The last thing you need when you’ve got all the ingredients ready to make a decadent chocolate treat is to burn the chocolate! Although melting chocolate over a pot of water might take a little longer than melting it in the microwave, it’s a much safer way to do it and it means you won’t have to buy more ingredients.
Before you get stuck into a chocolate baking frenzy, here’s an easy step-by-step guide on how to melt chocolate for your cakes, fillings and icings.
How to melt chocolate: Step 1
- Break up the chocolate or use a knife to cut it into chunks and put into a heatproof bowl. If you really have a lot of chocolate to melt, chop it up in a food processor to save time.
How to melt chocolate: Step 2
- Place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water — don’t allow the water to boil and the bowl should not touch the water.
How to melt chocolate: Step 3
- Leave for a few minutes until the chocolate is mostly melted, stirring once or twice. Remove from the heat and allow the rest of the chocolate to melt in the residual heat.
How to melt chocolate the easy way
This is a super-easy way to melt chocolate, especially if you need it for drizzling or decorations.
- Put the chunks into a strong food bag, tie securely and put in a bowl of hot water — tap-hot is fine. Leave for a few minutes until melted. Snip off the tip of a corner of the bag, then drizzle directly onto your cake — no messy piping bags! This is a really good way to melt white chocolate, which tends to go grainy.