A well put together chocolate cake book, which covers everything from filling and coating the cakes to disassembling them ready to be cut up. If you are thinking of making a chocolate wedding cake then this book will ease you in gradually to this perceived tricky art - which is much easier than you think once it has been explained.-Cake Craft & Decoration Discover how to create lovely chocolate cakes with this informative guide. Katrien reveals how to fill, coat and stack chocolate cakes, then shows how to work with chocolate to make decorations. The projects are contemporary and colourful, and would make wonderful centrepieces at weddings, birthdays and other celebrations. Find out how to use transfer sheets and handmade chocolate roses, cigarillos and chocolate collars to decorate tiered cakes, mini cakes and cupcakes.-Cakes & Sugarcraft Since the time of the Aztecs chocolate has always been popular; and that shows no sign of changing. So push aside that sugarpaste and decorate your cakes with the brown stuff instead for a change! A quick glance at this book will show you some colorful creations so if you thought that chocolate had to be just brown or white then think again. Of course there is plenty of that too, but coloring chocolate with a variety of food coloring substances produces some lovely results and extends the versatility of the medium. This is a project book about the decorating process not a recipe book but there are several cake recipes in here at the back, along with methods for things like buttercream and various fillings and coatings. Learn all about how to choose the right type of chocolate and how to work with it for best results, plus a look at the back will give you advice on how to disassemble the cakes for eating. The bulk of the book is the projects themselves, which all come with both staged photographs plus a handsome full page image of what it is supposed to look like if you have followed the instructions properly. These are fairly detailed, but I would not suggest this book for a cake-decorating beginner. There are nature-inspired cakes with leaves or flowers, a gift box filled at the top with strawberries (real ones), abstract and spiky modern creations, a cake topped with Christmas trees, a tower of cupcakes, a modern wedding cake and more. I like the way this designer has tried to tweak tired old traditional ideas and bring them into the 21st century and they are sure to appeal to a wide range of people, men too. There are lots of tips and ways of smoothing the process and making sure it all goes to plan and I can recommend this book to all intermediate sugarcrafters who want to try something a bit different.-Myshelf.com A chocoholic's dream, this book shows you how to create beautifully chocolate decorated cakes. Brimming with techniques and ideas for all abilities and time limits, it covers jazzing up a ready-made cake and includes recipes for home bakers to create from scratch.-Craft Focus If you're thinking of a chocolate wedding cake, discover how to create delicious tiered cakes with this informative guide. Katrien reveals how to fill, coat and stack chocolate cakes, then shows how to work with chocolate to make beautiful decorations. The projects are contemporary and colourful, and would make wonderful centrepieces at weddings and other celebrations. Find out how to use transfer sheets and handmade chocolate roses, cigarillos and chocolate collars to decorate tiered cakes, mini cakes and cupcakes.-Wedding Cakes
About the Author
Katrien van Zyl proudly served her first cake at the age of twelve and knew then that she would love to bake for a living. A self-proclaimed chocoholic, she combined these two loves when baking her best friend's wedding cake. After completing a four-year degree in home economics at Stellenbosch University she worked in the catering industry for several years, where she became involved in wedding planning and commercial baking for weddings and parties, among others. After her own wedding seven years ago, she started working from home, marketing her original wedding and party cake designs from her website.