Monday, August 23, 2010

Blue makes me happy


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Repeat with the 6-inch cakes. Kinda crumby.


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.


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.


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.


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.


I like it with a single pink heart, too.


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.


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.


kristine said...

baking cakes and cupcakes makes me ooober happy! it’s so relaxing for me and I love decorating them! your cake is ADORABLE! i love your ideas! you’re so creative even when you think what you’re doing is simple! thank you for your inspiration bakerella!

August 24, 2010 03:36 PM
Shana said...

I’m sorry I missed the contest-beautiful cake stand. Check out for some lovely porcelain stands. They have cupcake stands too!!

August 24, 2010 03:59 PM
Jessica Leigh said...

Learning to walk again makes me happy <3

August 24, 2010 04:08 PM
SweeteezCakes said...

Camping with my DH and my grandson!

August 24, 2010 04:54 PM
Stacey S. said...

a free hour to browse through a new magazine.

August 24, 2010 05:51 PM
Quyen said...

My family makes me happy!

August 24, 2010 06:15 PM
Valerie said...

My little girl makes me happy…oh and cake! :)

August 24, 2010 06:42 PM
Jill H. said...

snuggling with my kids, especially with them all messy from some fresh homemade baked treat!

August 24, 2010 07:09 PM
laura said...

I know the drawing is over.. but I still wanted to reply:) Was watching It’s always Sunny in Phil. last night & thought Kitten mittens make me oh so very happy. Thank you Charles.

August 24, 2010 07:45 PM
Natalie said...

Yummy desserts make me happy.

August 24, 2010 09:26 PM
Louise Rukin Czenczek said...

Being beside the ocean.

August 24, 2010 11:03 PM
Laina said...

My daughter’s new imaginary friend makes me happy. It’s so cute!

August 25, 2010 12:40 AM
Sues said...

I love how you go from messy to absolutely PERFECT! Your blog posts make me happy :) So does reading under a big blanket with a mug of tea or coffee :)

August 25, 2010 01:41 AM
Hayley Mae said...

Cake makes me happy!

August 25, 2010 06:24 AM
Miranda said...

My daughter’s birthday is in a couple of weeks and she gets two surprises: 1. monster themed cupcake pops and 2. finding out she is going to be a big sister! The thought of how ecstatic she’ll be that day makes me happy :)

August 25, 2010 07:36 AM
Beth said...

Too late for the contest, but I think the cake looks great!! Love the single pink heart..

August 25, 2010 08:37 AM
Amanda said...

The smell of spring and fall makes me happy….

August 25, 2010 09:00 AM
RuGibbs said...

Looking at ideas for procrastibaking on funky blogs and then sharing the end results with hungry friends x

August 25, 2010 11:43 AM
Hayley Cole said...

My daughter makes me happy.

August 25, 2010 12:11 PM
Sarah said...

My Family and hot wings make me happy.

August 25, 2010 01:44 PM
AGinTO said...


The cake is lovely!

Goddess Jewelry

August 25, 2010 01:58 PM
Michelle Whitlow said...

oh my goodness, that cake stand is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!!! What’s making me happy right now is my daughter’s dresser that was a drabby 70s color and now is a bright turquoise!! I love turning something old and dated into something fun. So that makes me happy these days :)

August 25, 2010 02:46 PM
Viktoria Lindén said...

The thought of that I some day in the future will move to New York makes me happy! :)

August 25, 2010 03:45 PM
Katie said...

Anything that smells or tastes like coconut makes me happy…it’s so beachy!

August 25, 2010 04:50 PM
Aly said...

Baking beautiful things make me happy. I love this cake stand :)

August 25, 2010 07:32 PM
melanie said...

So obviously this comment is not for the drawing, but I just had to let you know that…that one pink heart makes me so unbelievably, unexplainably happy…thank you for once again putting a smile on my face :-)

August 25, 2010 11:18 PM
Tash said...

Having the house to myself and making late night meals.

