This is a Joy of Baking recipe for Dark Chocolate Modeling Paste.

Dark Chocolate Modeling Paste


  • 7 ounces (200 grams) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) light corn syrup


  1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir the chocolate until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir until smooth and cooled a bit.
  2. Stir in the corn syrup. The chocolate will stiffen almost immediately. Stir until completely combined. Transfer the chocolate to a sturdy plastic freezer bag and refrigerate until firm (about two hours).
  3. When the dough is firm, remove from the refrigerator, and knead it until it is soft enough to work with. If it is too hard, cut off small pieces, and knead until pliable. Grease the counter where you are working with oil or spray with Pam so the chocolate won’t stick.
  4. At this point you can make the chocolate into whatever shape you want. Some ideas: It can be formed into a long rope or braid and wrapped around the base of the cake. It can also be placed around the outside top edge of the cake.
  5. This dough can also be used to make ribbons to cover a cake. To do this pat your dough into a disk shape and roll dough out to desired thickness using a rolling pin or else use a manual pasta machine. This dough can also be used to make flowers, leaves, or any other decorations.
  6. Well wrapped it will keep for months. If it gets hard to work with knead in a little more corn syrup until it is pliable again.
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Babycakes30265 Says... 2009-10-19 18:24:33

I have never worked with this before. Does this harden? Could you use it on a cake instead of fondant? Would you be able to cut the cake?

Dusicka Says... 2010-02-07 19:12:26

To Babycakes 30265: Yes it does harden, and No don't use it for the whole cake covering. (Just for small thing, figures , leaves, roses)... THIS works like a charm, and it tastes very good too - well it's chocolate after all.../ It has beautiful shine to it ,and everything looks like you made it from pure chocolate.Try it, it will not disappoint you, and everybody would admire your work. good luck!

jhud0ra Says... 2010-03-22 23:26:27

the result is superb!!! the taste is good!!!

trenz Says... 2010-04-13 05:55:01

sorry I hit the vote by mistake .Didn't mean to lower the score.

CHORTON Says... 2011-06-07 10:35:03

Thanks so much!!!! I made some last night and will be working on a tree. I'll let you know how it goes. It will be my first time working with modeling chocolate! :)

debidehm Says... 2012-03-04 12:33:26

If you did this in white chocolate, can you add coloring to it?

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