Chocolate shards

Learn how to make chocolate shards for decorating by using a roll of greaseproof paper
By David Bradley
Chocolate shards
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  • Serves: makes enough to decorate at least one cake
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 150 g best quality possible dark chocolate, chopped


1. Melt the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl.

2. Cut 2 lengths of greaseproof paper each measuring 40cm in length. Place one sheet on the work surface greaseproof side up. Pour the melted chocolate over the greaseproof paper and distribute it evenly using an palette knife.

3. Take the second piece of paper, greaseproof side down and place it on top of the melted chocolate. Working from one end to the other, use your hand to carefully smooth out the paper and ease out any air bubbles. Once smoothed, roll the paper from one end to the other to form a tube. The tube should ideally be about 2.5cm in diameter. Place the tube seam side down in the fridge to set.

4. After 30 minutes, take the tube from the fridge and carefully unroll it on your work surface. As you unroll the tube, it will automatically crack the chocolate into shards ideal for using as decoration.

5. As the chocolate shards are so thin, they will pick up fingerprints and melt very quickly when handled - it is best if theyre transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated until needed.

Want to try out these chocolate shards on a cake? Take a look at our chocolate cake recipe collection.

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