There are lots of dessert superstars around like designer cupcakes, Pavlovas, cherries jubilee and baked Alaska, so the simple layer cake really doesn't get much respect these days. It should, though. Building a layer cake is an act of love, and an architectural feat that looks almost as good as it tastes. All those cake layers coated in frosting or filling stay moist for the duration, and the potential ingredient matchups are astronomical. For this holiday, grab a couple of heart shaped baking tins and go to work. A layer cake can look impressive on a pedestal base even without elaborate swirls in the topping or fussy frosting roses. The engineering says it all.