When you were a kid didn’t you just love to finger paint? It’s so much fun to draw on paper or other objects using no brushes, just your fingers. Kids today still love to create with colorful finger paints. Who says finger painting has to be done with paints? Did you know you can use the finger painting technique to create delicious chocolate designs for cakes, cookies and other confections? What could be easier?
If you’re learning to create magnificent candies and other goodies you probably already know that chocolate transfer sheets and implements which help you make dessert designs are quite costly. You can make something similar – with a lot less money and effort – by using wax paper. Finger paint designs on the paper with chocolate and you can easily make fabulous wedding cakes, holiday desserts and much more.
Although you can draw freehand on the wax paper you can use pictures if you’re not a great artist. Slide a picture torn from a coloring book or other image under the wax paper and draw the design you want.
You don’t necessarily have to draw elaborate designs. Make simple circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, curly-q’s and similar things that most people find easy to draw. These can be really useful in creating a fabulous cake. For example, draw a large rectangle of chocolate then wrap it around a round cake.
Heat chocolate chips over a double-boiler and drop in a cube or two of paraffin. The wax will help the chocolate set up on the transfer sheets. After it’s all melted allow it to cool until it’s just warm. Use it like finger paints to outline designs or color them in.
If the chocolate starts to cool off before you have a chance to spread it you can use a clean blow dryer to heat it or place the chocolate in a small bowl and barely warm it in the microwave.
Often, it’s necessary to outline the design once, place it in the freezer for a few minutes, then remove it and draw over the original design. Do this again and again until the chocolate designs are as thick as you want. With this method you can create layers of various flavors and colors. For example, draw the design once in milk chocolate, again in white chocolate, then again in dark chocolate.
Instead of your fingers there are other things you can use to spread the chocolate onto the paper. Plastic spoons and knives work well as does a small-diameter dowel, the end of an artist paintbrush, and similar things.
After you’ve created the designs you want simply freeze the chocolate. When you’re ready to decorate the dessert just peel the designs off of the wax paper and lay them on the cake or other treat. For long pieces, like a rectangle to wrap around a cake, turn the chocolate face-down on a baking sheet and peel the wax paper off of the back.