Chocolate Transfers

using transfers
Learn how to use chocolate transfers or images made from candy melts. You can choose any design or image you'd like to decorate your cake.

These images are done much like a buttercream transfer but instead of using buttercream frosting you use melted chocolate.

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 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!

transfer set up


Fill in your design with the colors you wish. You can smooth the chocolate with a clean paintbrush, knife or your finger.
transfer done

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 image.

butterfly cupcake
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 transfer.

Printable Chocolate Trivia Worksheet

Add Accents

You can also use a simple version of this by making random designs for chocolate accents.

accentscupcake 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.

candy melt frog

candy melt frog outline and detailed

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.

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