How To Make Chocolate Branches

Branches on cakes must be tricky, because I've seen a ton of cakes that have branches that look like snakes or large ropes, or worse, on them.

If you're going to do branches or vines, look at some photos of real ones first. Don't just start piping a snake of brown icing on the cake. Look at if you want to see how that turns out.

To do these that I used for the coffin cake, which I'll show you tomorrow, I piped out some little branches of chocolate on parchment, then let it set up.

When those have set up, carefully remove them and turn them over.

Pipe over the backs to reinforce the strength of the branches...If you're brave you can leave them alone and not overpipe them, but you'll have to be really careful handling them because they'll be more fragile.

You could either leave them alone or add small flowers or berries to them. To put some glittery "snow" on them you can sprinkle some sanding sugar on the chocolate before it sets up. I left these naked because they were for the gorgeous cemetary cake...So cheerful!

 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at and

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