It’s all in the details, and never more so than when you’ve decided to whip up some chocolate leaves to decorate some delicious cupcakes! Although a little fiddly and tricky, the finished product is so beautifully delicate it’s most certainly worth the work. Mint leaves are by far the easiest to work with, so stick with those to begin, and you’ll be an expert in no time!

What You Will Need:

–  150g white chocolate (you can use any type of chocolate)

–  Herbs to paint on – mint is by far the easiest, and often very easy to come by!

–  A clean paintbrush

Step One

In 30 second bursts, melt the white chocolate, stirring between bursts. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Separate and layout your chosen herb leaves, ensuring they are clean and dry.

Step Two

Carefully paint the chocolate onto the leaf. Not so much that the leaf is drowning, but enough that when you remove the leaf from the chocolate, it will stay whole. Lay the leaf on a clean surface, or a rolling pin to add shape to the leaf.

Step Three

Place these in the fridge for 10 minutes, then remove, and carefully peel away the mint leaves from the chocolate. Don’t be disheartened if they break, you can always whip up some more. Pop the chocolate leaves into an airtight container, separated by baking paper for up to 3 days. Use the chocolate leaves to decorate cupcakes, tarts, macarons, anything that takes your fancy!