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

Icing on the Cake

Baking and Decorating Simple, Stunning Desserts at Home


Price: $29.99

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  • Publication Date: April 2, 2019
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Trim Size: 7 x 10
  • ISBN: 9781419734632
  • Page Count: 288
  • Illustrations: 200 color photographs
  • Rights: World/All

“This book bursts with gorgeous color, delicious recipes, and tons of inspiration.” —Molly Yeh, New York Times bestselling author
“Everything you need to create the most beautiful cakes and pastries!” —Linda Lomelino, blogger, Call Me Cupcake
“Tessa is the cake decorating queen!” —Sally McKenney, author, Sally’sBaking Addiction

Take a deep dive with Tessa Huff into dessert decoration and the presentation of layer cakes and other showstopping sweet treats.

Providing the confidence home bakers need to get creative, Icing on the Cake guides readers from cake pan to presentation to dessert plate. Organized by style, each dessert showcases a different decorative element, artistic pastry technique, or presentation idea. Sections include Elegant Cakes and Confections, Decadent Desserts, Kids’ Cakes and Party Treats, and Celebration Cakes and Seasonal Sweets. These fabulous desserts can make any event or meal fabulous:

  • Orange Salted Honey Cake
  • Garden Cupcakes
  • Matcha White Chocolate Cake
  • Almond Apricot Battenberg Cake
  • Butterscotch Banana Cake
  • Triple-Coconut Cake
  • Chocolate S’mores Tart
  • French-Method Macarons
  • Milk & Cookies Cake
  • Brownie Sundae Cake
  • Apple Blackberry Pie
  • Yule Log Cake
  • And more!

Tessa writes in her introduction, “For me, the ‘icing on the cake’ means much more than frosting. It is taking a sweet treat and elevating it to something even more delightful. It is the little something extra that transforms our homemade baked goods into beautiful, showstopping desserts. In a literal sense the concept includes meticulously piped frosting on sky-high cakes and gardens of buttercream rose-topped cupcakes, but it also means ultra-chic French macarons with marbled icing, a kaleidoscope of seasonal fruit tarts, and all the sugar-filled and sprinkled-covered decorations of our dreams.”

With hundreds of beautiful photos, including lots of step-by-steps, Icing on the Cake is a richly illustrated guide for creating delicious, beautiful desserts that will be the grand finale of any gathering.


“Tessa’s cakes strike a beautiful balance between timeless and fresh, creating new, stunning classics for cake decorators of all levels. This book bursts with gorgeous color, delicious recipes, and tons of inspiration.”
blogger and author of Molly on the Range, Molly Yeh
“Good news for all new and experienced bakers, this book is everything you need to create the most beautiful cakes and pastries!”
author of creator of Call Me Cupcake, Linda Lomelino
“There's no arguing that Tessa is the cake decorating queen! Through beautiful styling, easy-to-understand direction, helpful kitchen tips, and deliciously creative recipes, Tessa takes the intimidation out of fancy decorative desserts.”
author of Sally's Baking Addiction, Sally McKenney
Icing on the Cake is a book to pore over with a mug of cocoa and dream big kitchen dreams. Her guidance also makes them totally achievable.”
food stylist and author of The Fearless Baker, Erin Jeanne McDowell
Icing On the Cake delivers on every level—delicious recipes, gorgeously styled treats, and easy-to-follow instructions. Tessa is a true teacher, carefully walking readers through her process while inviting them to explore their own creativity. One flip through this book and you’ll be firing up the oven and breaking out the piping tips!”
cookbook author and creator of Erin Bakes, Erin Gardner

About the author

Tessa Huff is a trained baker, recipe developer, food photographer, and creator of the cake and pastry blog Style Sweet. She is a regular contributor for The Kitchn, Food Network CA, and The Cake Blog. Huff was named one of Better Homes and Gardens’ Best Baking Bloggers, and her work has been featured online and in print for America’s Test Kitchen, Teen Vogue, West Elm, Country Living, Southern Living, BuzzFeed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more.