IF you are looking to begin making cakes, this is one of my favorite books, The Cake Bible. It has won The International Association of Culinary Professionals "Cook Book Of The Year"
Rose Levy Beranbaum includes recipes, equipment lists. But she also has included some very well written trouble shooting tips --- great for beginners. From a simple 8 inch cake , to 3 or 4 tiered wedding cakes, it is all covered. She combines her years of cake making 'trial and error' to produce a book that benefits both the novice & the baking pro.
I reference the book when ever I have a baking project. It is always somewhere handy!