You’ve seen it, you know it, you’ve been stumped by it – the “is it cake” viral videos where almost anything can be a seemingly normal object and then with the slice of a knife viewers discover that it is, in fact, cake. Celebrity cake baker, Yolanda Gampp, has been creating mystifying cakes just like that for years.
With over 4.5 million YouTube subscribers and 2.7 million Instagram followers, the star of How To Cake It, is completely self-taught with over twenty years of experience. You may have spotted her on shows like Netflix’s Nailed It, Best Baker in America, Cake Wars, and Crime Scene Kitchen baking, making, and judging some of the craziest cakes out there. But while she’s known for her amazing designs and super intricate cakes, she’s always dreamed of publishing a book with her layered cake recipes. Sure, her fondant covered cakes are what Gampp might be known for, but all great bakers know that the best cake is not only stunning, but is also mouthwateringly delicious.
How does the beloved celebrity cake master achieve amazingly delicious cakes? She layers it on, layers it in, and layers it up! In her new book, Layer Up!Gampp teaches you how to level up your cakes by layering in explosive flavors & delicious desserts.
In this ultimate glow-up guide for cakes (no fondant needed), she plays with flavor profiles and shares 21 “stuffed-cake” recipes, plus 72 delicious stand-alone desserts, toppings, and buttercream to help you level up your cake game and prove that it really is what’s inside that counts.
Here’s a peek of one of the delicious recipes you’ll find in Layer Up!:
Key Lime Pie
Makes 1 (8-inch) round pie
- 1 1⁄2 cups caramel biscuit crumbs
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1⁄3 cup (2⁄3 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 can (300 ml) sweetened condensed milk
- 1⁄3 cup fresh lime juice (3-4 limes)
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons lime zest (from about 4 limes)
- 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
- 3⁄4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1⁄4 cup icing sugar
- Preheat your oven to 350 ° F.
- Make the crust: Mix the crumbs and sugar together in a small bowl. Add the melted butter and combine until all the crumbs are coated.
- Set aside 1⁄4 cup of the cookie crumb mixture (you’ll use this to decorate your Key Lime Pie Cake – more on that later).
- Press the remaining mixture along the sides and bottom of the fluted pie pan. Make sure the sides are even. Use a small cake pan or a drinking glass with a flat base to press the mixture down and compress.
- Place the tart pan onto the baking tray and bake the crumb crust for 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
- Make the filling: In the meantime, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, egg yolks, and lime zest in a medium bowl. Once the crust is cool, pour the filling into the crust and smooth the surface with a small offset spatula.
- Return the tart to the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely at room temperature. Then transfer the tart to the fridge to chill overnight.
- Make the whipped cream: Place the whipping cream in the bowl of a stand mixer and transfer to the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place 1 1⁄2 tablespoons of water into the microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin on top and let sit for 5 minutes. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 10 seconds or until dissolved.
- Remove the stand mixer bowl from the fridge and add the icing sugar. Place the bowl onto the stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whip on high speed until soft peaks form.
- Turn the mixer to low speed and slowly add the liquid gelatin. Turn the mixer back up to high and whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
- Fill a piping bag fitted with an # 863 tip with the stabilized whipped cream and pipe little puffs along the edge of the key lime pie in various sizes, to create a border.
Now if you really want to make things interesting, grab a copy of Layer Up! to see how Gampp turns this pie recipe into a stacked cake.
These thoughtfully developed and rigorously tested recipes are created by Yo herself and is the book she always wanted to share with her fans. Her first book How To Cake It was released in 2017 with HarperCollins and focused on novelty fondant cakes – which is what Gampp built her platform on, but as she and her fans have evolved (don’t worry, she’s still making fondant covered magic) she wanted to produce something different and special.
With the launch of Layer Up! also came the birth of a new publishing division and imprint called HTCI Books. HTCI Books is a creator first publisher that gives creators and artists more creative control over the books they want to publish. Its aim is to get books out to market faster while keeping the business terms in favor of the artists and those creating the books versus the big publishing houses.
Find Layer Up! at your local bookstore and online at multiple retailers.