Chocolate Transfer Sheets for Professional Desserts (Easy How To)

I am the original kitchen klutz.  First, I lack patience.  Then to make matters worse I have a slight tremor in my hands.  It runs in the family and isn’t dangerous but it can be an annoyance.  So I console myself that even if I had the coordination to draw a nice line of icing, I’d probably damage it hurrying.

Chocolate transfer sheet decorations

Chocolate transfer sheet decorations

So when I do things that are cute, they need to be cute and easy–which is how I decided to try chocolate transfer sheets.   You know those fancy professional chocolates with the beautiful squiggles and pretty designs on top–well this is how they do it. 

Chocolate transfer sheet

Chocolate transfer sheet

Transfer sheets are basically food grade plastic sheets with colored chocolate designs on them.  All you need to do is transfer the decorations to your dessert. They are readily available online and I even found mine locally through a Dove party distributor.  

I did two different “projects”–starting with some chocolate heart (and star) decorations for the top of a dessert.  This worked almost text book perfect per the instructions I used.

Chocolate transfer sheet decoration topped dessert

Chocolate transfer sheet decoration topped dessert

First I measured and cut out the proper length from the transfer sheet and set it on parchment paper.

Cutout chocolate transfer paper ready for chocolate

Cutout chocolate transfer paper ready for chocolate

Then I smeared it with chocolate chips that I’d melted in a double boiler.

Coat with melted chocolate

Coat with melted chocolate

When hardened but still pliable (about a half hour), I cut out hearts and stars using small sized cookie cutters.  The instructions mentioned that metal cutters work better but my plastic one worked almost as well.  The key seemed to be pushing hard enough to get all the way through the chocolate.

Cut out with cookie cutters

Cut out with cookie cutters

I then placed them into the refrigerator to harden further and when they were no longer pliable, I pulled off the transfer sheet plastic.  Be sure that the chocolate is fully hardened or you may damage the design.

Pulling off plastic too early can damage decoration

Pulling off plastic too early can damage decoration

There was some extra decorated chocolate from around the cutouts, so I decided to try my hand at some freehand decoration design.  I think this works too.

Chocolate transfer sheet decoration

Designs cut from leftover chocolate!

I rated my second project as a little less successful.  I decorated chocolate dipped Oreos (for these you lay cutout transfer paper over the wet chocolate, carefully smoothing out any air bubbles) and wasn’t completely happy with the flattened look it gave them.  In scouting out better examples on the internet, my favorites were those made in molds and flatter to begin with.  So for dipped cookies, I lean toward either going with a homespun look (perhaps sprinkled with crushed peppermint) or buying molds.

Decorating sandwich cookies with chocolate transfer sheets

Decorating sandwich cookies with chocolate transfer sheets

But it was all lots of fun and this year, everyone is getting chocolate dipped Oreos for Valentine’s Day (shhhh).  And there is probably some more experimenting in my future.

14 thoughts on “Chocolate Transfer Sheets for Professional Desserts (Easy How To)

  1. cakewhiz

    Fantastic tutorial! Those transfer sheets look sooo easy to use! I can already imagine making pretty cakes and cupcakes decorated with them for different occasions 😀

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks Uru. I was really hoping to make this less scary, so people like me who are decorating-challenged know they can make something cute!

    1. Inger Post author

      I could spend days going back through my old pins-lol! But I have retrieved a fair number of recipes that way–even if my “to do” list is endlessly long!

  2. Claire

    I love things like this, when you find something that you know you will do again and again. And you’ve tempted into trying. I think I’ll start with melting chocolate and cutting shapes out as I have some star and heart cookie cuttters. ……uh oh, I see a new addiction coming on 🙂

    1. Inger Post author

      Who would have thought a person could look so clever with just some melted chocolate and mini cookie cutters! I’d love to hear how your creations turn out if you give it a try Claire!

    1. Inger Post author

      I wish I could claim energy and artistry–the sheets do all the work! The most I can take credit for is ignoring fear of failure after all the “pretty” desserts I tried that didn’t work!

    1. Inger Post author

      Well these make it easy–someday I’ll collect more of my failures again 😉 A happy belated Valentine’s Day to you!

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