Chocolate Painting




Easily turn (almost) any picture into a chocolate painting. Can be used as a cake decoration, or a

personalized gift.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Finding the Picture

You will need:
- Printer and paper
- white parchment paper
- baking spray or oil
- tape
- cutting board
- white chocolate
- dark chocolate
- clean thin paintbrushes
- toothpicks

Find the picture you'd like to paint, or take it yourself.
Pictures with high contrast work best.

With a picture editing software, make it a black and white picture.

Then turn up the contrast so much that it only has two colors: Black and white.

Flip it horizontally and print the result.

As an alternative, if you google pumpkin carving patterns, you may find some nice pictures that you can print directly.

Now tape the picture to the cutting board.

Step 2: Preparing the Picture

Tape the parchment paper on top of it.

Put some cooking spray or oil on a kitchen towel, and wipe the parchment paper with it to lightly grease it.

Step 3: Melt the Chocolate

Break the white chocolate into pieces and melt it in the microwave or in a double boiler.

Step 4: Painting the White Areas

Using a paintbrush or toothpicks, paint the white areas of the picture.

Put it in the fridge until it is completely hardened.

Step 5: Adding the Dark Chocolate

Then melt the dark chocolate and pour it over the whole design, the thicker, the better.

Let this harden completely as well.

Step 6: All Done!

Now you should be able to flip the chocolate piece over and peel off the parchment paper.

You can use this as a cake topper, or just a piece of candy.

Be the First to Share


    • STEM Contest

      STEM Contest
    • Cookies Contest

      Cookies Contest
    • Reuse Contest

      Reuse Contest

    88 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    My youngest is a chocolate fiend! We did this for her first communion- it was a hit. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1 reply

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I made this one for my girlfriend. She was very happy with it so thanks. But I didn't just pour the dark chocolate on it, I first made a border with legos and then poured it in it, so that it is mor elike a chocolate bar. If somebody wants to do this aswell: Don't be worried about your lego, it doesn't melt that easy. And by the way, I wouldn't recommend to use the cheapest chocolate because the bar is getting more and more white eruptions where it should be brown, I don't know why this is but I made some chocolate things before with more expensive chocolate and then I didn't have this problem.

    3 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Hi there. Sometimes we get "white spots" on chocolate if we don't temper it properly. Tempering requires you too heat the chocolate to a certain temperature, bring it back down, and then raise the temp again. It can take a few tries to get it right, but if you do it, then you should avoid the spots.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    What a clever idea! I'm totally going to do this myself next time. So far I've only ever made big slobs of chocolate to put them on cake, hehe.


    6 years ago

    Fabulous!!!!! Can't wait to try this one!!!!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for this good idea!! I did a picture of my son :o)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    What am I doing wrong? My white chocolate beads up and refuses to lay nice, even when I skip the oil. This makes it completely impossible to do any sort of details at all. thanks!

    3 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm that's a tough question.. I've never had that problem. Are you sure you're using actual white chocolate, and not some chocolate chip product? That may make the difference. Or maybe you need to add some shortening to the chocolate when you're melting it. I hope you'll find something that works, maybe you just need to try different kinds of white chocolate. Good luck!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Ah, I did use the chips, I didn't know there was a difference. I'll try the block kind next time. thank you!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    very nice effect. i will definitely use this technique one day. thanks for sharing!


    10 years ago on Step 3

    I once melted chocolate in glass bowl for 3 minutes in microwave. there was a lot of steam so I opened it . I took the bowl out put it on the table and the bowl broke of heat!!! I took both halfs put it in the sink so it would cool. the house smelled all day!! I'll be more carefull next time.

    2 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 3

    You never need more than about a minute to melt chocolate. The outside may not look melted but overall the temperature of the chocolate is enough to melt it. Just put in on low in 20¬30 second bursts until you can stir the chocolate into a liquid. You can keep the chocolate melted by using a hair drier on low setting and then stirring.