August 26, 2010 01:26 AM
canan said...

you are so great!!! i love your homepage and your recipes,

greatings from,


August 26, 2010 07:45 AM
Mrs. U said...

My family makes me happy! YAY!!


August 26, 2010 09:01 AM
Merideth said...

Ok, so I missed the contest – new baby and all, I’ve been a bit busy. Oh, that’s what makes me happy. My kids. 8 1/2 yr old son, 6 1/2 yr old son and 3 1/2 week old baby girl!!

But I just gotta say, you have some MAD decorating skillz!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this design and may just have to stea… I mean BORROW the idea.

August 26, 2010 11:43 AM
Maile said...

Reading makes me happy = )

August 26, 2010 05:06 PM
Tiera said...

I know this sounds strange, but my dog makes me happy, he just makes me smile!

Also super neat and lined up cookies and cakes and such.

August 26, 2010 05:11 PM
liza de los reyes said...

i sooooo love the single pink heart on the cake!! i’m actually thinking about having my wedding cake designed like it!! you won’t mind do you??????

August 26, 2010 06:39 PM
Margeaux said...

The double chocolate oatmeal cookies I have the oven right now are making me quite happy :)

August 26, 2010 06:41 PM
liza de los reyes said...

reading all your recipes here MAKES ME ECSTATIC!! i honestly dont know how to bake (i did try, but i guess its just not for me…not until now…im soo inlove with the cake pops!)
will be on your website 24/7 that’s for sure!

August 26, 2010 06:42 PM
liza de los reyes said...

and just to let you know too…im way over the other side of the planet..philippines! :)

August 26, 2010 06:43 PM
Granny B said...

Serving my grandson milk and home baked cookies and having him share some of his life with me makes me happy. He’s 17 and I know these times are precious.

August 26, 2010 08:29 PM
Jackie Vetter said...

Bakerella can you do a step by step recipe for carrot cupcakes

Love your blog

Please follow my blog

August 26, 2010 11:24 PM
wendy said...

my babies make me sooo happy!!!

August 26, 2010 11:26 PM
tammy magliaro said...

Sugar makes me very happy!

August 27, 2010 12:17 AM
Jill said...

That cake stand is adorable. I just got my new issue of Family Circle the other day. Finally got around to flipping through it. Congrats on your book and cake pops being mentioned! I was so excited for you. I make your cake balls for almost every occasion–they are such a hit! Thanks for the great recipes =]

August 27, 2010 04:19 AM
Shelby said...

well for a first time cake stacker you did an amazing job! Gorgeous!

August 27, 2010 10:06 AM
Brittni said...

I have added this cake to my wedding reception scrapbook! Awesome!

August 27, 2010 11:22 AM
zalaine said...

batter makes me swoon….cake, coffee cake, any sweet, gooey batter and I am over the moon…

August 27, 2010 12:49 PM
Joan Nielsen said...

Hearing my grandson tell a knock-knock joke makes me laugh (even if I heard them a thousand times before).

August 27, 2010 01:21 PM
Bonnie said...

The giveaway is done & I know you’ll never read this but… Bonnie Blue was my grandfather’s nickname for me. I’m glad I didn’t read this post in time to enter… I would have had to walk down memory lane for a LONG time before I could remember what made me happy. I might have to buy one just for that reason alone.

August 27, 2010 05:12 PM
Anonymous said...

Was super happy you shared with us your beautiful cake and acknowledged how hard it canbe sometimes you Inspire me(:

August 27, 2010 05:32 PM
Min said...

I love this stand!

August 27, 2010 11:31 PM
Hope said...

My kids playing sweetly together!

August 28, 2010 10:09 AM
adena said...

Ugh! How did i miss this? I am obsessed with cake stands. Been cake decorating for 14 yrs. My favorite way to stack is using straws you get at an asian market. they are wider and veey sturdy.

August 28, 2010 01:39 PM
Rian said...

