Rich and Decadent Chocolate Paste Recipe

Are you one of those people who can’t resist the temptation of chocolate cake? If yes, then this recipe article is for you. Today, I am going to share with you a mouth-watering recipe for chocolate paste that will not only add extra richness to your cake but also help you to create stunning decorations.

Chocolate paste is a soft and pliable mixture that is used to model different shapes or figures for decorating cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. This recipe does not require any special ingredients or equipment, and it can be easily made at home from readily available items in your pantry.

Whether you are an experienced baker or just starting, this chocolate paste recipe will take your baking skills to a whole new level. Its rich texture and deep chocolaty flavor will undoubtedly elevate your baked masterpieces to the next level.

So why wait? Instead of relying on store-bought modeling chocolate or sugar paste, give this recipe a try and create something unique for your next dessert masterpiece. Trust me; once you try this easy-to-make homemade chocolate paste, you will never want to use anything else again!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Paste (for Cake Decorations)
Chocolate Paste (for Cake Decorations)

If you’re a chocolate lover like me, then you’ll absolutely fall in love with this recipe for chocolate paste! Whether you’re making chocolate cake, cupcakes or cookies, this chocolate paste is the perfect addition to take your dessert to the next level.

One of the reasons why you’ll love this recipe is because of its versatility. It can be used as both a modeling paste and a decorating paste, which means you can create endless possibilities for cake decorations. You can make chocolate flowers, ribbons, bows and other intricate designs with ease.

Moreover, this recipe can be made using simple homemade ingredients that are easy to find in your pantry. You only need bittersweet or dark chocolate, cocoa powder, light corn syrup, glucose syrup and a few other ingredients that are readily available at any grocery store.

Additionally, it’s quick and easy to make! All you need is to melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over some simmering water and then add the rest of the ingredients while stirring constantly until smooth. Voila! Your chocolate paste is ready to use.

But perhaps the best reason why you’ll love this recipe is its rich chocolate flavour that will leave you wanting more. This chocolate paste can be used to make simple yet delicious desserts like the classic chocolate mug cake or more extravagant creations like triple chocolate mousse cake or butter cake with a chocolate glaze. It pairs well with different frosting and icing options like cream cheese frosting or fondant icing.

In summary, this recipe for chocolate paste is an excellent choice for anyone who loves to decorate cakes, cupcakes and cookies with beautiful and delicious designs. It’s versatile, quick and easy-to-make, uses simple homemade ingredients, and has an irresistible taste that will have everyone coming back for more. Try this recipe out and experience pure indulgence!

Ingredient List

 Smear on the sweetness with chocolate paste for cake decorations.
Smear on the sweetness with chocolate paste for cake decorations.

Ingredients You’ll Need:
For the Chocolate Paste:

  • Bittersweet chocolate
  • Light corn syrup
  • Cocoa powder
  • Glucose syrup

For the Quick White Chocolate Paste:

  • White chocolate
  • Light corn syrup

For the Dark Chocolate Paste:

  • Dark chocolate
  • Light corn syrup
  • Cocoa powder

The ingredients for this chocolate paste recipe are simple, and you may already have most of them in your pantry. The three different variations of this paste include bittersweet, quick white chocolate, and dark chocolate. The bittersweet chocolate will give a deep and rich flavor to the paste, while the dark chocolate is ideal for those who prefer a more intense chocolate taste. The addition of light corn syrup will enhance the smooth consistency of the paste. For those with a sweet tooth, you can try out white chocolate paste which is easy to make with only two ingredients – white chocolate and light corn syrup. No matter what type of cake decoration you’re planning on creating, these pastes are perfect to make chocolate modeling or cacao paste quickly at home. Make sure to use high-quality ingredients for best results!

The Recipe How-To

 With this chocolate paste, you'll decorate cake like a pro.
With this chocolate paste, you’ll decorate cake like a pro.

Step 1: Gathering Ingredients and Tools

To make this simple homemade chocolate paste, you will need the following ingredients: 8 oz of bittersweet chocolate, 1/3 cup of light corn syrup, and ¼ cup of glucose syrup. You will also need a heatproof bowl, a pot of water, a spatula for stirring, plastic wrap, and a refrigerator.

Step 2: Melting the Chocolate

Firstly, chop the bittersweet chocolate finely and place it in the heatproof bowl. Boil some water in the pot and reduce to low heat. Put the bowl on top of the pot without touching the water, creating an indirect heat source. Stir occasionally until all of the chocolate melts.

Step 3: Preparing the Syrup Mixture

Meanwhile, in another bowl, mix together the light corn syrup and glucose syrup until thoroughly combined.

Step 4: Combining the Ingredients

When the chocolate has finished melting, take it off from heat immediately. Add the syrup mixture gradually into melted chocolate while stirring continuously with a spatula until both are well combined.

Step 5: Resting Time

Cover the top of chocolate paste with plastic wrap touching its surface directly to prevent any skin formation on top. Leave it to rest at room temperature until slightly firm, which should take about 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 6: Kneading Time

Once it has hardened slightly, remove the plastic wrap and start kneading it with your hands. Mold it into a smooth ball by rolling and folding it over with your palm several times until it turns into soft yet firm dough.

