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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Ashley said...

Kitties and sunshine make me happy!!!

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

being with my family makes me happy! :D

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

The smell of bread as it rises makes me happy :)

August 23, 2010 01:08 AM
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Julianne Abelmann said...

My kitty George Michael. He is always there to welcome me when i come home.

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

My stove top espresso maker, my kiddos and any baked goods make me happy. Oh and my hubby too!

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

My wonderfully goofy husband makes me happy. No matter how bad my day is, he is the only person that can still make me smile and laugh!

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

My 2yr old daughter getting so excited when she sees something new:)

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

What makes me happy is spending time with my best friend/boyfriend, just us. Which I got to do at the beach today and we have not done that in forever so it was fabulous. That makes me truly happy!

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

cupcakes always make me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:09 AM
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Jamie.D said...

Spending time with my family! I live 20 hours away from them, and when I get to see them, I’m definitely at my happiest!

August 23, 2010 01:09 AM
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Lori Baker said...

A sunny day does it for me :)

August 23, 2010 01:09 AM
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Angela said...

Beautiful cake! Rainbows and Unicorns make me happy :)

August 23, 2010 01:09 AM
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Jennifer said...

My family…I would so use this for my parent’s 35th wedding anniversary party! It is inspiring me to actually bake the cake myself!

August 23, 2010 01:09 AM
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Tracy said...

Bakerella you have outdone yourself!!! I have to know…what are you going to do with that huge yummy cake?? I think you should have a party or something!
My new sweet baby boy makes me happy!
:)

August 23, 2010 01:09 AM
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Elizabeth said...

baking with my family makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:09 AM
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Trisha said...

Homemade Rootbeer makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:09 AM
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heidi said...

Being with my family and friends….baking anything delicious! That makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 01:09 AM
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Kim Harbert said...

Baking yummy treats for my friends and family makes me happy! It makes them happy too because they get to eat them!

August 23, 2010 01:09 AM
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Natalia said...

Weekends with nothing special to do make me happy :)

August 23, 2010 01:09 AM
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Amanda said...

I love cake stands!! Especially blue!

August 23, 2010 01:09 AM
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Elizabeth Ramstad said...

birthday cake and ice cream makes me REALLY happy!!

August 23, 2010 01:09 AM
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Amy I. said...

Relaxing weekends with nothing to do make me very happy. I love, love, love this cakestand! My favorite one broke in a recent move, so I’ve been on the hunt for a new one and this is the loveliest I’ve seen so far.

August 23, 2010 01:10 AM
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Donna said...

Your Blog makes me VERY happy : ) and my sweet babies!!

August 23, 2010 01:10 AM
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Kim said...

Hearing my kids belly ache laugh makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:10 AM
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Jenn said...

Cupcakes make me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:10 AM
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Monica said...

Reading your blog and looking at your amazing photography makes me happy (: Or the fact the autumn is just around the corner!

August 23, 2010 01:10 AM
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Alicia said...

Giving makes me happy… but so does receiving so I hope i win =) LOL

August 23, 2010 01:10 AM
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Marion said...

Autumn makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:10 AM
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Maritel said...

My Hubby.

August 23, 2010 01:10 AM
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Jo said...

Having more rain so far this year than we have had in any of the last 13 or so years make me happy – even if it means frizzy hair!

August 23, 2010 01:10 AM
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melissa said...

Baking with my daughter Athena makes me happy :) i get to share something with her that hopefully she will enjoy doing with her kids in the (very FAR) future :)

August 23, 2010 01:10 AM
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Christine N said...

So many things make me happy! I love time in my studio to create. That’s when I’m the happiest!!!

xx

August 23, 2010 01:11 AM
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Erika said...

Secretly tasting while baking makes me very happy indeed..

August 23, 2010 01:11 AM
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Missy said...

my 3 girls =)

August 23, 2010 01:11 AM
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Diana Rodriguez said...

Life in general makes me happy. But I am the happiest when i am spending time with my family!!
Thanks for all you inspiration.

August 23, 2010 01:11 AM
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Julie Borg said...

The happiest word in the world is lunch. When I hear the word lunch, I get happy. I mean, who don’t like lunch?

August 23, 2010 01:11 AM
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jasmin said...

