Can Modelling Chocolate Be Used Exactly Like Gumpaste?

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MrsNancyB1 Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 7:46pm
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I'm planning on making a figure from modelling chocolate, because I want this figure to look as realistic as possible, and would like to effectively smooth out any creases and lines.

If I make a face out of modelling chocolate, can I paint the eyelashes, eyes, lips etc with airbrush colors like I would if I were using gumpaste?

Can I also extrude modelling chocolate to make hair??

Also (this is a separate question, but don't want to start a new post), this morning when I went to my local cake supply shop, the lady there told me to achieve flesh tone modelling chocolate, I could use the ivory candy melts and add Chefmaster flesh tone gel color to get the correct color. She assured me that the Chefmaster will not interfere with the quality of the modelling chocolate, or cause it to seize. Is this true???

Thanks for any help!! icon_smile.gif

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tiggy2 Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 7:55pm
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The color will not cause it seize. I don't know if you can paint modeling chocolate or not.

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kimblyd Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 7:56pm
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I use Americolor regular gel colors to paint lashes, etc. on modeling chocolate figures all the time. Usually I thin it out with a little vanilla extract. Try to do it last, it seems to take a while to dry and will smear. But in my experience it washes off completely with a damp paper towel if you make a mistake.

Yes, you can extrude it. I use both a new Play-Doh extruder and the metal Clay Makin's extruder. It helps to work the chocolate until it is very soft before you try to extrude it.

I color modeling chocolate with Americolor gels all the time, used to use Wilton. Never had a problem with either. You can work in a tiny amount to already prepared and softened modeling chocolate or for larger amounts I add color to an entire batch while it is still warm.


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Cakechick123 Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 8:00pm
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the modeling choc I use is too oily to paint, maybe yours might be different. It does colour well and goes through the clay extruder fairly easy

I use americolours copper to make flesh and it work beautifully. Ive also used it to colour chocolate and its never siezed

I use half gumpaste and half fondant for my figurines and its easy to get it smooth

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kickasscakes Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 8:17pm
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the chocolate has already seized, is what I have learned from Mike's amazing cakes. He says you can color it all you like, because when you add the syrup to the melted chocolate, it seizes then! You don't need to do anything to be careful with it.

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jewels710 Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 8:18pm
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Is there a modeling chocolate that DOES NOT get oily?
I would LOVE to know!!!

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MrsNancyB1 Posted 22 Jun 2010 , 9:06pm
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Awesome! Thanks so much for the replies everyone! icon_smile.gif

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BlakesCakes Posted 23 Jun 2010 , 3:59am
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Originally Posted by jewels710

Is there a modeling chocolate that DOES NOT get oily?
I would LOVE to know!!!

If you squeeze out the liquid from the dough before wrapping it up, the modeling chocolate won't be nearly as oily.


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totallycaked Posted 15 Aug 2010 , 11:20pm
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I just bought some of Mikes Modeling Chocolate yesteday at ICES. I have never used it before, so today my excitment I wanted to make a chocolate rose but the chocolate is so oily, liquid and stuff... it was not cheap... help what am I doing wrong how can I fix it so I can acutally use it! thank you

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