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


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 integer generator.

elizabeth said...

classy is my favorite! although, they are all great!
lizpitcavage at yahoo dot com

December 5, 2008 06:15 PM
Lannie & Sean (and the sheepies) said...


December 5, 2008 06:17 PM
Molly said...

I’m a classy kind of gal, but as long as it tastes great I don’t care what the cover.

December 5, 2008 06:19 PM
LKV said...


although I really wish I was classy, and can sometimes be sassy- messy is the real me underneath!

December 5, 2008 06:20 PM
Amber Leigh said...

Messy. It looks so easy and yet still beautiful.

December 5, 2008 06:27 PM
t3h_5quirr3l said...

Wow. They all look great.
I have to go with Sassy. It reminds me of a beautiful spanish flamenco outfit!

December 5, 2008 06:38 PM
1407 said...

I am a messy fan. But if it is for other people, I’ll go for Classy.

December 5, 2008 06:41 PM
wfc said...

I would rather eat the messy cake that doesn’t have the added frosting, decorations and it just looks yummier. Yummy equals beautifuller to me.

December 5, 2008 06:42 PM
Angela said...

I don’t think I have ever seen you have this many replies! Wow! Okay, I like all three of your cakes. I think that it would depend upon the occassion. If I were at home enjoying the idea of cake, the messy one would get my vote (maybe with some HUGE chocolate curls or coconut shavings…yum!), not that with my three boys it would last long enough to take a photo of.

The Sassy one, if I felt a little romantic. Not that I have time for that around my boys!

And the Classy when its a special occasion and I am trying to impress someone! Not that my boys would notice the details and hard work!

Oh, sorry… I seem to be on a roll today!

As I said… I love them all!

December 5, 2008 06:46 PM
lucinda! said...

im usually a messy cake kinda girl. but those other 2 are just so pretty that they strike my fancy too. cant wait to see the christmas pops!

December 5, 2008 06:47 PM
Alison said...

I like the classy, but if I make it, it’s gonna be messy!

December 5, 2008 06:49 PM
The Tyler's said...

Love #3!

December 5, 2008 06:56 PM
Laura said...

I hope I am not too late!!
I love Messy! Even though I think that messy also looks sassy. Ya know.
Messy is great b/c it is perfect in the imperfection.

That’s me messy imperfect perfect. ; )

December 5, 2008 06:58 PM
Beth said...

I’m definitely classy. It’s so elegant and sophisticated!!

December 5, 2008 07:02 PM
Annette said...

I like messy! It looks easier to dive into! Yum!!! What fun!

December 5, 2008 07:15 PM
Nicole said...

You continue to amaze! I love the fondant cake – reminds me of scrapbook paper and I love the taste of fondant – I know one of the few. The sassy one looks so nice though. I can’t choose…I would kick any of them out of my mouth though!!!

December 5, 2008 07:27 PM
BETH said...

love the classy

December 5, 2008 07:27 PM
Barbara said...

Messy, Messy, Messy!

December 5, 2008 07:34 PM
ellethecoconut said...

I am too much of a SASSY girl for all that fondant.

I am also a little MESSY.

too much of both to be a CLASSY. =]

December 5, 2008 07:38 PM
Heidi said...

I love the classy look!! =)

December 5, 2008 07:38 PM
Panya said...

I’m definitely a messy cake maker. I love the look of classy cakes, but I can’t be bothered with taking the time to make them like that.

December 5, 2008 07:39 PM
thndrkttn said...

I seriously cannot get over how talented you are. Wish I could have hired you to do my wedding cake or just for your sheer creative genius. I’ll take the messy please.

December 5, 2008 07:39 PM
Kimberly said...

I love the messy style the best.

December 5, 2008 07:45 PM
Kathy said...

I vote for messy. Yum, Yum I always like the easiest to do and it looks fabulous! Thank you for your blog. Kathy

December 5, 2008 07:47 PM
Chris Schlarbaum said...

My first choice would be classy. But all three look great.

December 5, 2008 07:47 PM
Carrie said...

If someone else is making it, then Classy. If I”m making it, then Sassy!

December 5, 2008 07:48 PM
Leslie said...

I find myself drawn to the Classy one. However, if I were the one that made this cake, then messy would be the way I would go. Mostly because I don’t have the patience for the other two.

And, fyi, your messy is waaaaay cuter than my version would be.

December 5, 2008 07:48 PM
SquirrelGurl said...

My style is DEFINITELY messy.

I would make a HUGE mess if I tried any of the other styles, though I truly wish I could say I could make the others.

Not that I can’t bake now anyway, my oven died :o(


December 5, 2008 07:50 PM
emily said...

messy…. even if I make them nice they dont stay that way.

December 5, 2008 07:50 PM
Kristin said...

they’re all gorgeous… but I really love the Messy!

December 5, 2008 07:50 PM
Emily said...

My wedding cake looked very much like the messy one, and my parents owned a bakery. Out of any possibility imaginable I chose MESSY!!! I decorated it myself.

December 5, 2008 07:55 PM
Calm In The Kitchen said...

