Jan 24, 2013

Make a Chocolate Drizzle Heart

This is such a pretty way to decorate special occasion cakes and cupcakes. You can make any design you'd like, but since it's almost Valentine's, I made hearts.

Here's a 1.5" heart on a cupcake:
        

You'll need:
*semi-sweet chocolate chips
*a zip-lock plastic bag or piping bag 
*parchment paper
*cookie cutters to draw around (or free-hand it!)
*small piping tip (optional)

I don't want to make this harder than it is- basically, you just melt chocolate in a zip-lock bag, snip a corner off, and squeeze out a design onto parchment paper. But I like to know details on projects I attempt, so here are a few more specifics:


Draw the designs you want to make on the parchment paper. I drew around heart-shaped cookie cutters. Turn the paper over. You'll still be able to see the designs, but you won't get pencil or ink on the chocolate.



I used a 3" heart and a 1.5" heart

If using the piping tip, cut a small hole in one of the bottom corners of the zip-lock bag and push the tip into the hole from the inside.

Put about 1/4 cup chocolate chips in a zip-lock bag. Push them, in a single layer, into one of the bottom corners (into the piping tip corner, if using). Zip top closed. Microwave at 50% power for a few seconds at a time, lightly kneading the chocolate to mix it, until almost completely melted. Lightly knead the chocolate through the bag until smooth. Keep the chocolate in the corner as much as possible. You may want to hold the bag with a kitchen towel or pot holder- it gets very warm.




Twist the bag until the chocolate is firmly "packed" in the corner. If not using a tip, cut a tiny hole in the chocolate corner. Keeping a steady pressure on the twist, pipe the chocolate onto the paper, following the designs you drew.

Now you'll want to fill the inside space of the design with loops or zigzags. Make sure there are lots of intersections in the lines- this is what will give your design strength and stability.


3" heart 

Let the chocolate shapes set. When completely set, peel them v-e-r-y carefully off of the paper. If you have a thin spatula you could slip the hearts off of the paper with that. What worked for me was to keep the chocolate design flat, and peel the paper off at an angle from underneath. Handle them gently, and as little as possible. The smaller hearts were sturdier than the larger ones. You can use your chocolate hearts as soon as they're set, or store them in a covered container in the fridge for 1 to 2 days. They're prettiest right away.


3" heart on a small layer cake:


that I used for this tutorial.


May have been taken to some of these fun parties!


32 comments:

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    1. Thank you, April! And thanks so much for coming by and commenting! :)

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    2. Hello again Joy! I just wanted to let you know that Alea and I are featuring your Chocolate Drizzle Hearts in the Valentine's Edition of The Gallery of Favorites this week :)

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  2. Gorgeous way to add a special touch to sweet baked goods! Thank you for the how-to, Joy.

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    1. Thank you, Linda- they were fun to make! :)

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    1. Hi, Beth- thank you! Does chocolate taste better in a design? I think it might. :) Thank you for the comment!

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  4. Joy...this is so pretty! I can't believe how easy it is! Well the concept is easy. Unfortunately for me, I struggle with drawing stick figures! I think it will help me to sketch on parchment paper for sure! I really can't wait to try this! That chocolate heart is so pretty...it almost looks like a filigree!

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    1. Psst, Anne....don't tell anyone, but that's what makes these fairly easy...no artistic talent required! ;) I cheated by having a design to trace....then just filled it in with random squiggles- the chocolate does all the work! :) If it turns out kinda rough, just call it "rustic"! Lol! Thank you so much for coming by and commenting!

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  5. That is so pretty and perfect for the finishing touches on Valentine's Day treats. Thank you for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday.

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    1. Thank you, Angie! Love Foodie Friends Friday! :)

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  6. Very nice, I am going to try this sometime. They look very nice sitting on top of your cupcake. andi

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    1. Andi, thank you so much, and thanks for coming by! I appreciate it! :)

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  7. I found you from Family Home and Life link up. I love this heart. I pinned it to my Pinterest-Valentines. Read my post:
    http://www.thelostapron.com/2013/01/teacher-appreciation.html

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    1. Hi, Ana! Thanks for pinning! I will come over and read your post! :)

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  8. Hi,
    We just found your blog. You have a great blog with yummy recipes. Very fancy!! These look fun to make and eat.

    We are hosting our 2nd link party tomorrow and would like to invite you to link up with us.

    Thanks!
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye

    http://thebusybhive.blogspot.com/

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  9. Just hopping over to return your sweet visit!! I love meeting another gal from Texas!! Yes we own land north of Merkel Texas!! I took that picture between Merkel and Abilene:).

    So cool to meet you from Memories by the Mile, Wanda is awesome!!

    I am now following via Pinterest!!

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    1. Evelyn, thank you for your comment!! I am so happy to meet you- I hope we will be visiting frequently! <3 Thanks for following me on Pinterest- that inspires me to up my game! ;)

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  10. What a special Drizzle Heart, I hope mine will look that good, well I am going to try. Have a great week and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  11. Oh, I love the adorable drizzle heart!! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. So glad you did! Have a wonderful weekend.
    hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Kathy, thanks for coming by, and for hosting A Bouquet of Talent! :)

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  12. Adorbs! I think after you explained it I might be able to make something that resembles a heart! Thanks for sharing. Visting from Life On Lakeshore Dr.

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    1. Shanee, if I can do it, believe me, anyone can! :) Thanks for coming by and commenting! :)

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  13. Joy, I'm just now getting to all of the links from the last Tasty Thursdays. I love your version of the edible hearts. Beautiful. I just love making designs that way. Check out my Edible Snowflakes if you haven't already. Thanks for linking up. Nichi

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    1. Oh, I can't wait to see them! Thanks! And thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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  14. Such an easy way to dress up dessert! i love that you can make these for any holiday!

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  15. I've been wanting to try to do this! Love it!

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  16. Thanks for sharing this neat technique at The Pin Junkie! It's part of today's Valentine dessert roundup!

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  17. Love, love, love these cupcakes! They are so elegant and beautiful. Thanks for sharing that cool heart design! Visiting from Treasure Box Tuesday.

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  18. Joy,

    Your Chocolate Hearts are beautiful and perfect for Valentine's Day.

    Blessings,
    Diane Roark

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  19. You make it look so easy! Stopping by from Saturday Dishes!

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