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.

YMurray said...


December 6, 2008 12:04 AM
cherchristensen said...

I LOVE the classy and sassy looks, but if I MAKE it, it would be the Messy look. I run out of patience :)

December 6, 2008 12:07 AM
oceans5 said...

I love Sassy. :)

December 6, 2008 12:16 AM
The Schroeder Family said...

They all look great! I like the sassy one the best.

December 6, 2008 12:22 AM
maggie said...

If I’m decorating, messy. If someone else is, classy.

I’ve yet to master a lot of things – cake decorating is among the list.

December 6, 2008 12:38 AM
AmandaMichelleSmith said...

Totally love the Classic one. You did such a great job!! ;]

December 6, 2008 12:53 AM
gamester said...

Sassy definitely! Found your blog today and love it!! Making something tomorrow…probably the oreo balls. Yum!

December 6, 2008 01:00 AM
The Hat Chick said...

Just found your site. It is fantastic. I am a baker wannabe. (Hate to cook, love to bake) Will be stopping back often.

December 6, 2008 01:01 AM
The Hat Chick said...

Forgot to say that we think we are classy, must mostly just messy.

December 6, 2008 01:02 AM
annie said...


December 6, 2008 01:06 AM
Melody said...

I am definitely a Sassy girl. I like a little character and I love buttercream (who doesn’t).

And I would love to have Head Chefs.

December 6, 2008 01:09 AM
Debra said...

Oh my word there are a million comments!:) Cause your site is adorable and your cakes look yummy! I am torn between classy and sassy. I think I’ll go with sassy … yep, sassy it is. You’ve inspired me! Thanks!

December 6, 2008 01:16 AM
Desert Survivor said...

If someone else is decorating I like sassy, but I’m only capable of messy!

December 6, 2008 01:20 AM
MommaRoxy said...

I absolutley love the Classy one. I too am a huge fan of Pottery Barn! I just love the look of a smooth finished cake. The sassy one is a bit too busy for my taste. Thankfully we are all different, keeps things interesting! Thanks for sharing, I may have to try these little cakes! Seems like theyd be fun to play around with! Thanks for sharing!

December 6, 2008 01:20 AM
JC said...

Love the look of classy the most, for certain! But for snarfing down, messy looks the best.

December 6, 2008 01:21 AM
~MeLiSsA~ said...


I love sassy too, but that fondant covered classy is my fav. I love me some Pottery Barn too, I never thought to use their designs for treats. What a clever chick you are!


December 6, 2008 01:23 AM
Tara Wallace said...

I love the classy, though I don’t think I would ever have enough time to create one myself and I do prefer the taste of the buttercream frosting!

December 6, 2008 01:32 AM
BERE said...

Love the classy!

December 6, 2008 01:51 AM
Gina said...


December 6, 2008 01:57 AM
Stephanie said...

Just found your blog and I absolutely adore it!
click my name for my blog link!

December 6, 2008 02:00 AM
Crystal Chick said...

i’m with you… messy all the way!

December 6, 2008 02:04 AM
Pamela said...

I love them all and definitely wouldn’t turn them away. The classy one is really pretty, but I’m a little bit messy and a whole lot SASSY!

December 6, 2008 02:20 AM
Tiffany said...

Classy all the way but I think it is also funky which is my style all the way! Yowsa!

December 6, 2008 02:25 AM
Sara said...

I love MESSY!

December 6, 2008 02:29 AM
Binta said...

I simply think all three are adorable. But If I am forced to choose I might would go with the classy cake first then messy.

December 6, 2008 02:30 AM
Lisa said...


December 6, 2008 02:32 AM
Building538 said...

I’m a sassy cake person!

December 6, 2008 02:34 AM
MB said...

I like the look of the classy with the fondant and all but like the taste of the messy icing more so I guess I’m messy. Love love love the moist cake recipe. I’ve fixed it SO many times since you’ve posted it! Can you do a chocolate version please? Just exchange cake mix and pudding into chocolate? Keep up the great work!

