Cool Layer Cakes: 50 Delicious and Amazing Layer Cakes to Bake and Decorate
You don’t need to look farther than the cover page to know that in Cool Layer Cakes we are in the professional baker’s arena. Author Ceri Olofson presents fifty recipes of layer cakes (this means at least three layers) each illustrated by a large photo, and each one exemplifies a masterpiece of worthy of exhibition. Not many home bakers are able to reproduce these, even with her very good recipe instructions and many thumbnail-size photo series illustrating the more difficult techniques. The recipes use basic, easily found ingredients, but that’s the painless part. Assembling them is hard for non-professionals, and besides trained techniques, artistic ability is virtually essential. The book starts with descriptions of layer cake essentials: standard and special tools and decorating kit, followed by decorating instructions and techniques. With each recipe Olofson provides a tiny sketch that must have been the guide for her cake creation. Besides more common beautiful layer cakes, she provides some unusual ones: vertical layer cake, mini layered cake and for those with plenty of disposable income, edible 24-karat gold-leaf decorated cake. She also provides tips and even how to make your own natural food dyes.