Author(s): Katrien van Zyl
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 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.
Basic techniques Equipment Types of chocolate Working with chocolate Filling and coating cakes Stacking cakes Decorating a cake board Cake designs Basic recipes Cutting and serving Transporting and storing Portion guide Templates