Originally Posted by superstar
bebegirl1969, your cake is lovely. Where do you buy your modeling chocolate & is it called modeling chocolate? Thank you for posting those instructions.
Thanks, superstar! I used a 14 oz bag Wilton candy melts from Michael's craft store. It's very easy to make:
Put melts in microwave safe bowl and microwave on 50% power for 1 minute, then stir. Continue to heat and mix at 50% power for 25 second increments until all the wafers are melted and smooth.
Add 1/3 cup white corn syrup and carefully fold into the chocolate until incorporate and starts to pull away from the bowl, sort of like how dough would. Careful not to mix too much or it gets grainy.
Pour it out onto a sheet of wax paper and put it on the counter for a couple of hours. Dab it with a paper towel occasionally to absorb the extra wax. I've read that you should let it sit overnight, but I havent's had any problems with using it a couple hours after it hardens. Perhaps it would depend on the climate.
After the chocolate hardens and is at room temperature, break off manageable pieces and begin to smush and knead until it is smooth and pliable. Even though it might seem like it will never get there, keep at it. Sprinkle some cornstarch to keep it from sticking to the counter. When the first batch is pliable, go on and finish the rest, the knead it all together and you're done!
I like the modeling chocolate so much better than the mm fondant I use. It's much easier and less messy to make, tastes so much better, can be stored for a very long time and doesn't even need to be air-tight. It's also very more forgiving than fondant and marks and tears are easily fixed.
If you're working with it and it begins to melt or is losing its shape, just put it down or in the fridge for a few minutes and it's as good as new.
It can be colored the same as fondant--I use the Wilton gel colors--but if you want to make black, start with dark chocolate. I've noticed that if you have to add a lot of color, it does kind of break it down and make it a little tough to work with.
Hope this info is helpful!