Really starting to get into collection cake stands. They have so many uses…

August 28, 2010 02:01 PM
Sarcastic Bitch said...

That looks effing amazing! I dabbled in my first go with fondant for my son’s first birthday party. It was probably the most stressful thing I ever did. Did you just buy the premade fondant? That’s what I did. If you go to Michael Crafts, they sell Duff from Ace of Cakes stuff there, to include his fondant. Here’s a pic of my hot mess of a cake which eventually looked okay… but the fondant ripped and I had to patch. I wanted to smoke a whole carton of cigarettes by the end.

Anyway a tip on fondant, passed to me from a friend who is a pastry chef… roll with cornstartch as opposed to powedered sugar… and apparently the shows on TV tell you to spray it with water or vodka in the end but she says the fondant will crack, especially on bigger cakes… I did it and it happened haha.

August 28, 2010 03:53 PM
agneta said...



,,,, I just like & love your blog!

Agneta, Sweden

August 28, 2010 06:42 PM
Alfo said...

Making people happy through baking makes me happy!!!!!

August 28, 2010 10:50 PM
liz said...

The smell of chocolate wafting from my oven…and then the excitement when my family finds out it’s for them!

August 29, 2010 10:47 AM
Alicia said...

Bakerella! Your Cake Pops book was mentioned in the October issue of Family Circle Magazine. How cool!

August 29, 2010 05:14 PM
Rena said...

aww i always miss these contests

August 29, 2010 05:17 PM
Becky said...

Love it, especially the one pink heart.

August 30, 2010 01:16 AM
Piper W. said...

Cooking and baking for people I love makes me happy!

August 30, 2010 11:03 AM
Mary said...

Great designs make me happy and I love this cake! I know the contest is over but I wanted to say it anyway. The simple design with the awesome cake stand is just fantastic – less is more!

August 30, 2010 01:38 PM
Tara said...

Girl! You did a fantastic job! I just finished my first wedding cake and made every fondant blunder imaginable! I think the white hearts (and one pink heart) are absolutely charming! And *sniff* hate I was too late to register for the stand. L-O-V-E-L-Y!

August 30, 2010 02:31 PM
KJ said...

My new blue mixer makes me happy!

August 30, 2010 04:21 PM
AudreyInez said...

cheeky shenanigans make me happy. cheeky shenanigans combined with hilarious hi-jinks makes me ecstatic. :)

August 30, 2010 05:35 PM
April Woodward said...

Snuggling on the couch and looking at pictures of delicious food online with my daughter- who is 10- makes me extremely happy! We have an entire bookmarked folder called “Food Blogs” and we try to take time at least twice a week to do it together!!

August 30, 2010 06:26 PM
Katrina said...

I love the little hearts! Adorable!

August 30, 2010 10:14 PM
Serious Cakes said...

I would humbly like to offer my videos for caking tutorials:

Buttercream only but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what can be accomplished :D

By the way, I love your stuff!!! HUGE fan :D :D

August 30, 2010 11:29 PM
Emily said...

Love the cake!!

September 1, 2010 01:47 PM
Cora said...

I know this is over…but. I want to tell you that your post brought a smile to my face. I like your ‘real’ blogging…and what makes me happy: I’m sure it’ll make you happy too! Be well,

September 1, 2010 07:58 PM
Emily Cooper said...

The thing that makes me the most happy : that sensation of looking up at sunlight through trees. You know, the way the leaves dance through the light and it comes down in little streams. It’s so calming and beautiful!

September 6, 2010 11:14 AM
Terri Tompkins said...

I think you did a fabulous job on the cake. The single pink heart is a winner!

September 7, 2010 04:14 AM
Sol Plante from Cake it easy said...

I love this blue plate, where can I buy it?

September 11, 2010 01:01 AM
Express In Style said...

playing with my dogs and eating cakes makes me happy!

September 12, 2010 04:39 PM
jessie said...