OH my god there are so many comments! I LOVE them all, but I think the messy is my favorite.

Can’t wait to see the Christmas pops! I am trying my own in your honor this weekend too!

;) amy

December 5, 2008 07:59 PM

Messy all the way! I have never tasted fondant before but it looks like it would taste plain.

December 5, 2008 08:02 PM
chelle said...

I love the look of classy. I’d probably rather eat messy though.

December 5, 2008 08:14 PM
Mrs. Schmid said...

All the cakes look so delicious! I’m definitely a messy one, I’ll do whatever it takes to get the icing on quickly and get right to eating the cake!

December 5, 2008 08:19 PM
elpida said...

They are incredibly beautiful.
I think I like Classy most.
It’s to gorgious to eat.
Simply perfect……

December 5, 2008 08:20 PM
christyk said...

I like messy! It feels more homemade that way :-)

December 5, 2008 08:23 PM
Julie said...

The Sassy one is my fav., with the Messy one a close second!

December 5, 2008 08:24 PM
kathy said...

definitely messy… i love the lush decadent piles of frosting swirled around it!

yum… i can just taste it now. i’m off to bake now!!!

December 5, 2008 08:25 PM
ashley said...

I like the classy one a lot, but the messy one is more how my creations usually turn out.

December 5, 2008 08:28 PM
Briana said...

Messy messy messy!! So cute!

December 5, 2008 08:30 PM
Dami said...

i’m messy, i would love a neat, classy cake but i’m just not good at it. haha.

i love the pictures you post here!

December 5, 2008 08:34 PM
cessc said...

My cake style to eat is messy and my ckae style to look at is classy. Classy cakes are just too pretty to eat!!!!

December 5, 2008 08:34 PM
cessc said...

My cake style to eat is messy and my ckae style to look at is classy. Classy cakes are just too pretty to eat!!!!

cecilycoleman at g mail dot com

December 5, 2008 08:36 PM
Julie said...

I love the classy cake. They all look yummy!

December 5, 2008 08:40 PM
Mandy said...

My favorite cake is the messy one. The other two are so pretty to look at but I would feel guilty cutting into them.

The Head Chefs are adorable! My boyfriend is a chef and he would get such a kick out of those!

December 5, 2008 08:46 PM
KayceRee said...

Holy cow! Maybe I could taste to make my decision? I like them all but I love how the classy one looks. So cool! Can you make my wedding cake? = )

December 5, 2008 08:46 PM
Annie said...

I’m a sassy kinda gal!

December 5, 2008 08:49 PM
Camille said...

Sassy if someone else makes it, messy if I make it. I love cake regardless of the decorating :)


crayfishgirl at gmail dot com

December 5, 2008 08:51 PM
Jess said...

I’m drawn to the messy. It just looks so appealing to me!

December 5, 2008 08:55 PM
Mamabug said...

Oh that classy is gorgeous. But to eat, let’s go with messy. One to look at, one to eat. Now where’s my fork?

December 5, 2008 09:09 PM
Hill said...

I would have to say Messy. Its how mine always turn out.

December 5, 2008 09:11 PM
Angi said...

I like Messy. That way you are not sad to cut into it.

December 5, 2008 09:12 PM
Laura said...

i LOVE the messy one. I tried it already, and it was amazing. I go for that one!

December 5, 2008 09:13 PM
Anonymous said...

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December 5, 2008 09:13 PM
Rachel said...

That Classy is sooooooo CLASSY!

December 5, 2008 09:14 PM
Leslie said...

I love the messy cake…then I don’t really have to worry about it ‘looking’ perfect.

December 5, 2008 09:16 PM
blueladybug said...

The love the look of the classy one, but I love the taste of buttercream! Just found your blog and love all your ideas.

December 5, 2008 09:17 PM
Emily said...

Messy! Because I get to eat it sooner .

December 5, 2008 09:21 PM
Kendra K. said...

Sassy is the only choice for me! I guess i am somewhere between messy and classy~ that fits! What a great site~ found you from a link on pioneer woman cooks, and if she says you are good, you’re GOOD!

December 5, 2008 09:23 PM
Tonya said...

Oh absolutely I love the classy and polished one.

December 5, 2008 09:32 PM
Java said...

I’m definitely messy. I love your blog.

December 5, 2008 09:46 PM
Lalycairn said...

Sassy! But in real life, I am messy. VERY messy. :)

Lalycairn (at)

December 5, 2008 09:51 PM
Talia Davis - PR Director said...

I think i am a “Sassaclass” … I love the piping but fondant makes it look so smooth and elegant but the fondant doesn’t taste as good as the buttercream…


I like cake… and frosting too.

December 5, 2008 09:54 PM
Roxanne said...

I am usually messy, but I really love the classy one!

December 5, 2008 09:54 PM
Richelle said...

I’m a fan of the classy.

December 5, 2008 09:56 PM
Sarah said...

I wish I were classy. But in all honesty, I am messy.

December 5, 2008 10:01 PM
anerdnamedjen said...

I dream of sassy and classy, but go more for messy or just naked. lol

December 5, 2008 10:08 PM
Kristi said...

