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Newbie looking for advice R.E. Modelling chocolate

post #1 of 8
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Hi,

 

I'm new to all this but teaching myself as i go along. I was looking for some advice when using modelling chocolate. I'm making a minecraft cake like the one below and am considering using MC for the little squares. Things iv been considering (which may be obvious but iv never worked with MC before) are:

 

How do i get the squares to stick together neatly?

How do i attach them to the cake?

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated,

 

 

thanks in advance

Bec

post #2 of 8

Good question, I'd like to know that too. I have a minecraft cake to do next weekend.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Mine is for next week too. Slightly stressed to say the least. Were you thinking mc too or fondant?
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Mine is for next week too. Slightly stressed to say the least. Were you thinking mc too or fondant?

I was thinking fondant.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
I think i may end up using fondant..feels safer as iv used it before but just thought mc would give nice clean lines.
post #6 of 8

Modeling chocolate will stick automatically to a cold buttercream surface. Especially small squares like that should attach easily like decals to the cake's surface. Here is a photo of the closest design I've done using modeling chocolate with lots of little pieces that fit together. The key is to cut out the pieces in advance and let them dry and set up for at least a few hours if not overnight. That will make them easier to handle. Then start placing them on the surface of the cake one by one starting at the very bottom adding one row at a time, adjusting their positioning as needed by sliding them back and forth with your fingertips. So you don't ever attach all the pieces together but rather line them up fastidiously on the cake so they are all flush. It's tedious but fun and you can always rearrange the pieces by sliding them around although that gets harder to do as after about 5 minutes. 

In your case it will be important to try to make a completely square cake that is cold (refrigerated) and has the right dimensions so that there is no blank space left after the squares are added. Also, I would only do that design using a little square cutter as that would be the only way to guarantee the squares are all the same size. Hope this helps. Good luck!

from Kristen at Wicked Goodies http://www.wickedgoodies.net <<blog, tutorials, tips, and videos on baking, cake construction, cake decorating, and modeling chocolate.  

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from Kristen at Wicked Goodies http://www.wickedgoodies.net <<blog, tutorials, tips, and videos on baking, cake construction, cake decorating, and modeling chocolate.  

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post #7 of 8

WOW WickedGoodies love your cake !!!

Boo85 there are some great tutorials on you tube here's one by Lauren Kitchens, she makes it look so easy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IvMGMgl-d0

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much WickedGoodies, I really appreciate your help and advice and cant thank you enough for putting my mind at ease and making more confident in tackling the cake. :)
Im always looking for tips here but never thought of asking a question myself, im so glad i did.
 
Also thank you sweettooth101, this is great and you are right, she does make it look easy.
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