Edible Decorating Leaves – Beautiful edible decorating leaves made from melted chocolate are perfect for bringing your decorated treats to the next level for any Fall celebration or gathering.
Snow is falling in Montana already…ok, I suppose it’s not that surprising since snow has fallen in JULY in Montana before but I was definitely surprised to see it both, yesterday morning and this morning! So since it’s been a bit more chilly, I’ve been “hard at work” in my nice warm kitchen, creating some of the things that have been on my “future creation ideas” list for a while.
For today, I don’t exactly have a recipe for you but a fun idea to help you get more creative with decorating your treats for upcoming bake sales, holidays and parties. I’ve been wanting to come up with something that would capture the spirit of Fall that didn’t involve piping pretty designs onto treats. This was primarily because, A: there are a lot of people out there that aren’t skilled frosting artists (me included) and B: I wanted to try something a little different!
With both of these factors in mind, I decided to try and make edible leaves using white chocolate. They look both, beautiful and difficult but, you will be pleased to learn that they are oh-so-easy to make. Using only melted white chocolate and clean fake (or real) leaves, you will be on your way to having the talk of the bake sale or party!
The process of creating these edible leaves is pretty short and simple, maybe not at first, but after you have done a few, it goes pretty quick. To create them you are, plain and simple, just melting chocolate, painting it on a leaf and peeling it off. Now, down below, I have added more tips to help you keep it that simple because learning the hard way (as I did) will make this not as short and not as simple. If you continue reading though, you should be just fine!
Before I get into the short creation process of these edible decorating leaves I want to add, try to get actual baking bar chocolate instead of using chocolate chips. This is because chips have a waxy coating that helps them keep their shape under heat whereas baking bar chocolate is meant for melting. It is possible to melt chocolate chips but you have to be very careful by stirring frequently and if heating in a microwave, do very short intervals of time to play it safe! Alright, let’s get after it!
Making Edible Decorating Leaves
1 4-Ounce Baking Bar Chocolate (White or Brown)
Real or Fake Leaves
Crisco (Optional but recommended)
Food Coloring (Optional)
Steps In The Process
For our chocolate, most brands provide a couple of suggested melting instructions to choose from but just follow the package instructions and you should be fine.
Pro Tip: Most baking bars are separated into 8, ½ -ounce squares so my suggestion is to start by breaking up and melting 2 squares at first until you get the hang of creating your edible leaves. Just remember, if melting less than the whole bar, adjust your heating time since it will take less time to melt.
Once your chocolate is melted, using a small paint brush (suggested) or knife, paint the melted chocolate onto the back of the leaf. Using the back will ensure that you get the most detail from the veins of the leaf and the best results. Trust me!
Pro Tip #1: Be fairly generous with the chocolate by not making too thin of a layer. I applied the chocolate until I could barely see the color of the leaf underneath. Doing this made the leaf thicker and stronger.
Pro Tip #2: If using a real leaf, remember, not all leaves are created equally. Depending on the type of leaf, they tear easily at the edges so I suggest having several on hand and maybe collecting different types to see what works best for you.
Pro Tip #3: Putting a thin layer of Crisco on the stiff parts (i.e. stem and “veins”) of the leaves will help with sticking but is not necessary.
Pro Tip #4: For the paint brush, you can use a standard small art brush or, I highly recommend using a Wilton decorating brush. They are very inexpensive, versatile and you don’t have to worry about bristles coming off into what you are working with since they are meant for decorating.
After the chocolate has dried (takes about a minute) use your finger nail or sewing needle, to gently pry up the edge of the leaf and work your way around, doing the stem last.
Pro Tip: Try to be patient and my best advice is to NOT get in a hurry. They break easily but if you take your time, you should be fine.
That’s all there is to it! So if you are not a skilled frosting-piping artist, want to try something different or you just want to add a 3-D addition to your decorating arsenal, these edible decorating leaves are the perfect project to give a go at. So maybe grab a friend or family member, create an assembly line and get to making some edible leaves!
What is your favorite way to decorate treats for the Fall season or even the upcoming holidays? I’d love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment! Also, check out the Recipe Box section for delicious and simple treats that are perfect for Fall or Holidays like my creamy and delicious Eggnog Whipped Cream! To be the first to know about more recipes, DIY projects or ideas for a simple life and home, sign up for the Real Housewife of Montana Newsletter and be sure to follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter or Bloglovin for the most recent updates from Montana!