Fondant takes to long to dry, gum paste is virtually inedible and buttercream just isn’t suitable for some applications.
What do we do?
Choosing the right medium for your cake project is sometimes the trickiest part. When is fondant appropriate, when should I use gum paste. And now I am going to tell you that there is something else you can make (very easily I might add… ) and use for so many different applications.
This simple 2 ingredient medium is not only extremely versatile it is also delicious.
It can be used to cover cakes, make flowers, sculpt, mold… really just about anything.
What could it be?
– Candy Clay is made using only 2 ingredients (Chocolate wafers and clear corn syrup) but it opens up a world of endless possibilities
The process is simple, but comes with a few precautions and in the video below I will walk you through some of those.
You may have also heard Candy Clay referred to as Modeling Chocolate, although not completely interchangeable, these 2 products are the same. What differentiates the two are the ingredients used.
-Candy clay uses chocolate wafer/compound chocolate
– Modelling Chocolate uses real chocolate.
The quantity of ingredients used will depend on the type of chocolate you choose to start with and if you check out Kara’s Couture Cakes‘ blog post she will go into all the nerdy details (she knows I mean that in the most loving way, she’s a self proclaimed food science nerd).
Once you master the art of making candy clay you will find yourself highly addicted to its smooth texture, and its ability to hold its shape almost instantly.
***If you find yourself struggling to with Modeling Chocolate/Candy clay. I HIGHLY recommend checking out Rachel’s Craftsy Class – Mastering in Minutes – Modeling Chocolate. Rachel covers just about EVERY issue in this info packed mastering class. (Don’t let the name fool you, it’s not for masters, its so that YOU can master the art of Modeling Chocolate!)
The way you can sculpt and blend it, it’s amazing sweet, chewy (not too chewy though) texture… Man you will NOT be disappointed.
Candy clay will dry firm but remain soft in the center so that when eaten has this almost truffle like consistency and allows your clients to eat ALL of your decor without the usual precautions that go along with gum paste or even big hunks of fondant.
Below is a pre-recorded interactive Facebook Live video walking you through the stages of making Candy Clay
In this video I use Kara’s Couture Cakes’ Candy clay recipe.
The video is full of answers to questions asked during the broadcast. However if something wasn’t covered or you have a question PLEASE comment below or on the Facebook post and I will be sure to follow up.
These are Kara’s recipes, shared with her permission despite (lovingly) calling her a nerd.
Now go, get your chocolate, your corn syrup and experiment!