December 6, 2008 02:40 AM
Lotta Fröjd said...

I would say Sassy, you are so talented and that cake is pure art!

Love all of them though!

December 6, 2008 02:47 AM
Bonnie said...

I love those colors and decor on the classy cake! So pretty.

December 6, 2008 02:52 AM
Bonnie said...

Oops, my email is

December 6, 2008 02:53 AM
jennifer said...

Messy goodness for my face, please.

December 6, 2008 03:07 AM
D said...

i like them all but i think i like sassy :D

December 6, 2008 03:07 AM
Me said...

I love buttercream but love the look of Classy.

December 6, 2008 03:08 AM
Michelle said...

I’m a Messy girl! Love the simple, homemade look. They are all beautiful. Love visiting your blog!

December 6, 2008 03:15 AM
Rebecca B. said...

I love Messy. Look at how delicious that cake looks. Makes me want to cut a piece right now!

December 6, 2008 03:21 AM
Conni said...

I LOVE the ‘classy’ one…no wait the ‘sassy’ one…no, no, wait…the ‘messy’ one…wait no…no I can’t decide!!

December 6, 2008 03:29 AM
Atticelf said...

I think I’d have to go with classy, but you know I wouldn’t turn up my nose at ANY of those – beautiful!

No pressure, but my birthday is Dec. 7th…sure would like those little guys… ;)

December 6, 2008 03:30 AM
Ellen said...

Messy, for sure! It looked so much more appetizing than the others!

I won’t leave my email (for privacy reasons), sorry! I’ll be checking to see if I won, though!

December 6, 2008 03:45 AM
carol said...

I’m all about the classy

December 6, 2008 03:48 AM
Amy in Edmond said...

I like messy because it looks great and probably didn’t to much time. It inspires us that don’t like to put a lot of time into things but like it to look great.

December 6, 2008 04:01 AM
slepre said...

[ not sure if my first one showed up] i like classy so pretty and clean

December 6, 2008 04:04 AM
Anonymous said...

All of these people from Oregon making Cake pops. I love it.

December 6, 2008 04:16 AM
hthr said...

I appreciate the classy look, but if I’m gonna reeeeeally enjoy a piece of cake, it should be messy, just like out of my mom’s kitchen. That way I can have two. (Three when no one’s looking!)

December 6, 2008 04:22 AM
ditndetes said...

I’m so glad I found your blog! I was looking for a way to make a small yellow cake for my husbands birthday! This is perfect! I’ll do the messy one though!

December 6, 2008 04:23 AM
Brigg and Dianne said...

I am probably something of all three, depending on the day, or even the time of day. Those cakes are beautiful, and you are amazing, Bakerella!

diannemowens (at) gmail (dot) com

December 6, 2008 04:48 AM
Derick and Becky said...

I LOVE THE SASSY ONE! I think these are adorable! I am going to make some and EAT THEM ALL MYSELF! I think I may have to make one covered in sprinkles though!!

December 6, 2008 04:50 AM
Melissa said...

I usually do mine sassy! As much as I love the way fondant looks, my family doesn’t appreciate the taste as much and would rather have gobs of buttercream!!

December 6, 2008 04:52 AM
jennifer said...

Hate the taste of fondant (plastic-like). I LOVE chocolate ganache frosting drizzled all over the top so it runs down the sides and pools on the cake plate.

December 6, 2008 05:13 AM
bex. said...

I would have to say that I love the messy – care free and cake lovin’!

December 6, 2008 05:15 AM
merry jennifer said...

Sassy! If it weren’t for the awful fondant icing, I would choose classy, but I must choose anything that can incorporate buttercream.

December 6, 2008 05:17 AM
jordan and aja said...

Sassy!! I just found your blog from Pioneer Woman….I love it!!

December 6, 2008 05:31 AM
Melissa said...

I love the classy! I love fondant, and the colors are so pretty! Good work!!!

December 6, 2008 06:00 AM
Sandy said...

