Duck Cupcake Tutorial

Baby Duck Face Cupcakes

Items Needed Filled cupcakes, frosted with vanilla buttercream light and dark orange modeling chocolate or fondant rolled modeling chocolate equipment googly chocolate eyeballs 1” round cutter Yellow-colored buttercream paper cone or piping bag petal piping tip (#102 Wilton petal tip used here) Google … Continue reading

Lion Cupcake Tutorial

Baby Lion Cupcakes

  Items Needed Filled cupcakes, unfrosted Yellow and violet modeling chocolate or fondant Rolled modeling chocolate equipment Googly chocolate eyeballs Round cutter, 1 cm in diameter Chocolate buttercream Piping bag, disposable with coupler #352 (Wilton) leaf tip  Google Chocolate Eyeballs Instructions Step-by-Step … Continue reading

Elephant Cupcake Tutorial

Baby Elephant Cupcakes

These cupcakes were made along with some other zoo animal designs for the birthday of an adorable one-year-old boy. Items Needed Filled cupcakes, frosted with vanilla buttercream Light blue modeling chocolate or fondant Round cutter, 1” (25 mm) diameter Rolled modeling … Continue reading

Gingerbread House Cookie Tunnels Tutorial

Gingerbread House Cookie Chutes and Tunnels

“Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.” – Willy Wonka Using the following technique, real tunnels may be embedded into the walls of gingerbread houses to add depth and dimensionality to the design. Here, … Continue reading

How to Make a Motorcycle Cake

3D Motorbike Cake Tutorial

The yummiest kind of motorbike for ripping up single track is made of modeling chocolate. This motorcycle cake tutorial is for bakers who find themselves challenged by designs that involve two-wheel vehicles, i.e. bicycles, dirt bikes, scooters etc. Because the problem with … Continue reading

How to Make a Piano Cake

Piano Cake Tutorial

This 3D piano cake design involves minimal carving. The cake presentation involves a raised stand that is simple to build out of cardboard, dowels, tape and screws. It helps the cake look like a real piano. Baking and Carving the Piano Cake Begin with … Continue reading

How to Make a Topsy Turvy Cake

Topsy Turvy Cake Tutorial

The topsy turvy cake, also known as the wonderland cake, mad hatter cake, or falling down cake is a popular cake design technique that involves carving and the physics of counterbalance. This tutorial demonstrates how to carve and assemble a topsy turvy cake … Continue reading

Fairy Flowers Tutorial

Fairy Flowers Cake

This wedding cake, fit for a midsummer night’s dream, is finished in chocolate buttercream and draped with petal-thin faerie flowers crafted in rolled modeling chocolate. It was served at an Irish wedding that took place in a traditional Irish pub in San Diego, CA. The bride and … Continue reading

Chocolate Flower Blossoms

Modeling Chocolate Blossom Flowers

This common and easy cake decoration that is so popular with fondant can also be executed with rolled modeling chocolate. The same methods apply with modeling chocolate as with fondant; only where fondant tend to look chunky, modeling chocolate buds can be shaped to … Continue reading

Royal Icing Gingerbread House Windows

Royal Icing Windows

I am wicked into the following method for icing gingerbread house windows because it creates an embedded stained glass windowpane effect. This technique is an example of the classic royal icing edge & flood method. Use round cutters, a ruler, and a sharp … Continue reading

Glooping

Gumpaste Augustus Gloop Figurine Tutorial

Augustus Glooping: The act of submerging one’s entire body in chocolate. In the case of gingerbread houses, which are often displayed for a while, chocolate royal icing works better than real chocolate for rendering a chocolate-dipped effect. The advantage to the icing is … Continue reading

How to Make a Pig Cake

3D Pig Cake Tutorial

The challenge of the creature cake involves striking a balance between realistic and yummy. Here, modeling chocolate combined with fondant makes piggish features possible while yumminess is conveyed in a chocolate buttercream mud puddle, splashes of dark chocolate glaze, truffles, malt balls, … Continue reading

Chocolate Bow & Ribbon Tutorial

Modeling Chocolate Bow and Ribbon Tutorial

The classic present cake is appropriate for almost any occasion. Modeling chocolate is particularly well suited for forming fine bows because it can be rolled so thin. The trick to a full-looking bow is to cut wider strips for the loops … Continue reading

Zoo Animal Cupcakes

Baby Zoo Animal Cupcakes

Here, rolled modeling chocolate is combined with both buttercream frosting and piped chocolate to make doe-eyed zoo animal cupcakes. Note that where fondant may be used for these designs, modeling chocolate is much better suited for popping in the mouth. I like to make filled cupcakes. With … Continue reading

How to Make Fish Cake

Koi Fish Cake Tutorial

This alternative wedding cake is finished in rolled modeling chocolate and piped chocolate. It was for a couple whose reception took place in Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Gardens, which has a zen rock garden and koi pond full of plump, spotted fish. The groom asked … Continue reading

How To Make a Ship Cake

Here in San Diego, California, there is Camp Pendleton, the Coronado Naval Base, and the Mirimar Marine Air Corps Station all with cake-delivery distance, so here is another naval ship finished in modeling chocolate. The trick to rendering something in cake that … Continue reading

Cake Sculpting with Rice Treats and PVC

This tutorial demonstrates how to sculpt 3D cake elements out of PVC pipe, rice treats, and modeling chocolate. This cactus, jalapeño pepper, sleeping Mexican cake was 100% the vision of a a client. The cakes are all finished in modeling chocolate. … Continue reading