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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Elizabeth D said...

Winning a 10 inch Blue Cake plate make me happy! :D

August 23, 2010 12:51 AM
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Novell said...

Having my hubby back after a 5 day fishing trip makes me happy but not much fish makes me not happy!

August 23, 2010 12:51 AM
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Erin said...

fresh baked bread makes me happy. yum.

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Tia said...

My sweet girls make me happy :0) nothing fancy just perfect!

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Nicci said...

My little boy that will turn 6 in two weeks. He is the comedian in our family. The thing that makes me happy is his laugh. It’s one of those laughs that either makes you laugh with him or brings the biggest grin to your face.

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Karah said...

Making cakes makes me happy. And I need lessons in how to do fondant smoothly, too. Gorgeous cake and I NEED that stand!! :)

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Katie said...

Girls time with massages make me happy. :)

August 23, 2010 12:52 AM
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Grace said...

My family, friends & yummy cakes make me happy! I want that cake :)

August 23, 2010 12:52 AM
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ella said...

my husband and my lovely kids make me happy:)

August 23, 2010 12:52 AM
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Sanny T said...

Getting an excited smile from my 4 month old daughter when she wakes up in the morning makes me very very happy

August 23, 2010 12:52 AM
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nicki said...

LOve it!

the cake, the cake stand, the idea that you baked such a beautiful cake just so a cake stand would not stand around loney!!!

What makes me happy? a clean kitchen—a book store—the first day of school-the last day of school–!!!

Have a happy Monday!

August 23, 2010 12:52 AM
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Robin said...

Pokemon. and mommy. and teti. <3

August 23, 2010 12:52 AM
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susan said...

ok, this sounds stupid, but I realized today that math makes me happy. contented, wonderful happy when watching a calculus video with my son. call me sicko. (well, cute cupcakes make me happy too, does that redeem me?)

August 23, 2010 12:52 AM
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michelle g said...

Watching my babies sleep makes me absolutely content and happy.

August 23, 2010 12:52 AM
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Jillie-Bean said...

My sister! Cupcakes make her happy!

August 23, 2010 12:52 AM
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Peggy said...

The crumb coating is a key step. Without it you will not get a smooth fondant. Coming from experience.
Love Your Site!!!

August 23, 2010 12:52 AM
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Brooke T. said...

my snuggly cuddly baby boy.

August 23, 2010 12:52 AM
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Monick Sanchez said...

What makes me happy is when my firls wake up in the morning and the first thing they see is me in the morning and they have a huge smile on there face!!! Fills my heart !!!

August 23, 2010 12:52 AM
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ann said...

ahhhh the hubby the daughter the son makes me happy… seeing them happy always puts a smile on my face and in my heart.

thanks for always inspiring…

August 23, 2010 12:53 AM
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Rachael Pollington said...

Knowing that people appreciate the work I put into my baking and cake decorating makes me happy… and seeing the joy in their faces when I make something nice for them, makes me extra happy.

August 23, 2010 12:53 AM
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Michelle LeBlanc said...

Being creative makes me happy. So does sleeping.
:)

August 23, 2010 12:53 AM
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Ashley Bigay said...

I love this cake topper and your cake :)
My husband, family, and friends make me happy as well as meditating and BAKING!!!

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sara said...

What makes me happy… eating sweets of course. I believe in indulgence lol!

August 23, 2010 12:53 AM
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Jaci Perryman said...

spending my ridiculously small college budget on baking supplies! also pole vaulting and singing in the car :)

August 23, 2010 12:53 AM
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kenlyn said...

my family makes me happy & my Jesus!

August 23, 2010 12:53 AM
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Cait said...

My cat makes me happy! He’s so goofy and adorable, it’s impossible to be sad around him.

August 23, 2010 12:53 AM
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deni said...

chocolate cake with penuche icing makes me VERY happy!!!

August 23, 2010 12:53 AM
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Heidi K said...

I’m happy when my daughter giggles.

August 23, 2010 12:54 AM
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Teresa Reed said...

. . . watching my kids as they make new friends or spend time with great friends they already have. I love watching children who are mastering language communicate with each other.

August 23, 2010 12:54 AM
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kelly said...

Baking and decorating/throwing parties makes me happy! I love it and I love seeing all of your amazing creations!!!

