I tend to think that cakes, especially layer cakes, look the best just after you first slice into them and you can see the moist cake and layers of frosting within. Most of the time, you get what you expect when you slice into a lovely looking cake, but there are also times when the cake surprises you by looking even more impressive on the inside than it does on the outside. Bake It Like You Mean It: Gorgeous Cakes from Inside Out is a collection of recipes that delivers just that effect, with recipes that look just as good as they taste.
The book isn’t just about cakes, although it is cake-focused, and it actually offers an interesting variety of recipes. The chapters include Sponge Cakes, Cheesecakes and Mousse Cakes, Meringues, Butter and Pound Cakes, and Yeasties. The last chapter focuses on yeast-based recipes. The recipes are very technique-driven, which is to say that there are a variety of different techniques used in the book and you’re not just making one recipe with different flavor variations. It is likely that you will pick up some skills that are new to you – or that you might not have used in a while – while working with these recipes. Some are simple cookie recipes that would fit in at any occasion while others are multi-layer tortes with impressive – and edible – garnishes that look like they would steal the show at a big party. Fortunately, all of the recipes are very clearly written and easy to follow, even for the recipes that involve multiple components.
The book covers a range of recipes, from very simple to more complex, which means that novices have somewhere to start and can improve their skills as they work through the recipes. More experienced bakers can flip through the pages and start with whatever recipe catches their eye – and there is no doubt that at least a few of these eye-catching cakes will do just that. The photos in the book are stunning and the cakes look so good that you will want to reach out and touch them.