Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cake… Three Ways!

Mini Cakes

I love cake! And, by now you guys should know I love things little, too. So, I made some mini cakes using my new favorite moist yellow cake recipe. Actually I made 9″ cakes and used a round cutter to make them mini. Two layers will get you six 3 7/16″ cake circles and two smaller circles. Here’s how one of the layers looks all cut up.

cake cutouts

cake cutouts

And here they are stacked. They’re so cute… even without any frosting. (Don’t worry the scraps made it safely to my tummy.)

Little Cake

But, who would serve a naked cake. So here it is fully clothed in luscious white buttercream frosting. Hold me back!

Three Mini Cakes

I started out making the fondant covered cake that’s on the pedestal (inspired by a pillow fabric from an old Pottery Barn catalog. Yep… I love their stuff.) Then, I made the second one using decorator icing bags and tips. Then I got tired and just slapped some buttercream all over the last one. And, I have to admit, I think it’s my favorite. But, tell me what you think.

Mini Cakes

How do you like your cakes decorated?

Messy: casual and careless
Sassy: semi-casual, piped with pretty icing and flirty flowers
Classy: all dressed up with fondant cutouts and a smooth finish

Fiesta Head Chefs


FIESTA HEAD CHEFS GIVEAWAY

If you leave a comment below with your favorite cake style, you’ll be entered for a chance to win these cute little Fiesta Head Chefs ($50 value). I won them a while back and was going to keep them, but so many of you loved them that I decided to give them away. I know, I’m nice like that.

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment with your cake style (messy, sassy, or classy)
  • Leave a link to your blog profile or website that has an email contact.
  • The cutoff to enter is Saturday, December 6th at 12 midnight.
  • The winner* will be announced sometime Sunday.

And, you’ll want to check back Sunday
because Christmas Pops are coming!

* The winner will be chosen at random, using the Random.org integer generator.

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April said...

Me first?! Wow!

I am definitely Messy. I love that home made look, refrigerated.

Love your cakes!

December 4, 2008 03:27 AM
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Joy said...

I like them all for different occasions/reasons…I love the look of fondant but I’m not all that fond of the taste of it. I llllllooooove buttercream!

December 4, 2008 03:29 AM
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Aimee said...

I love sassy and classy but mine always end up looking messy…..tho not your kind of cute messy …..still yummy tho!

December 4, 2008 03:29 AM
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steele family said...

I think I am sassy! They are all beautiful though.

steele DOT kerri AT gmail DOT com

December 4, 2008 03:32 AM
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vaneblu said...

I have to say I LOVE the 3!!!!
I will probably do the Messy one because that is the only one I know how to do :p
But my FAVORITE one is the classy :D
http://bayoandvane.blogspot.com/

December 4, 2008 03:34 AM
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clwilker said...

I am a messy, but mainly because I don’t have the patience most of the time for anything else!

December 4, 2008 03:35 AM
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Devon said...

I like both the classy and messy!

devonkenny.blogspot.com/

December 4, 2008 03:35 AM
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April said...

My vote is for the Messy look. The other 2 are pretty but I would hate cutting into it. The messy one I would be perfectly fine with tearing into it!!

December 4, 2008 03:37 AM
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LaDonna F said...

I’m definitely a classy kinda gal but they’re all gorgeous!

December 4, 2008 03:37 AM
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sweetalmond said...

I’m a SASSY! love your piping!!

December 4, 2008 03:38 AM
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melissa irvin said...

I love all three, but if I have to choose I would select classy.

December 4, 2008 03:39 AM
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mary said...

The sassy one is beeyooteeful… but messy is usually how I roll! :-D

December 4, 2008 03:44 AM
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The Dennie Family said...

I love them all!-Messy would be my favorite since it is all I could do!

December 4, 2008 03:45 AM
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Tara said...

what a cute little project! i love all three off them but i think i would pick MESSY…i have a short attention span :) i wouldnt make it through decorating the other two :) love your blog!

December 4, 2008 03:50 AM
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Amy said...

You know, I would never have said classy, but your version of classy is so funky and fun. I have to go with classy :-). Thanks for sharing the goodies!!!

December 4, 2008 03:51 AM
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Missy said...

I like all three- just like everyone else! I think the messy looks the most delicious! I am actually not much of a baker but always admire your creativity!

Missy

December 4, 2008 03:52 AM
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The Branches said...

