I have been trying to expand my knowledge of cake decorating lately and wanted to share one of the recipes that I use all the time.
I use this modeling chocolate to sculpt items for cakes. Why modeling chocolate over fondant or gumpaste. I actually use all three all the time but each has it's own benefits.
Fondant: rolls out smooth, it tastes great ( I use a homemade Marshmallow Fondant recipe), I use this for covering cakes and I mix fondant 50/50 with Gumpaste for decorations.
Gumpaste: I rarely use it alone as it dries extremely fast and will crack, I use Gumpaste 50/50 with Fondant for flowers, bows, and other decorations.
Modeling Chocolate: I love that with modeling chocolate you can smooth out your seams (this is much more difficult with fondant) and you can also sculpt with it more like clay rather than using fondant.
Here is the recipe I use:
10 oz. Chocolate melting disks (the ones that come in different colors I buy mine at Hobby Lobby)
1/3 cup corn syrup
Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
Use 30 second intervals and stir after each until chocolate is smooth. When chocolate has a few small pieces left that are not melted, simply stir to melt those rather than returning to the microwave. Once chocolate is melted and smooth add the corn syrup and mix well.
Then pour chocolate/corn syrup mixture out onto wax paper.
Place another sheet of wax paper on top of the chocolate and press to smooth out in an even layer (1/4"-1/2"). Let modeling chocolate cool overnight and it's ready to use. To store I just put the modeling chocolate in a Ziploc bag and store at room temperature. I usually will use it within a week or so.
A tip: You can even cover a cake with this instead of fondant. I have not tried this yet but I'm thinking about it.
Coming Soon: Another Baby shower Cake this coming weekend!! I will also be sharing all the crafts I made for the baby shower as well!!