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How to Make a Chocolate Cup – It’s Shockingly Simple

Making chocolate cups is so easy that even a toddler can do it! Learn how to make these pretty treat cups with your favorite chocolate.

Chocolate Cups

Chocolate cups are shockingly simple to make. In fact, making chocolate cups is a fun activity for kids and adults alike!

How to Use Chocolate Cups

You can’t bake in chocolate cups, but once you learn how to make a chocolate cup, you’ll find yourself filling them with many different foods:

How to Make Chocolate Cups

To make chocolate cups, paint the insides of silicone cupcake liners with melted chocolate.

Painting with chocolate

Tip: This is a really fun task for little kids. What toddler is going to say, “No,” to paint that you can eat? As a toddler, Myles was clearly jazzed about the task.

Mother and son having fun making chocolate cups together.

His excitement didn’t show any signs of declining as we moved through the project.

mother and son making chocolate cups together. Toddler laughing.

But, we were able to focus and get down to business to get the job done.

Mother and son paining chocolate cup together

Once the chocolate is painted all over the silicone liners, refrigerate them for 10 minutes.

a tray of chocolate cups ready to go in the refrigerator

Then, put on a second layer. The thicker the chocolate is in the end, the easier the cups will be to work with.

Which Type of Chocolate to Use for Chocolate Cups

As you can see from the photos, I chose to use a mix of white and dark chocolate for my cups. You, however, can use whatever kind of chocolate you like.

Tip: Chocolate discs or a chopped block of chocolate are better for melting than chocolate chips. Chocolate chips are designed to hold their chip shape and don’t melt as well. Some chips, like Nestle white chocolate chips, won’t melt at all.

Tempering Chocolate

bowl of chocolate chips with the text "how to temper chocolate like a pro"

In order for the chocolate cups to come out properly, you must temper the chocolate first. Tempering is a special way of melting chocolate that makes it look shiny when it dries. When chocolate isn’t properly tempered, it can look dull and gray when it dries.

There are many ways to temper chocolate. You’ll see in my post on bonbons that when a pro tempers chocolate, they often do so on a marble slab.

I like to use the microwave method where you melt almost all of your chocolate, but leave just a little unmelted to stir in at the end. I go into this method on detail in my post on tempering chocolate.

What You Need to Make Chocolate Cups

Licking paintbrush

Silicone cupcake liners are much easier to work with than paper ones as you can easily pull the chocolate cup away from the silicone. Some readers have said that they have had success with thicker paper cups. You can also make smaller chocolate cups using ice cube trays!

Any cheap, small paintbrush will work well.

Tip: Reserve a special paintbrush for baking tasks. You don’t want to use a brush that has ever had paint on it. Remember, this might go in someone’s mouth (see above).

I like to use both white chocolate and dark chocolate to create a striped and marbled look.

How to Store Chocolate Cups

Chocolate cups can be stored at room temperature just like you would store a bar of chocolate. Keep them in a covered container (it doesn’t have to be airtight).

They will last a really long time. I’ve kept them as long as one month, but they would likely last far longer.

Why This Recipe Works

The melted chocolate hardens into the shape of whatever you are painting it onto.

This is the same technique that people use to make chocolate bowls using blown up balloons.

Best Tips for Making Chocolate Cups

stack triangle silicone cupcake liners on a white background

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    • Be sure to cover the whole surface area of the silicone cups, including the sides, so there aren’t any holes.
    • Use tempered chocolate to prevent the chocolate cups from looking dull and gray when they cool.
    • Experiment with different sizes and shapes of silicone cupcakes like triangles or squares.
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How to Make a Chocolate Cup

Chocolate cups just made for filling with the likes of peanut butter, candy, or ice cream
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate cups, easy dessert recipes, kitchen how tos
Prep Time 30 minutes
chill time` 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 158kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate tempered
  • 6 ounces white chocolate tempered

Instructions

  • Paint a thin layer of chocolate onto the insides of 12 silicone cupcake liners.
  • Refrigerate the liners for ten minutes.
  • Paint a second thin layer of chocolate on top of the first layer.
  • Refrigerate the liners for another ten minutes.
  • Carefully pop the chocolate cups out of the liners and fill with fruit, ice cream, pudding, or anything you like!

Video

Notes

  • Be sure to cover the whole surface area of the silicone cups, including the sides, so there aren't any holes.
  • Chocolate discs or chopped block of chocolate are better for melting than chocolate chips. Chocolate chips are designed to hold their chip shape and don't melt as well. Some chips, like Nestle white chocolate chips won't melt at all.
  • Use tempered chocolate to prevent the chocolate cups from looking dull and gray when they cool. I like to use the microwave method where you melt almost all of your chocolate, but leave just a little unmelted to stir in at the end. I go into this method in detail in my post on tempering chocolate.
  • Experiment with different sizes and shapes of silicone cupcakes like triangles or squares.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Make a Chocolate Cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 13g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 5.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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48 comments on “How to Make a Chocolate Cup – It’s Shockingly Simple”

  1. Amysays:

    Man, all I got was finger paint and Mr. Sketch markers when I was a kid… They might’ve smelled good, but they didn’t taste a thing like chocolate! Looks like a really fun and delicious afternoon!

  2. Lucysays:

    Oh my these look gorgeous and so easy to make, definitely going to try these out, they look so impressive!

    Lucy Loves To Cook.

  3. Karensays:

    I cannot wait to try this!