Your cakes are beautiful! I love your website too :) My favorite is the SASSY cake but it was hard to choose…

December 4, 2008 03:53 AM
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soulshinephoto said...

I’m all over the classy one!

December 4, 2008 03:53 AM
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Carol said...

I like all three as well….but Sassy is my way!

December 4, 2008 03:54 AM
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ltdmom said...

I love the looks of fondant, but love the taste of buttercream!

December 4, 2008 03:54 AM
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Rachel said...

oh my goodness they are all so cute but I think I like Sassy the best!

December 4, 2008 03:54 AM
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Ursula Page said...

I am messy…not by choice but because I am no good at decorating, LOL! I would love to be classy though :)

December 4, 2008 03:55 AM
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Tam said...

I am messy all the way! I’m not a fan of how fondant tastes but buttercream, YUM! Besides, as a mother of 3, they immediately destroy my creations. Messy is a whole lot quicker!

December 4, 2008 03:55 AM
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LaDue & Crew said...

Sassy, definitely sassy… But every once in awhile a nice smooth finish sure is purdy! You HAVE to try Fondarific- it is THE best fondant around! http://www.fondarific.com/ it tastes just like candy and it sometimes doesn’t even make it to my cakes! http://laduecrew.blogspot.com/

December 4, 2008 03:56 AM
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Kristina R. said...

While I love the artistry of the Classy and the Sassy, I always feel a bit bad eating something that took so long to create.

But I can easily see myself eating the Messy one. Plus, for my limited (i.e., nonexistent) frosting skills could recreate that version for family and friends.

December 4, 2008 03:56 AM
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Annie said...

Sassy is for me. It’s just the right fit.

December 4, 2008 03:57 AM
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Lori and Matt said...

Definetley Sassy! THose are amazing! great job!

December 4, 2008 03:57 AM
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Jen said...

I love the classy look but could never decorate that way.

December 4, 2008 03:57 AM
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Sabrina said...

I’d like to be classy, but I usually end up somewhere in between messy and sassy!

December 4, 2008 03:58 AM
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Kaitlyn said...

Looks Yummy! I love SASSY!!!

kaitlyna03@gmail.com

December 4, 2008 03:59 AM
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Foxy5 said...

If I could make my classy look like your classy I would be happy. I like my cakes…yummy. That makes up for any decorating disasters. :)

December 4, 2008 04:00 AM
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Ashley said...

I’m in love with the classy one! I love Pottery Barn and their designs as well
! If I were making them though…I have to say that I would make the messy one (although I’m sure I’d put too much effort into it and it wouldn’t look nearly as cute as yours)! You’re so very talented and have inspired me to bake a lot more!

December 4, 2008 04:01 AM
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A Baked Creation said...

Hmm, tough choice. I like to eat the messy style cake but I like making the classy style cakes!

December 4, 2008 04:01 AM
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Rachelle said...

I like the classy, the sassy is pretty and having never tasted fondant, it doesn’t sound appealing. But I know, I’d be lazy too and end up messy, lol.
Those are darling little cakes, did they make you hands hurt from decorating such a small cake?

December 4, 2008 04:01 AM
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Beth said...

I’m torn between Messy and Classy….But I think that Classy must win for me. I recently made my little girl’s first birthday cupcakes, and while messy would have been WAY easier, I went with the classy look and had to be a perfectionist!!

tbmroberts at yahoo dot com

December 4, 2008 04:01 AM
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sdbaking said...

i love the fondant cake! so pretty!!

December 4, 2008 04:02 AM
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Amy said...

Sassy!

December 4, 2008 04:02 AM
38
SuperK74 said...

Definitely Sassy! Usually by the time I get to decorating, I am too worn out to go all out so piping pretty colors is usually good enough, especially because my brother usually gobbles the entire thing up in a day or two anyway!

December 4, 2008 04:03 AM
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Jenny Hilton said...

SASSY! But love them all
wish my cakes looked that cute

December 4, 2008 04:04 AM
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Alex and Jill said...

Definitely like mine messy! Who doesn’t like a cake smothered in buttercream frosting…yum!

Love the mini cakes…so cute!

December 4, 2008 04:04 AM
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Dana said...

What adorable projects!! I’m going to decorate my computer right now!

December 4, 2008 04:05 AM
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Jenn said...

I would say it is a toss up between the classy & the sassy, they are both beautiful!