Step 7: Final Touches

Now your chocolate paste is ready to be used as cake decorations or blended with other pastes or colorings. You can store any surplus paste wrapped carefully in plastic and keep them in an airtight container inside your fridge for up to two weeks.

Enjoy your homemade chocolate modeling paste!

Substitutions and Variations

 Don't just settle for frosting! Elevate your cake with chocolate paste.
Don’t just settle for frosting! Elevate your cake with chocolate paste.

Are you looking for ways to customize your chocolate paste recipe? Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try.

Firstly, if you don’t have access to light corn syrup, you can substitute it with glucose syrup or golden syrup. These alternatives work just as well in giving the paste its smooth consistency, without making it overly sweet.

For a different flavor profile, swap the bittersweet chocolate for white chocolate. The result will be a sweet and creamy paste that is perfect for decorating cakes or cupcakes. You could also try using dark chocolate for a richer and more intense flavor.

If you want to add a little extra oomph to your chocolate paste, consider adding some cocoa powder or cacao paste to the recipe. This will boost the chocolate flavor and deepen the color of your modeling chocolate.

For those who prefer a vegan option, you can make this recipe by using plant-based milk and butter alternatives. It is also possible to make this type of paste using vegan chocolates that are made without any animal products.

Another variation to try is using the chocolate paste as a filling for cakes or desserts. This would work especially well with a chocolate mousse cake, butter cake, or drip cake.

Lastly, as an alternative to fondant icing or cheese frosting, use melted chocolate or chocolate glaze on top of the paste. This pairing works great for triple chocolate or hazelnut flavored cakes.

Remember that experimenting with different substitutions and variations is half the fun of baking. However, keep in mind the chemistry behind your recipe so you don’t accidentally overdo things.

Serving and Pairing

 Spread chocolate joy with this delicious and easy-to-make paste.
Spread chocolate joy with this delicious and easy-to-make paste.

Now that your chocolate paste is ready, it’s time to get creative with how you serve and pair it! There are infinite ways to use this versatile and delicious ingredient. Here are a few of my favorite tips and ideas for serving and pairing chocolate paste:

First, consider using your chocolate paste to decorate cakes, cupcakes or cookies. You can roll it out and use it as a covering for your cake or cupcakes, or you can mold it into fun shapes to add extra flair. The possibilities are endless – just let your imagination run wild!

Secondly, try using your chocolate paste as an ingredient in other recipes. For example, you can mix it into chocolate mousse cake for a richer flavor or use it to make a chocolate glaze to top butter cake for an indulgent treat.

If you’re looking for something simpler, try adding a dollop of chocolate paste to your morning coffee or hot cocoa for an extra-decadent morning treat. You could even make a quick white chocolate paste by mixing white chocolate and glucose syrup for spreading on toast or using as frosting on cupcakes.

Finally, don’t be afraid to pair your chocolate paste with other flavors. Chocolate paste pairs well with hazelnut flavors in particular (think Nutella!), but it can also work well with cream cheese frosting, fondant icing or even cheese if you’re feeling adventurous.

Just remember that a little goes a long way – this rich and decadent ingredient should be enjoyed in moderation!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 When frosting feels too basic, chocolate paste is here to save the day!
When frosting feels too basic, chocolate paste is here to save the day!

Once you’ve made your delicious chocolate paste, you’ll want to know how best to store it so that you can use it for future cake decorations. The good news is that chocolate paste stores really well and actually benefits from being made ahead of time.

To store your chocolate paste, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container. It will keep for up to 3 weeks at room temperature. If you need longer storage, place the container in the fridge where the chocolate paste will last up to 2 months.

When you’re ready to use the chocolate paste, take it out of the fridge and bring it to room temperature before unwrapping it. This will prevent condensation from forming on the surface of the paste, which can make it sticky and difficult to work with.

If you have leftover chocolate paste that you don’t want to store, or if you’re reheating a stored batch, simply break off the amount of paste that you need and place it in a heatproof bowl. Melt the paste over a double boiler or in the microwave using short bursts of low heat, stirring occasionally until smooth.

With these tips for storing and reheating your chocolate paste, you’ll always have an easy way to decorate cakes like a pro without hassle!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Step up your cake decoration game with this delectable chocolate paste.
Step up your cake decoration game with this delectable chocolate paste.

To achieve perfect results while making the chocolate paste, here are some tips to follow:

Firstly, make sure to melt the chocolate ahead of time. The key is to melt the chocolate slowly in a heatproof bowl over simmering water or in the microwave on a low power setting. Be careful not to burn or overheat the chocolate as it can change its consistency and texture.

Next, use high-quality ingredients for the best results. Use bittersweet chocolate instead of regular chocolate chips as it gives a richer flavor and smoother consistency to the paste. Also, use light corn syrup or glucose syrup instead of honey or maple syrup, as it helps keep the paste moist and pliable for longer.

