How To Make Plaques for Cakes

Cake plaques--moulded shapes made of chocolate--are a special decoration that stands out above the ordinary sprinkles, rosettes and frosting patterns. Plaques can be just about any size, shape, or colour you'd like. Buying a cake with a custom plaque at a bakery will cost you upwards of £19--and that's if you want only one colour. But you can make a cake plaque at home with just a few items and a bit of preparation.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Place 170gr. of solid white chocolate or white candy coating into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval. Once the chocolate is melted, remove from the microwave.

If you want to colour the melted white chocolate, add a small amount of food colouring paste to it. Do not use liquid food colouring--it will cause the chocolate to seize up.

Spread the melted chocolate onto the parchment-lined baking tray using a flat spatula. Smooth the chocolate into a layer that is one-quarter inch thick.

Allow the chocolate to harden--do not place it in the refrigerator or freezer. This will take between 20 and 30 minutes.

Cut the chocolate into your desired shape using a knife, cookie cutters or stencils. You can either cut one large shape, or several small ones.

Write or draw your chosen phrase, initials, numbers or pattern onto the chocolate shape using gel frosting pens, available in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. They come in a variety of colours.

Let the gel sit on the plaque on a flat surface for at least 30 minutes. The gel won't harden completely, but allowing it to set somewhat will prevent it from running.

Place the chocolate plaque onto your cake. If you're going to put it on the side of the cake, smear some frosting onto the back of the plaque before attaching it to the cake to help it stick.

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