How to Make Chocolate Lace Dessert Cups

A variation of my popular chocolate lace doily and cake wrap videos, this episode of Recipes for a Sweet Life reveals how to make freestanding chocolate dessert cylinders with two types of chocolate! I show a simple swirl pattern here, but you can change up the design to fit your theme . . . come to think of it, a lattice pattern would turn this cylinder into a mighty tasty Easter basket!

You could use most any chocolate for this project, even candy melts, though I prefer to use a premium couverture chocolate because its relatively high cocoa butter content gives it great flow-ability and mouth-feel. Brands I most often use are Callebaut, Valrhona, and Guittard. I avoid the usual store-bought brands like Nestle and Hershey’s, as they don’t flow as well and are more waxy due to non-cocoa butter fat substitutes. They also set a lot faster, which may make it harder to pipe the entire lace piece before it hardens. You have the option of tempering the chocolate (or not) for this project. If you do not temper the chocolate, the cylinders are best eaten soon after removing them from the fridge and filling them, as untempered chocolate is more prone to wilting at room temperature.

Video by: Kat Touschner,
Music by: Kevin MacLeod,


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