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Brittney said...

Daisies make me happy.

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Stacy said...

having blue toenails makes me happy! Add a glittery layer and I’m ecstatic!

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Katie T said...

Video games and cupcakes definitely make my happy…. as does that light blue color of the cake stand. TOO CUTE.

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Lindsey said...

Spreading sunshine thru my website.

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Dana Steinberg said...

Sunshine makes me happy. And summertime. And lately, the idea of fall and eating things made with pumpkin and apples again (which is totally weird for me!)

August 23, 2010 12:54 AM
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Anna said...

My daughter makes me happy. And planning her first birthday party (which will include cake pops!) makes me happy. And thinking about having this cake stand for her first birthday cake makes me happy. :) And the color blue. That makes me happy as well.

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Charity said...

Your website makes me very happy and inspired!

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Heather said...

Cake stands make me happy! I just made 2 myself but a pretty blue one would be an awesome friend to the others. All the cupcakes bites don’t fit on 2 anyway.. :)

August 23, 2010 12:54 AM
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April C. said...

My husband. My dogs. Baking. Winning cute cake plates ;-)

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Christy said...

Making cakes and delivering them to children in need make me happy. Their smiles melt my heart:) Also, spending quiet time in the evening with my hubby makes my heart happy.

August 23, 2010 12:55 AM
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Lissa said...

listening to the rain while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and a yummy treat makes me happy.

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Maria J said...

baking anything makes me happy :)

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Lori said...

listening to my boys brag about the cake balls I’ve made makes me so happy!!! I love it that they love them as much as I do!

August 23, 2010 12:55 AM
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GiEun Kwon said...

ur blog makes me happy :D

August 23, 2010 12:55 AM
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kristy said...

that little pink heart makes me happy…

August 23, 2010 12:55 AM
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Katrina said...

Tacos make me happy. Like… REALLY happy. And so does chocolate. If I’m in a bad mood or sad I just get some dark chocolate and let it melt in my mouth. Oh… oh yes. That’s it. Just like that. It’s wonderful. :)

August 23, 2010 12:55 AM
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Julie said...

My husband who just so happens to be my best friend.

August 23, 2010 12:55 AM
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Annie Kaiser said...

Traveling home to see my family makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:55 AM
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Liz D. said...

Making stuff for way cheaper than I could have bought it makes me incredibly happy.

August 23, 2010 12:55 AM
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Kendra @ My Insanity said...

Besides your blue plate and cute cake?

My babies blue eyes when he smiles at me make me oh so happy!

August 23, 2010 12:56 AM
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Drisana said...

That cake! And my family, and my dog, and chocolate, and books, and sometimes shoes… I like a lot of things

August 23, 2010 12:56 AM
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Brielle Renz said...

mac products, and sugar cookies!

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parke said...

Autumn makes me happy

August 23, 2010 12:56 AM
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Tonya said...

Knowing that I’m moving to Washington State in 16 days with my son makes me happy!

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Julia said...

My new found love of sewing makes me happy. I made a purse today! :)

August 23, 2010 12:56 AM
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Maggie said...

baking…pretty cake stands…fresh fruit from the farmers market…red wine..my kiddos…my really handsome hubby.

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laura said...

sunshine

August 23, 2010 12:56 AM
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deborahb said...

Things that make me happy? My family, my dogs, licorice, red bull, the color red. I could go onl making cake pops makes me happy too!

August 23, 2010 12:56 AM
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Brielle Renz said...

seeing the sights of the world with people I love!

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Alison said...

Oh my word! I love everything about this!! And I want to make a cake just like this tomorrow and put it on that perfect plate!

What makes me happy?
Watching my kids play in the waves at the beach and knowing that they are experiencing pure and total joy.

August 23, 2010 12:56 AM
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Tara said...

My sons

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Hannah Tubbs said...

Cakes, and cupcakes, and cookies, and brownies, and basically all things sweet make me happy. :)

August 23, 2010 12:56 AM
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Brielle Renz said...

the color yellow.

August 23, 2010 12:56 AM
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Jennifer said...

Creating new baking creations and seeing people enjoy them makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:57 AM
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Stephanie C. said...

Your cake is super cute!!! I’ve always wanted to try fondant but it really scares me. especially getting it rolled out evenly… I kinda suck at using a rolling pin :-)

Picnics for some weird reason make me really happy.

