I have wanted to try this for a while. Since Sara and I made what seemed like a million cupcakes yesterday afternoon, I stole a couple of them to try wrapping them with chocolate.
I started with two cupcakes and used a circle cutter to shape them.
We didn't have any leftover frosting, so I used melting chocolate as a middle layer and topping. (I had to add sprinkles...it isn't in me to leave something sprinkle-less!).
Time for the chocolate wrap: I spread melting chocolate on a sheet of acetate (I had pre-measured this to be sure it fit around the cake without overlapping). After that, I just wrapped the cake and used tape it to secure it. I was sure this was going to be a disaster, but it was really easy!
I put the cake in the fridge to speed up the cooling process, removed the acetate, and decorated. The final result:
Not bad. Next time, I will be more precise with the chocolate--it ended up being very tall and I cut some away (and chipped it, as the picture shows).