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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Heather Page said...

Spending quality time with friends and family makes me happy.

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

Purple makes me happy!! And a GREAT pic of my kids!!

August 23, 2010 12:59 AM
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Amanda Click said...

I love this cake! I want it for my anniversary that’s in 16 days! Entertaining makes me happy! I love to have a houseful of people.

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

What makes me happy? Definitely Sunday Mad Men cocktail house with our friends!

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

that one little pink heart makes me happy

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

Cheese makes me happy. I would typically say my kids, but my daughter is 3 and I am pretty sure she is possessed right now and my 5 month old son has decided not to sleep anymore, so cheese it is!!

Especially in cheesecake form. Oh, and extra sharp cheddar on crackers. And cream cheese on a toasted garlic bagel. And cheesecake, again. I like blue a whole bunch, too. I would eat a blue cheesecake, for sure.

August 23, 2010 12:59 AM
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Nikki M said...

That cake looks amazing! Love the single pink heart! Right now, my daughter loving kindergarten and my leftover birthday cake (Pioneer Woman chocolate sheet cake) are making me happy. That is a gorgeous cake stand. Would look cute holding up a cake OR as a fun storage item in my craft room/home office. Thanks for a chance to win!

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

i’m always happy when i eat!

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

? She wore blue velvet ?
Love the blue cakestand ?

August 23, 2010 01:00 AM
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Dani Franklin said...

Giggles & Tickles,
Makes me HAPPY with Glee -
Especially when they’re between,
Marky Moo & Me!
Baking and Making,
And creating with Me,
Is what makes Mark & I
As HAPPY as can be!

<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

August 23, 2010 01:00 AM
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sara ham said...

looking at my engagement ring makes me beam! love him.

August 23, 2010 01:00 AM
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Angela Willis said...

Winning this blue cake stand would make me smile! : )

August 23, 2010 01:00 AM
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Melody said...

my boyfriend made me extremely happy today. =D

August 23, 2010 01:00 AM
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Breanna said...

Seeing friends I haven’t seen in a long time makes me happy and Tiffany’s :)

August 23, 2010 01:00 AM
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Stephanie Belleque said...

Making cute treats for my family and friends makes me happy. Which means, that your site makes me extremely happy!

August 23, 2010 01:00 AM
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Joy said...

This website makes me happy! Love the cake and the lone pink heart!

August 23, 2010 01:00 AM
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Cindy said...

My kids….especially my son’s face when I make his fave cupcakes. Cherry Chip – from a mix, believe it or not.

August 23, 2010 01:00 AM
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Kim said...

Seeing my family after it’s been awhile makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 01:00 AM
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Tracie said...

Getting up everyday and seeing what a great life I have never fails to make me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:00 AM
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Jean said...

looking at an all white cake except for one cute pink heart makes me happy

August 23, 2010 01:00 AM
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Susie said...

Making sweet treats, specifically cakes for my loved ones makes me happy! I have even been getting requests from close friends! Talk about confidence boost and self doubt all rolled into one! :)

August 23, 2010 01:00 AM
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Jae Lopez said...

Making sweet treats, baking sweet eats, then taking them to you’re loved peeps. Wrapping things pretty, crafting things witty & lots of laughing with my sweet 2 yr old kiddy. :)

August 23, 2010 01:01 AM
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Mary said...

The small things in life make me happy…someone holding my door open for me, hitting all of the lights on the way to work, a hot cup of coffee and a warm blanket, finding a really good book, fall leaves, the smell of autumn…this is what life is made of. :)

August 23, 2010 01:01 AM
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Kristina Underhill said...

What makes me happy? My family. Plain and simple. And not just my immediate family, my entire extended family too. Yes, I love my parents, in laws and all of my brother and sister in laws too!

August 23, 2010 01:01 AM
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Naomi said...

My two little girls make me happy :)

August 23, 2010 01:01 AM
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Linda said...

Making cupcakes for my hubby and family makes me reaaaaaaally happy!

August 23, 2010 01:01 AM
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kristen acosta said...

Baking with my kids and for my kids. It makes me happy to see them so excited to bake!

August 23, 2010 01:01 AM
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kat said...

one thing that makes me happy is hearing “i’m only a phone call away” from all of my family and friends

August 23, 2010 01:01 AM
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Jean said...

Baking with my kids, the wonderful smells that fill the kitchen, and eating it all when it’s all done =)

August 23, 2010 01:01 AM
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Shelly said...

Your website!!

August 23, 2010 01:01 AM
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Denise B said...

Sunny days make me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:01 AM
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Colleen said...

Reading my little guy’s favourite books to him makes me so happy :)

August 23, 2010 01:01 AM
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Tracey R said...

