Icing on the Cake: Baking and Decorating Simple, Stunning Desserts at Home by Tessa Huff

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  • Chocolate millionaire’s cake

    • Zosia on November 22, 2020

      There were a few components to this cake (oil-based chocolate cake, salted caramel, fudge frosting, bittersweet chocolate drizzle) but each was easy to make and though individually they were good, they came together to make a rather spectacular celebratory cake (for my son's birthday, chosen by him). Completely decadent but very good (and easy to cut into very thin slices!)

  • Fancy-pants peanut butter chocolate cupcakes

    • cpascale on August 04, 2019

      Delicious, moist and very chocolatey. I cut both sugars by 1/4 cup with no compromise in texture. This is my go-to devil’s food cupcake recipe. I skip the caramel corn and use America Test Kitchen Perfect Cake Peanut Butter Frosting (3 cups), a less sweet very peanut buttery American buttercream. I take 1 cup buttercream, add 1/2 cup chopped peanuts to fill the cupcakes, then use the remaining smooth buttercream to frost. I top with coarse chopped peanuts and chocolate sprinkles. These went at work in minutes and I was asked to make them again. No one missed the 1/2 cup sugar.

  • Blueberry galaxy cake

    • Zosia on December 03, 2020

      Really lovely cake in both flavour and appearance. The lemon and blueberry flavours were subtle and went really well with the vanilla frosting. The poppyseeds were just for show and could have easily been omitted. I substituted the book's Swiss meringue buttercream for the American-style whipped buttercream.

  • Swiss meringue buttercream

    • Zosia on December 03, 2020

      Super silky and very easy to spread. I made the large recipe but reduced the butter to 454g and the sugar to 350g. It was still quite sweet so I'll use only 300gsugar next time. I used it to make the blueberry galaxy cake.

    • stef on August 03, 2020

      Made the medium recipe. It's easy to make and very delicious. Will be my go to.

  • Chocolate drizzle

    • Zosia on November 22, 2020

      Bittersweet chocolate drizzle that retains its gloss even when hardened. Best applied to a chilled cake when it's between 85-90F. It was used on the Chocolate millionaire's cake.

  • Caramel sauce

    • Zosia on November 22, 2020

      Good, basic salted caramel sauce that was used for the Chocolate millionaire's cake.

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  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    Just as brilliant, if not more so, than Layered. This is a must have for any level baker!

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  • ISBN 10 1419734636
  • ISBN 13 9781419734632
  • Published Apr 02 2019
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Abrams

Publishers Text

As a follow-up to Layered, Tessa Huff returns with Icing on the Cake to dive deeper into dessert decoration and the presentation of layer cakes and other showstopping treats. Providing the confidence home bakers need to get creative, Icing on the Cake guides readers from cake pan to presentation to dessert plate. Organized by style, each dessert showcases a different decorative element, artistic pastry technique, or presentation idea. With hundreds of beautiful photos, including lots of step-by-steps, Icing on the Cake is a richly illustrated guide for creating delicious, beautiful desserts that will be the grand finale of any gathering. 

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