Another important tip is to sift the dry ingredients such as cocoa powder and sugar before adding them to the mixture. Sifting eliminates lumps and ensures even mixing throughout.

Pay attention to the quantity of liquid ingredients and avoid adding too much at once. Gradually incorporate the light corn syrup or glucose syrup into the melted chocolate using a spatula, making sure that there are no lumps formed during this process.

If your chocolate paste becomes too hard or dry, add a small amount of milk or cream until you reach your desired consistency. However, if it becomes too wet or sticky, sprinkle some cornstarch onto the surface and knead it gently with your hands until it reaches a firm yet pliable texture.

Finally, always work on a clean surface and keep your hands slightly oiled with vegetable shortening when handling the paste. This prevents it from sticking to your hands and allows you to mold and shape it easily.

Follow these tips for a perfect homemade chocolate paste every time!


As you get ready to make and enjoy this delicious chocolate paste recipe, you might have some burning questions. In this FAQ section, I will answer some common questions asked by both beginner and experienced bakers to help ensure that your chocolate paste turns out absolutely perfect. So, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and let’s dive right in!

How do you make chocolate to decorate a cake?

To begin, let’s prepare the chocolate by chopping it into small and consistent pieces. If you plan on using a microwave to melt the chocolate, grab a heatproof bowl and place the chopped pieces inside. Take caution to not burn the chocolate and microwave it in short 15-second bursts at 50% power. Stir the chocolate after each round until it has melted and become a smooth consistency. This step will ensure the chocolate is ready for use in our recipe.

What is chocolate paste made of?

Cocoa paste is derived from pulverized nibs obtained from the Theobroma Cacao plant, which yields a natural byproduct. Cacao paste, also known as raw cacao liquor, is created by grinding raw cacao beans until they form a liquid, which hardens when exposed to room temperature.

How do you temper chocolate for cake decorations?

To melt the chocolate, place a bowl of chopped chocolate over a saucepan of hot water. Ensure that the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Stir the chocolate gently with a spatula until it reaches a temperature between 118 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, as indicated by a thermometer. This process should be carried out slowly and meticulously to achieve the right consistency and texture.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, mastering the recipe for chocolate paste is a valuable skill for any baker or decorator. With this versatile and easy-to-make ingredient, you can elevate your cake decorations to the next level, impressing customers, friends, and family alike with unique and intricate designs. You’ll love the rich and creamy texture of bittersweet chocolate mixed with light corn syrup, and the endless possibilities for customizing and adapting this paste to suit your specific needs.

If you’re new to the world of cake decorating, don’t be intimidated by the idea of making your own chocolate paste. By following our detailed instructions and tips, sourced from years of experience in the industry, you’ll be well on your way to creating stunning cakes in no time. Whether you’re making modelling chocolate or sugar paste rolled fondant, this recipe can easily be adapted for use in a variety of different contexts.

So go ahead and experiment with different types of chocolate, add-ins like cocoa powder or white chocolate, and try out various flavouring agents like cacao paste or glucose syrup. With a little bit of practice and patience, you’ll soon be able to create stunning masterpieces that are sure to impress everyone who tries them. Don’t wait any longer – start making homemade chocolate paste today!

Chocolate Paste (for Cake Decorations)

Chocolate Paste (for Cake Decorations) Recipe

This recipe makes a pliable chocolate paste. It has the texture of marzipan and is easy to work with. It can be used to make ropes, braids, ribbons, ruffles, flowers, or leaves. Can be made with bittersweet, semi-sweet, milk or white chocolate. Recipe from joyofbaking. Recipe is for bittersweet chocolate, variations with other types of chocolate included in instructions. Yield depends on the type of decorations you're making. Prep/Cook time excludes chilling.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Bakery
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Sweet
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 20.1kcal


  • 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup


  • Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave, stirring until melted and smooth and cool slightly.
  • Stir in the corn syrup (chocolate will stiffen almost immediately) until completely combined.
  • Transfer chocolate to a plastic freezer bag and refrigerate until firm (about two hours).
  • When the paste is firm, remove from the refrigerator, and knead it until it is soft enough to work with.
  • Tip: If it is too hard, cut off small pieces, and knead until pliable and grease the counter where you are working with oil or spray with Pam so the chocolate won't stick.
  • You can make the chocolate into whatever shape you want- it can be formed into a long rope/braid and wrapped around the base of the cake, or made into flowers, leaves, or any other decorations.
  • Another example is to pat the dough into a disk shape between plastic wrap or parchment and roll it out to desired thickness using a rolling pin, then cut into desired shapes or strips.
  • It will keep for months, wrapped properly (if it gets hard to work with knead in a little more corn syrup until it is pliable again).
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Modeling Paste- use 7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate and 3 1/2- 4 TB light corn syrup.
  • White Chocolate Modeling Paste- use 7 ounces (200 grams) white chocolate, chopped and 1 1/2- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup.
  • Milk Chocolate Modeling Paste- use 7 ounces Milk Chocolate and 2 1/2- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup.

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Serving: 23g | Calories: 20.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.5g | Sodium: 4.4mg | Sugar: 1.9g

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