How to make chocolate Easter eggs - with and without a mould

Making chocolate eggs from scratch is a fun Easter activity and makes a lovely gift. Follow our step-by-step guide and tips to make Easter eggs at home...

A homemade chocolate egg being hand decorated with chocolate buttercream frosting for Easter
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Follow our simple how to make chocolate Easter eggs guide to learn how to make perfect chocolate eggs with and without a mould.

When making chocolate Easter eggs from scratch choose good quality chocolate. This is not only important for taste but will also be easier to work with. Discover more about the best chocolate to use in our guide on how to melt chocolate.

For a professional-looking egg that has a lovely sheen and satisfying snap, it’s important to temper chocolate before setting it in the moulds. Moulds come in all shapes and sizes, read on to discover some of our best buys below.

When it comes to wrapping your chocolate Easter eggs you can be creative. For a large egg, a pretty fabric tied with a bow looks very impressive, and cellophane is ideal for showing off your chocolate creations. 

Alternatively for an understated rustic look baking parchment with a big bright bow is a classy look. For smaller eggs, you could repurpose an egg carton or use an egg cup for a whimsical gift.

Two ways to wrap chocolate eggs

How to prepare to make a chocolate Easter egg

Start by collecting all of the equipment and ingredients that you will need to make Easter eggs. Make sure that the moulds are clean and dry. Be careful when handling the moulds as if you mark or scratch the inside this will affect the final egg. 

Chef and former Woman’s Weekly cookery editor Sue McMahon suggests wearing cotton gloves (get white ones from chemists) when handling the eggs to avoid getting finger marks on them.

To clean chocolate moulds use a non-abrasive cloth and warm water. Once clean soft cotton wool is ideal to polish the mould to remove any moisture, dust, or grease. The shinier the mould, the shiner the chocolate will be when it comes out of it.

Clear a space in the fridge large enough to set the eggs for 10-20 mins.

It’s easiest to melt more chocolate than you need. That way you can easily swirl the chocolate around the mould. The excess chocolate can always be set on a sheet of baking parchment and re-used, so nothing will go to waste.

Cleaning the mould

How to make an Easter egg

To make Easter eggs you will need:

  • Chocolate, you will need about 500g of chocolate per large egg
  • Easter egg moulds
  • Thermometer
  • a large metal bowl and saucepan with a little water in
  • Spatula
  • Pallet knife
  • Ice water
  • A tea towel
  • A sheet of baking paper on a tray or board that will fit into the fridge

How to make an Easter egg: Step 1

Break the chocolate into the large metal bowl. Place this over a pan of just simmering water allowing the steam to slowly melt the chocolate, mixing occasionally.

How to make an Easter egg: Step 2

Once the chocolate has melted remove the bowl from the heat and plunge the base into a bowl filled with ice water. Mixing all the time, reduce the temperature of the chocolate until a thin layer begins to set on the edge of the bowl. Now briefly place the bowl back over the hot water, allowing the temperature to climb to, but not exceed: for dark 32C, milk 30C or white 28C. Remove the bowl and dry the bottom. You have now tempered the chocolate.

How to make a chocolate Easter egg, pouring the chocolate into the mould

How to make an Easter egg: Step 3

Pour or spoon the chocolate into the clean mould. Tilt the mould so the chocolate evenly covers the entirety of the egg shape.

How to make a chocolate Easter egg

How to make an Easter egg: Step 4

Flip the mould over the bowl of chocolate and tap the back of the mould firmly so that the excess chocolate pours back into the bowl. Draw a palette knife along the top of the mould to give a straight edge.

How to make an Easter egg: Step 5

Now place the mould chocolate edge down onto the baking parchment on a tray and put into the fridge for 10-20 mins to set. Repeat the process with the other moulds if using.

How to make an Easter egg: Step 6

Remove the mould from the fridge and leave for 20 mins at room temperature before turning out the egg. Ensure the egg is released from the mould, but leave the mould over the egg for a few minutes, so that if the egg is very cold, any condensation will form on the mould and not on the egg. Remove the mould.

How to make an Easter egg: Step 7

sticking a chocolate egg together

To stick the halves together, heat a baking sheet in a hot oven for a few minutes. Wearing gloves, take two matching egg halves and hold them briefly on the hot tray just to melt the edges, then press the halves together, holding until stuck. Leave the join to set completely.

