Chocolate Portraiture Techniques

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Before watching this tutorial I thought this is going to be very difficult to achieve, I was wrong. You took it step by step and I was amazed how easy this was to do. Adding this technique to my arsenal of tricks! So happy I joined this site.

Chocolate Portraiture Techniques

$80 - $100

Learn a unique method to create amazing portraits with chocolate that can be used to decorate a cake!

This tutorial will make anyone look like a master artist as Chef Yener shows you a very easy way to create portraits made with chocolate. This technique can also be used to create logos and other images, not just portraits. All you need is a printed image, chocolate in a piping bag and some fondant. Then add colour either with an airbrush or paintbrush.

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
Chocolate Portraiture Techniques
This PDF document contains reference images to use so that you can try out this chocolate portraiture technique easily without having to source an image yourself. The images have already been adjusted so they are ready to just print and use.

Tools & Materials
Reversing the Reference Image
Drawing the Portrait
Transferring the Portrait to Fondant
Eyes & Lips
Creating the Background
Preparing for the Cake
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you’ve discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results.

What you will need
  • Rolling pin
  • Corn starch (for dusting)
  • Air brush set
  • Palette knife
  • Teaspoon
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Set of knives
  • Pen knife
  • Dry & wet towels
  • Clip board with white background
  • Cotton buds
  • Water brush
  • Water spray
  • Plastic sheet
  • Cellophane sheets (for piping cones)
  • Dark chocolate
  • Liquid (red, green, black, yellow)
  • Rolling fondant
  • Watch the entire tutorial completely and take notes while comparing the tools list to what tools you have available to you.
  • This is art, and no method or technique is set in stone. This is why we recommend you watch the entire tutorial first before you start gathering all the things in the list above. You may think of ways you might substitute tools or techniques with your own ideas.


  1. Joy Rutter says:

    I have been afraid to try this..Thank you for making this possible. Tell your son…I love the backgrounds…

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      I also love to be always digitally somewhere else all the time.

  2. Anne Ramos says:

    is it possible to do this in buttercream covered cake? any thoughts or suggestions?
    You are amazing chef! Thank you for imparting your knowledge with us. 🙂 More power!

  3. Anne Ramos says:

    is it possible to do this in buttercream covered cake? any thoughts or suggestions?
    You are amazing chef! Thank you for imparting your knowledge with us. 🙂 More power!

  4. Shirlene de Zilwa says:

    Excellent tutorial as usual. Would have like to see the actual transfer on to the cake being done!Thanks!

  5. Luz Elena Olarte says:

    Gracias maestro Serdar, es realmente maravilloso, estoy haciendo mis primeros pasos en la pastelería artística y sin duda descubrí a la persona perfecta, de quien se que aprenderé mucho, gracias nuevamente.

    GOOGLE TRANSLATION: Thanks Serdar teacher is really wonderful , I’m doing my first steps in the artistic pastry and definitely found the perfect person , from whom he will learn a lot , thanks again

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Gracias Luz

  6. Sharon Siriwardena says:

    Aww thanks Yerner yes will definitely try to use Candy melts for this technique and show u a pic.By the way I have a fb website called Sharon’s Creative Explosion Cakes. I have done some edible marker images and 3d cakes. It will be an honor if u could take a minute to visit my page and write a comment about what u think of the cakes Yerner. Thanks in advance

  7. Sharon Siriwardena says:

    Hi Yerner… Loved the class. Can we use Wilton Candy melts for this? Is it the same method when using modeling chocolate? Last question if I am not a airbrush fan can I use petal dust to shade in?

  8. Strudel says:

    Just watched, BRILLIANT!! I will try to do this, practice will hopefully make perfect. Thank you Chef.

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      You are welcome

  9. Thelma Ebite says:

    What kind of airbrush are you using? single or double action?

  10. Grisel Borgos says:

    I can’t wait to see this one. I know is going to be amazing like always.

  11. Lori Stone says:

    Love it

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  13. Ljiljana Bakula says:

    Great technique. Impatiently waiting.

  14. CATHY DAVIS says:

    I am sure it is going to be amazing just like all your tutorials are. Can’t wait, I am sure I will have to have this tutorial also.

  15. Svetlana Cartwright says:

    Can’t wait ! Awesome idea !!!

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