Learn how to use chocolate transfers or images made from candy
melts. You can choose any design or image you'd like to decorate
These images are done much like a buttercream
transfer but instead of using buttercream frosting you use
The chocolate image is then frozen or chilled and added to a frosted
cake. We'll show you how to do it.
How to Make Chocolate Images for Cake Decorating
You will need to use candy
melts for this project. They come in a variety of colors that
work great for these projects.
Find a picture, image or use a cake
decorating pattern, you'd like to create a chocolate image.
Melt candy melts in the colors you'd like to decorate with. Spoon
melted chocolate in a disposable
pastry bag with a writing tip. Work quickly so your
chocolate doesn't harden!
Fill in your design with the colors you wish. You can smooth the
chocolate with a clean paintbrush, knife or your finger.
Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or if you'd like to prep ahead
you can place your frozen images in ziploc bags.
To make your transfer stronger you can frost a layer of candy melts
over the top of your frozen image. Place in the freezer again. Once
you lay your image down on your cake the candy melt layer will be on
the bottom and your image on top.
The chocolate transfer image will actually
be laid down on top of the cake. So any images you do will be a
mirror image. So if you do wording of any kind try printing off a
reverse image in Microsoft Word or other publication.
Butterfly Cupcake with Chocolate Image
Here is an example of what you can do with a butterfly chocolate
It is a good idea to make extra images in
case one breaks.
You can use this same technique with buttercream icing instead of
melted chocolate, when making a buttercream
Add Chocolate Accents
You can also use a simple version of this by making random designs
for chocolate accents.
Another Candy Melt Transfer Example
Instead of using a disposable pastry bag you can use a paintbrush to
paint the outline of your image. Then add details with black candy
melts or pipe black frosting.
Place in freezer several hours. When ready to add to your cake,
place image on top of frosted cake. Peel waxed paper off carefully.
Then add any details you'd like to your cake.