13 Creme Brulee Garnish Ideas

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Garnishing creme brulee makes this dessert look irresistable with using only a few simple additions.

You can use sprinkles, fruit, chocolate shavings, caramelized sugar pieces, sugar cookies, zest, cocoa powder, and more to garnish creme brulee!

Make your creme brulee eye catching and mesmerizing using these simple garnish ideas for creme brulee.

Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies can be made into long, narrow cookies that look beautiful as a creme brulee garnish.

You can arrange them delicately on the edge of the creme brulee ramekin in a criss cross.

Caramelized Sugar Pieces

Caramelized sugar pieces look intricate and delicate. They add such an intriging look to the creme brulee.

Caramelized sugar pieces are made by making caramel, and then using a teaspoon to gently spoon the caramel onto a silicone baking mat to create a unique design.

You can make spirals, hearts, circles, jagged, or circular sugar pieces for an incredibly fancy creme brulee garnish.

Creme Brulee Garnish

Dusted Cocoa Powder

Cocoa powder looks beautiful when it is dusted on top of creme brulee.

Cocoa powder goes best with a chocolate, hazelnut, or caramel flavored creme brulee.

You can dust cocoa powder on to of creme brulee by placing a small spoonful in a sifter.

Gently tap the sifter to add the cocoa powder on top of the creme brulee for a simple garnish.

Mint Leaves

You can arrange a mint leaf beside a couple of fresh berries for a colorful creme brulee garnish.

Chocolate Shavings

Chocolate shavings look unique as a garnish for creme brulee.

Chocolate shavings add creamy chocolate notes to rich creme brulee.

You can add chocolate shavings to just about any flavor of creme brulee.

If you’re making a fruit or citrus flavored creme brulee, add white chocolate shavings.

Chocolate shavings can be made using a potato peeler and a chocolate bar.

You need to have enough chocolate to create the scrolled look, therefore a bar of chocolate works best for this.

Hold the chocolate bar over the creme brulee and “peel” the chocolate away from you to create the scroll for the garnish.

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You can add a sprinkle of your favorite nuts on top of creme brulee for an added crunchy texture to creme brulee.

Chop up your nuts into fine pieces prior to add them to your creme brulee.

Walnuts and pecans work well as a garnish for vanilla or chocolate creme brulee.

Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is a soft, pillow-y rich flavored garnish for creme brulee.

Whipped cream is generally cold, so it has ability to melt if you add it too soon after the sugar is burnt.

Wait a few minutes for the sugar to cool down before adding the whipped cream garnish.

Candied Lemon Peel

Candied lemon peel is made by cooking lemon peels in a sugar syrup.

Candied lemon peels have a bright yellow color for a beautiful garnish for creme brulee.

Sugared Raspberries

Sugared raspberries are a sugary sweet fruit that look chef worthy as a garnish for creme brulee.

You can make them at home by simply coating raspberries with egg whites, and then rolling them in granulated sugar.

Sugared raspberries go well as a garnish for vanilla, lemon, or chocolate creme brulee.

Pomegranate Arils

Pomegranate arils have a sweet flavor, and add a pop of color to creme brulee.

Pomegranate arils go well as a garnish for lemon, vanilla, or chocolate creme brulee.

If you love pomegranate you can try making pomegranate creme brulee for a sweet treat!


You can add lime zest, lemon zest, or orange zest as a garnish for creme brulee.

You can add zest on top of a little whipped cream to let the zest stand out on the creme brulee.

Fresh Berries

A few fresh berries can be added as a garnish on top of creme brulee to add a pop of color and flavor.

If you want to be a bit more fancy, you can add a small mint leaf along with the berries for a professional looking creme brulee.

  • blackberries
  • lychees
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • sliced strawberries


You can sprinkle a little bit of culinary lavender for a hint of lavender flavor on top of your creme brulee.

Lavender pieces add a beautiful purple garnish to creme brulee.

Creme Brulee Garnish