I loved the messy cake! Way cute! The others were nice too, though!

December 6, 2008 06:01 AM
Mary Lou Kemp said...

Messy is easier, sassy always tastes good with ice cream to cut the sweetness of all the icing and of course classy is beautiful but I personally don’t care for fondant. So I would pick messy since I am all for taking the easy way out.

December 6, 2008 06:21 AM
HILLARY said...

I like sassy messy! You do beautiful work. I love visiting your blog!

December 6, 2008 06:29 AM
G2ENE said...

Christmas Pops! Can’t wait to see those, but I digress…My style would be MESSY — the frosting on the picture looks so good, that you just have to want to eat that cake. The others are nice, but I don’t want a cake that looks too good to eat!

December 6, 2008 06:37 AM
Susan said...

Im so in-love with your Mini Cakes. Specifically the Messy and Classy! Where are you located and How can I get these made! email-
Thank You for being so sweetly creative!

December 6, 2008 06:52 AM
Nicole said...

I love ‘em all…but I think my fave is the “Sassy” cake! Love your blog…visit often! ;)

December 6, 2008 07:11 AM
Bonnie said...

I love them all! I think to pick just one would be the messy :)

December 6, 2008 07:15 AM
Bec said...

I like Classy…if you’re making it. If I’m making it, I like Messy!

December 6, 2008 07:34 AM
crazy mommy of 4 said...

Most definately classy…I love anything decorated in fondant!
Misadventures in Baby Raising

December 6, 2008 07:52 AM
Trish said...

I am a “experimental” baker. I would love to be a Modern decorator, but im sorta clumsy.. :P

December 6, 2008 08:39 AM
Jenn's Baking Chamber said...

I like the messiest one because it looks the tastiest! I could probably eat it all in one sitting!

December 6, 2008 08:51 AM
Angie said...

I strive for classy but I get messy lol!

ravenwins @

December 6, 2008 09:40 AM
marenfay said...

I am a Messy. Mostly because I definitely lack the talent and creativity to make them anything more. And I have tried!

My Reality

December 6, 2008 10:51 AM
Dani said...

Sassy for me.

December 6, 2008 11:40 AM
nicole said...

I think they are all great!!! I love everything that you make, really makes me want to bake!!!

December 6, 2008 11:50 AM
Brandi said...

Due to a hectic schedule AND being pregnant, I would have to go with the Messy. Much easier, and since it doesn’t take as much time you can eat the cake faster!! ;)

December 6, 2008 01:02 PM
Becky said...

I like the classy, but if I ended up making it, it would likely be the messy one. Those cakes are gorgeous!

December 6, 2008 01:07 PM
Amanda said...

I’m a classy kind of girl, I guess. I love that one!

December 6, 2008 01:21 PM
Nicole said...

They all look great but my style is the CLASSY one!

December 6, 2008 01:49 PM
Heather said...

i’m loving the classy one. my first thought upon seeing it was “pottery barn!”, even before seeing your inspiration.

December 6, 2008 01:49 PM
Ursula said...

I’m a mix between messy and classy-I make my friends wedding cakes as their gifts, and so far I have yet to use fondant, but I try my best to class up plain old frosting (and decorate with fresh flowers or candied fruit). I made your Yellow cake recently-uh, YUM!

December 6, 2008 01:58 PM
Lori said...

I’d definitely have to go with messy simply because sassy and classy just wouldn’t happen in my kitchen! I wish I was capable, but I’ll just stick with messy! :)

December 6, 2008 02:04 PM
Kristi said...

I think Sassy is my favorite. However, if I tried to make one, it would definitely be Messy :).

December 6, 2008 02:20 PM
Heather said...

Messy all the way, baby!!

December 6, 2008 02:21 PM
Miss Julia said...

Messy, but LOVE the other two. You must make the cakes in Heaven!

December 6, 2008 02:27 PM
-r. said...

i love them all! BUT if i had to choose my favourite, id have to go with messy.. but only because i would also want to eat it, and the others are FAR to beautiful to stick a fork in. ;)

December 6, 2008 02:33 PM
EliseK said...

