Do You Know How to Make Chocolate Art?

New Blogs// Nov 25, 2021 12:52:28 PM

It was Lora Brody who said, “Don't wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. Chocolate isn't like premarital sex. It will not make you pregnant. And it always feels good.” The same could be said when applied to art. Chocolatiering is considered by many an art in and of itself with the subtle blends of cocoa, sugar, and creams crafted to smooth chocolaty perfection.

But what if we took it one step further to create a new form of culinary and visual art all in one masterpiece? Do you know how to make chocolate art? If not, let us introduce you to the wonderful world of chocolate sculptures and edible craftsmanship. If so, stick around to see how we interpret the nuances of the craft.

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What Is Chocolate Art?

Before we jump into how to make it, let’s touch on what chocolate art really is. We define chocolate art as the use of edible materials, primarily made of chocolate, to create a visual image or representation that can either stand-alone or be combined with other culinary art forms. In general, this is a broad description, so let’s break it down.

Using edible materials to create art may sound limiting, but in reality, there are so many mediums that can be used to achieve fantastic artistic effects. There are many different types of chocolate that can be used to manipulate the final image into any shape, color, or design. Edible paints, powders, and toppings can also be used to create awe-inspiring images. 

Stand-alone art is generally made in the form of chocolate sculptures. These are usually made by either carving images from a chilled block of chocolate or using several forms of melting chocolate and shaping forms during various stages of cooling.

Another type of chocolate art is incorporated designs. Incorporated designs are much smaller scale designs that are used as toppers on cakes or other desserts.


 

The Planning

Now that you have a basic understanding of what kind of art we are talking about let’s jump into the “how”. As with any fine art form, the process begins before you even touch a piece of chocolate - specifically with the design concept.

Once you have a clear idea of what it is you want to create, you will need to create a design concept. Start with a sketch of what you want the final product to look like. This sketch can be very basic but should give you an idea of what elements are needed and how they will fit together.

Next, determine how many elements the design has, how you will be attaching them to the design, and what chocolate, colorings, and other materials you need. Now, you are ready to begin the creation process.

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The Materials

As we mentioned before, determining your materials is part of the initial design process. Different kinds of chocolates handle differently and, therefore, produce different results. As with any art form, no one can decide for you what medium works best for your design. However, being informed on the uses and variances of different types of chocolate can help you determine which chocolate is going to work best.

Considerations when choosing materials include color, texture, melting point, and anything else that your design demands such as how to attach other materials. For example, if you are attaching three red flowers to a wedding cake consider the following: would you prefer to use white chocolate with food coloring or premade red baking chocolate? Should you attach the flowers with frosting or attach them with melted chocolate? Are you going to use a flower mold, carve the flower from a block of chocolate, or craft each petal and attach it individually?

As you answer each question here, you come up with different material needs for the design. Play around with what works best for you, or just appreciate all the thought and creativity chocolate masters put into each piece!

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Methodology

Each artist tends to have a good idea of the methods they plan to use to get from the design phase to the masterpiece phase. But just in case, here are a few methods of sculpting that professionals use on their chocolate art: 

Candy Molds: For the less artistic designer, at-home creations, or large-scale, repetitive designs, candy molds are a great way to add an elegant, finished look to any chocolate art. 

Carving: For more intricate, personalized work, some artists opt to take cooled chocolate and sculpting tools to carve designs directly into the block.

Piping: By using a frosting bag and tips combined with melted chocolate, artists can pipe designs piece by piece just like writing on paper or directly onto the subject. 

Temperature Controlled Manipulation: Another method is to heat the chocolate to a pliable state and use tools or your hands to manipulate the chocolate into the desired shape.

Chocolate Sheets: Chocolate sheets can be thick or thin spreads of chocolate that can be cut, rolled, shaved, or broken into the desired design. Sometimes artists will combine the piping method and the sheet method to create intricate applications.

Frosting: Using chocolate frosting can act as a finishing touch or a glue to hold the design together.

 

Incorporated Designs

Incorporated designs can be as simple or complicated as you want. Using candy molds or simple sculpts like flowers to add to a cake or another dessert can add a creative twist to any culinary treat.

 

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Chocolate Sculptures

Chocolate sculptures probably “take the cake” so to speak in the world of chocolate art. Businesses have been created with the sole offering of custom chocolate sculptures. There are many forms of sculptures on the market from small treats such as Easter bunnies to intricate movable works of art such as a fully functional (and edible) telescope - for real! The possibilities are endless!

Whether you simply appreciate the beauty and artistry that goes into chocolate art or you’re interested in creating your own masterpiece, it is sure to be a great pleasure! While creating the perfect piece can be stressful, “A little bit of sweetness can drown out a whole lot of bitterness”.