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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SillyMeganlee said...

I love the Classy Cake. When I make them, though, they usually end up on the messy side. I haven’t yet ventured into fondant. =]

December 6, 2008 05:00 PM
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Cristina said...

I like the classy but I think messy is my favorite.

December 6, 2008 05:06 PM
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Stacey A. said...

Messy–It looks good, real, tasty, homemade! The others are beautiful, but look more for show. But they are all beautiful!

December 6, 2008 05:10 PM
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Rachel said...

I think I’m a messy girl!!

No matter what I make comes out messy anyway- I might as well do it intentionally!

December 6, 2008 05:10 PM
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Jami said...

Hmm, it’s a toss between Messy and Sassy.

I think Sassy I’d go with sassy. :-)

homemaker-in-training.blogspot.com

I love your creations Bakerella. Thanks for the moist cake recipe. Can’t wait to try it out!

December 6, 2008 05:18 PM
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Mel said...

Personally I’m the messy sort, with classy following behind. The sassy looks to frilled up for me, considering I’m just a good ol’ gal!

I do have to say that they are all beautiful and I love that you can make little round two-tiered cakes like that! I never would’ve thought of it!

December 6, 2008 05:32 PM
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Anonymous said...

It totally depends on the day! Sometimes I dig the messy and other times I feel the need to clean up my act and be classy :) But I love the thought of having cake everyday! It’s by far my favorite dessert.
Kristine

December 6, 2008 05:40 PM
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Shortcake! said...

Messy one is the best! Struck me as very seasonal!

December 6, 2008 05:40 PM
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Annie P said...

I’d have to go with Messy cause the fits my personality. I love your blog. Thanks for all the inspiration.

December 6, 2008 05:41 PM
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AMAC1978 said...

Messy is me!! They are all pretty though.

December 6, 2008 05:47 PM
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Lara and Jayson said...

I love them all!! If I had to choose one based on appearance it would be the classy one, but if I was going for the one I would want to eat, it would be buttercream all the way!!!

December 6, 2008 05:57 PM
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maichelle said...

love the way messy will taste but love the way classy looks!

December 6, 2008 06:04 PM
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Kristin said...

I love them all, but then again I’m all about cake love. ;) I think my favorite is the classy. (I love PB too!)

December 6, 2008 06:21 PM
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You may call me Kitten said...

Sassy, please!

December 6, 2008 06:32 PM
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fruitfulwords said...

LOve this idea for making mini cakes. I’ll be doing this with my nieces.

My fav style is the inspied fondant covered cake. I so want to do that!

But I must also confess to loving buttercream frosting!

December 6, 2008 06:40 PM
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CarolG said...

They all appeal to me but since I have to choose just one, Sassy.

December 6, 2008 06:44 PM
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Laura said...

Classy Classy! Yours looks so nice!

December 6, 2008 06:48 PM
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Kirsten said...

I love the classy. I am in awe of your fondant skills!

The messy is a close runner-up, though. Mostly because of the sheer volume of icing on it. Yum.

December 6, 2008 06:48 PM
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Wendy said...

I love “classy”, but probably would only be able to accomplish “messy” – and then I’d enjoy every last bite!

December 6, 2008 06:58 PM
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mysterri said...

Most definitely Messy!

December 6, 2008 07:07 PM
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karen said...

i like the messy look. classy second.

December 6, 2008 07:20 PM
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Amy said...

What if you find yourself, at various stages of the day, one of each??? In the morning I’m definitely messy and as the day goes on, I go for classy but usually end up on the short end of sassy only to be once again, back at Messy! So all three for me!!! :P

December 6, 2008 07:20 PM
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Lori Noland said...

Classy for sure! Great little cakes!

December 6, 2008 07:25 PM
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Jaime said...

oooh I love em!

December 6, 2008 07:46 PM
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Kristen said...

I really love the classy, it really caught my eye!

December 6, 2008 07:48 PM
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Stacy Ann said...

Ooo yum!! I think they all look great but I like the classy one for the look but I think I would never eat it so I want the messy one to eat!

December 6, 2008 08:00 PM
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Simply said...

