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

Abrams. Apr. 2019. 288p. photos. index. ISBN 9781419734632. $29.99. COOKING
Style Sweet blogger Huff’s second cookbook entry (after Layered) contains more than 100 recipes for a variety of cakes and other desserts, including cupcakes, pastries, macaroons, pies, and tarts, with detailed instructions for decorating each one to perfection. Huff’s signature layer cakes make a welcome appearance here, with each recipe highlighting specific decorating techniques and several unique flavor combinations such as chai walnut, lavender blackberry, and matcha white chocolate. Huff keeps the focus on fun, admitting that many of her intricate creations are aspirational, and offering flexible decorating suggestions for readers with less time or skill to devote to sugary precision. Step-by-step photographs highlight various piping and frosting techniques, while the array of cake and dessert styles ensures that this title will appeal to a broad range of home bakers.
VERDICT With an eye-catching design and plenty of dazzling photographs, Huff’s book is sure to be a hit with experienced bakers wanting to learn advanced techniques for creating Instagram-worthy desserts; highly recommended.

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