What makes me happy is the kitchen aide my boyfriend gave me for my birthday. I was living off of a small monthly stipend and foodstamps while surviving my master’s program for the last year. Although I grew up with baking, thanks to my former pastry chef mommy, this hobby can become fantastically pricey. I spent all of last year hand mixing for cake batters, cookies, whipped cream, cheesecakes, mouses, and icings. My boyfriend was nervous about presenting a household item to me as a gift (he has seen Father of the Bride), but to his relief I was in tears at the thought of having such a wonderful luxury! Alas, my kitchen aide makes me happy because it reminds me of how thoughtful my boyrfiend is, and how it has better enabled me to follow my true love of baking.

August 23, 2010 01:11 AM
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natasha said...

keeping up with this brilliant blog makes me happy!

(that and gelato.. gelato is my new obsession :) )

August 23, 2010 01:11 AM
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Linda Nguyen said...

so many things make me happy!
- looking at pictures of beautiful things (or adorable things)
- laughing with my 1 r old and 3 yr old babies
- retail therapy – but the items were on super discount, AND you happened to have giftcards!

August 23, 2010 01:11 AM
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Becky said...

That color blue makes me happy!

I love how honest you are – makes me feel better when I try to do these things at home.

Thanks!

August 23, 2010 01:11 AM
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Andrea Worley said...

My baby girl!

August 23, 2010 01:11 AM
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Fallon said...

Cute cake!!

A night of reality TV shows and ice cream makes me happy ;)

August 23, 2010 01:12 AM
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Alicia said...

Taking a ridiculously awesome photo makes me happy. Even happier when the client loves it as much as I do!

August 23, 2010 01:12 AM
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karyn said...

playing with my godchildren…

August 23, 2010 01:12 AM
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irene said...

Sharing s’mores cupcakes with my kids makes me happy! (and you’re website :) )

August 23, 2010 01:12 AM
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shiras said...

My family makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 01:13 AM
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Katie wright said...

My son makes me happy ! But the thought of winning this adorable cake stand also makes me happy !

August 23, 2010 01:13 AM
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Rosie Corona said...

My dog makes me very happy. He’s a pug, he’s sweet, funny, smart, and full of love for everyone he meets.

August 23, 2010 01:13 AM
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Val Low said...

Shopping! Online or in a mall….even better when I get an awesome deal!

August 23, 2010 01:13 AM
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Jessica said...

My family, my friends, baking and knitting, all in the same weekend, make me happy. :)

August 23, 2010 01:13 AM
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lauren ibarra said...

my mom/dad/brother, my boyfriend, my cat, reality tv. :)

August 23, 2010 01:13 AM
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Christina said...

Summer makes me happy :) And swinging in backyard hammocks. And reading about your amazing creations that I wish I had the patience to recreate!

August 23, 2010 01:13 AM
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Sabrina said...

Spending time with my kids makes me happy… oh – and anything creative (baking, decorating cakes, scrapping, needlepoint – you name it!)

August 23, 2010 01:13 AM
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Teak said...

Whenever I’m down I love to watch Alice in Wonderland (disney) b/c Alice’s voice (Kathryn Beaumont) makes me feel happy like I’m a kid again. :)

August 23, 2010 01:13 AM
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Shara said...

Coffee and my kids make me happy! :)

August 23, 2010 01:13 AM
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Lindsay said...

I get happy when I see that my tomatoes are starting to actually grow!

August 23, 2010 01:13 AM
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Jamie said...

Snuggling with my hubby makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:14 AM
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Amy Middleton said...

My family makes me happy (1 hubby – 5 kiddos)

August 23, 2010 01:14 AM
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Reema Desai said...

When my fiance enjoys my cooking experiments.. it makes me happy! :o)

August 23, 2010 01:14 AM
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sherri legaspi said...

Sushi and a movie at home on Sunday makes me happy

August 23, 2010 01:14 AM
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Denise said...

My hubby doing all the dishes after I spent the entire day baking makes me very happy!!!

August 23, 2010 01:14 AM
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Jeannette said...

baking makes me happy :) and eating what i bake makes me even happier! :)

August 23, 2010 01:14 AM
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Jamie Keiffer said...

Making my kids homemade treats then sharing them with good friends!

August 23, 2010 01:14 AM
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liberiben said...

Fall days with apple cider and warn sunshine on my face.

August 23, 2010 01:14 AM
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Michelle said...

sitting on my porch…under an umbrella….watching the rain makes me so happy on the inside :)

August 23, 2010 01:14 AM
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MJ said...

Seeing my daughter laugh and play is what makes me HAPPY!

August 23, 2010 01:14 AM
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Kim Shakeri said...

The sound of my kids playing together makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 01:14 AM
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Natalie said...