I think I prefer the Sassy look. Messy is definitely delicious but Sassy just makes it that much more fabulous! I’m not a fan of fondant but they do make cakes look pretty!

December 6, 2008 08:08 PM
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kristy mae said...

Somewhere between messy and sassy usually :)

December 6, 2008 08:12 PM
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SPEAKeasy said...

all three cakes are absolutely adorable! can’t wait to make some for gifts! my favorite one is the classy!

December 6, 2008 08:25 PM
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Suzyhomemaker said...

I would have to say a mix of Sassy and Classy :) And on a regular day, Messy :)

December 6, 2008 08:30 PM
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Marcia said...

I love the sassy look but would be more likely to make the messy look myself.

Thank you so much for posting so many awesome ideas! You are so creative!

December 6, 2008 08:38 PM
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Victoria said...

Oh my goodness look at all the comments! I didn’t even realize you were holding a contest until I got to the “comment” section of the entry. Yikes!

Well that aside, I really wanted to tell you that all three are absolutely adorable and I actually would choose all three. Here’s my reasoning (aside from the fact that its cake, and all cake is O.K. in my book!) I’d choose Classy for a wedding event/engagement or some kind of milestone birthday. Sassy for a friend or family member’s birthday, and Messy for a family/friend gathering (informal OR holiday) where I would be bringing a cake! I never have just “one” cake style! I choose each cake for any occasion! :)

December 6, 2008 08:46 PM
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tmjolin@yahoo.com said...

classy cake is the favorite for me.

December 6, 2008 08:46 PM
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Stacy said...

A Classy cake for a Classy gal…haha. I love the Classy look, but I make the Messy look. Beautiful work, as always!!!
mcginnis135 at bellsouth dot net

December 6, 2008 08:58 PM
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Annalie said...

I love it messy so I don’t feel quite so bad messing it up to eat it!

December 6, 2008 09:03 PM
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Amanda said...

I love all three styles of cake depending on if I have to make them or not. More than likely, if I am making a cake, it is for a family gathering, so messy it is!

I also tend to go for the messy look because I heart buttercream…a lot!

December 6, 2008 09:11 PM
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The Gomes Family said...

All I make is messy cake I love your blog and the beautiful cakes.

December 6, 2008 09:13 PM
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Anonymous said...

I like messy – makes you feel unafraid to dig into it.

December 6, 2008 09:14 PM
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Martine said...

Definitely messy.

December 6, 2008 09:16 PM
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Johnson Family said...

My favorite is the classy. Simply beautiful!

December 6, 2008 09:41 PM
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The Mrs. said...

SASSY!

December 6, 2008 09:52 PM
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blessed.mama4@yahoo.com said...

I like the sassy, in buttercream of course!

December 6, 2008 09:53 PM
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Kimmy said...

All 3 depending on my mood and how much time I have on my hands.
You are so nice for sharing!

December 6, 2008 09:56 PM
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Jane M said...

Sassy is the way to go!

December 6, 2008 10:02 PM
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Becky aka mom aka tata! said...

I have to go by looks alone on this one as I am not a fan of frosting!! The classy one is my favorite!

December 6, 2008 10:09 PM
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teachermomof2 said...

I love sassy and classy, but favor the taste of buttercream. My cakes usually look like the messy…so that would be my fave.

December 6, 2008 10:17 PM
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Heidi said...

I love the classy. Its so pretty!

December 6, 2008 10:23 PM
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Sue said...

I love the Messy.c

December 6, 2008 10:23 PM
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Missy said...

messy ;p hehe

December 6, 2008 10:32 PM
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Amy said...

The classy is beautiful but I would be afraid the ruin it by eating it! I’m definatly more towards the messy one.

December 6, 2008 10:49 PM
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TL said...

All 3 are fabulous! I have heard both good and not so good on fondant but I have never tried it. I am a butter cream girl all the way and I love the MESSY. It looks fun and you just can’t wait to dive into it!! I’m headed to the kitchen…. Thanks!!

December 6, 2008 10:50 PM
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peg said...

All three look terrific. I like the colors of ‘classy’. I’ve never worked with fondant. One of these days! =)

December 6, 2008 10:59 PM
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gillian said...

