I run a baking blog, so we all know that I’m slightly obsessed with cake. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that when Food Bloggers of Canada asked me if I’d like to review Tessa Huff’s new cookbook Layered, my answer was a resounding YES!!!
I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but one of my baking goals for 2016 is to become a better layer cake baker. Layered cakes have been a struggle for me since day one. It’s not that I can’t bake a good cake full of flavour and sound structure, because I can. It’s the part where I have to put it all together and frost it that I find troublesome. I always end up with a wonky, Leaning Tower of Pisa-esque mess. Not to mention the insane amount of cake crumbs that seem to sneak their way into my final coat of frosting. Where do they come from?!
Aside from the unique cakes and drool-inducing photography, one of the best parts about Layered is Huff’s easy to follow tutorials. In the first couple of chapters, she walks you through the basics of cake baking and building so that anyone can end up with a straight, well-crafted masterpiece. I found her step-by-step tutorial on layer cake assembly so helpful that I now refer to Layered as my cake building bible! Seriously, look at how straight this cake is!