Creating chocolate designs to add to my chocolate mousse and mini cupcakes this past week was really a kick and so simple, too! Who knew that piping chocolate could be so much fun? It’s really easy, and adds a bit of flair to your sweet creations. A few people that I served my mini cupcakes to mentioned that they were so cute and well done that they thought they were from the grocery store. That made this simple baker so happy.
A little bitty heart on a cute mini cupcake.
A sassy squiggle for a touch of fun.
A sweet heart for a classic dessert.
I thought it would be fun to share how I made my chocolate designs, so you can create your own for your cupcakes or mousse, too.
I measured about 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. I used Kirkland Signature chips from Costco – we love them and we can buy them in bulk. :)
To melt the chips, I microwaved them in 30 second intervals, stirring the chips after each cycle to prevent scorching. My chips took approximately 1 1/2 – 2 minutes to melt completely, but your time will be dependent upon your microwave.
Once melted, I placed my melted chocolate in a piping bag and used Wilton tips to pipe the designs onto parchment and foil on top of a cookie sheet. I used a size 3 tip for the miniature hearts and squiggles to use on the mini-cupcakes, and a size 7 to make the larger hearts and squiggles for regular cupcakes or chocolate mousse.
I choose to pipe my designs freehand, but I’ve included a link for a template to make the right sized hearts and squiggles in both the larger and mini sizes.
To use the template, click here: Chocolate Design Template. Once it opens on your computer, right click and choose print. The designs should print in the right size on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
Place the template onto a cookie sheet and cover with parchment or waxed paper. Using the template as your guide, pipe the chocolate designs onto the paper. Once you are done, place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for a few minutes to harden the chocolate.
Once hardened, carefully remove them and use immediately, or place them in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for a few weeks and use (or eat!) as needed.
I’d love to hear how your designs turn out. Leave a comment and let me know how it goes!