Modeling Chocolate Recipe

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How to Make Modeling Chocolate by Wicked Goodies

Modeling chocolate, also known as plastic chocolate, chocolate leather, or candy clay, is a soft, pliable confection made from chocolate and sugar syrup. It can be used in place of fondant for nearly every existing decorating technique. Although it requires more patience and finesse than fondant, it is far superior in flavor and versatility. Sweet and creamy, it melts on the tongue like soft, candy bar nougat. Slow to dry, it is the ideal substance for modeling shapes and figurines.

How to Make Modeling Chocolate by Wicked Goodies

Rolled modeling chocolate is the term for modeling chocolate that has been rolled by hand or through a machine until thin. Rolled modeling chocolate is an excellent medium for rendering flower petals, leaves, ribbons, bows, and fabric effects. It can be used to wrap cakes as an upscale alternative to fondant. It can be marbled or patterned with any design.

How to Make Modeling Chocolate by Wicked Goodies


From scratch, modeling chocolate has only two ingredients: chocolate + sugar syrup. There is no tempering of chocolate involved; however, the technique and handling requires a similar level of care and understanding of chocolate. Note that the quality of modeling chocolate is only as delicious as the chocolate used to make it. Additionally, the proportion of sugar syrup to chocolate in the modeling chocolate formulas may require adjustments depending on the brand/quality of chocolate used.


How to Make Modeling Chocolate by Wicked Goodies

(Follow this link to the Wicked Goodies tutorial, All About Chocolate for advice on buying chocolate)

The Classifications of Chocolate and How They Pertain to Modeling Chocolate

How to Make Modeling Chocolate by Wicked Goodies Bittersweet or Extra Dark Chocolate has the lowest percentage of sugar and therefore, the edgiest flavor. It is often denoted by the percentage of cocoa materials present, which can range anywhere from 35–100 percent. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the lower the percentage of sugar and the more bitter the taste. Bittersweet chocolate, rich in both color and taste, makes an excellent, not-too-sweet modeling chocolate.

Semisweet Chocolate or Dark Chocolate is typically intended for baking purposes and commonly found in chip form. It is essentially dark chocolate that has been sweetened at 1:2 ratio of sugar to cocoa. It works well for modeling chocolate.

Sweet Chocolate is a term used only by U.S. standards to represent a lower quality sweetened chocolate containing no more than 15 percent real chocolate liquor. It works fine for modeling chocolate but has a diminished quality of taste.

How to Make Modeling Chocolate by Wicked Goodies

Milk Chocolate is dark chocolate with a milk product added. Although it can be used for modeling chocolate, its softness is not optimal for ease of handing or stability.

Compound Chocolate is the technical term for imitation chocolate that is made with some or all hydrogenated fats in place of real cocoa butter. Compound chocolate can be used for modeling chocolate, but it may be less stable and less tasty. The formula requires 10–20 percent less sugar syrup.

How to Make Modeling Chocolate by Wicked Goodies

White Chocolate, a confection composed of sugar, milk and fat(s), is the basis of all colors of modeling chocolate except brown and black. True white chocolate contains cocoa butter, which lends an ivory tint to the hue. Imitation brands like Nestlé’s (U.S.) Premium White Morsels and Merkens Super White Confectionery Coating substitute hydrogenated fats for cocoa butter.

Quality Comparison

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Resulting Modeling Chocolate Hues

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Resulting Modeling Chocolate Properties

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Sugar Syrup

How to Make Modeling Chocolate by Wicked Goodies

Corn Syrup, or light corn syrup, is the optimal sugar syrup for modeling chocolate because of its pliability and resistance to crystallization. In the U.S., it is cheap and readily available. Outside the U.S., it is harder to find and may be prohibitively expensive. Unfortunately, its manufacturing process cannot be replicated in an ordinary home kitchen. Those who do not have access to corn syrup may opt to use liquid glucose instead.

Liquid Glucose, a slightly more dense sugar syrup, may be substituted for corn syrup. It is too complex to produce in the average home kitchen but it is obtainable worldwide. It tends to be costly.
Note: Corn syrup and liquid glucose are the most suitable sugar syrups for modeling chocolate. Golden syrup may be used but it will yellow the tone of white modeling chocolate significantly. Dark corn syrup may also be used but due to its brownish tone is only recommended for use with dark chocolates.

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Modeling Chocolate Recipe — 39 Comments

  1. Hallo, just came across your site,very enlightening.can I use glucose syrup for fondant as I can’t get corn syrup in Germany and glucose syrup is very expensive

  2. Hi!

    I want to make the child boots from modeling chocolate,because don’t want it from sugar fondant or gumpaste over my cake. Say please, will be its really nice and accurate pretty the same as I see plenty of booties from fondant or it’s will be really hard to make so beautiful?
    Thanks a lot for your respond!

    • Yes it is entirely do-able to make baby booties with modeling chocolate and you can use the same templates that are available for fondant. You might want to put something like a bonbon in the toes to hold that portion up though in case it’s a hot day since the modeling chocolate won’t ever set up dry like fondant.

  3. I have recently started watching cake boss and they constantly use modeling chocolate, which I had never heard of prior to watching the show. I was searching the web for information on modeling chocolate and I found your site and have purchased your book. I am excited about the new things I will be able to do. I was wondering, when making figures out of the modeling chocolate, should I use a bendable metal wire to form the body when making the basic shape of my figure or can i just take a ball of the modeling chocolate and just mold it? What is the better way to do this?

