When is a cake not a cake? When it's a work of art

Katia Lteif Ward takes delicious gateaux to another dimension with her fantastic designs

France may long have enjoyed world renown for refined pâtisserie but it lags behind other countries when it comes to cake design. In turn, cake designers from abroad are justly praised for their skill and inventiveness, but all too often the cakes beneath the design are unappetising.

In Monaco, Katia Lteif Ward is determinedly marrying her excellent baking skills with artistic flair, to create treats that are at once ingenious and delicious.

Cake design involves inspiration, a bit of sculpture, intricate modelling, some clever engineering, and detailed brush-work.

To achieve all of this, the training is necessarily eclectic: Katia Lteif Ward travels around Europe to learn the different skills involved, often enrolling on courses that have nothing to do with baking. Clients will ask for ...

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