FLAT CHOCOLATE SIDE DECOR Tutorial

Beginner

Learn some simple techniques to decorate the sides of a cake with chocolate.

If you’ve been making and decorating cakes for long enough, you have most likely been in a situation where you’ve needed something quick and easy to decorate a cake. In these kinds of situations, using chocolate sidings is definitely a practical way of achieving quick and good looking results. There are so many different ways of doing chocolate sidings so for this tutorial, I will show you 4 different styles using flat chocolate. By “flat”, I mean chocolate that is spread out, dried and cut into pieces. In future, I will do another tutorial on chocolate side decorations that are piped. Hope you enjoy the tutorial.

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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. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Flat Tray
A strong flat tray that doesn't bend which is about 2mm or 3mm thick. Can be aluminium or plastic. Should be light in weight.
Cellophane Shop Online
Angled palette knife
Small knife
Box Cutter Shop Online
Scissors
Wooden Skewer

For making separating line on liquid chocolate

Thin Cardboard
Small piece
A thin card board like the ones that make a white cake box, a post card or a business card.
Water Spray Bottle
Recipes & Ingredients
Dark Chocolate (Compound) Wikipedia
Compound chocolate is a product made from a combination of cocoa, vegetable fat, and sweeteners. It is used as a lower-cost alternative to true chocolate, as it uses less-expensive hard vegetable fats such as coconut oil or palm kernel oil in place of the more expensive cocoa butter. It may also be known as 'compound coating' or 'chocolatey coating' when used as a coating for candy.
White Chocolate (Compound) Wikipedia
Compound chocolate is a product made from a combination of cocoa, vegetable fat, and sweeteners. It is used as a lower-cost alternative to true chocolate, as it uses less-expensive hard vegetable fats such as coconut oil or palm kernel oil in place of the more expensive cocoa butter. It may also be known as 'compound coating' or 'chocolatey coating' when used as a coating for candy.

3 Comments

  • Hello Yener, thank you for the lovely tutorial, really impressive finish. Please could you help advise on the following:
    – will the chocolate keep its shine if cake is stored in frigde?
    – can these be made a day in advance before they are placed on cake? If so, how should the be stored? Or are they only a last minute solution?
    – what brand of compound chocolate do you use? Would candy melts achieve the same effect as Barry compound chocolate?
    Thank you!

    • Serdar Yener

      – yes, but when you take them out of the fridge condensation will make it wet
      -yes, you can make them a few days before, but store it in a cool place, in a box, put the box 5 minutes in the fridge before handling
      -candy melts , yes

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