Chocolate clay vs. fondant

When you make a cake you have to decide what to use to decorate it, based on the final effect that you want to get. For this one I needed a good gold color, so I decided to use chocolate clay instead of fondant. The oils in the chocolate seem to hold onto the sheen of the luster dusts that you use for the gold better than the fondant does, so you tend to get a more metallic shine. As you can see, the metallic color is pretty reflective, too, as evidenced by the glare in the middle of the picture!

This cake was covered in buttercream, and had the chocolate clay applied onto the surface of the cake in pieces. The bows, which the bride wanted, were made from chocolate clay in a natural color, so that gave it the more tailored look the groom wanted. It was a nice compromise, and the cake looked really nice in the Marble Hall at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Here's a video showing how to get the gold color to work:

And here's one showing how to make candy clay:

 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at and