A few years ago, while I was trying to figure out which career I was going to pursue, there was a brief and ill-advised period in which I thought I would be a wedding cake baker. Except that I couldn’t stand fondant and refused to work with it. And it turns out that I don’t actually have enough room in my fridge to make space for all those chilling cake layers. And then the single wedding cake that I actually did make stressed me out so wholly and completely that I immediately decided to look elsewhere for work.
Since then, I’ve stuck to cake-baking for my own pleasure (as you might have already noticed). When the pressure’s off, it’s actually quite easy to make layer cakes, and I love what a joyful way they are to finish any meal. So when Food Bloggers of Canada approached me to see if I’d like to bake something from Tessa Huff’s gorgeous new cookbook, Layered, it was an easy offer to accept!
What I love about this cookbook is the relaxed, approachable take Huff uses in her recipes and technique guides — and the fact that she’s also a staunch buttercream supporter doesn’t hurt, either! There’s such a great assortment of recipes in here, too — from the ultra gussied-up six-layer raspberry stout cake, to a host of everyday cakes to appease your sweet tooth on a worknight.
This honey fig cake looked so gorgeous and summery that I knew right away I wanted to make it. It was my first real baking project since I moved into my new apartment! The cake batter is delicately flavoured with olive oil and honey, and has cornmeal in it for depth and texture. The frosting is honestly my dream frosting — just two ingredients: thickened yoghurt and honey. And the thyme syrup adds a lovely floral note that ties the whole thing together.
Want the recipe? I can’t blame you! But instead of posting it here, I’m going to do you one better. Thanks to FBC, Tessa Huff, and ABRAMS Books, you can enter below to win your very own copy of Layered! Plus, if you visit the other blogs listed in the roundup below, you can increase your chances to win by entering the giveaways on their sites as well. Best of luck!
To enter the GIVEAWAY, use the form below. This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding residents of Quebec. The winner will be chosen at random and will be required to answer a skill testing question. I will notify the winner by email within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway so please make sure you use a valid email address! The winner must respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen. The giveaway will be open from May 24th, 2016 12am EST until June 2nd, 2016 11:59pm EST. No purchase necessary.
As a bonus, FBC has put together a blog hop for you! There will be 7 other opportunities to win this book all week long! Visit the reviews of Layered from these other bloggers and enter to win:
- Amanda of The Cinnamon Scrolls kicks it off with Coconut Mojito Cake
- Renee of Sweet Revelations is making Golden Champagne Celebration Cake
- Olivia of Liv for Cake is making French Opera Cake
- Jenny of The Brunette Baker is making Birthday Cake
- Fanny of Oh Sweet Day is making Chocolate Matcha Cake
- Marie of Food Nouveau is making Lemony Zucchini Cake
- Food Bloggers of Canada is wrapping it all up!
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