Do you eat cake for dessert? Or is it something you only have on special occasions, like your birthday or divorce? Russian cake designer Kalabasa recently ignited the latest social media cake trend with her brushstroke cakes. Also known as feathers, they’re true masterpieces of food and design; and you find pleasure by simply looking at them.
These brushstroke cakes use strokes of chocolate to add drama to a simple single tier or multi-tiered cake. Stunning modern chocolate decorations, they make a statement on their own, but the addition of a little chocolate splatter and airbrushing on the surface adds to the paint-inspired fun. Bakers sometimes add fruit, berries, and flowers to compliment the artistic look of the chocolate brushstroke cakes.
Kalabasa creates baked goods in various colour schemes, so these cakes can become the main centrepiece of your next special occasion. Take a look at some of these beautiful cakes below, including how to make your own. And visit Kalabasa’s Instagram page for more inspiration.
Ingredients/supplies for brushstroke cakes:
- Plain white cake
- Candy Melts
- Pastry brushes
- Parchment paper
- Cookie sheet
- Choose four complementary shades of Candy Melts and microwave them in separate bowls for 1-2 minutes each. Stir after each 30 second increment until fully melted.
- Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Then use the pastry brush to paint 2-inch stripes of melted candy onto it.
- Go over each stroke 3-4 times with more melted candy to build thickness.
- Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until candy hardens.
- Gently lift each brushstroke off the parchment paper and arrange in layers on the front and top of cake.