Updated: Mar 30
CHOCOLATE BRUSHSTROKES NESTLED UPON LAYERS OF RED VELVET AND DARK CHOCOLATE CAKE.
Brushstroke cakes have taken the world by storm this year! All credits to the Russian Bakery Kalabasa for bringing this inventive and surprisingly easy bit of creativity in the form of #kalabasa_feathers_cake into our homes.
The Festival Eid-Ul-Fitr following the end of Ramadan is a treat worthy occasion. Tasneem Ghazaly of Another Painting Account and I added our own spin on the brushstroke trend in time for Eid celebrations. Tassy carved henna designs on each brushstroke with a toothpick and we finished it off with two layers of Edible Art Paint.
Hidden beneath the chocolate and gold were layers of Dark Chocolate Mud Cake & Red Velvet Cake. I added a Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting between the layers and covered the cake in a Dark Chocolate Buttercream.
We finished off the cake with a multi-texture feel with some more paint and a sheet of Original Artisan Gold gold leaf. Tassy hand painted the artwork directly on chilled chocolate buttercream using Edible Art Paint.
We had lots of fun making and documenting this cake! Both Tassy and I thought we went a little overboard with the number of Brushstrokes we chose to put on, but nobody complained when it came to the eating :P. Definitely search the hashtags on Instagram to find plenty of beautiful on trend inspiration!
I find a double boiler the best way to control the consistency of chocolates for brush strokes. Boil water in a kettle, then pop it in saucepan on low heat. Place the bowl of chocolate on top. Ideally, you don't want the chocolate bowl to touch the water, leave enough of a gap for steam from your saucepan to rise up and gently heat your chocolate.
Melting chocolate in the Microwave works just fine too, I just like having a little more control with the double boiler :)
The Cake Blog has a handy step by step guide on how to achieve the brush stroke effect. I went for a variety of textures and played with a palette knife and paint brush as seen in the video. Experiment to find the texture that works best for you.
Edible Art Paint - Champagne Gold
Original Artisan Gold - Gold Leaf Sheets