Icing on the Cake - Available April 2!

With a swoop of frosting, a drizzle of chocolate glaze, and a handful of sprinkles, Icing on the Cake serves up more than 100 of Tessa Huff’s most spectacular recipes for cakes, pies, macarons, and more. Each dessert showcases a different decorative element, artistic pastry technique, or presentation idea. Ranging from classic pastry method and simple chocolate work to more elevate buttercream decorating techniques, there is a recipe and design for every skill level and occasion. With detailed instructions and lush step-by-step photography, Icing on the Cake is a decadently beautiful guide to creating desserts that are destined to be the grand finale of any gathering.

Icing on the Cake

Events and Book Signings:

Food Book Fair: Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, March 2 @ noon

Book Larder: Seattle, WA
Wednesday, April 3 @ 6:30 to 8pm

Indigo on Robson St: Vancouver, BC
Saturday, April 6th @ 2 to 4pm

Urbanic Paper Boutique: Venice, CA
Saturday, May 11 @2 to 4pm

The Gourmandise School: Santa Monica, CA
Sunday, May 12 @ 3 to 5pm THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT

Draeger’s Cooking School: San Mateo, CA
Friday, May 17 @ 6:30pm THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT

West Elm @ the Ice Blocks: Sacramento, CA
Saturday, May 18 @ 2 to 4pm

Book Warehouse: Vancouver, BC (Main Street location)
Saturday, June 1 @ 1 -3pm

Gourmet Warehouse : Vancouver, BC
Saturday, June 22 @ 11-2pm THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT

Icing on the Cake

Following 2016’s Layered, I’m back with Icing on the Cake (Abrams; March 26, 2019), a perfect creative guide for home bakers wanting to master the art of baking and dessert decoration. Taking you from layer to layer, this book is wonderfully organized by style, making it easy to follow different decorative elements, artistic pastry techniques, or presentation ideas. With beautiful illustrations, Icing on the Cake gives bakers of all skill levels the experience to create delicious, show-stopping treats for any sweet tooth. 

From finding your dessert decoration aesthetic to creating bountiful layered cakes and delightful treats, Icing on the Cake emboldens bakers to hone their love for exquisite desserts through every step and style.  Complete with step-by-step photos and detailed instruction, I aim to educate and inspire home bakers to take their bakes and cakes to the next level.

Find ICING ON THE CAKE wherever books are sold!

Abrams Books


Barnes & Noble





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.
— Molly Yeh, blogger and author of Molly on the Range
Good news for all new and experienced bakers, this book is everything you need to create the most beautiful cakes and pastries!
— Linda Lomelino, author and creator of Call Me Cupcake
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.
— Sally McKenney, author of Sally's Baking Addiction
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!
— Erin Gardner, cookbook author and creator of Erin Bakes
Icing on the Cake is a book to pour over with a mug of cocoa and dream big kitchen dreams. Her guidance also makes them totally achievable.
— Erin McDowell, food stylist and author of The Fearless Baker

Baking, Buikding, and Styling Spectacular Cakes

The book, Layered: Baking, Building, and Styling Spectacular Cakesis all about - you guessed it, CAKES!  Layer cakes, to be exact.  I've packed 288 pages full of my all-time favorite recipes, tips and tricks from my years making cakes, and some crafty tutorials so you can make bakery-style cakes at home!  From the classics like Red Velvet and Boston Cream Pie to more whimsical and adventurous flavors like Strawberry Confetti, Mango Coconut Cream, and Red Wine Blackberry, there is a recipe for every occasion.  I've added some helpful step-by-step photos as well as a stylish, full-page image (or two) for EACH cake.  


Barnes & Noble




Here's a peek about what others are saying about it:

Joy the Baker - who calls the contents of this book "the stuff of DREAMS."

Oh Happy Day - where they turned my coconut cake into the cutest Flamingo Lawn Cake!

When The Kictchn devoted an ENTIRE week of baking cakes from my book.

“It’s time to venture beyond vanilla and chocolate and take your baking skills up a notch. We’re talking layers—two, three, four, or more!

Create sky-high, bakery-quality treats at home with Tessa Huff’s 150 innovative recipes, which combine new and exciting flavors of cake, fillings, and frostings—everything from pink peppercorn cherry to bourbon butterscotch, and pumpkin vanilla chai to riesling rhubarb and raspberry chocolate stout. Including contemporary baking methods and industry tips and tricks, Layered covers every decorating technique you’ll ever need with simple instructions and gorgeous step-by-step photos that speak to bakers of every skill level—and to anyone who wants to transform dessert into layer upon layer of edible art.”

— Abrams Books for amazon.com

“Stacked tall and frosted to perfection, Tessa elevates the art of layer cakes to new heights. With ingenious flavor combinations, foolproof recipes and beautifully illustrated techniques, Tessa will have you whipping up drool-worthy, gourmet cakes at home. Layered is simply a treasure for every cake loving baker.”

— Carrie Selman of The Cake Blog

“With the delectable cakes in these pages the hardest thing to decide is which recipe to try first. The gorgeous photography and styling amazingly does justice to the incredibly rich but straightforward recipes. The thing that makes Tessa’s cakes stand-out is both the originality of the desserts coupled with the happiness any kid or adult will enjoy!”

— Elisa Strauss, author of The Confetti Cakes Cookbook and Confetti Cakes for Kids

““Tessa Huff has a way with cake. In her hands, butter, sugar, flour, and eggs become something more than mere ingredients in a recipe, and cake is elevated to art form. I could happily feast for days on just her photographs of these creations, but Tessa’s companionable presence and quiet insistence throughout this book that I, too, can make these beauties for myself pulls me straight into the kitchen. Too pretty to eat? Nah. Grab a fork.”

— Emma Christensen, Recipe Editor for The Kitchn 

“Layered is a book that will have a permanent spot in my kitchen. From the stunning imagery to the decadent recipes, Tessa has created a must-have book for all bakers and cake lovers! She’s an amazing stylist and her recipes are flawless!”

— Courtney Whitmore, author of Frostings & Pizzazzerie.com