Katrien's Cakes Book


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.
With more than 20 original decorating designs to copy, as well as smaller chocolate decorations, mini cakes and cupcakes, all demonstrated with clear, step-by-step photographs, you will quickly learn to create your own show-stoppers. Katrien also shares a host of hints and shortcuts resulting from years of experimenting to find the best ingredients and techniques for perfect results.
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. The contents include:


Basic techniques


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

Lavishly illustrated with exquisite photographs, this book attests to the fact that cake decorating has become an art form. The projects are graded from easy to advanced, so there really is something for everyone.



Comments from readers:


I have admired your book for ages and luckily for me, I got a copy for Christmas. Yay! It is a stunning book with so many helpful tips! I am a Grade1 teacher and I do love my job but baking is my passion! I have made my friends wedding cakes and many children's birthday cakes, christening's. etc. Thank you so much for a wonderful book and for making yourself available for novices like myself! -Chrystal van Straten


I just want to say thank you so much for your lovely book. I have always been interested in baking and your book has totally inspired me to start my own sideline business which can hopefully become full-time. -Christi-Ann Barnard

LOVE your book. Got it for my mom for Xmas, now we're fighting over it. Excellent book with wonderful ideas, hints and tips! We've been baking non stop since Xmas and trying out different techniques. -Mary-Anne Walker

Katrien i just want to let you know that You have inspired me so much that the only thing I want to do all day is bake cupcakes, cakes and play with CHOCOLATE...... My  husband bought me your book for my 30th Birthday and I can't put it down. I really am inspired by you, I always loved baking and are in  Love with Chocolate and wanted to start my own business, and when I got your  book, it all came to light. Please don't stop and when will your next book be available? -Elme Jansen Van Vuuren

I have just bought your Katrien's Cakes book and man, its awesome.  I can't wait to get going in the kitchen. Awesome book and thank you for the very well described methods of doing everything.  I have other books that just tell you to do this and do that, but not HOW to do it. Yay for your book. -Yolandi van Aswegen


Please allow me to thank your for your wonderful book that gave me so much courage to start baking again.  I use to order cakes (too lazy for baking), but from now on I will bake again. It was always a dream of mine to be able to decorate a cake, and your book did it for me. I have tried your chocolate paste, and it is very delicious.  -Marietjie Roodt


Just thought I’d let you know, I’ve got it!!! Yay!! Bought it via Takealot yesterday and received it this morning. I take my hat off to you, in my case, my scarf – hheheehhhhe, it is worth every single cent and more. Congratulations on publishing an awesome, easy to use book and hope you sell many more that ever expected. -Nadia Davids


I bought your book from Cab in Bellville on Monday. It is an amazing book and I like the step by step photos. Its a definate must have for anyone who enjoys decorating cakes. -Mardia Tai


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