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with Kate Sullivan
Online Class

Over-the-Top Modeling Chocolate

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Create three amazing projects perfect for showers, birthdays, groom's cakes and more with renowned cake designer Kate Sullivan. Learn to use dowels, wire and floral tape for simple, reliable and customizable structures. Build the framework for the lighthearted Elephant cake topper, add modeling chocolate, sculpt your playful pachyderm, and bring your design to life with color and a gravity-defying balloon. Apply the same structure in a whole new way to create the Poker-Playing Dog cake, sure to bring a smile to any groom's face. Then, use a variety of methods to create tasty modeling chocolate flowers: dainty daffodils, textured hydrangeas and impressive peonies. Plus, add a final touch of sweetness to your cake with a chirpy modeling chocolate bird. Use approachable techniques to bring inspired designs to the table!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h44m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction & Elephant Structure

1. Introduction & Elephant Structure

Meet instructor Kate Sullivan, owner of Cake Power in New York City, as she previews the three cakes you'll make as you build your modeling chocolate skills. Then, get started with your first project, an adorable elephant cake topper, and learn how to use a dowel and floral wire to create armature to support any chocolate sculpture.

2. Sculpting & Embellishing the Elephant

2. Sculpting & Embellishing the Elephant

Build up your elephant around your armature as Kate demonstrates how to sculpt this whimsical topper from the toes up. Learn how to use your flat paper template to create a 3-D figure as you add and shape modeling chocolate with your hands and a few simple tools. Then, learn Kate's secret to making a light and perfectly round balloon. Finally, add petal-dust coloring and a few final details to bring your elephant to life.

3. Sculpting the Poker-Playing Dog

3. Sculpting the Poker-Playing Dog

Advance your modeling skills as you create your next cake: a dog playing poker, complete with cards, chips and a drink. In this lesson, you'll build a new, custom armature and cover it with modeling chocolate to create your adorable pooch. Then, learn to add tiny fondant eyes and create scruffy fur. Finally, discover how to create a simpler, folk-art inspired version of this dog that will come together very quickly and easily!