How to Marbleize Modeling Chocolate

Marlbed Modeling Chocolate Tutorial

Modeling chocolate, also known as modelling chocolate, moulding chocolate, or chocolate clay, can be marbled in infinite ways. It’s an easy technique that involves twisting and folding two or more colors together repeatedly. The results may be used to render cloudy sky, … Continue reading

How to Make a Sphere Cakes

Sphere Cake Tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates how to bake, slice, fill and frost cakes in the shape of hemispheres and full spheres without any carving. With this simple shape, you can build all kinds of 3D sculpted cakes including soccer balls, basketballs, planets, … Continue reading

How to Make a Boat Cake

3D Boat Cake Tutorial

This 3D cake adventure involves modeling chocolate, piped chocolate, malt balls, buttercream frosting, wood dowel infrastructure, carved cake construction, and Pepperidge Farm Pirouette Rolled Wafers. This boat wedding cake was designed for a couple that met at the 2009 San Diego Singles Conference on … Continue reading

How to Make Piping Cones

Parchment Paper Piping Cones

I like to use parchment paper cones to decorate cakes with melted chocolate, buttercream frosting, or royal icing. The cones allow for more control and better rotation with the wrist to accomplish swirls and finer detail work up close on cakes. They are disposable … Continue reading

How to Roll Modeling Chocolate Videos

How to Roll Modeling Chocolate

  Using both a pasta machine and a plastic rolling pin, these two video tutorials demonstrate how to roll modeling chocolate. For thinner, more consistent sheets of modeling chocolate, I recommend using the pasta machine method. VIDEO: How to Roll … Continue reading

How to Slice Cake Layers

How to Slice Cake Layers

This step-by-step video tutorial contains instructions on how to slice level cake layers like a professional baker. I often see bakers slicing cake layers by sawing with the knife. However the back-and-forth motion is more likely to result in jagged, … Continue reading

How to Make a Car Cake

How to Make a Car Cake by Wicked Goodies

The 3D car is a wildly popular sculpted cake design for groom’s cakes, birthday cakes and father’s day cakes. Unfortunately, it is an especially time consuming shape to create. I have spent many late nights working on car cakes, realizing that I should either charge … Continue reading

Giraffe Cupcake Tutorial

Baby Giraffe Cupcakes

Items Needed Filled cupcakes, frosted with chocolate buttercream Light orange, dark orange, white, and bittersweet modeling chocolate or fondant rolled modeling chocolate equipment googly chocolate eyeballs Pointed sculpting implement Vanilla buttercream Orange food coloring Parchment paper cone #3 (Ateco) small round piping tip … Continue reading

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

Modeling Chocolate Introduction

Modeling Chocolate Basics

Skip straight to the recipes or read this introduction to modeling chocolate. Modeling Chocolate 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 … 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