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Layered: Baking, Building, and Styling Spectacular Cakes Hardcover – April 19, 2016
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There are a few flaws that hold this cookbook back from being perfect. The largest one is the fact that the ingredients list and the instructions are almost never on pages facing one another. Instead, there is a gorgeous photo next to the ingredients list, and usually another beautiful photo next to the directions. While these photos are drool-worthy, it is really difficult/annoying to flip back and forth between pages mid-baking. That's particularly true in this case, where the publisher elected to make this hardback a board book - it does not stay open well (and half the pages were stuck together when I received it, although I think I've unstuck them all now). Also, a lot of these recipes yield 3 or 4 layer 6 -or 8-inch cakes. Those are not very typical pan sizes (in the US) - the most common here seems to be the 9-inch. This means that either you'll need to adapt the recipe for your cake pans (which is doable: google Food52's post on baking pan conversions) or you'll need to go buy around $30-120 worth of new pans (depending on your brand of choice).
In the end, I do really adore this cookbook. Tessa goes beyond a standard "recipe book" here, with very precise and well-written language guiding the reader through the process of recreating her masterpieces in their own home. Whether you're new to baking or experienced, there will be plenty here to learn from and enjoy. I'm looking forward to making a lot of the whimsical cakes, like the blood orange thyme cake, the butterscotch bourbon cake, the blueberry pancake cake, and the coconut mojito cake. Also, although there are multiple recipes that require ingredients I don't usually keep around the house or require more time than I have during the week, I was able to throw together her oatmeal cookie cake tonight - it's easy to make with pantry/fridge ingredients and is absolutely delicious!
Edit 04.28.16. I've now made the blood orange thyme cake, the chocolate stout raspberry cake, and the birthday cake. My co-workers asked me if I was planning to enter a competition with these cakes because they taste and look so stunning. Buy this book immediately and start baking!
My only quibble is that the ingredients are almost always on a different page from the directions. So you can't refer to just one page in the book, you have to keep flipping back and forth. But that's really my only complaint.
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