cake decorating techniques:
multi color chocolate

You probably won't learn this in your local cake decorating classes...

cake decorating techniques - multi color chocolate

cake decorating techniques - multi color chocolate decorating

Some cake decorating techniques require you to pipe decorations directly on the side of a cake, but if you've ever tried this only to give up in despair, you'll love this multi color chocolate decorating technique.

Because you're working on a flat surface, not on the vertical side of a cake, it's much easier to get beautiful, detailed designs that you'll be proud of.

Not to mention that these decorations add so much extra dimension to any cake design.

Multi color chocolate decorating is perfect for:

So have fun with this - it's one of those great cake decorating techniques you'll wonder how you ever lived without!

before we begin...

All these cake decorating techniques use Candy Melts, a special type of candy makers chocolate that does not require tempering so it's very easy to use. To melt them easily:

1.put the chocolate in a microwave-safe dish and heat on 50% power for 60 seconds, then stir.

2.heat for 30 seconds on 50% power and stir.

3.repeat step 2 until all the chocolate is melted and smooth.

now we're ready for some fun...

Following are tutotials for three easy techniques you can use to create anything you can imagine:


cake decorating techniques - multi color chocolate decorating

chocolate - paint & snap technique

This is an easy way to add tons of extra dimension to your cake design. It's perfect for details like grass, leaves and two-tone petals.

Here's how to do it:

cake decorating techniques - multi color chocolate snap step 1

1.On a piece of parchment or wax paper, paint or smear small, vertical strips of chocolate about 3" high and 1/8" thick, making sure they taper at one end. You can use the back of a spoon or a small paintbrush for this. My personal favorite is the spoon - it's just less fussy!

cake decorating techniques - multi color chocolate snap step 2

2.Let them set for about 10 minutes, then repeat with a second color.

cake decorating techniques - multi color chocolate snap step 3

4.Snap or cut the chocolate into small, manageable sections.

cake decorating techniques - multi color chocolate snap step 3

3.Add the sections where you need them and secure with frosting....simple right?

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check out these cakes to see this technique in action:


cake decorating techniques - multi color chocolate decorating

chocolate - multi color relief technique

Creating beautiful, detailed decorations like butterfly wings is easy with this great "paint and flip" technique.

Here's how to do it:

cake decorating techniques - chocolate relief step 1

1.Make a template by drawing the shapes you need freehand or printing on the computer. Tape the template to a firm, smooth work surface.

cake decorating techniques - chocolate relief step 2

2.Cover the template with a piece of parchment or wax paper and fill the outline of the shapes with a layer of melted chocloate about 1/8" thick. Use a paint bursh or the back of a small spoon for this.

cake decorating techniques - chocolate relief step 3

3.Let the chocolate set for about 20 minutes, carefully peel the shapes from the paper and flip over. Add one color at a time to fill in the details, letting set a few minutes between each color. You can use any tool for this - the tip of a paint brush handle or a fondant decorating tool work well.

cake decorating techniques - chocolate relief step 4

4.Let the shapes set for about 15 minutes after the final color and push into the frosting where you need them...super easy.

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check out these cakes to see this technique in action:


cake decorating techniques - multi color chocolate decorating

chocolate drawing

Now can really add tons of personality to your cake designs.

This is slightly more difficult than the chocolate relief technique, only because you are thinking in reverse - adding details first then background colors.

Typically, you would use chocolate drawing for more detailed designs.

You'll need parchment cones for this. You can find instructions for making them here

Here's how to do it:

cake decorating techniques - chocolate drawing step 1

1.Make a template by drawing the shapes you need freehand or printing on the computer. Tape the template to a firm, smooth work surface.

cake decorating techniques - chocolate drawing step 2

2.Fill a parchment cone with melted chocolate and trace the outlines and details of your template with a line of chocolate.

cake decorating techniques - chocolate drawing step 3

4.Fill another parchment cone with the second color of chocolate and fill in the next area with a 1/8" thick layer of chocolate, making sure to go all the way to the edge of the detail lines without going over them. Repeat with as many colors as needed, waiting about 5-10 minutes between each color.

On the final color you can cover the entire shape, as shown (above, right). This will add strength to the finished design.

cake decorating techniques - chocolate drawing step 4

5.After you've let them set for about 30 minutes, carefully peel the shapes from the paper and push into the frosting where you need them...easy!

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check out these cakes to see this technique in action:


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