I’m definitely a Sassy! It’s beautifully done.

December 5, 2008 10:16 PM
Tauni said...

Classy. Sassy. Not so interested in the messy (although your messy is so perfect in its mess).

December 5, 2008 10:17 PM
Monica said...


December 5, 2008 10:20 PM
Elizabeth said...


and no blog but my e-mail is

December 5, 2008 10:23 PM
Virginia said...

I love the look of the classy one, but for eating I would pick the sassy cake (I have a thing for frosting).

All around excellent work, and I love the idea for making small cakes. :)

December 5, 2008 10:29 PM
Megret said...

I like the Sassy one best!
musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

December 5, 2008 10:35 PM
The Neff's said...

I prefer my cake sassy, with lots of buttercream frosting.

December 5, 2008 10:39 PM
ck said...

i really like the sassy look the best, but all of them look super duper good! i’m so jealous! =0)

December 5, 2008 10:39 PM
Carrie said...

I absolutely love the looks of sassy and classy, but my cakes always tend to lean toward the messy. Boy, that buttercream looks to die for!! I wish I had the time and patience to decorate more…but with 4 kids (the youngest a toddler) I just can’t fit it in! I’m a new visitor to your site and I just love it! So much fun!!

December 5, 2008 10:48 PM
suzanne said...

i am messy for sure…lately doing everything one handed while holding a baby, so love reading your blog…cute stuff…can’t wait for kids birthday parties to introduce your cake pops…

December 5, 2008 10:49 PM
miriam said...

I am a messy type of cake girl if I’m going to eat it. If I want to impress someone, it’s classy.

love your stuff!

December 5, 2008 10:49 PM
Tara said...

I love the classy look for sure. But at times i am into sassy! The cakes look amazing.

December 5, 2008 10:50 PM
Gina said...

I would have to go with Sassy! I am trying to make cake pops for the first time tomorrow…so nervous and excited! :) Thanks for the chance!!!!

December 5, 2008 10:55 PM
Liz said...

Sassy :)

December 5, 2008 10:58 PM
Danielle said...

I would have to say Classy is my favorite. It’s so beautiful. I wish I had more creativity with cakes!

December 5, 2008 10:59 PM
Gabrielle said...

Messy! You are just going to dig in anyway :)

December 5, 2008 10:59 PM
Innkeeper said...

how beautiful!
is there anything you can’t create?!?

hard to pick just one….
tonight i’ll go with…..sassy!

December 5, 2008 11:01 PM
SueB.Ont.Canada said...

I love the sassy cake. These would make really nice desserts for a wedding reception..

December 5, 2008 11:03 PM
alia said...

wow! so cute i love tiny stuff too!! i looovvee that fondant one so neat and pretty…i am sure all are delish! i love fondant-i must learn more! i must say though that the one i think is most fun to eat is the messy one! love em!!!

December 5, 2008 11:06 PM
Holly said...

Sassy! Super cute!!!

December 5, 2008 11:14 PM
whitney allison said...

Sassy! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

December 5, 2008 11:18 PM
milliedillmount said...

Definitely classy! It look almost too pretty to eat :)

December 5, 2008 11:23 PM
Dorrie Black said...

Classy for me, but they all look great.

December 5, 2008 11:31 PM
Rebecca said...

Love the messy one. Just my style, not too fussy.

December 5, 2008 11:35 PM
Ali said...

I’m a messy/sassy combo kind of girl! I love the homemade, laid back style of cakes.

P.S. I love your blog! The care you put into your creations is totally evident! Keep up the amazing work!

December 5, 2008 11:36 PM
Tanis said...

I love the classy one

December 5, 2008 11:42 PM
Kelly C. said...

Dang girl! Look at all of those comments…it's got to be one the highest comment counts ever! While I like the look and feel of each of them, I must say the MESSY one is to me the most delectible & desirable!
Keep up the good work!

December 5, 2008 11:46 PM
Margo said...

I might prefer the Classy one by just a tiny bit, but due to the overwhelming deliciousness of buttercream frosting and the speediness of the method, Messy wins!

December 5, 2008 11:49 PM
Melissa said...

I made a “sassy” mini cake for my daughter’s first birthday 4 years ago. Considering that I have another newborn in the house, I’m going for convenience – so “messy” it is!

I love your ideas!!

December 5, 2008 11:54 PM
A Cupcake Life said...

Love all your cakes Angie, but especially like the “classy” one. Can’t wait to see your Xmas pops. You make the cutest stuff ever!


December 5, 2008 11:55 PM
Auntie Sami said...

Along with many others, I think the Classy one is the prettiest to look at. . . LOVE your color choices and pattern!! But the one I really want to eat is the messy one. It makes me want to lick frosting off my fingers! Or eat it with my sweetheart and ***MAYBE*** let him lick it off my fingers. (Hope that’s not oversharing!!)

December 6, 2008 12:01 AM
Jess said...

I am totally into the classy cake. I enjoy working with fondant and I like the look. I also like the messy look too!

December 6, 2008 12:03 AM
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