How to make an Easter egg without a mould

The easiest way to make an Easter egg is by using a mould. However, if you don’t have a conventional mould you may be able to repurpose something else.

You could be inventive and use plastic egg-shaped packaging. Often Easter eggs come in plastic that could be used as a mould. Alternatively, you could use a real eggshell to make mini chocolate eggs.

To do this make a neat hole in the base to remove the egg inside. Wash the shell and allow it to dry thoroughly before filling it with chocolate. Chill in the fridge for one hour before cracking off the shell to reveal a chocolate egg. To make these look more fun use a variety of chocolates.

Chocolate Easter eggs made in an egg shell

Another idea is to buy an Easter egg and decorate it using slightly watered-down royal icing in a piping bag. This is a great way to decorate chocolate eggs because you can use a variety of colour and even use different piping nozzles to create shapes. The icing sets firm and looks really impressive.

Top tips for making an Easter egg

  • If you are concerned that your chocolate coating is not thick enough you can add an additional layer of chocolate. Just repeat the method.
  • To make the tempering process easier and cleaner we use an infrared laser thermometer to check the chocolate temperature. It takes a reading from the surface of the chocolate, just make sure you give the chocolate a good mix before taking a reading.
  • Wear cotton or latex gloves when handling the chocolate egg, as bare hands may leave fingerprints.
  • Once the eggs are set they can be stored at room temperature, but be mindful of keeping them out of direct sunlight.

How to decorate an Easter egg

To create a set-in contrasting design, use two colours of chocolate. Fill a piping bag with one colour and cut off the end to give a small hole. Before adding the main colour chocolate pipe a pattern across mould, in several directions. This could be swirls or zigzags or even writing, although bear in mind you will have to write backwards.

Use a small palette knife to remove surplus from around the top of the mould. Leave to set, then coat the mould with the contrasting colour chocolate as in the method above.

decorating a chocolate egg mould

For a tasty surprise, you could also add extra chocolates to the inside of the egg. Before sticking the two halves together pop in a few nibbly chocolates such as Maltsters, Smarties, or Mini Eggs inside.

A very easy and classy decoration is to use edible luster. You can use a brush to spread this on the mould prior to adding the chocolate or brush directly onto the finished egg. Or for a more elaborate design, you could use royal icing to pipe a colourful pattern.

Where to buy Easter egg moulds

The eggs will need to set in the moulds for a minimum of 40 mins, so if you are looking to make lots of eggs it’s much faster to buy lots of moulds and make them at once, rather than waiting to de-mould the eggs and starting again.

Translucent moulds are easier to use as you can easily see how well the chocolate has coated the mould.

1. Lakeland Easter Egg Moulds

1. Lakeland Easter Egg Moulds

RRP: £2.49

Lakeland is a super destination for everything baking. This pack contains three moulds, enough moulds to make 1 large egg and 36 mini eggs at a time.

2. Webake Easter Dinosaur Egg Moulds Silicone Large 2 Pcs

2. Webake Easter Dinosaur Egg Moulds Silicone Large 2 Pcs

RRP: £15.99

Take Easter egg making to the next level with these impressive, large, silicon egg moulds. These easy-to-use moulds have been rated 5 stars by over 70% of Amazon shoppers.

3. Easter Egg Moulds Set of 2, 14cm tall

3. Easter Egg Moulds Set of 2, 14cm tall

RRP: £6.99

If you're opting to make a classic, smooth finish Easter egg then this mould from Amazon may be the right choice for you. Your chocolate egg will stand 14 cm tall. Easy to wash and reuse.

4. Webake Easter Egg Moulds Silicone Large 2 Pcs 9cm

4. Webake Easter Egg Moulds Silicone Large 2 Pcs 9cm

RRP: £10.99

Another highly rated silicone mould by Webake. These moulds are great for making mini Easter eggs - particularly for children as they have a Easter bunny and floral pattern design. Rated 5 stars by over 80% of Amazon shoppers.

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Rose Fooks
Deputy Food Editor

Rose Fooks is Deputy Food Editor at Future Publishing, creating recipes, reviewing products and writing food features for a range of lifestyle and home titles including GoodTo and Woman&Home. Before joining the team, Rose obtained a Diplome de Patisserie and Culinary Management at London’s Le Cordon Bleu. Going on to work in professional kitchens at The Delaunay and Zedel.