How to Make Clay Frosting

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Clay frosting, also called candy clay and modeling chocolate, offers an alternative to fondant and gum paste for covering cakes and making edible sculptures. Candy clay is made with chocolate candy coating to make the frosting much more palatable than other modeling frosting alternatives. The frosting dries fairly hard and must be kneaded to restore its pliability before rolling it out or using it for figures. You can make candy clay with candy coating chips of any color, using your choice of white chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate.

Things You'll Need

  • Candy coating chips
  • Double boiler
  • Vegetable shortening (optional)
  • Light corn syrup
  • Wax paper or plastic wrap
  • Melt the candy coating chips in a double boiler, stirring constantly, until smooth and completely melted. If you don't have a double boiler, melt them in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second bursts, stirring between each interval. It may be necessary to add a bit of vegetable shortening to the candy coating if the chips don't melt to a smooth consistency.

  • Remove the candy coating from the heat and allow it to cool slightly until a slight crust or film forms on the surface. Test the temperature before proceeding. It should be hot but cool enough to touch with your hands.

  • Stir light corn syrup into the melted candy coating until it appears smooth, with no hint of the shiny syrup detectable. You'll need approximately 1/3 to 1/2 cup of corn syrup for every 12 ounces of candy coating.

  • Pour the chocolate-corn syrup mixture onto wax paper or plastic wrap. Allow it to rest at room temperature for several hours or overnight until the mixture sets and dries.

  • Wrap the finished candy clay and seal it in an airtight container. Store it in a cool, dry place so the chocolate doesn't melt and cause the candy clay to lose its form.

Tips & Warnings

  • When ready to use the candy clay, it will be very hard and must be softened. Working with small pieces at a time, knead and roll it in your hands until soft and pliable like modeling clay. If it becomes too soft to hold shape and you notice oil at the surface, set it out at room temperature to harden before kneading again.

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