I have 2 beautiul boys….11 months and 6 years. What makes me happy is baking with the 6 year old and watching him crack the eggs and using the hand mixer so carefully…..I also love watching him trying so hard to resist sticking his fingers in the bowl of batter….waiting patiently for the beaters…they always need licking mom.

August 23, 2010 01:01 AM
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Lisa Glowacka said...

My 3 little angels and a good party! Oh and cupcakes. And cake pops :) Can’t forget my hubby =)

August 23, 2010 01:01 AM
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Crystal said...

Watching I Love Lucy makes me happy. :)

August 23, 2010 01:02 AM
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Leslie said...

My family makes me happy :) I am very blessed :)

August 23, 2010 01:02 AM
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Michelle Davis said...

This probably sounds silly but I have a little tape dispenser that is lime green and every time I use it, or even look at it, I smile. I told my husband that it is one of the silly little things in life that just makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 01:02 AM
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Chelsea Vukovich said...

Getting an email from bakerella makes me so happy! I know I sound crazy bt my heart skips a beat! haha I looove everything you bake!

August 23, 2010 01:02 AM
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Kristen said...

Anything on a cake pedestal makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 01:02 AM
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Blythe Forman said...

Come take a fondant class from me- that would make me happy :)

August 23, 2010 01:02 AM
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Kelly said...

My kiddos make me the happiest!

August 23, 2010 01:02 AM
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Angel said...

Making a new cake/dessert creation and my boys asking “Can I eat that?” Makes me Happy :)

August 23, 2010 01:02 AM
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Keshia said...

My little girl giving me kisses by her own choice! And bedtime, I love bedtime!

August 23, 2010 01:03 AM
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shannon said...

Pretty cakes like yours make me happy. Don’t kid yourself, you do know what you’re doing.

August 23, 2010 01:03 AM
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Tricia Sifferman said...

Love that cake and cake stand….My two boys make me happy!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them:)

August 23, 2010 01:03 AM
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Leah said...

Having my husband home (he works in a remote location 2 wks at a time…)

August 23, 2010 01:03 AM
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Heather Marshall said...

Lots of things make me happy- my wonderful husband & adorable kids but right now finishing my classroom management plans make me happy! :) And looking for cute thank you notes for my son’s birthday make me happy. My list can go on FOREVER! ;)

August 23, 2010 01:03 AM
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Bernice said...

Your creations make me happy. Oh, and my kid.

August 23, 2010 01:03 AM
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Andrea said...

My baby girl makes me happy! Her smile lights up my life ; )

August 23, 2010 01:03 AM
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Emma Wright said...

Cake makes me happy! Particularly coconut cake.

August 23, 2010 01:03 AM
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Karen Phinney said...

This cake is absolutely beautiful! I love the simplicity of the one pink heart. For some reason it reminds me of when I used to have ultrasounds done when I was pregnant with my son (who is now 3 years old). I remember the first thing I would recognize was the beating heart. I would just lie there listening to each beat. This summer I started a morning ritual where I go into his room when he wakes up and we just snuggle and talk. I love resting my head against his chest so I can hear his heart beat.

August 23, 2010 01:03 AM
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Jennifer Whitson said...

Being happy with what I have makes me happy! :)

August 23, 2010 01:03 AM
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Molly said...

Weekends!! I love the calm, chaotic, crzy mix a weekend holds and try to savor every moment away from the office and with my kids.

August 23, 2010 01:03 AM
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Linda H. said...

Being at home and watching my 2 babies grow up and learn new things makes me the happiest!

August 23, 2010 01:04 AM
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Brittany said...

Getting enough sleep makes me happy :)

August 23, 2010 01:04 AM
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Queta said...

Knitting and baking (not necessarily at the same time!) makes me very happy!

August 23, 2010 01:04 AM
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Chelsea Campbell said...

My new puppy makes me happy :)

August 23, 2010 01:04 AM
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Bre said...

I love visiting my Aunt in Wyoming…. the best part is the early morning when everyone gets up super early and we all meet in the kitchen for coffee while my Mom and Aunt put on their makeup at the table. :)

August 23, 2010 01:04 AM
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Tanya said...

My dreams make me happy. I dreaming about million of things. So, it turns out that I’m constantly happy. Now I dreaming about this sweet blue cake stand, for example :)
P.S. LOVE YOUR BLOG!

August 23, 2010 01:04 AM
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Emily E said...

Walking on a nature hike with a cool breeze and friends makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 01:04 AM
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Andi said...

Adorable! Love it <3
Diet Coke makes me VERY happy!

August 23, 2010 01:04 AM
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Phyllis said...

