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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Modeling Chocolate Roses- by Mame Recckio Wolfe

Dark Modeling Chocolate

1 lb. (454 g) semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate
2/3 cup (8 oz. or 224 g) light corn syrup or golden syrup or Karo

White and Milk Modeling Chocolate

1 lb. (454 g) Mercken’s Super White Chocolate [or color candy melts of choice – i.e. Red for Valentine’s Day]
1/2 cup (6 oz. or 168 g) light corn syrup

 The higher chocolate : corn syrup ratio = the stiffer/stronger the clay

 Place chocolate in a micro-safe glass bowl, and microwave for 1 minute intervals, stir, microwave for another minute, and stir vigorously to completely melt the chocolate…if still a little lumpy, microwave for another 30 seconds
 Add the corn syrup and stir quickly to incorporate – stir until the chocolate follows the spatula around the bowl – about a minute
 Pour the chocolate into plastic wrap, or leave in glass bowl covered with plastic wrap, for 24 hours
 Taking small pieces at a time, knead the chocolate until just soft enough to shape
 If the chocolate starts to stick to your fingers, lightly dust your fingers with cornstarch
 Procedure for making roses follows
 Any remaining chocolate should be triple wrapped in plastic wrap, place in a Ziplock bag and freeze indefinitely

Rose making procedures:
Knead small portions of chocolate clay as needed, until soft and pliable
Weigh out chocolate paste:

 5g for mounds = 3/4" or about 2cm ball
 3g for petals = 1/2” or 1-1/2cm

 …mound = ball on the left / petal = ball on right

Rose bud = bud + 2 petals
Small rose blossom = bud + 3 petals
Medium rose = bud + 3 + 5 petals
Full rose = bud + 3 + 5 + 7 petals
Rose Mound or Bud:
 Make mound or bud with a fat-rounded bottom, tapered to a point at the top

 Approximately 1-1/4” long or 3cm
Using a piece of plastic wrap, dust with cornstarch, place the 1/2" ball of clay on the plastic wrap and fold the plastic wrap over the ball:

 Press out to about an 1-1/2” diameter oval, using your thumb or finger

 Make the top 2/3’s of the petal/circle thinner than the bottom 1/3

 Flatten/shape all the 1/2" balls/petals required for your rose, before applying them to the bud/mound – this allows a little drying time , making them easier to apply – less sticky…I have hot hands!!!

 Latex gloves can also be used for this application, if you have very hot hands!!!

 Dust the plastic wrap each time you flatten out the ball

 Note: If when pressing out the ball you feel small pieces of un-melted chocolate – roll it back into a ball, rolling it firmly in your palm…this will melt the tiny pieces of un-melted chocolate

 …this was made with a double layer of scrap chiffon material, with a pastry bag tie…use dust puff gently – the cornstarch comes out very easily…

Small Rose Blossom:

 Wrap the 1st petal around the mound/bud

 Wrap the 2nd petal, tucking it under 1st petal, having the 1st petal overlap slightly

 Continue adding petals, tucking under previous petal…and shaping petals as you add them…

 Mound or bud + wrap + 2 petals

Medium Rose Blossom:

 Mound or bud + wrap + 2 petals – small rose blossom

 Plus 5 more petals
Full Rose Blossom:

 Mound or bud with wrap + 14 petals

Tutorial and Photography by Mame Recckio Wolfe.
Copyright. 2010 All rights reserved.

This material was used with the expressed permission of Mame Recckio Wolfe and may not be
reproduced without written permission from the author.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. Funny I just made some Chocolate Clay for the first time yesterday, how's that for a coincidence??


  2. Thank you for the tutorials! I love this site.

  3. Thank you for sharing that! Those are gorgeous and i'm sure most people would eat those over fondant.

  4. Those are beautiful. How would you store them until ready for use. How long can they be stored for? Thanks

  5. Wonderful, wonderful tutorial! Thank you very much for this.

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