How to Make a Chocolate Monogram or Filigree

  • 01 of 07

    How to Make a Chocolate Monogram or Filigree Decoration

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    Making a chocolate monogram or candy filigree decoration is easy and takes just a few steps and some basic equipment. These decorations make an elegant addition to a special occasion cake such as for a birthday, retirement, or anniversary. You can make smaller designs to top cupcakes or decorate candies.

    You can use chocolate or you can use any other candy coating that you can melt and pipe with a piping bag and allow to solidify.

    The Chocolate Monogram can be used to decorate a chocolate box.

    To...MORE make a chocolate monogram or filigree, you will need:

    • Waxed paper
    • Template for your design (optional)
    • White or dark candy coating
    • Paper cone or piping bag fitted with a small round tip
    • Luster dust (optional)
    • Small clean paintbrush (if using luster dust)
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  • 02 of 07

    Secure the Template and Waxed Paper

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    If you're using a template, start by placing it on your work surface or on a baking sheet. Depending on your artistic skills, you may want to trace chocolate decorations instead of doing them freehand, especially if you are making multiple pieces and want them to look uniform. For your template, you can use a design you've drawn, or something you've found in a book or printed online.

    Tape the waxed paper over the template so that it is secure and doesn't have any wrinkles or...MORE ripples. If you're not using a template, tape waxed paper onto your work surface or a baking sheet.

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  • 03 of 07

    Melt the Candy Coating

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    Melt the candy coating until it is smooth and free of lumps, and place it in a paper cone or a piping bag fitted with a small round tip. If your design is not too intricate, you can also try using a plastic bag with a small hole cut in the corner, but this doesn't give you as much precision as the other two options.

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  • 04 of 07

    Trace or Draw Your Design

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    Carefully trace your design onto the waxed paper, or free-hand your monogram or filigree. If you want to make more than one design, you can slide the template underneath the waxed paper so that you can trace it multiple times on different parts of the paper.
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  • 05 of 07

    Let Your Monogram Harden

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    Let the coating harden at room temperature, for about 15 minutes, or if it's on a baking sheet, place it in the refrigerator until it is set, about 5 minutes. Once it's hard, your chocolate monogram can now be used. If you want to add luster dust to make it sparkle, continue on to the next step.

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    Brush On the Luster Dust

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    Take the luster dust and brush it all over the outside of the chocolate monogram with a small, clean paintbrush that has only been used for food. Be careful touching the monogram, as the dust will wear off with your fingerprints.

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  • 07 of 07

    Your Chocolate Monogram Is Now Finished!

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    Your chocolate monogram is now finished! You can use your monogram or filigree to top cakes or cupcakes or to decorate candies, like this elegant chocolate box.