I noticed that the recipes I found on CC for modeling chocolate seem to suggest I can substitute any type of chocolate in the recipes. But baking site I found gives different recipes for each different type of chocolate, and it's a different amount of corn syrup each time.
Can anyone comment on why the amount of corn syrup needs to change?
If you are referring to different kinds of chocolate, like white, dark, milk, I believe it is because of the different contents of fat each one has, but not positive.
And also how much much actual cocoa is in the type of chocolate also makes a difference, that's why many recipes say to get the chocolate with more percentage of cocoa. White chocolate has the least amount. I don't know if any of this answers your question, but hope it helps.
When you make modeling chocolate from scratch, the corn syrup serves to weaken chocolate's bonds so that the chocolate takes on a more doughy consistency. Milk and white chocolates, since they contain dairy, are already soft to begin compared to say a bittersweet chocolate, so those types require less corn syrup.
Also it's not just the type of chocolate but also its percentage of cocoa butter (or lack thereof) that effects how much corn syrup or glucose is required in a recipe for modeling chocolate. That is because cocoa butter makes chocolate molecules stronger. So high quality brands of chocolate with high percentages of cocoa butter require more corn syrup in order to soften up into a pliable consistency whereas imitation brands like candy melts, which contain hydrogenated oils in place of cocoa butter, require less corn syrup because they already have weak bonds.
Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing just from reading a chocolate label how much cocoa butter chocolate contains (although you can always look to see if and where it appears in the ingredients list to get a sense of quality) so this is one of those recipes that you may need to tinker with before you get the desired results.
Thank you, all! Thanks, WickedGoodies, for sharing your recipe. I am always afraid of MC breaking or tearing at the corners/edges of a cake.
Wicked, Thanks for the recipe tips.
@lrlt2000, oh no I have used fondant plenty in the past (made hundreds of wedding cakes with it at one particular job) and there is some use of fondant in my portfolio (good skill to have) but indeed almost all of the cakes in my gallery are covered in modeling chocolate. I like the taste, it is easy to make, and it lasts much longer than fondant, which are all pluses. You are right that it can tear and certainly it is more challenging to work with than fondant but if you wrap the cake instead of stretching the stuff around a cake, it works and then you can do all kinds of nifty things like inlay patterns. I just love the stuff :)
When you say "wrap," do you mean wrap the circumference with a strip and put a circle on the top, then conceal or blend the seam together?? Do you have a tutorial for that, or will I find one on CC? Don't you find that MC is more expensive than MMF?
What do you put under your modelling chocolate? Ganache, or SMB? Also do you have more success working with coloured modelling chocolate than fondant that you have coloured yourself? Is it easier?
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