Dishes make me very, very happy- searching for new dishes, buying new dishes, displaying dishes, using dishes. Happy.

August 23, 2010 01:15 AM
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deanna said...

morning sunshine + a cappuccino = happy

August 23, 2010 01:15 AM
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Mindy said...

my family and friends make me happy :)

August 23, 2010 01:15 AM
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Ashley Mason said...

Love the blue! It’s beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win! Also, loved the tips on stacked cakes. I’ll have to remember about the crumb layer. :)

August 23, 2010 01:15 AM
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Brittany said...

my doggie makes me happy :D

August 23, 2010 01:15 AM
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Sandee said...

my children make me happy… but so do cupcakes. :)

August 23, 2010 01:15 AM
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Kimberly Rickards said...

It makes me happy that my son loves the cakes I make him for his birthdays…train, plane, pirate ship, dragons and castles. That creativity comes form blogs like yours…thanks for the happinessL)

August 23, 2010 01:15 AM
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alisa said...

My husband and kids make me happy. And a good book.

August 23, 2010 01:15 AM
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emily f said...

YES i want one. But even more, I want to know how you made your cakes flat? I can’t stack cakes because when I bake them, the middle gets a huge bump and the sides are flat. So I stack them, they’re uneven, they tip, the fall. What’s your secret?

August 23, 2010 01:15 AM
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Liza said...

Mu hubby coming home so I can make him a banana cream pie or german chocolate cake!

August 23, 2010 01:15 AM
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Jessica said...

Baby feet make me happy! When they are covered in tiny white socks or when they are tucked into a fuzzy sleeper or when they are uncovered with chubby little toes sticking out.

August 23, 2010 01:15 AM
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Maryjane said...

Eating make me happy =)

August 23, 2010 01:15 AM
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Connie said...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the sounds of rain….with a little thunder thrown in if it isn’t right over head!

I like your cake – classy.. with a small surprise. :)

August 23, 2010 01:15 AM
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Stephanie said...

Learning new things makes me happy. I am currently crafting some hair bows… Eeek!

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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Erin Heflin said...

my adorable kids and sweet hubby

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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pam said...

Anything cake-y makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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liz said...

holding my sweet sleeping baby makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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Tehmina said...

A cloudless blue sky on a warm summer day makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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Sandra Simmons said...

I love everything about this. Especially your WRITING! Which I know is not the main point, it’s the cake. But what you wrote made my smile. A lot. So have a great day. :-)

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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Angela said...

What a beautiful cake and cake stand! You never let your fans down :)

What makes me happy most is working at a job I love – I teach Pre-K children and I would do that job for FREE if I could. We go back to school next week and I can’t wait to try out some of your recipes with them as part of my curriculum – we’re even going to attempt to make cake pops!! :)

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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Emily H. said...

Pretty, pretty cake stands make me happy! Seriously! That and fun cupcake stands. Okay, Sunday naps make me happy too. :) Love the cake and I adore the single pink heart. It’s perfect!

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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Jennifer said...

Very cute cake! Decorating cakes make me happy. I love to bake :)

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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Amy said...

Sleep makes me very happy! (I’m thinking that way because it’s getting late!)

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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Amanda said...

Super cute! Aside from that bright pink heart, a cool glass of lemonade on a hot day certainly makes me smile :)

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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Beth said...

Making other people happy by coming up with something that will please them..baking..making..praying!

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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Michelle Pedersen said...

Listening to my childrens’ laughter makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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Coralie said...

This looks great!

My family, cooking, baking, eating, and sleeping all make me happy ;) I’m not too hard to please! ;)

August 23, 2010 01:16 AM
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Shannon Johnson said...

My happiest times and memories are sitting in my mothers courtyard in the spring with all of her flowers in bloom and all the hummingbirds and butterflies that visit!

August 23, 2010 01:17 AM
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Ashley Mason said...

Love the blue. It’s beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win it! Also, thanks for the tips on stacked cakes. I;’ll have to remember about the crumb layer. :)

August 23, 2010 01:17 AM
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CK said...

Happy puppies make me happy :) Like, when you can tell that all they have is love and happiness in them and all they want to do it play <3

August 23, 2010 01:17 AM
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Sarah B. said...

Hosting teas makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 01:17 AM
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Marie said...

Blue cake stands make me happy – oh and having a cake and eating it too!

August 23, 2010 01:17 AM
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Kristi said...

Opaque glassware makes me SUPER happy! This is gorgeous!

August 23, 2010 01:17 AM
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