Katrien loves chocolate and uses it in cake decorating because it not only tastes delicious, but is so versatile. In this book she shows you how to create beautifully decorated cakes: fresh, contemporary, fun and irresistible. It is filled with techniques and ideas for everyone, whether you just want to decorate a ready-made cake or use one of the scrumptious recipes in the book to bake it from scratch, whether you only bake occasionally or do it for a living. Whether you buy a ready-made cake or take the time to lovingly bake your own cake from the luscious recipes at the end of this book, whether you only bake occasionally or bake for profit, I would like to teach you a few techniques which, once mastered, will give you the ability to decorate your cake quickly and easily to be a show-stopper on any occasion.
Katrien proudly served her first cake at the age of 12 and knew then that she wanted to bake for a living. A self-proclaimed chocholic, she combined these two loves when baking her best friend's wedding cake. After completing a 4-year degree in home economics, she worked in the catering industry for several years, where she became involved in wedding planning and commercial baking for weddings and parties. After her own wedding seven years ago, she started working from home, marketing her original wedding and party cake designs from her website www.katrienscakes.co.za. Katrien lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
* More than 20 original decorating designs to try, as well as chocolate decorations, mini cakes and cupcakes * Clear, step-by-step photographs for each demonstration as well as expert tips on ingredients and techniques * Tried and tested recipes for cakes as well as scrumptious fillings, guidelines for portion sizes and templates for decorations all contribute to making this an essential addition to the library of any baking enthusiast