I gotta say, you did a great job if this is your first stacked cake. Usually people start with two tiers but you went over the top. I love it. Simple and great job at covering what ever you call “uneven surfaces”. Kudos

September 21, 2010 04:40 PM
Irina said...

This is gorgeous :)

November 5, 2010 07:57 PM
Sarah said...

I don’t know why, for even a minute, you would doubt your amazing talent! For a first time layered fondant cake this looks so cute! And professional. I would buy it.

December 5, 2010 05:32 PM
April :) said...

Truly, your blog makes me happy! Baking is therapy for me and even better, reading about baking! I am going to try cake pops and fondant this year!!! Thank u! A ;)

March 29, 2011 09:26 PM
Layna said...

I adore the single pink heart! Hmmm what makes me happy…sparrows, they can’t walk (they have to hop everywhere.) What fun!!!!!

April 10, 2011 12:55 AM
Justine From the Emirates said...

Lying in bed with this cake and the latest edition of Horse and Hound magazine makes me happy

April 17, 2011 12:18 PM
Justine From the Emirates said...

LAYNA!!! WTF?! that shouldn’t make you happy… you should feel sympathy

April 17, 2011 12:20 PM
Sinthiya from alaska said...

Eating raisins and watching old episodes of Dharma and Greg makes me happy!! :) xx

April 17, 2011 12:20 PM
Jo-leen from Little Rock, Arkansas said...

Oh my lord… what makes me happy??

Well that would be the lord….
ohh and having a cosy night in with a hot slice of pie and the Passion of the christ… a truly artful film

April 17, 2011 12:24 PM
Little Smitty from Bombingham said...

* Birmingham.. oh my
anyways, strong hoses and police dogs make me happy! Call me crazy! Also this cake is as stunning as an angel’s face darling!

April 17, 2011 12:27 PM
Christy from Paris, Texas said...

Hey y’all…. tryin’ to think what makes me happiest in this whole world..

well i reckon that would have to be the delicious scent of a warm chocolate cream pie and staying home with ma kiddies :) that would be ma perfect day i reckon!

April 17, 2011 12:28 PM
MLK said...


April 17, 2011 12:31 PM
Fiona said...

ohmy, that is so cute!

April 29, 2011 04:05 PM
Natalie said...

What makes me happy is when I bake a cake and cut the tops off. My children love to eat my scraps, however the other day my son came in from outside with red velvet cake all over his face. I knew right away he had gotten it out of the trash! Ewe! So when I told him that was disgusting anD he can’t do that he looked at me and said “but mom I just LOVE your cake”. I appreciate he loves my cake so much but I’d rather he not eat it out of the trash. LOL

June 14, 2011 08:13 PM
abby w. said...

wat makes me happy is wen i think about how fantastic its going to be in heaven sitting next to the lord one day

July 16, 2011 08:27 PM
Debbie said...

How adorable. I just found your website and am so excited!

August 16, 2011 07:00 PM
Annie said...

I love baking and it makes me really happy!

August 17, 2011 02:37 AM
Hawley said...

oh no! the website is out of stock of the blue dish…perhaps I’ll strike it lucky at a garage sale;)

August 22, 2011 04:38 PM
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November 28, 2011 06:49 PM
Suzanne said...

Thanks for your amazing post. I just made this cake for an adoption party, and it was a huge hit!

December 9, 2011 02:05 AM
shalini said...

seeing the pretty stuff you make makes my heart all flutter up….because now I’m all pepped up to try it out..
many many hugs to you for making such pretty things!
and making all around you happy

December 18, 2011 11:27 PM
Sarina said...

Seeing the smiles when someone recieves one of my cakes.

January 17, 2012 02:57 PM
Mad hatter said...

Taking weeks to prepare a lovely surprise, then wait and reveal it at the right time just to see the look on the face of a loved one makes me happy.

August 22, 2012 01:21 PM
Ammara said...

Awesome so want one

August 22, 2012 04:58 PM
silvana said...

Baking makes me happy :-)

December 7, 2013 05:42 PM
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