Monday, August 23, 2010

Blue makes me happy

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I made a cake and put it on a plate. A pretty blue glass plate that I ordered the other day. It came in this weekend so I decided it must be put to use right away… or else forever be united with my other cake plates that have yet to see the light of day.

So I made a cake. Several of them. I thought it would be a good time to finally venture into the scary world of cake stacking.

Yikes.

But first… mad respect to all the cake decorators out there. I’ve only made small cakes before. This was a task. And I didn’t even do anything fancy.

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I made this recipe. TWICE.

The first time I baked three 8 inch cakes. And the second time, I baked three 6 inch cakes and 2 five inch cakes. Use two inch high cake pans and spread the batter evenly among the pans when you bake. You’ll have just enough batter for all 8 layers.

I wanted to try the recipe to see if how well it would work for stacking. It’s not very dense, so it wouldn’t be great for carving. But it bakes up nice and even so there is no need to level off the tops. Yay, one less step.

I baked the cakes at night and wrapped in plastic wrap so I could devote the next day to decorating.

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Unwrap a layer and place it on a cardboard cake circle cut to size. Frost the top. Layer on the next one and repeat.

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Then frost the sides. This is the called the crumb coat. You just want a thin layer of frosting. It’s okay if crumbs get in.

I placed the layers on top of the cake pan I baked them in as a stand and to make frosting the sides down to the bottom a little easier.

Once frosted as evenly as possible, you can place the cake in the freezer for a few minutes. The frosting will harden and when you remove the cakes from the freezer, you can use a knife dipped in a little warm water to help smooth out any uneven places.

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Repeat with the 6-inch cakes. Kinda crumby.

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And the 5-inch cakes.

Did I ever tell you that I’m a really, really messy baker? Like real.

When all the cakes are crumb-coated, you can apply a pretty layer of frosting without worrying about tearing the cake or getting cake crumbs on the outside.

Or you can cover them in fondant. Eeek. That’s what I did.

(I used the frosting recipe from this post and doubled it. Triple it if you want to frost it all in buttercream instead of covering in fondant.)

Unfortunately there is no photographic evidence of the covering.

Just imagine I rolled out fondant on a powdered sugar-dusted surface and then carefully placed the fondant over each tier. And then smoothed out the sides.

And imagine that it looked perfect. Because it did not.

Once each tier is covered in fondant you can get ready to stack away.

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To stack the cake, you’ll need wooden dowels or even straws to support each tier, so the cake doesn’t smoosh in on itself.

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Push the dowel in and mark the height of the cake on the dowel. Remove and use it as a guide to cut the other dowels. I used four for the bottom tier and the middle tier. Make sure the dowels are all placed within the diameter of the tier above it. So the dowels won’t show when you stack them all up.

Then just stack the cakes and decorate.

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I cut white fondant hearts to keep a clean, simple look.

Okay, not really. I did it to help hide the slightly uneven surface.

And also because I ran out of time to do anything else.

I think it looks pretty cute. Even if I don’t really know what I’m doing.

What I do know is I need another lesson in covering fondant cakes. And then one in making sugar flowers and of course piping and then carving. And then I’ll need some therapy.

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I like it with a single pink heart, too.

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But what I like most is the cake stand.

That’s why I bought two of them.

One for me and another for one of you.

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Want it?

Enter for a chance to win this happy blue 10-inch glass cake plate.

  • Leave a comment on this post and tell me something that makes you happy.
  • Deadline to enter is Monday, August 23 at 6:00 pm ET. SORRY, TIME’S UP! Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Monday evening on this post.

Good luck!

P.S. Here’s where I bought them.

I’m really glad I choose winners randomly or I’d be in a tough spot. Thanks for sharing all that makes you happy.

Now for the win, it’s comment #3612!

Congrats Angela from Memphis – I’m glad baking makes you happy. Now you have something new to put your treats on.

blue_winner

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Nikki said...

So cute! Looking at this makes me happy. :)

August 23, 2010 12:23 AM
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Kathleen Bennett said...

Snuggling with my kids makes me happy. That and my Fiestaware mugs.