Messy! I can’t ice a cake to save my life without it looking messy so that’s the way I like to eat them too! I like Sassy the second best.

Merry Christmas

December 6, 2008 10:59 PM
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Heather said...

I think I have to say I love the messy one best! Prolly because I cannot for the life of me do something as classy and stylish as the other two!

December 6, 2008 11:01 PM
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Candy said...

Definitely Sassy!!! Love those cakes. How can you EAT them after all that work?
(How can you not? hehe)

Ravyn
http://www.ravynscache.com

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

I would love to be classy. Too bad I’m natually messy! I guess I just need to embrace it.

December 6, 2008 11:06 PM
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Valerie Christensen said...

Classy…I have enough mess in my life (thanks to my kids).

December 6, 2008 11:09 PM
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Pam sillyakmom@yahoo.com said...

The one you call “messy”, but I think it looks great!!! They are all great, but the “messy” one is my fav!
Pam

December 6, 2008 11:11 PM
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Steve said...

I like them all. The Messy one looks easier to do!
wohnhas AT gmail DOT com

December 6, 2008 11:14 PM
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Kayla said...

I’m really lovin’ the Classy look!! I’m such a terrible cake decorator and I just admire what you can do!!

December 6, 2008 11:15 PM
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Emily said...

Definitely messy! Makes it easier to eat immediately.

December 6, 2008 11:19 PM
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our3qtgirlz said...

I’m more of a classy kind of gal… but mostly my classy turns out messy. :)

I love your little cakes–I think the buttercream is my favorite. I like the look of the fondant–but I can’t stand the taste–bleck! The buttercream looks just so yummy-licious!

December 6, 2008 11:21 PM
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Teenage Librarian said...

If I were making them it would be messy… but I’d prefer them to look classy.. go figure..

December 6, 2008 11:26 PM
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Mama Bear said...

I love all three. Wish I could make the classy and sassy, but alas, my skills are more messy.

December 6, 2008 11:29 PM
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CHERI said...

I prefer the classy look.

December 6, 2008 11:31 PM
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cHim-prints said...

If I were doing it? Messy

If I were receiving? Definaitely, classy. Wow.

December 6, 2008 11:34 PM
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Mike and Sam Berry said...

They are all so dang cute! I would have to say it is a tie between Messy & Classy. I LOVE the looks of both of them. I am not a big fan of the fondant taste, but it looks so dang pretty!

December 6, 2008 11:38 PM
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Katelyn said...

Classy for sure! I love the neat, clean look. Get in my mouth NOW!
katelynengle@gmail.com

December 6, 2008 11:40 PM
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Annette said...

Love ‘Messy!’ I’d almost be afraid to cut into the others they are so beautiful!

December 6, 2008 11:49 PM
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Brenda said...

I love the Classy look. Just amazing!

December 6, 2008 11:55 PM
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Shalini said...

the messier the better!!!! love the site.

December 7, 2008 12:25 AM
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mama bear said...

Wow, I can’t believe how many comments there are! I am definitely a messy kind of girl. The other two are so pretty, I just couldn’t bring myself to eat them! Those little chefs are soooo cute, I hope I win!

December 7, 2008 12:25 AM
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nathalie said...

wow these are wonderful!!!

December 7, 2008 12:32 AM
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nathalie said...

mine is messy!

December 7, 2008 12:33 AM
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Elisa Lehto said...

I adore the messy cake!
Nothing ever seems more fun than taking something traditionally beautiful and making it something spectacularly messy!!

December 7, 2008 12:37 AM
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Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

I am a blend of Messy and Sassy with a sprinkle of classy!

Your cakes look great!!

December 7, 2008 12:48 AM
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Urban Explorette said...

I’d have to say that while I like them all Messy is probably my favorite because honestly, I wouldn’t be afraid to eat it and I LOVE buttercream!

Classy comes up a definite second then.

Ack there are just so many options with each style!!!

December 7, 2008 12:49 AM
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Tracy F. said...

I love the classy one. But if you want to just send me a bowl of your Buttercream (it looks so fluffy)….have you ever had a scoop of buttercream straight from the freezer? Better than ice cream. Doesn’t melt.

sftacek@earthlink.net

December 7, 2008 12:53 AM
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It's me!....Jill said...

