Woodland Cakes: Chocolate Faux Bois

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2004

Faux bois, French for "fake wood," is a lovely decorative motif. A wood-graining tool creates the white chocolate markings on bittersweet chocolate panels; they're then pressed into the chocolate ganache that envelopes the cake. To make the leaves, tempered bittersweet chocolate is brushed onto real lemon leaves, which are peeled off after chilling briefly.

Recipe for Chocolate Leaves
Recipe for Chocolate Woodgrain
Making Chocolate Woodgrain

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