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
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
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
Place the acetate sheet over the stencil.
Step 4: Outline Stencil W/ Chocolate
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
Then I filled in its features. I used a toothpick to create texture for the hummingbird's belly.
Step 6: Make More!
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
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
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
Place the chocolate silhouettes on top of your cupcakes and enjoy!