Introduction: Chocolate Silhouette Cupcake Toppers

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In this instructable, I'll show you how to use chocolate, stencils, & acetate sheets to create unique cupcake toppers. These are perfect for an elegant party or a wedding!

The hummingbird stencil that I used was actually a wedding place card. It was perched on the rim of the water glass at each person's seat. I'm delighted that I was able to use it in a creative way since that day.

Step 1: Ingredients & Supplies

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To make these beautiful chocolate cupcake toppers, you will need:

  • a stencil
  • chocolate chips (semi-sweet chocolate chips are my favorite)
  • acetate sheets (I found them at a baking store)
  • piping bag or ziploc bag

and cupcakes ready for some decoration!

Step 2: Prepare Chocolate Piping Bag

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Melt some chocolate and fill a piping bag. I had a ziploc bag handy which works great and makes for easy clean-up. Then, use scissors to cut off a small corner of the bag.

Step 3: Layer Acetate Sheet & Stencil

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Place the acetate sheet over the stencil.

Step 4: Outline Stencil W/ Chocolate

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Begin piping! First, I outlined the hummingbird and added swirls.

Hint: Notice how the spirals connect to the outline? I did this for added robustness of the silhouette.

Step 5: Fill in Details

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Then I filled in its features. I used a toothpick to create texture for the hummingbird's belly.

Step 6: Make More!

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Slide the acetate sheet so that the stencil is below an empty portion, then make another one!

Note: I used the right hand side of the acetate sheet to practice piping and clean off the end of the piping bag when needed.

Step 7: Experiment With Designs

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Try different designs and widths of the piping bag.

Make plenty extra as some might break in the next step.

Step 8: Let Cool & Remove From Acetate Sheet

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Once you've finished piping, set them aside to cool. I placed mine in the refrigerator. Once cool, slowly peel back the acetate sheet and voilà! A gorgeous chocolate silhouette!

Step 9: Decorate

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Place the chocolate silhouettes on top of your cupcakes and enjoy!


JanetB84 (author)2016-06-29

The hummingbird is beautiful. If given a choice from a dessert tray, I would be sure to take one of these. Almost a shame to eat the pretty little thing.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-06-27

That looks really awesome! I am going to try this out.

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