August 23, 2010 12:25 AM
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zoraia said...

making everything from this website with my daughter makes me happy…ur so amazingly talented

August 23, 2010 12:27 AM
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Liz said...

Wow! What a cake! Sounds corny, but being with my kids (when they’ve napped) and friends makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:27 AM
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danielle said...

baking and sharing yummy treats makes me happy. stupid scary movies make me happy. and huge cups of iced tea with lemon make me ecstatic!

August 23, 2010 12:28 AM
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Stacey said...

Cozying up with the newspaper on Sundays after church makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:28 AM
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Lorinda said...

baking makes me really happy. I LOVE to try new things.

August 23, 2010 12:28 AM
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Jenn said...

My cute kids and wonderful husband

August 23, 2010 12:28 AM
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Michelle said...

I have so many things that make me happy these days. Feeling my baby bump around in my belly as his older brother tells him how much he loves him is my top pick though.

August 23, 2010 12:29 AM
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Rosanna said...

being able to stay home to watch my son….

August 23, 2010 12:29 AM
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BeeJay said...

Having a lazy Sunday where I just lay in bed alll day and don’t have to worry about doing anything makes me happy!! Back to the grind tomorrow =(

August 23, 2010 12:29 AM
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Amanda said...

Sharing my baking makes me happy–otherwise I’ll eat it all myself (which only makes me happy for a little while)!

August 23, 2010 12:30 AM
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amanda said...

making cupcakes makes me happy and watching wedding shows with my boyfriend he would kill me if he knew i said that lol i hope i win!

August 23, 2010 12:31 AM
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gugs said...

My nephews and nieces make me happy :)

August 23, 2010 12:31 AM
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Lindsay Keith said...

Bakerella you make me happy!!!!!! I have already preordered your book and am looking forward to it coming in the mail!!!! Thanks again!

Lindsay

August 23, 2010 12:31 AM
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Sheila said...

Though I recently started baking…I enjoy the look on the face of the gilrs I made barbie doll cakes for…basically I like that what I have baked is enjoyed :)

August 23, 2010 12:32 AM
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Stephanie Sisemore said...

What makes me happy is… when I take a look at my life and realize how lucky I am to have two adorable boys, a loving husband, food on the table, and a roof over my head. No bad day or mishap can take that away… That’s what makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:32 AM
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Smoochiefrog said...

Nail polish makes me happy. :)

August 23, 2010 12:32 AM
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rhonda said...

scrapbooking makes me happy

August 23, 2010 12:32 AM
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Julie said...

My kids going back to school tomorrow! :)

August 23, 2010 12:32 AM
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Cassandra Miller said...

My husband and daughter make me happy, my dogs and horses make me happy, and Sunday nights when there is a new Bakerella post make me happy!!!! Congratulations on a beautiful cake!

August 23, 2010 12:32 AM
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Candy said...

Making cupcakes for my boyfriend makes me happy!!! :)

August 23, 2010 12:33 AM
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Shannon said...

My kids and husband make me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:34 AM
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Mary Ann said...

My Ferret makes me happy, he’s so silly!

August 23, 2010 12:34 AM
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Cecilia said...

Seeing people enjoy what I’ve baked makes me happy! I love loving people with homemade goodies!

August 23, 2010 12:34 AM
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Jan Everidge said...

Finding a new recipe using chocolate and then making a mess in the kitchen trying out the recipe. And, finally, licking the bowl to make sure it will taste yummy when it comes out of the oven.

August 23, 2010 12:34 AM
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Elle said...

Spending the day with my husband and my 2 year old son makes me happy <3

August 23, 2010 12:34 AM
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gina said...

love… smiles

August 23, 2010 12:34 AM
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Tiffany said...

Skyping with my hubby… he’s deployed so its awesome when we get to!

August 23, 2010 12:34 AM
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Allison said...

Youre amazing photography skills make me happy! Such artistic shots make me want to make all these amazing desserts! Oh and planning my wedding makes me happy

August 23, 2010 12:34 AM
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Mia said...