December 4, 2008 04:05 AM
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Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

Classy

December 4, 2008 04:06 AM
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Becky said...

Well, I intend to do it Sassy, but it usually looks Messy. (I always admire the Classy and wish I could do it that way, but I’m not that patient for such perfection.)

December 4, 2008 04:06 AM
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gingela5 said...

I think I like the classy! But they’re all pretty and probably delicious!

December 4, 2008 04:06 AM
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Mel said...

I LOVE the classy, but if I have to make it, I might be better off going with the messy :)

December 4, 2008 04:07 AM
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Stacy said...

If I was decorating I would say Messy because I might be able to pull it off. But I love the Classy, it is my favorite.
stacyguthrie(AT)gmail(DOT)com

December 4, 2008 04:07 AM
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Jenn said...

so cute! i’m new to your blog, but am impressed. All are adorable, but i’m going to have to vote for classy. big pottery barn fan :)

December 4, 2008 04:07 AM
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Erika and family said...

I would like to say I like a classy cake. But my attempts at decorating always seem to look messy to me, but always edible!! I love cake too!!!

December 4, 2008 04:08 AM
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Amy said...

messy, cuz its easy peasy!

December 4, 2008 04:08 AM
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Janelle said...

Classy, Sassy, Messy.

December 4, 2008 04:08 AM
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Shaunte Wadley said...

I am going to go for “messy” cause I think the other two are too pretty to eat.

I love the color combo you chose, or Pottery Barn chose..whatever. It’s pretty.

December 4, 2008 04:09 AM
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M said...

I’d go with messy. The picture of it all cut up was what got me. YUM!

December 4, 2008 04:10 AM
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Mechelle J. said...

I love them all …why must you make me choose…your cruel, sigh but if I must I must. My eyes love classy most( my lips love messy more!!)
chellybelle77@yahoo.com

December 4, 2008 04:11 AM
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Melissa B said...

I’m definately messy, unless I’m making it for someone else and then I’m on the sassy side. After seeing these, I’m ready to get out my pans and make a few “messy” cakes.

December 4, 2008 04:11 AM
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danyelle said...

\I love the look of classy but am not much on the taste of fondant, so I would probably pick messy.

December 4, 2008 04:11 AM
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Hope said...

I like the Classy, it’s so pretty! And I love the color scheme of it too =)

stellestia3@yahoo.com

December 4, 2008 04:12 AM
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Melissa said...

I like the classy, but the Messy looks much more fun to eat!

Melissa P

December 4, 2008 04:13 AM
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Stephanie said...

I’m definitely a messy cake gal – it makes it that much easier to dig in without the guilt of destroying the design!

December 4, 2008 04:13 AM
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Ashley said...

definitely the classy one. and btw… SO RANDOM. the hubby and I saw those for the first time at BBB tonight!!! lol.

December 4, 2008 04:13 AM
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jo said...

All the cakes look so gorgeous but my vote would have to be Sassy! That’s because my dress style is semi-casual!

December 4, 2008 04:14 AM
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Rosemarie said...

I’d have to go with Messy style. I love the look of fancy cakes but you just can’t beat the taste of a “messy” regular cake.

I love your website and even made some of the Halloween cake pops. You’re very talented!!

- rosegros@comcast.net

December 4, 2008 04:14 AM
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Lily said...

I say sassy. I like the taste of buttercream and love, love how it’s decorated.

December 4, 2008 04:15 AM
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~Mama Skates~ said...

i’m definitely classy ;0)

December 4, 2008 04:15 AM
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ko said...

MESSY MESSY…I love messy cakes…like the pne you posted or like the coconut look….LOVE IT! :) MY FAV…YOU ROCK!!!! GREAT CAKES! GREAT GIVEAWAY!
kyley

December 4, 2008 04:15 AM
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Donna-ffw said...

Mine would be messy, though Id like to strive for at least classy.

December 4, 2008 04:15 AM
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Kendra said...

I’m going with classy because I’m so visual, and because you did a stunning job with that fondant, but if it’s about making me hungry and wanting to eat the cake, I’d have to go with your luscious messy one!

December 4, 2008 04:16 AM
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LadySnow said...

Wow…this would be a good birthday present for myself. :-) It depends on my mood as to whether or not I am messy, sassy, or classy. I would venture to say that I am more of a sassy sort of gal. :D

December 4, 2008 04:16 AM
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Benj and Melinda said...

