How to Melt Chocolate {Baking with Aunt Inga}

filed under: Decorating on December 13, 2011

How to Melt Chocolate

How to Melt Chocolate {Baking with Aunt Inga}

Just in case clearer instruction is needed, here are some tips when melting chocolate in the microwave.

  • You can use any type of chocolate you prefer, but keep a closer eye on white chocolate.
  • You do not need to put it in a plastic bag, you can also melt it in a microwave-safe dish.
  • If melting in a plastic bag, begin with 30-second intervals.  After 30 seconds have passed, remove the bag and gently massage the chocolate, trying to locate and disperse hot spots.
  • If melting in a microwave-safe dish, remove the bowl at 30-second intervals.  Stir thoroughly.  If the chocolate needs to melt more, remove the spoon and heat in 15-second intervals until you reach a ‘mostly’ melted state.  Remove bowl and stir until all lumps dissolve and chocolate is smooth.
  • The benefit to melting chocolate directly in a bag is that you can immediately begin piping it out.


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  • Amy says:

    Oh heeeeeeeeeeeeeeey Aunt Inga! Heeeeeey! Waving at ya!

    You’re so smart. I never thought about putting it directly in the piping bag. Duh.

  • Kristen says:

    When I melt chocolate for cake balls or other such projects it’s never melted enough. I end up with thick chocolatey goo all over instead of a smooth look. How can I get it thinner and more liquidy?

    • Amanda says:

      That just depends Kristen… what kind of chocolate are you using? Are you doing it in the microwave or on the oven? Are you melting it in a bag or in a bowl?

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  • Renee says:

    I love Aunt Inga 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    I have a question, Aunt Inga!! Did Mailman Merle know you back when you were Miss Sweet Potato?? He must have been smitten by your charm! 😉

  • HeatherChristo says:

    She is the most adorable lovely woman! Thanks for sharing her with us Amanda 🙂

  • Christina says:

    LOL!! I love her!! Annie (my youngest) was kissing Aunt Inga on the computer! 😉

    Love her and her tips, keep’em coming!


  • TidyMom says:

    lol…I love Aunt Inga!!!

  • Kristen says:

    She’s such a fun lady!

  • Jackie says:

    Hey Aunt Inga! I love your sweater and your little story about being Sweet Potato Queen – I bet you were something back in the day. Well, you still are, dontcha know! Mailman Merle thinks so, I’m sure. Hi to Ollie and Sven!

  • Diane {Created by Diane} says:

    so glad to see Aunt Inga she’s a real pip!

  • Regan Martin says:

    Aunt Inga is hilarious! Love the piecy editing, too! Perfect!

  • Kathy Kmonk says:

    So funny. I love Aunt Inga!! Really brightened my day!

  • Delishhh says:

    Love the bag idea – need to do that.

  • Ariel Nicole! says:

    Oh Aunt Inga [: You need to be a regular, I think!

  • NanaBread (Jeanne) says:

    Okay, I have always loved I Am Baker, but now I’m totally smitten, dontcha know.

  • Rena says:

    thanks for the laughs i needed hat today…oh and the good tips!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    So awesome! 🙂 Thanks for the afternoon laughs.

  • JoAnn says:

    Great tips Aunt Inga! Tusen Takk!

  • Ann P. says:

    LOVE!!! I need some more Aunt Inga in my life! 😀

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Thank Aunt Inga is one smart lady! No wonder she’s so popular. 🙂

  • Deborah says:

    Dear Aunt Inga,
    I am fron California and have never heard of a ‘crumb kaka’. Please explain what I am missing out on.
    Nice to see you again!

  • Nancy @SensitivePantry says:

    Amanda – please thank Aunt Inga for the tip! I just LOVE her. She puts a smile on my face. (tell her so!)

  • Lexi says:

    Amanda! I absolutely LOVE you! (and Aunt Inga’s references to New in Town)! Your posts always put a smile on my face! God Bless!

  • Kirby @ DietCokeStr8Up says:

    Great post!!! I didn’t even know you could melt chocolate in a plastic bag!

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