Listening to my daughters giggle and laugh makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:35 AM
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Marquise said...

seeing my coworkers fight over the things I bake makes me happy :D

August 23, 2010 12:35 AM
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Perkies said...

reading your blog, making your suggestions and then eating all of them… that makes me pretty happy!

August 23, 2010 12:35 AM
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Heather D. said...

Sleeping in on Sunday morning with my puppy by my side makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:35 AM
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Sherri said...

Pop music! Never fails to put me in a great mood :) Also, cats haha. Love your site. Pure eye candy <3

August 23, 2010 12:35 AM
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Priya said...

Seeing my boyfriends face when I bring him little surprises out of the blue makes me the happiest.

August 23, 2010 12:35 AM
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Kari said...

my friend Bennie makes me extremely happy :)

August 23, 2010 12:35 AM
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Robin said...

Oooo I want one. Beautiful cake.

August 23, 2010 12:35 AM
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Stephanie said...

My son makes me happy (when he’s behaving, haha!)

August 23, 2010 12:35 AM
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Kimber Kurachi said...

Being with my family & listening to my nieces & nephews play together makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:35 AM
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Caroline Steele said...

Cake makes me happy. Very happy indeed. :)

August 23, 2010 12:35 AM
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Crystal Ingle said...

Oreo truffles and anything Nutella makes me happy =)

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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Melissa HUNNICUTT said...

You did great!

Watching my boys eat cupcakes make me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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Sarah S. said...

seeing cute, yummy sweets on your site never fails to make me happy :)

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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Trina said...

cake decorating classes that start tomorrow make me happy! :)

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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Sandy said...

Reading blog posts like this make me happy. I love when a plan (even though spontaneous) comes together!
Thanks!

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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fidget said...

tonight, Key Lime Pie filling made me happy, very very happy

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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Jody said...

Back to school makes me OH so VERY happy!

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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Heather said...

My almost 3 year old son and 4 month old daughter! And looking at recipes for my almost 3 year old’s “happy birthday cake” (that’s what he calls it).

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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Melissa Weitzel said...

Baking makes me happy!!

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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Jenn said...

Relaxing with a cupcake & a glass of wine, while reviewing ur site after a long day at work makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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myki said...

Hanging out with my kids….especially fireside:)

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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Arthur said...

It makes me happy when my girlfriend is with me.

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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Angela said...

Cupcakes make me happy. :)

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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Heather L said...

My sister makes me happy right now.

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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Betsy @JavaCupcake said...

Being in the arms of my soldier…. that makes me happy. Oh…. and it’s gonna be VERY SOON when that gets to happen! He’s almost HOME!!!

August 23, 2010 12:36 AM
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Kerri said...

You did a great job! And hey, I am a messy baker too, but so what? We can still get the job done. :P

As for what makes me happy, well my 5 year old son… and baking. Even better, baking WITH my son. :)

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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Denise said...

What makes me happy? Laughter… having a great day…. friends…. relaxing…

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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Melissa W said...

Suzy’s Zoo, baking, teaching, and my children make me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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Nicole M said...

Spending time cuddled on the couch with my fiance and our kitty cat makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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Kat said...

Watching my little boy sleep & baking beautiful cakes makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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Blanche said...

Beautiful cake and cake plate!!

Hearing my kids laugh makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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Lindsey said...

Chocolate makes me happy! :D

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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Andrea Wright said...

I love blue…..I’ve decided to put a little pop of blue in every room of my house!
Starting in the Kitchen would be perfect!
I could even use it in my displays for my Stella and Dot trunk shows.

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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Aimee said...

78 and raining – makes me happy :)

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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Kymberli said...

reading ur blog posts makes me happy! :)

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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Coco said...

This cake stand makes me happy. All my cake stands make me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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aimee powell said...

my husband and 5 children make me happy

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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Sandy a la Mode said...

oh my goodness, can i just say that this cake is perfection esp. w/ the single pin k heart! this would be totally cute as a wedding cake! :)

what makes me happy? seeing my nephew grow up makes me soo happy (he lives in california and i live in missouri so i don’t get to see him often)!