  4. Looks like you and the kiddo had a blast! These cups are so cute and easy!

  5. Patcesays:

    I have to try out this definitely! :-)

  6. Rebeccasays:

    Great Idea! With ice-cream season coming up I am sure I will make them soon ;)

  7. This looks very easy. I love that you used different kind of chocolates. That looks really beautiful!

  8. These look so great – I’m definitely going to be trying these! Thanks so much for the idea!

  9. Pinning for easy and cuteness.

  10. Myles is a lucky little guy! Perhaps, Jupiter and I should try this out.

  11. Rasberrydanishsays:

    Tomorrow morning, I will be making these chocolate cups; I will fill them with white chocolate mixed with home made whipped heavy cream & vanilla paste. Can’t waint

  12. cathysays:

    Looks fabulous, can’t wait to try them and just in time for winter when people just want that taste of chocolate on a cold night, maybe stuff it with healthy berries and a touch of vanilla custard a different no cook dessert…

  13. Those pictures are hilarious – definitely looks like fun! Note to self: need silione cupcake liners because I’d love to try this.

  14. Susansays:

    Are they easy to remove fromt he cup cake holder? Can you use any paper cup cake hoder?

    • Stefsays:

      They are easy to remove with silicone. I don’t think they would be as easy with paper. Also, the paper wouldn’t hold its shape as well for the painting part.

      • Madalenesays:

        I tried this and my chocolate cracked trying to take them out. Did I not make them thicki enough?

        • Emmasays:

          How much chocolate do you need to only make 12 cupcake cases???
          I have made it with paper cups before and it worked well, but you have to make it very thick, and be very careful.

        • Emmasays:

          How much chocolate do you need to only make 12 cupcake cases???
          I have made it with paper cups before and it worked well, but you have to make it very thick, and be very careful.

        • Emmasays:

          I have made it with paper cups before and it worked well, but you have to make it very thick, and be very careful.

    • Heathersays:

      Paper would not work well, but the foil looking cups might work because they are not paper and chocolate will peel off foil easier than paper, but you’d still have to put the foil cups into a muffin tin so they keep their shape while they harden. My only concern is where to find tempered chocolate locally. Never heard of it before. Plus the chocolate must be GMO free or else I won’t eat it.

    • Ranasays:

      I tried them on Paper Cup cake, and it did work!! Just be extremely careful, they can break easily otherwise. :)

  15. Leanne D. Martinsays:

    How many does this recipe make?

  16. Chocolate is one of the most enjoyable and effective ways to medicate.Full Melt chocolates are organic fair trade premier brand of medicated chocolate bars.

  17. Elasays:

    I actually made it for my Easter treats using candy melts, so easy to make and so cute with jelly beans on top.

  18. I recently purchased plastic molds from Wilton and they were soo difficult to remove without breaking. Love the idea of this! Silicone/foil cups would be so much more flexible & therefore, probably way easier to remove without breaking. At least I hope ;)

  19. sarahsays:

    They are beautiful when you pipe I chocolate mousse and pop a strawberry or raspberry on top, yum…

  20. Bev farrellsays:

    Hello – can you freeze these please?

    • Dory Merrimansays:

      Yes you can I just tried it. I made them in silicone and then removed them and then I put one in a plastic container with lid and it was perfect when defrosted.

  21. Anasays:

    I tried it today, and it was great! Some of them broke, but we got a massive amount intact, and it was very satisfying. Thanks for the great idea!

  22. Wendysays:

    I made 2 larger ones as a trial before making for visitors. I thought they were a little thick but still managed to break one taking it out of the silicone! However I was able to ‘stick’ it back together (it was only 2 pieces) with warmed chocolate. I have some smal ones and are going to try those, too. Should be nice petit fours.

  23. Carasays:

    I’ve just made these in very small paper cups, and they worked really well. My question is how long I can keep the pre-made cups in advance of filling and serving them, and should I store them in the fridge, freezer, or just a cool, dry place?

  24. Emmasays:

    How much chocolate do you need to only make 12 cupcake cases???

  25. Nasseem Dewangreesays:

    It looks so easy to realise,I just love the video

  26. Mary Kaatzsays:

    What do you do with the chocolate cups? Can you put anything in them? Am guessing they’re probably pretty fragile. Thank you.

  27. Mariesays:

    Curious…how far in advance can you make these. Do they freeze well? I want to make 100 but need to do it at least a week in advance.

  28. Lynsays:

    Do you temper these little chocolate chips or do you just melt it down

  29. Terrisays:

    They look so yummy. I am going to make them for sure a party.thank you for sharing..

  30. Yvonne Shorbsays:

    How do you know if chocolate is tempered? I have some chocolate disks on hand, but I don’t know if it’s tempered??

  31. Sandisays:


    OMG what a cutie your son is!! I bet he loves being in the kitchen with you. These chocolate cups will make a delicious vessel for mousse!

  32. Jennisays:


    These look so fun, and there are so many possibilities of what you could do with them! Love how you made them look so easy to make!

  33. Lindasays:


    I’m with your son! I’d be licking the paint brush too! lol These are so cute and so simple and would make a lovely dessert filled with mousse or cheesecake. Thanks for the tips.

  34. Nataliesays:


    My mom used to make chocolate cups when I was little, but it’s been so long since I have! I love how you used white and milk chocolates!


  35. What a brilliant tip! I love how easy these are to make!

  36. Nancy Gravlsays:

    I am having trouble taking them out of the silicone any hints. So far six have fell apart

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