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.

1701
Jennifer said...

love sassy…always have messy

December 7, 2008 02:53 AM
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Macatee said...

classy

December 7, 2008 02:55 AM
1703
Anonymous said...

I am in awe of your decorating ability… If I could do what you do, I would be “classy”!

December 7, 2008 03:08 AM
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Jenn said...

Those mini cakes are sooo adorable!

If I “have” to choose, I’ll go with sassy, however, mine always end up looking messy.

December 7, 2008 03:18 AM
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Jocelyn said...

Messy, most definitely.

December 7, 2008 03:41 AM
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megan said...

I don’t know how to pick..they are all beautiful! Depends on my mood and the occasion…seriously love all of them

December 7, 2008 03:43 AM
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momof4girls said...

MESSY MESSY MESSY, thats the only way with kids, Right.

http://www.stacyandsteves.blogspot.com

December 7, 2008 03:49 AM
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Jeanette said...

Those are so cute! I like the thick icing in the middle, yummy. I would pick the messy one, simple and sweet!

December 7, 2008 03:52 AM
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cheezld said...

Sassy cake for me!

December 7, 2008 03:53 AM
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Sarah, Jesse, and Isaac said...

I love the classy as I like the different taste of fondant and it just looks so pretty! But I am by no means opposed to any of the other styles…

December 7, 2008 03:54 AM
1711
Screaming Mimi said...

I think I like the sassy look best. It has just the right amount of buttercream (yum) and attitude!
C:

December 7, 2008 04:02 AM
1712
Kendra and Kailea said...

We love the sassy style! It is somewhere between classy and messy~ just like us! We found your site through pioneer woman! and if she recommends you, you must be fab!

Kendra and Kailea
micken@sbcglobal.net

December 7, 2008 04:15 AM
1713
Pie said...

for pure taste enjoyment, I prefer messy, but nothing fills my heart with joy more than a classy looking cake covered in fondant!

December 7, 2008 04:17 AM
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jinxi~ aka angi said...

Those are the cutest utensils so Im definitely loving the chance to win them!
I love the messy look, but I also like the classy.. as I appreciate the art side of it. I love the smoothness to it.
Love your blog.. going to make cake balls tomorrow for my Mom who is coming in for Christmas this week!!!

December 7, 2008 04:20 AM
1715
Nic said...

I love them all, but my favorite is messy!

Looking forward to the new cake pops!

December 7, 2008 04:22 AM
1716
Corey said...

classy all the way, but messy looks yummy!

i have to try my skills at decorating now, i’m inspired!

email (since i don’t have a blog) is corey.r.wright AT gmail DOT com

December 7, 2008 04:23 AM
1717
Carrie said...

Messy…or at least that’s how mine come out. :)

December 7, 2008 04:26 AM
1718
Pithlet said...

I’m messy because I don’t have the talent to pull anything else off. But I love all three little cakes. What a clever idea! If I had to pick one, I’d pick Classy. I love the Pottery Barn, too.

Pithlet@Comcast.Net

December 7, 2008 04:32 AM
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Morgan said...

AHHH! These are SO CUTE!!! I love all of them. If I had to pick just one, though, I think it would be the classy one.
pink-morgan.blogspot.com

December 7, 2008 04:45 AM
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Iota said...

Ummm….I suppose messy, because while I love how the others look, I don’t really care for frosting.

December 7, 2008 04:46 AM
1721
shorty said...

I would say messy but I like the look of classy
Shorty

December 7, 2008 04:58 AM
1722
hollimro said...

I LIKE IT MESSY AND EVNE JUST EATING IT WITH YOUR FINGERS AND GETTING MESSY. HOMEMADE AND YUMMT FOR YUR TUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

I will have to say classy. I really like the way fondant looks and the pattern is great!

December 7, 2008 05:05 AM
1724
Kandi said...

Messy – Messy – Yummy – Messy!!! YOU ROCK!!!
:o)

December 7, 2008 05:23 AM
1725
erin said...

Definitely CLASSY!!! I LOVE it!!!
erinnoel8@yahoo.com

December 7, 2008 05:55 AM
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HapiMommy said...

I like all of the looks, but the buttercream on the Messy looks delish!

Cute cakes

December 7, 2008 06:07 AM
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Kim said...

YUM! What a cute idea. I am totally copying you- my girlies will love their own little cakes. Ok, the messy one looks way too delicious, so as much as I like the look of the sassy one, I am going to have to say MESSY! YUM!

December 7, 2008 06:18 AM
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naomi said...

I have to say i love the sassy look.

December 7, 2008 06:35 AM
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Holly Jahangiri said...

I hope you meant midnight Pacific time…

Your photos inspired me to try making fondant icing for the first (and quite possibly the LAST) time ever. I had my 12 year old make a second batch, and filmed it for my blog. ;) It’s got my PC tied up in knots, and me in giggles.

The cake turned out kind of pretty for a first try – not as sophisticated as your “Classy” cake, but festive. Drop by my blog later and check it out! Give it a few hours, though – the video is taking forever to upload.

December 7, 2008 06:47 AM
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Michelle Laframboise, michilaf@gmail.com said...

classy!! I just love the whole fondant look!! beautiful!

December 7, 2008 07:46 AM
1731
Shalum said...

I love my cake a little messy :) although the other cakes look really pretty ;)

December 7, 2008 10:16 AM
1732
Erin said...

Not patient enough for the classy. Definitly mouthy enough for the sassy. Forget the messy!

December 7, 2008 12:03 PM
1733
Donna said...

I love the classy for looks, but I always frost my cakes the messy way.

December 7, 2008 12:56 PM
1734
Heather & Kayson Gines said...

CLASSY..i love cake and i like mine clean cut and classy!