I will take the messy one, but I wouldn’t say it looks messy at all. Looks yummy to me!

December 7, 2008 12:54 AM
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Kevin and Amanda said...

It depends on what the cake is for… today I am liking the Sassy

December 7, 2008 01:00 AM
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Estir_BunE said...

Messy Messy MESSY! Looks so YUMMY! I am never afraid to eat a messy cake, but when a cake is too pretty I just have a hard time eating it… not that I won’t eat it – it’s just harder! :)

December 7, 2008 01:11 AM
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Christy said...

My favorite look is the classy. That is a beautiful pattern. Mine are always done in the messy fashion though. Your site is wonderful!

December 7, 2008 01:17 AM
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Carrie said...

Oooh! They all look FABULOUS! But The sassy and classy look to cute to eat so I’d have to go with messy myself! Now I want to lick my computer screen!

mommycott2lc(at)yahoo(dot)com

:)

December 7, 2008 01:19 AM
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Shan said...

I love to look at the sassy cakes but i love to eat the messy cakes!!Then I don’t feel so bad about cutting it…

December 7, 2008 01:26 AM
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Heidi Malott said...

I love classy, but usually make messy:)

December 7, 2008 01:29 AM
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Annalisa said...

Oh wow. I love them all!! I think the classic buttercream would be the best to eat, but the fondant is just gorgeous!!! I guess I am classy and messy!

amcconkie@hotmail.com

December 7, 2008 01:51 AM
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Karan said...

My favorite cakes are whimsical, but my reality cake style is boxed and way too messy. I’m a cake baker wanna be. http://www.flummel.com/ee

December 7, 2008 02:02 AM
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The Source said...

I love the Sassy one! But they’re all wonderful.

December 7, 2008 02:05 AM
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jean said...

From a looks standpoint, I’d have to choose classy. HOWEVER, if it were up to my skills to decorate it, it would definitely be messy…

December 7, 2008 02:13 AM
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Lynne said...

Well, it’s hard to choose, but I’d say I go messy most of the time. It’s beautiful, fast and tasty.

Lynne
http://kingscrown.blogspot.com/

December 7, 2008 02:14 AM
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foobella said...

Truthfully, I’m messy, sassy and classy all rolled into one. Just depends on my mood. =) Those cakes are adorable.

December 7, 2008 02:17 AM
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Kayla said...

i love these!!!! they’re easy to make different ones for the different styles of friends and family. love the messy one. it looks sooooo tasty.

December 7, 2008 02:18 AM
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justJENN said...

Classy!

http://www.justjennrants.blogspot.com

December 7, 2008 02:22 AM
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Milla said...

That MESSY cake is calling my name! Yum!

kamigpr03 at hotmail dot com

December 7, 2008 02:24 AM
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Life At Camellia Cottage said...

Such adorable mini-cakes – I’m gonna have to try that – some day! You know, the decorated ones are pretty, but I just love the one with all the fluffy, peaked white frosting – just gorgeous! As for my cakes – they are always messy, but almost always delicious, and if I can only have one thing (pretty or delicious) I’ll take delish every time! Blessings, Becky G.

December 7, 2008 02:33 AM
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julesann said...

“Sassy” is my style but I could actually do “messy”. I love the little cakes idea!

December 7, 2008 02:34 AM
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Erica said...

I’m all about the sassy – the classy is pretty but buttercream tastes way better than fondant so the sassy always wins with me :-)

December 7, 2008 02:38 AM
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kristen said...

i love that classy cake! ahh!
kristen.tutt@yahoo.com

December 7, 2008 02:43 AM
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Daniel's Mum said...

These are so cute. Thanks for giving them away. I’m a sassy kind of gal. Please random choser pick me.

Kerravon7@gmail.com

December 7, 2008 02:45 AM
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L ~ fiskateer #4499 said...

I would love the classy as a gift, the sassy I would try to make and the messy (which really isn’t messy) is something I would bake with my 11 yr old niece. They are adorable!!

December 7, 2008 02:51 AM
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