I have to go with classy! I love anything Pottery Barn! It’s a tough call though- the homemade look of messy is calling my name!

December 6, 2008 02:58 PM
Chan said...

Sassy all the way

December 6, 2008 03:15 PM
Hoping for a Miracle~~ said...

They are all beautiful! My favorite is Messy – its just a simple and beautiful as the others and I love butter cream! Can’t wait to make one of these little cakes! Thanks for the chance to win the Fiesta Head Chef, I love new kitchen gadgets!

December 6, 2008 03:16 PM
Cake for Breakfast said...

The Classy cake is so beautiful! Totally my style if I were buying a cake. Messy is more my style if I were making the cake!

December 6, 2008 03:27 PM
Robin said...

They are all so pretty, but I love the sassy cake.

December 6, 2008 03:30 PM
raindropx --` said...

Messy! i lovee all three designs! (:

December 6, 2008 03:59 PM
Marie @ Make and Takes said...

I’m a messy as I can’t frost at all! Thanks for the chance to win.

December 6, 2008 04:03 PM
Jennie said...

I am messy, but I would love to be classy, someday I will get up the nerve to try fondant!

December 6, 2008 04:04 PM
Superstarsteffie said...

Love all 3 cakes, and minis are my fav. I am surely a messy, but sassy also depending on who I am baking for. Your website is so inspiring and keeps me coming back for more!

December 6, 2008 04:08 PM
Diane Conn said...

While I really like the look of the classy one, I’m a Messy girl at heart!

December 6, 2008 04:11 PM
Abby said...

I love to look at the classy, but would rather eat the messy!
I love your site! I wish I could be as talented at you.

December 6, 2008 04:12 PM
Renee' Morris-Dezember said...

I like all 3 :) depends on the mood and occasion as too what I will make, but my all time favorite is BUTTERCREAM!!! – can’t wait to see your Christmas Pops!!!

December 6, 2008 04:13 PM
Amy S. said...

Wow! You have a lot of followers! I completely see why! I love your stuff too. Well, I have a question but seeing how popular you are, you probably won’t have time to answer. But I’ll give it a try anyway.

For my baby’s 1st birthday I am making her smash cake using the great Williams Sonoma 7″ kids round cake pan.(can’t wait) It is a glittered snowflake theme. Should I do a Big Fondant snowflake on top with sugar crystals covering the cake? I’m just not a cake maker. But I really want to be. You inspire me greatly! I just don’t know what materials to use. These mini cakes you make here would be a cute idea too.

Any suggestions or Ideas?

December 6, 2008 04:14 PM
kyra said...

Classy!! love it!! =]

December 6, 2008 04:19 PM
Heather D. said...

I like sassy.

December 6, 2008 04:19 PM
Jen said...

I guess I would be mostly messy these days as a cake decorator. I would love to learn and have the tools to be sassy or classy, but right now with two little kids we are definitely messy.

December 6, 2008 04:23 PM
emmay said...

Must I choose??
Sassy probably is closest to my style of cake decorating (with some messy thrown in), since I usually decorate for my girls’ birthdays. But the classy is so pretty and I wish I could do that!!!!!

December 6, 2008 04:30 PM
PaulieY said...

I like all 3, but LOVE Messy & Sassy and can see myself using each of them for different occations!

December 6, 2008 04:34 PM
Kimberly Johnson said...

You are so talented! I am messy for sure and I love buttercream!

December 6, 2008 04:45 PM
Laurie said...


December 6, 2008 04:50 PM
Lezlye said...

I like messy, mostly because That’s all I know! Love your creations. Wish I could bake and NOt eat it!

December 6, 2008 04:54 PM
Comment Pages

Random Sweetness
Newsletter 2
Left Custom Ad
Google Left
Bakerella T-Shirts
Show off your inner Bakerella with a super-cute T!
FM Media Survey