When was the last time you made a triple-layer cake? It seems like most layer cake recipes (with a few exceptions) produce only a double-layer dessert. It makes you wonder if some cookbook authors think that three layers of cake is a bit too much for most home bakers to handle – a ridiculous thought if there ever was one, as it never hurts to have a truly visually (and orally) stunning dessert recipe on hand. For those of us up to the challenge, Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes is full of over-the-top triple-layer cake recipes that fit the bill.
The cookbook is sectioned off by type of cake – chocolate, vanilla, spice, etc. – but there are really three main components to a triple layer cake and these are the things that the book focuses on: cake, fillings and frostings. You can mix and match, of course, but it’s a nice touch that the book mostly lays out complete cakes for you as you go, rather than directing you to use the frosting from page 56 and the filling from page 193. The recipes range from simple to fairly complex, with simple being something along the lines of a butter cake with whipped cream and complex being a thin sponge cake with a creamy mousse filling. There are plenty of baking tips and photos throughout the book, as well.
These are the kind of desserts that are real showstoppers at a party of any kind. It’s a book well worth adding to your collection if you tend to like to bake cakes for birthdays and other parties and want to really kick your cakes up a level – or a layer, as the case may be.