How to make Chocolate Garnishes: Part 2

Hello and welcome back! Today Im continuing with part two of how to make Chocolate Garnishes blog. Now we are going to be talking about the different designs one can make after we learn to temper chocolate. You can use these designs for decorating cakes, tartes, or cupcakes. It adds a special touch to bake good because if your dessert looks beautiful, then it will most likely taste great. All you need is your freshly tempered chocolate, a piping bag, aluminum foil and silicone cooking mat.

Chcolate Squares
– Put your chocolate in a piping bag and cut using scissors a very very little hole on the end. Like a centimeter from the tip so not so big. Better safe to cut less than more. Grab a piece of aluminum foil and draw some zig zags but making sure they stop at the same length going horizontally. Then turn the foil 90 degrees and do the same so it makes a zig zag square. Place it in a plate so it is flat and won’t spill. Then place it in the fridge for about 30 mins or harden. Once it has harden, carefully peel the foil from the chocolate so it stay in its shape.
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Chocolate Shards:
– Grab a piece of aluminum foil and lay it flat. Grab about 3 tbs of chocolate from your tempered chocolate in the bowl. Place them and spread them on the foil so they form a rectangular shape. Put them in the fridge untill they harden. Take it out and carefully remove the chocolate from the aluminum foil. Press down in the center of the chocolate and break it carefully. Keep doing the same until u get the size shards you need.
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Chocolate Wings:
Put your tempered chocolate in a piping bag. Snip of just a little from the edge to pipe to choclate out. Then get a piece of foil onto a flat surface so it will turn out as perfect as possible. Start by making a small vertical loop. Next to its right, make another just a slightly taller but adjacent to the previous loop. Keep doing this about 4-5 times until you have formed a wing. By the time you are done it should look like the picture before although it will look like this after you have refrigerated you chocolate for a few minutes.
You can make another one that looks like its reflection so when you put them on a cupcake, the look like a pair of chocolate wings together.
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Chocolate curl:
To make this, get a plastic or silcon mat that is used in cooking. You can probably get this at the dollar store. Spread some chocolate onto the mat. You can make your curls big or tiny small ones depending on what you need them for. Just apply it horizontally so its looks like a long rectangular shape. Wrap up the mat making sure no chocolate touches each other but does make a curl shape. You can carefully tie the mat up with an elastic band so it will stick that shape when you put it in the fridge. Then freeze it and once its harden take it out carefully. You should have great smooth curls to use as decoration.
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I hope you guys try this soon. I love chocolate and it really makes a great garnish for cakes and cupcakes. They look beautiful and taste great!

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