The Making of Melanie's 30th Birthday Cake 
First attempt at modeling chocolate = 16 oz white chocolate disks + 1/2 cup light corn syrup, melt, mix, then chill in fridge in a slab
First attempt at modeling chocolate = 16 oz white chocolate disks + 1/2 cup light corn syrup, melt, mix, then chill in fridge in a slab
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White chocolate iPod with the teal iPod as the model
White chocolate iPod with the teal iPod as the model
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White chocolate head of the birthday girl in chocolate. The neck is a sugar cone covered with a layer of the modeling chocolate.
White chocolate head of the birthday girl in chocolate. The neck is a sugar cone covered with a layer of the modeling chocolate.
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My hand showing the scale of the head
My hand showing the scale of the head
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A dozen thin white chocolate CDs, painted with silver luster dust
A dozen thin white chocolate CDs, painted with silver luster dust
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Back of the iPod painted silver...
Back of the iPod painted silver...
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...nah, the apple really had to be engraved! ;)
...nah, the apple really had to be engraved! ;)
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Adding the hair to the head - Melanie has distinct highlights, so the chunky hair strands help with that effect
Adding the hair to the head - Melanie has distinct highlights, so the chunky hair strands help with that effect
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Another view of the head showing the expression
Another view of the head showing the expression
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The finished white chocolate head after painstakingly painting with food coloring pens & brushes. This gets challenging since the chocolate surface is waxy, so it's like painting candles or tile.  You can't go back over any section until it is completely dry.
The finished white chocolate head after painstakingly painting with food coloring pens & brushes. This gets challenging since the chocolate surface is waxy, so it's like painting candles or tile. You can't go back over any section until it is completely dry.
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The finished white chocolate head after painstakingly painting with food coloring pens & brushes. This gets challenging since the chocolate surface is waxy, so it's like painting candles or tile.  You can't go back over any section until it is completely dry.
The finished white chocolate head after painstakingly painting with food coloring pens & brushes. This gets challenging since the chocolate surface is waxy, so it's like painting candles or tile. You can't go back over any section until it is completely dry.
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The finished white chocolate head and the white chocolate iPod, now pearlized white with pearl luster dust.
The finished white chocolate head and the white chocolate iPod, now pearlized white with pearl luster dust.
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Finished white chocolate CDs representing various music the birthday girl likes: the logos of her current favorite bands & the Choral Project for her choral side (Les Mis for her musical theatre side wasn't finished yet)
Finished white chocolate CDs representing various music the birthday girl likes: the logos of her current favorite bands & the Choral Project for her choral side (Les Mis for her musical theatre side wasn't finished yet)
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Crumb coat of thinned Ghirardelli buttercream frosting on the triple-layer devils food cake. While the crumb coat was drying, the rest of the modeling chocolate was tinted pink & rolled into ribbons for the gift ribbon, gift bow, and scarf.
Crumb coat of thinned Ghirardelli buttercream frosting on the triple-layer devils food cake. While the crumb coat was drying, the rest of the modeling chocolate was tinted pink & rolled into ribbons for the gift ribbon, gift bow, and scarf.
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First assembly of the cake - pre-party, since transport was in pieces for safety
First assembly of the cake - pre-party, since transport was in pieces for safety
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