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Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes Hardcover – Aug 14 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (Aug. 14 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811854485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811854481
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.8 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #404,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Alisa Huntsman graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and is the pastry chef at the Loveless Café in Nashville, Tennessee.

Peter Wynne is an author and newspaper journalist. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Tina Rupp is a New York-based photographer.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ShopEasy on July 1 2009
Format: Hardcover
The recipes in this book are excellent:
- They do not call for hard to find/obscure ingredients
- Recipes are easy to follow
- Recipes do not call for many ingredients

And last but not least, the results are absolutely delicious.

This book is highly recommended!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A great addition to a baking library Sept. 16 2008
By Sandy Kay - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The tall layer cakes you see at the bakery always look so impressive sitting on a cake stand or plate and sliced with two layers of filling. Somehow the two-layer cakes I make don't quite stack up (pun intended). But most recipes for the home baker are written for two layer cakes.

This book has recipes to make those fabulously tall, triple-layer cakes. I wouldn't buy it as a first cake cookbook (Rose Levy Beranbaum's "The Cake Bible" or Nick Malgieri's "Perfect Cakes" coes to mind as better beginning cake baking cookbooks), but this book does deserve a place on the shelf if you really enjoy baking cakes and want to make the kind of cakes that will inspire "oohs" and "ahs" when you bring them to the table. There is a great variety of recipes. The recipe categories are: chocolate cakes, vanilla cakes, fruit-flavored cakes; nut and spice cakes; cakes with a world of flavor (e.g. chai, dulce de leche, black forest, blue cornmeal), and finally holiday and special occasion cakes. The last chapter has recipes for three different kinds of wedding cakes that will serve 80-100 people if you feel adventurous and want to bake a wedding cake!

Each cake recipe is followed by the recipe for a frosting and often a different filling that go with it so you don't have to flip to a separate section of the book to find the frosting or filling that will suit the cake you have chosen. The frosting choices and the cake flavors sound amazing. She covers the expected combinations: chocolate cakes with toasted coconut-pecan frosting or different types of chocolate frosting; vanilla cakes with white chocolate, white chocolate buttercream or chocolate frosting; strawberry shortcake; boston cream pie. She pumps up standard cake flavors with more adventurous frosting or filling choices (chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and chocolate peanut butter glaze, cakes with mango mousse or peach mousse filling, apricot carrot cake; banana cake with praline filling and white chocolate ganache(!); marbled lemon blueberry butter cake. And then she pulls out the stops with cakes I can't wait to try: pina colada cake, maple walnut cake, dulce de leche cake, chocolate hazelnut cake.

The photography is fantastic, bordering on "food porn." There isn't a photo for every cake but more than half of the recipes do have photos and they will make you want to bake those cakes.

If you already do a lot of cake baking, you may be surprised (as I was) by the mixing technique. I was taught the creaming method where you first beat the butter then add the sugar and beat some more until it is fluffy, and finally add the flour and other dry ingredients alternately with the liquid ingredients. Most of the butter cake recipes in this book use the two-stage method where the butter, all the dry ingredients and some of the liquid go into the mixing bowl at the beginning and after this is beaten smooth, the eggs and remaining liquid goes in. I found this so unexpected that, after reading this technique in several of the recipes, I had to go back to the baking techniques section at the beginning of the book to find out why. The author believes "the two-stage method produces a more finely textured cake and is more dependable" than the creaming method. Now that fall is here and my kitchen isn't so hot, I'll be trying these recipes I've been drooling over and will see if I agree.

The trouble is, I've been poring over the pictures and recipes so long, I can't decide which cake to make first! My friends and family may be eating a lot of cake.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This is One Great Cake Book Oct. 10 2007
By Darlene A. Hardy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have quite a library of cook books and this one has quickly become my favorite baking book. This book is not only visually beautiful, but the recipes are well written and easy to follow.

I certainly hope to see more books by Alisa Huntsman!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Irrestible Indeed! July 12 2008
By S. D. Fischer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What a delightful reading experience! Sky High is well-written and a pleasure to read. Beautiful, full-page color photos accompany nearly every recipe, and the paper is sturdy and high-quality. The Baker's Notes throughout the book offer additional tips to ensure baking and frosting success.

The cakes are inventive and there were many new, delicious-sounding combinations that I am eager to try (such as chai cake with honey-ginger cream, Halloween sweet potato cake and chocolate-hazelnut gianduja cake).

Chapters include Baking Basics (a primer on ingredients and equipment), Chocolate Cakes, Vanilla Cakes, Fruit-Flavored Cakes, Nut and Spice Cakes, Cakes with a World Flavor, and Holiday and Special-Occasion Cakes.

The recipes are straightforward and easy to follow. An amateur baker armed with the chapter on baking basics and an attention to detail should be able to create any of these masterpieces (perhaps with the exception of the three wedding cakes which seem slightly challenging).
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Nice photos, but some recipes are way off Nov. 5 2010
By E. Stearns - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love this book for inspiration and for the beautiful photography. The chocolate-peanut butter cake is delicious... peanut butter ganache... who knew? I want to love the whole book because Loveless is a great restaurant. But I have to knock off a couple of stars for incomplete recipes. If you want to produce a cake exactly like in the photo, here and there ingredients and garnishes are left off, things just aren't quite right, as mentioned by other reviewers.

I knocked off two stars for the miserable dulce de leche cake. Perhaps there's a reason this cake is only shown whole and not sliced. I wish I'd checked bloggers' reviews before trying this the day of a bake sale. It was an absolute failure -- every layer sank and the texture was like eating a kitchen sponge, not a sponge cake -- chewy yet granular, with an odd bubbly appearance, refusing to come off the parchment. Grr... I should have trusted my instincts when I read the list of ingredients.

I will grant you that the dulce de leche icing (basically DDL mixed with whipping cream) is amazing, but seriously, don't torture yourselves by making DDL from scratch. Buy it and save a couple of hours.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great cake book! Feb. 8 2008
By Elizabeth L. Hyzy - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great book for people who love to make cakes. The recipes are pretty easy to follow and the pictures are gorgeous. Many of the flavour combinations are very creative and unique, but the book also includes classic flavours such as black forest and pina colada. If you like to make impressive-looking cakes, get this book!

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