As I try to teach myself new techniques and how to work with new mediums in my hopeful new field, I sometimes come across interesting and fun things. Like modelling chocolate. Its interesting. And its fun.
Making modelling chocolate is dead easy. Simple. Idiot proof. Me proof even. You melt some chocolate. You add some corn syrup (sourcing corn syrup in the UK is probably the hardest part of the whole exercise). You mix it together, and hey presto, you have modelling chocolate. Wow. It is truly a fascinating thing that just adding corn syrup to chocolate changes its properties so much. It becomes elastic and pliable and while it will soften enough to be workable in the heat of your hands, it does not melt. I am no chemist but this reaction is a wonderful thing.
Once you have your modelling chocolate you can use it to model whatever you like. I used it to make some chocolate roses for a birthday cake that I was making. Also a lot easier than you would think. I’m no artist or sculptor, but chocolate roses are relatively easy and so, so effective when placed on a chocolate cake, that the recipient will be ooh-ing and aah-ing for at least half an hour. Result If you’d like to try modelling chocolate or chocolate roses, the recipe is below. Now to upload the birthday cake to my new website. But where, hmmm…
What you will need:
1/3c corn syrup
What to do:
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a simmering pot of water.
Add the corn syrup.
Mix well until the mixture stiffens and comes together in a doughey kind of way.
Place in a ziploc bag and leave for a couple of hours to set.
To work with the chocoalte, cut the big piece into smaller pieces and work with your hands until pliable.
Then watch an awesome youtube video on how to make chocolate roses. This chick is crazy awesome.