About the Chocolate Gateau
The chocolate gateau kit contains over 40g of beads, including Delicas, peanut beads, bugle beads and round beads. Thread is also included, but I have not included any material for stuffing the cake. You can use a range of readily-available household items for this.
This recipe is made using Peyote stitch and bead embroidery. The finished chocolate gateau measures approximately 8cm (3″) across the base. The instructions for the kit are in Sweet Treats book, so you will need a copy of the book in addition to this kit. You are going to be working in circular and tubular Peyote stitch. The book does include a chapter covering the techniques you need. However, if you feel you need some additional help, you can find a free tutorial on this website that covers circular and tubular Peyote.
The Background Story
If you are already familiar with Sweet Treats book, then you will know that all the beaded cakes in it were inspired by special people in my life. The chocolate gateau was made for my brother – blackforest gateau is one of his favourite cakes.
I have always liked to make beaded gifts for friends and family, but it can be a bit of a challenge making them for men. So I made this for my brother’s birthday one year…a birthday cake that will last forever!
I had a lot of fun choosing the perfect beads. I immediately saw round red beads as glace cherries. The little bugle beads make great chocolate sprinkles. I struggled a little more to find something right for chocolate flakes. However, the colour of the peanut beads just seemed so right that I thought they might just work!
You will be using basic bead embroidery techniques to add the decoration to your cake. It is freeform, so entirely up to you how you cover the surface areas. This means you are free to experiment. Although the recipe does tell you how I did it! There really is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to do this, so have some fun.