Some desserts are so beautiful that they even look like works of art, right? This is the case of the decoration style created by the Russian confectionery Kalabasa, which has been a great success out there. On Instagram, the store calls dessert feather cake, which would mean in the literal translation cake feather. However, because they seem more like brush strokes paint, the decor became known as brush stroke.
If you want to see these original creations live, you have to go to Moscow, where the bakery is located. As not everyone is able to make an international trip like this, how about learning to do this technique at home?
The interesting thing about these “brush strokes” is that they give a super different touch to dessert. In addition, they can be used in both larger cakes as well as cupcakes, giving a very charming finish to the candy.
How to make
Making this decoration is much simpler than it looks! The most complicated process is actually about chocolate tempering. For it to take shape and harden, it is essential that the chocolate has the correct texture and temperature.
If you do not master the techniques of tempering, just take a look at the posts on the site with the explanation. Tempering can be done in two ways: in water bath or in marble. Just choose your favorite way;)
After adding the dye and tempering the chocolate, you can start making brush strokes. To prevent them from sticking to the form, cover it with parchment paper. Then pour a small amount of the chocolate until it forms a “little ball”. With the help of the brush, slide the ingredient until it forms the pen / brush stroke.
The result is even more beautiful when the brush has a more rounded. If you don’t have one with this type of tip, just use scissors to taper the fibers. When you are careful to make the drawing with the brush, the shape becomes more determined and stops looking like just a piece of random chocolate, you know?
Oh, and don’t make the brush strokes too thin so they don’t become too fragile and break when putting them on the cake. Now, let’s get inspired!
In addition to making the cakes beautiful, the chocolate brush strokes are super delicious. After all, unlike American pasta or toppings like butter cream, practically everyone loves chocolate.
Depending on the occasion, you can leave the brush strokes in the original shades of the ingredient or transform them with dye. Who loves colorful decoration, for example, can make a mix of colors and create a super original decoration. To finish the dessert, use other techniques such as chocolate splashes. The cake will really look like a work of art!
If you prefer a more rustic decor, just create pieces of chocolate with less defined shapes. The effect is quite different and is interesting to put around cakes, for example. In this case, another suggestion is to complement the chocolate with some other ingredient, such as pistachios or crushed chestnuts / nuts. It will be amazing and delicious 🙂
Looking for more decorating ideas for sweets? If so, here on the website you will find ideas for decorating with fruit or with a pastry tip!