4 Levels of Layer Cake: Amateur to Food Scientist | Epicurious

We challenged chefs of three different skill levels – amateur LA, home cook Daniel, and professional baker Bill Clark – to make us a festive layer cake. Once each level had finished, decorated and presented their final product, we asked food scientist Rose to explain their choices from an expert’s perspective. Which of these layer cakes do you want at your party?

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27 Replies to “4 Levels of Layer Cake: Amateur to Food Scientist | Epicurious”

  1. Ms LA was no beginner. She knew what she was doing and why, confidently put her head down, and turned out a coconut layer cake that had me drooling. What a great job she did! (And she has beautiful hair. I wish mine had that amount of character.)

  2. Daniel, Frank and Rose are my Favorite! <3 And this Level 1 Chef, LA, is more like a level 2 chef o_o

  3. No enforced vegan propaganda please. It's your choice, keep it for you, thanks.

  4. Say plant based one more dang time and imma feast on a whole shank of pork.

  5. Between this and putting vodka in his hot coco I honestly think Daniel is crazy. Funny cool crazy not lock in a cell crazy but crazy non the less

  6. I love a rustic looking cake but that level 3 s a HOT MESS!
    Should be a couple of inches thiner so it could rest heavenly and one could actually slice a bite with all layers????

  7. Ok, a couple dozen crepes is not a cake. There's no reason to add matcha except to seem original, at the cost of making this inedible, and yes it is inedible unless grass & dirt are your favorite flavors for cake. Don't slap me then try to tell me it was a caress.
    The terms "plant curious" & "plant forward" are just embarrassing.
    I'm very open-minded & love experiencing new things, but get a big grip, will ya? Everyone knows what vegetables are.

  8. So Daniel you made what we call here in Japan, a Mille Crepe. It’s a very popular thing here. (Also sorry if I misspelled Mille)

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  10. Whenever I watch 4 levels of cooking, I say :" I'll watch this episode because it's seems like something I can do"
    While I think : 'Level 1 probably store bought almost half the dish, LEVEL 2 is probably out my reach and Level 3 is almost certainly in my dreams.'

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