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asked December 1st 2012

Modelling chocolate figurines

Hi does anyone use modelling chocolate instead of gumpaste to make figures? I’m looking for some tips. Ie do I need to use internal supports? Can white chocolate be tinted ie for flesh colours. Can I use fondant accessories on top ie for hair and clothes?

Many thanks

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Hi does anyone use modelling chocolate instead of gumpaste to make figures? I’m looking for some tips. Ie do I need to use internal supports? Can white chocolate be tinted ie for flesh colours. Can I use fondant accessories on top ie for hair and clothes?

Many thanks

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Hi Gucci906

I have made figure from modelling chocolate but prefer using equal quantities with fondant only because to me it handles better and it’s cheaper. The beauty of modelling chocolate is the way all the seams can just be smoothed away, it just sticks to itself without the need for water or glue. I’ve never dressed chocolate models in fondant cloths, it’s easier to work in the same medium. Modelling chocolate can be tinted, I find buying the pre coloured melts saves a lot of messing. Just a little tip if you do decide to use it, keep your hands as cool as possible or wet them if the chocolate starts to melt too much. Water makes the chocolate seize enabling handling for longer periods. I’m sure other members will add answers too, hope mine helps a little.

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Just forgot to add, you’d have to use internal support for large models in the same way as for gum paste.

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Thanks for your response. You are always so informative. Bet your cakes are amazing!!

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Hi Gucci906

I can only bake, I’m just learning to decorating at this late stage in my life. Nothing like old arthritic hands trying to grasp the intricacies of cake decorating, oh well at least I have a go at everything going. I’ve stored up loads of information which I’ll probably never live long enough to actually put to use. Be happy Gucci x

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