Modeling Chocolate Out Of Candy Melts?

Decorating By sweetcakesbydesign Updated 26 Aug 2009 , 5:08pm by emiyeric

sweetcakesbydesign Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 11:44pm
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i heard of this recently and was wondering how you do this? Is there a specific recipe for modeling ?

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varika Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 11:58pm
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Originally Posted by sweetcakesbydesign

i heard of this recently and was wondering how you do this? Is there a specific recipe for modeling ?

14 oz. candy melts
1/3 c. corn syrup

Melt the chocolate in the microwave on 50% power. Stir in the corn syrup until combined. Wrap loosely in plastic wrap and let sit overnight; dry off any excess oil in the morning and wrap tightly. It gets REALLY REALLY hard when it sits, but if you have some muscle and some patience, it turns into a nice plasticity rather like stiff fondant.

2SchnauzerLady Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 12:09am
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It's not pretty when you first make it, but once it sits overnight and you knead it, it comes out perfect. If it's too hard, put it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it.

SandiOh Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 12:15am
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I really like to use this stuff, I use it in place of gum paste for alot of stuff. sometimes I don't like to make a whole batch, so I use 1 tsp corn syrup for 1 oz candy melt. I have found that the flavored candy melts, while they work, tend to be a bit stickier, but still work.

emiyeric Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 12:23am
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So you don't really cover cakes with modelling chocolate though, right? Just the figurines and other gumpaste-equivalent tasks?

emiyeric Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 12:23am
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So, you don't actually cover cakes with it, right? Just gumpaste-equivalent tasks such as figurines or flowers and such?

varika Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 12:34am
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Actually, you can cover a cake with it. I know it's been done on Ace of Cakes a few times, though they put fondant over top of it, too. I'm not sure why!

SandiOh Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 12:35am
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I have heard of people covering cakes in chocolate clay, but that is using good quality chocolate, not the candy melts. I just use it for decoration. I like to use the premium dark cocoa candy melts for my zebra they're not black, but very dark and I think it tastes like fudge...I use the colored candy melts for anything else. you can also use white melts and add the candy coloring. If you check out the Whimisical Bakehouse cookbooks, she has a color chart included to make a whole range of colors out of candy melts.

SandiOh Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 12:37am
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oh and another reason I like using candy clay is that it usually dries pretty hard...and does well in the fridge.

sweetcakesbydesign Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 12:43am
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Thanks everyone

drakegore Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 12:54pm
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here's a website where the decorator uses it (chocolate, not candy melts) to cover and decorate most of her cakes (she calls it rolled chocolate):


emiyeric Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 5:08pm
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Thanks! I do most everything in fondant, and have been wondering about modelling chocolate ... so would the recipe be the same if I were to do it with good good chocolate for covering a cake? Thanks for all the great tips, and thanks to the OP for bringing it up! icon_smile.gif

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