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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Steph C said...

my boyfriend tim. :)

August 23, 2010 12:37 AM
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Kelly said...

This site makes me happy… and the thought of making red velvet cake balls next weekend!!!

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Vanessa said...

laughing with my friends make me happy, mixing the perfect shade of barbie pink frosting makes me happy, kid’s art work makes me happy and singing, singing makes me really happy.

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Cherie' said...

Making cake pops makes me happy!! They taste great and everyone LOVES them! :)

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Holly said...

My family and job make me happy! :-) and cake…..cake makes me a bit more than happy….;-)

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Megan Carter said...

Hugs make me happy! :) Also making cakes for and with my friends and family! :) Love this site!

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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geri said...

eating cake makes me happy!!

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Melissa said...

A hug from my daughter and when my hubby washes the dishes.

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Denise Aziz said...

Baking and frosting and EATING cakes makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Lindsay said...

Sunflowers

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Briana said...

Actually cake stands make me happy as well, I make them all the time, and can’t help buy them at every opportunity.

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Kyla said...

I think it came out really cute! If you lay sara wrap on your fondant prior to cutting out your hearts (press the cutter down into the plastic) you’ll get puffy hearts with rounded edges.

Right now we’re remodeling our dining room. We just put in new wood floors and painted the walls. The room is looking like a model home and it makes me super happy!

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Britanee said...

bicycling with my hubby makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Mara Marian said...

Waking up with my two dogs little smelly feet in my face pushing and letting me know it’s time to take them to potty makes me happy :) Best way to start my day!

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Jennifer B said...

The thing that makes me the most happy? Unexpected kisses from my little boys… and the flowers they found for me this evening to put in my hair. I love being a mom!

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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The Chocolate Lady said...

I’m happy for my children….2 of them have endured life threatening diseases, watching them grow up brings me joy ( and gray hairs!)

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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caroline said...

making cakes makes me happy, though not as happy as eating them, and the new bakerella cake pop book coming makes me SUPER HAPPY…yummmmmmmmmmm! but mpstly im happy we just got a new car and are moving all at once to a new exciting life

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Jackie Fletcher said...

First of all-I think this is absolutely stunning! So simple, so clean lined, so elegant! I so wish I could have had this as my wedding cake!!!

What makes me happy is getting to be a stay-at-home-mom. Its tough financially, but we seem to get by on life’s necessities. But my daughter feels my heart with such joy, love, and life that I never knew possible! I am happier than I have ever been and it is all thanks to God blessing me with such a wonderful hubby and amazing little girl!
~Im also happy crafting~

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Kelley said...

Hearing my girls’ laughter as they play together and act silly… makes me happy

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Kathleen Morris said...

Wow.Amazing!
Thanks so much for explaining how to do a layer cake. I am both scared and excited to try it out- and have been wanting to for a while.

Sharing baked goods makes me happy. To have other people enjoy your food makes the effort worthwhile and makes up for things not looking perfect!

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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BlissfulBabe said...

I want it!
Blue also makes me happy. But what makes me the happiest is accomplishing something that I didn’t think I could do/stick with.

Reminds me that I CAN do it. I AM something. I AM going places. :)

Have a great week everyone!
*Be Blissful Always*
xoxo

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Annette said...

My family makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Shannon S. said...

Sewing makes me happy

August 23, 2010 12:38 AM
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Kristen said...

I like the lone pink heart ?

It looks like a little smile :)

Cake makes me smile…

Old-fashioned-looking cake stands also make me smile :)

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Vanessa said...

When my boyfriend says “wanna split a cupcake” I can’t help but smile. He’s not really into sweets, but he knows I am =)

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Amanda said...

My baby girls :)

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Margo said...

Besides health and family…seeing such wonderful creations, like this absolutely adorable cake makes me really happy! And the cake stand…so cute I can hardly stand it! =)

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Marina said...

Making cakes and scrapbooking make me happy!
You did a great job on this one and remember there are
no mistakes, just places to add decorations!!!

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Anna said...

My grandchildren make me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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april said...

my kids laughing…..

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Ashley Christy said...

Snuggling up with a book and a cupcake makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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