August 23, 2010 12:57 AM
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Jackie said...

Watching my beautiful 3 year old daughter lick the beaters after helping bake a birthday cake for her Daddy makes me so happy my heart skips a beat!

August 23, 2010 12:57 AM
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Tracy said...

Flash mobs make me happy. The pure surprise and joy of the onlookers makes me grin ear to ear.

August 23, 2010 12:57 AM
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Jeni said...

Something that makes me happy? Waking up to hear a little voice from the crib across the house saying “I waked up!” Nothing makes me happier… except maybe sleeping a little while longer BEFORE hearing that little voice!

August 23, 2010 12:57 AM
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Brielle Renz said...

the sound of kids laughing!

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Barbara said...

Licking the spatula after making a delicious batter makes me very happy and takes me back to my childhood when my grandmothers let me do that very thing. It’s something I let my grandchildren do! I hope they remember it.

August 23, 2010 12:57 AM
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Breanne said...

My 13 month old baby girl makes me happy every day.

A couple cupcakes don’t hurt either.

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lorie V. said...

Open space and freshly cut grass makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:57 AM
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cara said...

Cakestands — and cake, of course! — make me happy. Mmmm…

August 23, 2010 12:57 AM
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Lisa said...

Fishs Eddy makes me happy! I love their stuff. Did you see the Alice in Wonderland dishes?

August 23, 2010 12:57 AM
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Monica said...

My family and chocolate chip cookie dough. :)

August 23, 2010 12:57 AM
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elaine said...

learning to bake new things makes me happy =)

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Micah said...

A friend pre-ordered the Cakepops book for me for my birthday, that is one great friend, and she and her gift make me happy!!

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Margaret said...

My dogs’ sweet faces when I come home never fail to make me happy.

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Krista said...

Little 2 year old giggles, indicating no good actually makes me happy!

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Mandi said...

When my twin boys take naps at the same time :)

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Annalisa said...

thinking about the baby growing inside me makes me happy, and decorating cake, and cake stands!!

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Rae Blu said...

Things that are blue make me happy!! :) Really!

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Chelsea said...

Watching my husband play with our daughters makes me happy! Especially when he’s playing “princess” with our 3 year old. :)

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Joanne said...

Cheese, Cats, my daughter, and making cupcakes make me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Amber said...

My son makes me happy! :)

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Brielle Renz said...

pink highlighters and leaves changing color in the fall.

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Wendy H said...

Creating something cute is what makes me happy. I definately adore the one pink heart on your cake. Thanks for all the things you share with your blog viewers :).

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Niki Medina said...

My brand new kindergartner, upon picking her up from school and hearing about her day…that makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Ashley said...

I just made my first loaf of homemade bread from scratch, and it came out well! And that makes me very happy :)

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Drea said...

My two beautiful daughters, son on the way and cute hubby make me the happiest person there is!

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Melissa D said...

I love this cake stand!!!
A lot of things make my heart happy, but what made me happy today was harvesting loads of green beans, tomatoes, onions and cantaloupe form my back garden :)

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Jen said...

*Love* the cake :)
Getting ready for fall makes me happy – thinking about sweaters and boots, spice cakes… and Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes!!

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Chelsea said...

My hubby makes me happy, especially since he lets me be as creative as I want when baking and always tells me they are great, even if they didn’t turn out like I wanted. Love makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Michelle Cho said...

LG Twins! They’re a baseball team in Korea and I love watching their games :)

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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MommaRa said...

OMG Pretty cake plates make me soo happy! My best friend and I have been on the hunt for fun ones lately. This one is just a doll!

August 23, 2010 12:58 AM
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Donna said...

Awww…the single pink heart on your cake made me very happy, indeed!

August 23, 2010 12:59 AM
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Jane in KC said...

My family and chocolate make me happy

August 23, 2010 12:59 AM
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kimberley said...

the lemon cookies i made tonight (and ate) made me very happy

August 23, 2010 12:59 AM
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Sandy T said...

The smell of something sweet baking makes me very happy :)

August 23, 2010 12:59 AM
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Susan said...

Sunshine, spring time, butterflies, and hanging out with my hubs & our dogs.

August 23, 2010 12:59 AM
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