Wow I love the cake you did a excellent job~~ I love spending time with my 8 grandbabies ranging in age from 20 yrs to 5 yrears old~ They make this “old Grandmama happy”~~~~

August 23, 2010 01:04 AM
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Gail said...

having my daughter ask for my opinion makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:04 AM
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sarcar said...

The thought of winning this cake plate makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 01:04 AM
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Lorena Gonzalez said...

Chocolate makes me happy

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Noelle bolstad said...

Baby giggles make me happy! They turn any gray day blue :-)

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Laura said...

Cake decorating makes me happy. So does my husband :)

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Jaclyn said...

The look in my kids’ eyes when they know they have done something to be proud of makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Sarah said...

finding new recipes makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Shelby said...

Being in SC makes me happy. My family has a house down there that overlooks the water, sitting on the porch watching the sunset is when I’m at my happiest!

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Rosemarie said...

I have a 9-week-old, so sleep makes me happy right now. :)

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Holly said...

Baking and cooking for others when they have a baby, or when they get sick and don’t want to cook – makes me happy. I’ve realized that I’m losing weight a LOT slower than everyone else after MY own three kids because of this love – but it’s okay if I’m sharing all the happiness!”

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Niki said...

Aww the single pink heart is so cute. Pool parties and BBQ’s with my friends just hanging out makes me happy :D and baking pretty things for said occasions :D

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Shannon Mundelius said...

Learning new things, and blue things make me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Patsy said...

My kids… when everything else is wrong, they’re always my ray of sunshine :)
Awesome cake …I’ve been practicing to make cakes myself, and I’m slowly teaching myself the technique.

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Renee said...

Cooking for my family makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Lisa Porter said...

It would have to be my family!

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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michelle samson said...

Being with my family is what makes me the happiest, baking comes pretty close.

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Courtney said...

Can’t think of just one…fireworks, bubble gum, lip gloss, fires, the beach, cupcakes, friends, family, bike rides, gardens, aspen trees…

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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kimi said...

sweet summer corn on the cob makes me happy! Mmmm

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Amanda Henneman said...

What makes me happy?… that I have a recipe to try. I have ventured into cake decorating but haven’t found a recipe I like yet.

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Wendy N said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!! You can bake me a cake any day :o)

August 23, 2010 01:05 AM
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Heather S said...

oh my gosh! cake stands make me happy! and thus this post makes me ridiculously happy.

I’ve already got a collection going….it’s sick. And now that blue one is saying “me, me!!”

August 23, 2010 01:06 AM
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Jami Lynn said...

Capturing all of my kiddos many amazing faces in photographs makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 01:06 AM
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Lisa Riecke said...

Bakerella…you just keep doing such cute cute things in the kitchen!!
I am happy when I am with my kids – especially on the first day of summer break. (so I am a sad mama at back to school time!) And mine are even teenagers – crazy to be happy around three teens, but I am!

August 23, 2010 01:06 AM
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Tiffany said...

When my 17 year old daughter, Emily, bakes for me. I don’t even mind the mess she sometimes leaves.

August 23, 2010 01:06 AM
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onlybyfaith said...

baking makes me happy. baking gluten-free…my new adventure in life!

August 23, 2010 01:06 AM
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Hannah Noel said...

Summer nights make me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:06 AM
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Andrea said...

Spending the afternoon baking cupcakes with my nephew makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:06 AM
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Joni said...

something that makes me happy is when my children come to me to talk. i might not have the greatest advice, but together we can talk and it makes my role as a mother feel special and important. i believe that communication is very important between parents and their children.

August 23, 2010 01:06 AM
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Shelly P. said...

That cake stand makes me sooo happy! I just moved and lost my favorite cake stand to bad packing:( This would be a great replacement:)

August 23, 2010 01:07 AM
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Linda said...

Laughing babies!

August 23, 2010 01:07 AM
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Nancy in AZ said...

Blue makes me happy! I have blue dishes, glasses, vases and a pie plate. But no cake stand!

August 23, 2010 01:07 AM
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serena said...

Looking up party ideas on the internet and watching home movies with my hubby!

August 23, 2010 01:07 AM
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gloria said...

Watching the sunset on the beach makes me incredibly happy….

August 23, 2010 01:07 AM
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Libby said...

my precious little Noah makes me so very happy!

August 23, 2010 01:07 AM
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Cathryn said...

Sunshine makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:07 AM
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Cynthia said...

When my kids are getting along!!

August 23, 2010 01:08 AM
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Morgan said...

Finishing a long run! (key word there being “finishing!”). That really makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:08 AM
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Dianna said...

My two little girls make me happy!!

August 23, 2010 01:08 AM
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