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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

Image from Amazon

    • 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!

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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