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A Guide For Making Dessert and Cake Decorations at Home

Cupcakes with Chocolate Decorations

I remember looking at chocolate decorations before going to pastry school and thinking, “How in the world do they do that?” They are so beautiful and delicate, and add elegance to something that was a little plain. Now that I know the secrets, I’d like to share them with you so that the next time you’re having a children’s party, a dinner party, or any party really, you can add a bit of elegance to simple desserts and really elevate them.


  • 4 oz ChocoMaker Dark Chocolate Flavored Candy Wafers
  • 4 oz ChocoMaker Vanilla Flavored Candy Wafers
  • 1 oz ChocoMaker Candy Wafers – A color of your choice
  • 1 oz ChocoMaker Candy Wafers – A color of your choice


  • Pastry bags
  • Acetate sheets or Wax Paper *Acetate sheets (those sheets that Teacher’s used to use with the overhead projector) will allow you a nice shine but can be difficult to find, wax paper will give less shine but is easier to find.
  • Stencils (optional) Click the links below to download:

    Butterfly Stencil
    Basic Shapes Stencil


Step-by-step Instructions

Assortment of Desserts with Decorations

1. Striped White Chocolate Shards

  1. Melt your dark chocolate flavored wafers and pour into your pastry bag.
  2. On your pre-prepared acetate sheet or wax paper with some sort of flat tray underneath, stripe your paper with dark chocolate. Depending on what your using them for you really only need to stripe approximately a 6” by 6” square.
  3. Let set.
  4. Melt your vanilla wafers. If it gets overly warm let it sit on the counter for a couple minutes to let cool (if it’s too warm the lines will blur when you pour it on). Pour your white chocolate onto the stripes and spread lightly. Tap out lightly to help spread. Let set in fridge.
  5. When set, break into shards and decorate!

2. Lace Heart

  1. On a sheet of parchment, with a candy filled pastry bag, pipe the outline of a heart. Then in one continuous motion, moving inside the heart at random, pipe close together squiggles.
  2. Let set, then carefully peel off sheet from chocolate.
  3. Decorate!

3. “Steam”

  1. On a sheet of parchment or acetate, with a white filled pastry bag, pipe a squiggle that widens until it tapers at the end.
  2. Let set, then carefully pull sheet off chocolate.
  3. Decorate!

Downloadable Stencil – Butterfly

  1. Place your stencil on top of your flat tray and your acetate sheets or wax paper on top of that.
  2. Melt your dark chocolate flavored wafers and pour into your pastry bag.
  3. Cut a small hole into your pastry bag and carefully pipe onto the stencil following the lines. Let set.
  4. If you do not want to add color you can stop here and refer to step 7.
  5. Melt your two favorite color wafers and pour into separate piping bags.
  6. Fill in the butterfly wing spaces with dabs of colored wafers. Let set
  7. Remove butterfly from paper by picking up the paper and running your finger underneath to help lift off.
  8. Decorate!
Beth B.

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