Chocolate Spider Web
Decorating your desserts has never been as easy as making a simple chocolate spider web! Melt chocolate, draw a stencil, pipe the chocolate onto the stencil and voila! Chocolate spider webs ready!
Are you one of those who stress out before a party? Does planning a menu (especially desserts!) take forever? Well then I’ve got a solution for you, my friend!
3 words: Chocolate. Spider. Web
A simple decoration that you could make as big or small as you want, these webs are one of the quickest things you’ll make with chocolate – ever! Let us try our hand at amateur tempering! 🙂 Of course, when I say “tempering”, I don’t mean the actual long process of melting the chocolate, bringing down the temperature, adding more chocolate yada yada… I only mean let us melt chocolate in the best way we know how and make it work for us!
Buy some good quality chocolate, get out your drawing book and let’s make a chocolate spider web!
Chocolate Spider Web Tutorial – Print It
- 1 cup (around 250 grams) of good quality Baking Chocolate (Dark, Semi Sweet, Milk) – whichever you prefer
- Parchment Paper / Trace Paper
- Piping Bags / Zip Lock Bag
- Pen & a Paper
DRAW THE SPIDER WEB STENCIL
- Depending on how big on small you want your spider webs to be and how many you want, draw the web as best you can on a piece of paper. OR you can find stencil online & print it out. This is what you’d use to guide you.
MELT THE CHOCOLATE
- Place the chopped chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. MW on high heat. Every 30-45 seconds, stop and stir the mixture to prevent burning of chocolate. Repeat the same until all the chocolate has melted completely
- Or You can also bring a large pot of water to a boil. Find another bowl that fits the mouth of the pot. Add the chocolate pieces in the bowl. Make sure the bowl is not touching the water. The steam will melt the chocolate (double boiler method)
- Mix the chocolate with a spatula a few times to cool it down a bit and make it smooth.
- Fill the piping bag/ zip lock bag with chocolate. Snip off the edge by 1/8th of an inch. Cut as small a hole as you can
MAKING CHOCOLATE SPIDER WEB
- Place a trace paper / parchment paper on the stencil. This makes sure that you can re-use the stencil. Also, since you have used a pen/pencil, using a parchment paper prevents the ink / lead from getting onto the chocolate
- Pipe out the chocolate tracing the web. Be quick with it since chocolate in liquid form will ooze out. If you are confident, you can draw the web without the stencil as well.
- Let the piped out Chocolate spider web rest at room temperature until the chocolate is set. It will take 15-20 minutes if you live in a humid / hot climatic place. Or you can pop it into a fridge for 5 minutes to quicken the process.
- Once the chocolate is completely set, carefully remove the spider web from the parchment paper. Or invert the webs and tear off the parchment paper.
- Keep it chilled until use. Decorate cakes, cupcakes, brownies and other desserts with these freakishly cute chocolate spider webs!
Chocolate Spider Web Recipe Tutorial – step by step
You could do it by free hand too, IF you are confident of your artistic capabilities! 🙂 For others, I suggest drawing the actual sized spider we you want on a piece of paper. I wanted it on top of a 6 inch cake and drew one to fit the cake.
Next, chop a combination of chocolates (dark, semi-sweet, milk – whatever you prefer) and melt it in the microwave or double boiler. Once the chocolate has melted, stir it a few times to smoothen it out and also bring down the temperature a bit. Pour the chocolate into a zip lock / pastry bag. Snip off 1/8th of an inch from one end of the bag.
Place a parchment / trace paper on top of the stencil (that way, you can use the same stencil multiple times & also – it is easy to get the chocolate spider web out of the parchment paper). Pipe the chocolate along the stencil lines.
You could also do it by free hand, if you’re confident. As you can see from the silly stuff I piped with Chocolate, I am NOT an artist!! I’m much better off with a stencil! 🙂
Let the chocolate set at room temperature. It will take about 10-15 minutes (or less) depending upon the temperature of the place you live in! You can also pop it into the fridge for 5 minutes to accelerate the process. Carefully remove the chocolate spider web from the parchment. Or you can turn it and tear off the parchment away.
What you’ll have left is a freaky looking chocolate spider web!! 🙂
Decorate it on top of cakes, cupcakes, desserts & enjoy!