Cake decorating with white chocolate yields pretty and delicious results. This versatile, edible medium can be used in a number of ways to highlight enhance your cakes even further. You can use it to make molded candy pieces to festoon the sides of a cake, pretty piped toppers and delicate shavings or curls.
Let's take some time to explore the wonderful world of white chocolate and how it is used in cake decorating.
The sky's the limit; white chocolate is amazingly versatile. Because of its ivory hue, it can be tinted as well as molded, drizzled and sculpted. Here's an exploration of some creative uses for white chocolate.
What is white chocolate, exactly?
If you've heard people claim that white chocolate isn't chocolate at all...well, they're right. While it's related, it's actually made as a by-product of the chocolate making process. White chocolate is made with a blend of sugar, cocoa butter, milk products, vanilla and a fatty substance called lecithin. Technically, white chocolate is not a chocolate, because it doesn’t have the key ingredient: chocolate solids.
How can you use white chocolate in cake decorating?
Make it a wrap
Transform white chocolate into an edible masterpiece by using it as an all-over covering and design medium to decorate a cake. This traditional British method is revived in the Craftsy class White Chocolate Wrap: Undersea Adventure, in which you'll create an undersea adventure out of white chocolate. This class includes several of the design elements discussed below, which come together to form the beautiful cake pictured above!
White chocolate's ivory hue may have you wondering "Can I color white chocolate?" Happily, the answer is yes. Adding color to white chocolate can bring an exciting array of color to your cake decorating, whether it's making candies in molds or piping designs for cake toppers. To tint, you need to incorporate the color into melted white chocolate; here's a tutorial on how to properly melt white chocolate.
White chocolate is the key ingredient in making modeling chocolate, which can be used for sculpting, molding, and creating all sorts of design elements for your cake decorating. For more inspiration, check out the online Craftsy class Intro To Modeling Chocolate: Cityscape Cakes for a primer on how to work with modeling chocolate. Here is the Craftsy recipe for modeling chocolate.
Drizzling or marbling
A simple drizzle of white chocolate can be extremely elegant. A dark chocolate cake garnished with a snowy white chocolate drizzle is striking; a zigzag of white chocolate is an easy way to fancy up cakes and desserts of all kinds, from cakes to cookies to Nanaimo bars.
White chocolate's snowy hue can make it a fantastic color contrast to the rich dark brown hues of chocolate. Incorporating it in a marbled design on top of a cake, a method taught in the online Craftsy class Decadent Chocolate Cakes, makes for a stunning presentation.
Shaving and curling
White chocolate shavings on top of a cake or dessert can give a pretty texture and finish. You can use a more rustic, homespun look by simply shaving a block of white chocolate with a vegetable peeler and using it as garnish; for a more polished finish, create white chocolate curls by laying melted white chocolate on a sheet of waxed paper and curling it into a variety of shapes and thicknesses.
Piped and molded garnishes
White chocolate can be piped to create lovely toppers for cupcakes or cakes. Once the white chocolate is melted, load it into a piping bag and follow the instructions for making elegant piped chocolate garnishes. The white chocolate can also be poured into chocolate molds to create all sorts of shaped design elements.
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Chocolate transfer sheets can be used to transfer images on to discs of white chocolate, making for highly personalized garnishes. For cake decorating businesses, this can be a fantastic way to include logos, for business clients, or monograms or other design elements for weddings or special occasion cakes.
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White chocolate can be used as an all-over coating for all manner of treats. For an elegant treat, dip strawberries in white chocolate; dip cookies for a special finish, or use it to entirely enrobe cake truffles or cake pops. If you are coating candies or design elements with white chocolate, be sure to temper the white chocolate for the glossiest, best-looking results.
White chocolate ganache can be used as a cake topping or as a decadent filling. Like its cocoa-containing counterpart, white chocolate can be used to create delicious ganache; check out this post for helpful tips on making white chocolate ganache.