What do the above cakes and cupcakes have in common?
Modeling chocolate (or MC, for short) is my favorite decorating medium and it’s super easy to create 2-D designs for cakes and cupcakes.
Here is what you will need:
(find a great recipe here)
Roller (or rolling pin, PVP pipe, etc)
1. Roll modeling chocolate.
After you’ve kneaded your MC to workable consistency, roll it out very thin (1/16th of an inch is ideal).
2. Grab your template.
You can make a template either by printing a design or hand drawing one. Either works great, just make sure you measure your cake – you want the design to fit, so size it appropriately.
3. Cut out pieces of design.
Using your X-Acto knife, carefully cut out your design, using your template. One of the great things about MC is how cleanly it cuts, without any stretching. It’s such a great medium for when you need fine detail.
4. Assemble design.
I have used crisco, piping gel, or a little bit of melted chocolate to assemble pieces of MC together. Find what works for you and go with it. You can use a paint brush to apply your glue of choice.
5. Make any finishing touches!
You can use a paint brush to dust off any remaining cornstarch, or to manipulate the small pieces. Paint on any details or writing with a fine brush and food coloring.
6. Apply to cake or cupcakes.
Another great benefit of MC is that you can immediately use your decorations – no waiting around for it to dry! If your MC is too soft, just put it in the fridge to help it harden.
Here is a step-by-step picture:
Here is a link to my favorite Craftsy class! It’s where I learned how to work with modeling chocolate, and the wax paper transfer method (it will change your world!):
Clean & Simple Cake Design