    • When modeling chocolate figures are sitting down or standing up against the side of a cake, no wire is needed but I do use a lollipop stick to support the torso and head. When the figures are standing up or doing something that requires more infrastructure, I’ll use wire covered in gumpaste and cover that with modeling chocolate clothes. I prefer to sculpt the head out of modeling chocolate because then there’s more time to get the details of the face right (you can wrap the modeling chocolate right around a lollipop’s sucker). In my book, you will see a way for sculpting the heads and bodies separately so that you are less likely to squish your work.

  4. I have your book and followed the recipe for modeling chocolate and added whitner and liquidd glucose it turned out very hard, and when I kneed it it gets very mushy and oily , I used less liquid glucose because the chocolate I used is merkins what did I do wrong and can I save what I have already made. help

    • Hmm well hard in the beginning is common. Even a good batch is quite hard at first. If it’s getting mushy and oily than it sounds like you’re probably kneading it too much. So the hardness is probably normal in your case just go easy on how much you touch it. Remember that it’s made mostly of chocolate so it will melt by the heat of your palms. Treat it like a hot potato except what’s hot is your hands and what you want to keep cool is the chocolate.

  5. can I form molding chocolate into shapes (ie pods for two peas in a pod) that will hold two small cake balls?? Will it stay soft or how do I serve it??? thank you!!!

  6. I just came across your book on amazon and am ordering it…
    Was wondering if could help with a particular problem I’m having. I have great results with 1lb merckens white and 1/2 cup corn syrup as long as I keep it white. As soon as I add a small amount of gel coloring and start kneading in the color pebbles start forming right before my eyes. Do you have any thoughts in what I’m doing wrong?

    • Yes it sounds like your modeling chocolate separated when you made it and what you’re seeing when you add the color are the clumps of fat that leeched out. They are slippery and therefore resist the food coloring. When you get my book, go to page 23 and read that whole troubleshooting section for all the solutions and ways to avoid that problem in the future. It is a very common problem but fortunately the modeling chocolate can always be saved.

  7. Looking to your website is just a dream come true. I was in search for this for along time. I am very greatful to you. One thing I want to ask is when you melt chocolate and we add almonds or we pour in the moulds and keep in the refigerator they tend to soft and sticky after few minutes of taking there any solution to this problem.
    Thanking you

    • Are you talking about molded chocolate? This page is about modeling chocolate but if you are referring to molded chocolate as I think you are, then the problem is your chocolate has lost its temper and is no longer as crisp and shiny and firm as a candy bar. Tempering is a more advanced technique but you can help the chocolate maintain its integrity better if you melt half of it very gently then take it off the heat and add the other half, stirring periodically over the course of 5 minutes while the rest of the chocolate melts. You will usually get a better quality molded chocolate if you do that.

  8. Hi, accidentally stumbled onto your site – so very glad I did. You make easy for a beginner like me to understand methods and available options. Thank you! I live in Australia and we have glucose syrup available in supermarkets – is this something that is similar to liquid glucose?

  9. Wow! Thank you for the amazing website!!! I have a huge passion for baking and reading this page has inspired me so much! I see that I can buy the book on amazon but I wanted to know if its available in stores in south africa?

  10. I have a few “Ghiradelli chocolate making and dipping bars”. They are great for molding chocolates and dipping pretzels. They are a dark chocolate and have a nice shine to them. They do have some type of oil added to them probably similar to the Wilton candy melts. I was wondering if you think I could use this for modeling chocolate and what the ratio would be. I haven’t made modeling chocolate before and was wanting to use up these bars. Thanks so much.

  11. Holy hell, what an amazing site! You’ve put so much work into it! Thank you so much for alk the useful info! My self confidence levels about successfully being able to produce MC have just increased twofold :D Now to see if I can order your book from here in India…

  12. Hi! I came across your web site I’ve been checking your web site since. I’ve been trying different chocolate modeling recipes, but never came the right texture, crumbly and dry. I do appreciate if you would sent me the recipe.
    I read in one of your comment , can you mix 50 percent fondant and 50 percent modeling chocolate for cake covering?

    • Hi there, I emailed you to let you know that the recipe is here. You just need to empty your browser’s cache or delete cookies.

      You can definitely mix modeling chocolate with fondant for cake covering. Then it will have the advantages of both mediums.

  13. hi, is that possible for using modaling chocolate to decorate cake in warm humid climate? my country is all year summer. i wish to decorate and making figurine with chocolate because fondant is really not tasty to eat.please help. thanks.

  14. Just ordered my book, had to open an Amazon account. But! I also tweeted and shared on my FB page! Those pans are M-I-N-E :-)))))…..just putting that positive energy out there.

  15. Hello. I bought your book . Amazon said it would mail out on June 24th. Please register me for the cake pans. That would be awsome to win:) Cant wait to get the book. Thank you for making it!!

  16. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, your book. I’ve used “your” recipes for modeling chocolate and have great success and my cakes have turned out so much better for the designs I have created. Thanks again for explaining the difference between chocolates and their porportions when making the chocolate clay (this was a big help). And we can’t forget to thank our Moms for all the Love and Patience they gave us growing up and learning about cakes and baking. I’m not quite ready for a competition but you’ve inspired me greatly. Thanks again!

  17. I’m in Australia purchased the book pre-release and was very excited to receive. I love working with modelling chocolate and the book looks great. Can’t wait to start reading it!

  18. I love to learn about modelling chocolate since not every ppl kin on fondant. Would love to have the book but I cannot find it in the Neherland (where I live).

  19. cake decorator learning new technique chocolate recipie. never used it before, but would like to learn how to use it. thank you

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