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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!
Granted, I may still need practice in the frosting department, but Huff makes that easy too. From smooth finishes to cakes with a little more flair, Huff hands you the tools and instructions you need to create bakery-style looking confections in your own kitchen. I chose to frost my cake with a “Rustic Finish,” mainly because I don’t yet own an icing smoother or metal bench scraper. (Don’t worry, it’s on my list now!)
The cake pictured is Huff’s Coconut Mojito Cake (page 216). If there’s one thing I enjoy almost as much as cake, it’s a fabulous mojito, so I figured this would be the perfect cake to make first! Although I found there were a lot of components to this cake (it definitely will take you a good portion of two days to finish if you take your time), they’re all simple to make and worth doing. Huff’s method is straightforward, and she gives you tons of tips and extra notes to help you along if you get stuck.
As far as taste goes, this cake is pretty darn good. Although it isn’t as punchy in flavour as I was expecting, the lime filling is tangy and delicious, and I could swim in a pool of that coconut rum buttercream! I also appreciate that the cake isn’t overly sweet, despite the heavy frosting to cake ratio.
In a word, Layered is scrumptious. The cake flavours range from the classics like Red Velvet to the adventurous, booze-infused Butterscotch Bourbon to the downright sinful Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Crunch. And Huff makes each cake the centrepiece of her photos, refusing to go overboard with elaborate backgrounds, props, or paraphernalia. Each cake stands on its own as the masterpiece it is. But it isn’t only the cakes that make Huff’s cookbook a treat; her anecdotes are just as sweet and delightful as her creations. Her passion for pastry, her love for her supportive family, and her dedication to her craft weave throughout the stories she shares and make Layered a pleasure to read from the introduction to the final page.
I know you would all love Layered, so I’m excited to collaborate with FBC, Tessa Huff, and ABRAMS Books to give away a copy to one lucky reader! Here’s the low down:
To enter the GIVEAWAY, use the form below. This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. The winner will be chosen at random and will be required to answer a skill testing question. I will notify the winner, by email, within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway so please make sure you use a valid email address! The winner must respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen. The giveaway will be open from May 24th, 2016 12am PST until June 2nd, 2016 11:59pm PST. No purchase necessary.
As a bonus, FBC has put together a little blog hop for you! There will be 6 other opportunities to win this book all week long! Visit the reviews of Layered from these other bloggers and enter to win:
- Renee of Sweet Revelations is making Golden Champagne Celebration Cake
- Alanna of One Tough Cookie is making Honey Fig Cake
- Olivia of Liv for Cake is making French Opera Cake
- Jenny of The Brunette Baker is making Birthday Cake
- Fanny of Oh Sweet Day is making Chocolate Matcha Cake
- Marie of Food Nouveau is making Lemony Zucchini Cake
- Food Bloggers of Canada is wrapping it all up!
Disclosure: I received a copy of Layered as compensation for this review. Please note that I only share products on my blog that I use and love. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.