If there is something that tempts so heavenly, that is the taste of rich and luscious chocolate cake. When it comes to cake decorations, chocolate is king. There is excellent value in learning how to master the art of using chocolate for cake decorations correctly, and it will certainly go a very long way with regards to presentation. But before you start delving into the various methods and recipes available let’s start with the basics first. It will be a great injustice to take chocolate very lightly.
First, you should figure out how to melt chocolate. The problem that most beginners have is that they tend to melt the chocolate a bit too quickly. If you want to dissolve the chocolate correctly, it should first be broken down methodically. Whether the piece or chunk is sliced or shaved, the heat must be made to work on the entire surface area of the chocolate being melted for it to be of uniform smoothness. The best method you can follow to get this is to get it in a small container and put it in a pot of warm or hot water. Note that boiling water is not advised at all. The chocolate will begin to melt evenly but do not forget to stir. Keep at it until the chocolate becomes wholly melted and without any lumps or chunks. Once the chocolate has been appropriately melted, you can now begin the process of shaping and forming the chocolate into any desired shape or purpose.
Making curls and cutouts from the chocolate is made possible once the chocolate has reached a certain velvety smoothness. The chocolate should be spread evenly onto a flat surface such as a metal baking pan or cookie sheet. It should be left to cool by itself at room temperature. Chocolate curls are made by scraping the chocolate with a metal spatula. If done correctly, the chocolate will start forming spirals. Place the rubbed chocolate onto some parchment to allow it to cool and harden further.
Chocolate cutouts, on the other hand, are just as easy to make as the chocolate curls. All it takes is just to use a sharp knife or another tool available to create the desired shape or design. According to the situation, even a cookie cutter will work just as well for the job.
Besides melting the chocolate, there is also another essential method of using chocolate for making simple yet very stunning effects on any cake. It is with the use of sifted cocoa powder. The process involves topping the cake with a stenciled paper design and slowly sprinkling the cocoa powder onto the cake. After the pan is removed, what results is a beautiful design with a powdered accent.
Now that the fundamentals have been covered, more advanced steps or techniques can now be started. Feel free to get the basics right first and then build on that foundation. Everyone loves a delicious chocolate cake so taking the time to adequately prepare one will undoubtedly reap a lot of satisfaction in the long run.