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Natasha Pickowicz

How I Protest With Pastries

In 2016, Natasha Pickowicz launched a charity bake sale as a platform for change and resistance. With her third-annual event this weekend, the pastry chef lays out her how-to’s so you can host your own.

Yes, You Can Make These Stunning Layer Cakes at Home

Pastry genius Natasha Pickowicz shares her best tips and tricks for baking, assembling, and decorating an impressive, multi-tiered cake.


Classic genoise (sponge cake) can be flavorless and dry. Not this one: It’s moist, eggy, and slightly sweet.

Vanilla Layer Cake With Mango Curd

A showstopping tequila-soaked vanilla cake with sweet mango curd filling.

Tiramisù Layer Cake With Mascarpone Mousse

A coffee-and-cream layer cake from pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz.

Black Forest Layer Cake With Cherry Preserves

Some chocolate cakes can be overwhelmingly intense, but this one manages to feel light and balanced, with no single component dominating the others.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

This silky, stable frosting smooths beautifully over cake and can take any number of flavorings, from vanilla to chocolate to espresso.