I love them all, but I am really impressed with the look of the classy. I think i would like to eat the messy.

December 4, 2008 04:17 AM
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B said...

Messy. Any attempt at either sassy or classy turns into a disaster.

Beautiful, beautiful cakes! They’ve inspired me to attempt to make them as little Christmas gifts for friends!

December 4, 2008 04:18 AM
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DBN said...

I would have to say messy or sassy. I am not sure I have ever even had fondant… it looks so uneatable.

December 4, 2008 04:19 AM
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emily said...

I LOVE the classy one! They’re all amazing though. I wish I knew how to do stuff like that.

unothinkybrain(at)hotmail(dot)com

December 4, 2008 04:19 AM
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Stephanie said...

I start with classy and move to messy when things don’t go my way. I get impatient fast. Especially around cake. Mmm. Cake.

December 4, 2008 04:19 AM
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m?d?lina said...

messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

December 4, 2008 04:19 AM
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Anonymous said...

Cake, cake, and more cake. Basically, anyway I can eat it. I guess you could say, “I like my cake and eat it, too.” ;-)

December 4, 2008 04:19 AM
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m?d?lina said...

messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

December 4, 2008 04:19 AM
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m?d?lina said...

messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

December 4, 2008 04:19 AM
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m?d?lina said...

messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

December 4, 2008 04:19 AM
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m?d?lina said...

messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

December 4, 2008 04:19 AM
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m?d?lina said...

messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

December 4, 2008 04:19 AM
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m?d?lina said...

messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

December 4, 2008 04:19 AM
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m?d?lina said...

messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

December 4, 2008 04:19 AM
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Caitlin said...

i would definitely have to say messy…. then I don’t feel bad about destroying it when I eat it!

caitder@aol.com

December 4, 2008 04:20 AM
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Kim said...

I love the classy! I can’t believe how much detail you put into such little cakes. Amazing, as always!

http://www.lovintheoven.com

-kim

December 4, 2008 04:20 AM
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Rosemarie said...

Sassy baby! Buttercream rocks, as does vanilla. It may be Plain Jane – or perhaps it is Insane Jane!

Thanks for the giveaway!

December 4, 2008 04:20 AM
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Meaghan said...

I’m most definitely Messy!!

I’m a recent convert to the Bakerella blog and I must say, I love it here!

Thanks for the chance to win something!

- meaghan (oh.meaghan@gmail.com)
http://queeringdomesticity.blogspot.com

December 4, 2008 04:21 AM
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Angela said...

The classy cake is my favorite!

December 4, 2008 04:21 AM
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Rich and Brianne said...

The classy one is my fave. I love the cutouts and the color! But they all look delicious!

December 4, 2008 04:21 AM
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LEISHMAN'S said...

Definitely classy!!

December 4, 2008 04:21 AM
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Meghan said...

Messy! It’s all about the taste, right?!

December 4, 2008 04:22 AM
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Sandi said...

Classy, by far! But all are adorable and scrumptious looking. Here’s to hoping I win!

December 4, 2008 04:22 AM
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Annabanana said...

messy…the others are too pretty to eat

December 4, 2008 04:22 AM
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Ashley Sumners said...

I love the classy, although I doubt I could ever do it. It looks so amazing! They all look great though. Keep up the great work!

December 4, 2008 04:23 AM
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The Sugar Fairy said...

Classy all the way! They must have taken ages to make:)

December 4, 2008 04:23 AM
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Anonymous said...

Oops! Forgot to include my e-mail address. It’s angelahollick AT gmail DOT com.

December 4, 2008 04:23 AM
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Mrs. Unique said...

Definitely Messy, with a touch of classy.

December 4, 2008 04:23 AM
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Lindsey said...

Wow! They all look SO yummy. If I had to choose just one (so hard!) I’d say classy.

Thanks for the chance!

December 4, 2008 04:24 AM
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Jenny said...

Messy! It seems to be more enjoyable to eat if I am not thinking about how pretty it looked before I started!
jparker431@yahoo.com

December 4, 2008 04:25 AM
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kensjewl said...

MESSY!

December 4, 2008 04:25 AM
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David said...

Definitely messy…looks so yummy:)

http://www.thefirstcampbells.blogspot.com/

December 4, 2008 04:26 AM
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