A few years ago a friend and I took the cake decorating class at Michael's. I have to admit that I thought I would be WAY better at cake decorating. I found it to be challenging and somewhat frustrating. I consider myself artistic and so I thought it would be like painting but just on a cake. Not so much.
Then another friend introduced me to the world of modeling chocolate. And all of the sudden I love decorating. If you can make it with playdoh, you can make it with modeling chocolate. The taste however is far superior!
What You'll Need
4 Tbsp corn syrup
7 oz of white chocolate chips
I bought these at Michael's. I'm sure you can get them at most craft stores. And if you can't find them you could use white chocolate chips. You do want to make sure you have 7 oz though. I don't have a scale so I figured it out by making piles of chips. Basically you need about 77 of these nickel sized chips.
Start out by making sure you have the right amount of chips. Put them in a microwaveable bowl. You can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate but I find if you are careful you can do it in the microwave. I melt mine 15-20 seconds at a time.
After each turn in the microwave take the chocolate out and stir. Don't overcook!
When the chocolate is finished add the corn syrup. It will pool on the top and the more you mix it the harder it will be. Keep mixing until your mixture resembles a ball.
You'll know it is finished when all of the chocolate comes up from the sides of the bowls. I used a white bowl so you can see how all of the chocolate clumps together. Make sure the corn syrup is mixed in the whole way and then stop mixing.
Put your chocolate in a plastic bag and let it sit overnight. I placed mine flat like this but next time I'll leave it in a ball. The edges got too dry.
You can use the colors that are available or you can mix your own. I made the grey colors by mixing white, black and blue. Just make sure you put the correct number of chips in.
After you've let your chocolate sit overnight take it out of the bag. Now you can mold it into whatever you want! If it becomes too hot it will get hard to work with and won't want to stick. If that happens just pop it into the refridgerator for a bit and it will harden up again. You can also store any extra in the freezer.
This is easy to mold and tastes MUCH better than fondant. You can roll it out thin and cover a cake or use it to make figures.
Here are the cupcakes and smash cakes I made for each of the boy's first birthday
The large airplane is made from rice krispie treat and then covered in the modeling chocolate.
The whale and the yellow decorative balls are modeling chocolate. Those were the first thing my little one went for!
These are the airplanes that are on the cupcakes
This is a great way to make great looking cupcakes at home!