bowls
* How to make a box out of chocolate

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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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39 Responses to Chocolate decorations for desserts

  1. Caroline Dugas says:

    Hello Ann! I just watched your butterfly video! AMAZING! But I can’t find the video with the list of the fake chocolat, and I’d like to know more about the oil fruit base, to put color in the white chocolate please :)

    excuse my english, I’m pretty bad hahahha!

  2. andrea says:

    Hi Ann Readon I like your videos will you do a zebra cake please and thank you

  3. andrea says:

    can you make curls so I can do it for my sisters cake please

  4. Clarita says:

    Thanks for finally writing about > Chocolate decorations for
    desserts | HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert
    & ChocolateHowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate < Loved it!

  5. Anjali says:


    How will it work out if I melt ferrero rocher or Godiva chocolates to make such patterns of chocolate?

    Thank you

    • Ann Ann says:

      Hi Anjali, as long as it is plain chocolate (without other fillings in it) it should be fine, but if it has cocoa butter in the ingredients you will need to temper it. If contains vegetable oil you can just melt it. See the post on tempering

  6. Haley says:

    Hi Anne, I love your work. Could you please post a video on how to make the chocolate harbour bridge. Thanks

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