December 7, 2008 05:12 PM
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MindyMindy said...

I am a messy!!
Yours look so good I want one. YUM!

December 7, 2008 06:01 PM
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Simplylis said...

I am definitely a fan of Messy. I like the comfy homemade look. It reminds me of my Granny.

felderfun.blogspot.com

December 7, 2008 09:01 PM
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The Widows Walk Ministry said...

I love the Messy white buttercream frosting, and your easy buttercream frosting recipe is THE BEST!

December 7, 2008 11:07 PM
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stacy t said...

messy!! love it

December 8, 2008 12:22 AM
1739
Jo said...

Classy, Classy, Classy!

jonellreue@yahoo.com

December 8, 2008 12:55 AM
1740
Jessica said...

I would love them to help spread my love of cooking over to my kids. They would love to help me out with these.

December 8, 2008 01:02 AM
1741
ambnjeff said...

Messy definately! But only because I can never frost a cake and have it look pretty!

December 8, 2008 03:00 AM
1742
ThatGirl said...

Sassy, and my mouth is WATERING!

December 8, 2008 03:38 AM
1743
Elizabeth said...

Classy is the look but for taste I’d say Messy!! LOL

December 8, 2008 06:28 AM
1744
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

I have to vote for all three!! :)

December 8, 2008 04:59 PM
1745
Anonymous said...

DEFINITELY SASSY: I love your buttercream piping. Very professional piping! What tips are used for your sassy piping?

December 9, 2008 02:08 PM
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ciao_bella said...

[[classy]]…http://cioabella.blogspot.com/ and beltran_fam@yahoo.com, check out my cakes on my blog =]

December 10, 2008 03:14 AM
1747
touchofnectar said...

I don’t want to choose either. All three are gorgeous!!!

December 10, 2008 05:03 AM
1748
aworld said...

I am MESSY! Maybe these Head Chefs would transform me into something else. Thanks!

December 11, 2008 04:27 PM
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Linda O in Wa said...

I like messy, espeically if it is for at home. I do try to be “less” messy when I have to take the cake someplace.

December 12, 2008 04:24 AM
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Serena said...

I like classy. I’ve been trying out cake decorating as something fun and new to do and I definitely love being meticulous and having everything be “perfect.” I also like sassy too since I haven’t learned how to work with fondant…that’s this Sunday! XD

December 12, 2008 02:06 PM
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Rhiannonsmom2004 said...

I like the classy cake. It looks so beautiful and so thought out.

December 12, 2008 10:23 PM
1752
Beth Moran said...

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to you for inventing this lovely little bites of cake. I didn’t see you on MS – but found your blog mid October. I have been making them ever since! I run a little custom bakeshop out of my house and made over 1000 lollipops this December. Business is booming! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! http://www.sweetstuffbybeth.blogspot.com

December 20, 2008 02:55 AM
1753
diem said...

I’m definitely going to use your idea to make cakes for my best friend’s birthday. Thanks for such an awesome idea! :D

January 14, 2009 10:55 PM
1754
evette said...

I classy love the cake design

September 26, 2009 07:23 PM
1755
autumn said...

I definitly love the messy!!!!!!!!!!!!
my email address is
snyder.autumn@tchden.org

October 15, 2009 03:34 PM
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Karina said...

oh they all look yummy and pretty O.O um… if i had to choose it would be classy… no, messy…. no, definitely classy… but messy is awesome too… ugh, too hard to choose =[ classy?

October 17, 2009 01:58 PM
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Linda Penn said...

Classy, that is my way of cooking, decorating and enjoying life !

October 19, 2009 10:01 PM
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Dalal Halim said...

To eat or not to eat? !! That is the question :)
To eat : definitly messy ;)
Not to eat: classy ;)
But hey, its cake so all is good !!!

October 23, 2009 08:23 PM
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Van said...

I love the classy cake. I love the designs on the cake :D The cake looks like store brought but yet home made! I’m excited to see your christmas pop!

November 7, 2009 10:24 PM
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Lynn Warrick said...

Love love love MESSY !! I will be making this cute little cakes sometime soon.

November 7, 2009 10:45 PM
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noricamay said...

love all three but i like most is MESSY!
kind of care free and heavenly for me…

while the other two seems hard to eat…
(hard because you dont want to ruin the look… just want to stare at it!)

November 9, 2009 06:41 AM
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Gaby said...

I love all three but if I HAD to choose I would go with sassy. It’s a little rough around the edges but still refined hahaha well I love all the cakes and especially the cake pops! I had never heard of them but simply adore the idea. I’m making them for my best friends birthday next week :)

November 13, 2009 10:14 AM
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TheSoireeCafe said...

This is the post that started it all for me! I can’t express how truly inspirational your work is. Here is one of what I’m sure will be many posts to my website- http://thesoireecafe.com/2009/11/13/whats-your-style/

November 13, 2009 01:18 PM
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Laurie White said...

I, too, like all three but have never used fondant so I really like that one best – It’s classy!! PS I made my first cake pops today. They turned out sooo cute. Thanks for all the great ideas.

November 28, 2009 10:49 PM
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Ilyana said...

hm…i think sassy for sure. i love frosty. and colors. and cuteness :3

November 30, 2009 04:57 PM
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Kristin said...

Classy!

But I wouldn’t turn down any of them!

December 4, 2009 02:05 PM
1767
fitna said...

definitely classy! love the mini cakes and absolutely love ur blog… keep up the great work.

December 5, 2009 10:46 AM
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Anita Lee said...

Definitely the classy, I love the fall colors (also Virginia Tech Hokie colors!) and the clean lines, its very bold and graphic designey.

December 5, 2009 01:07 PM
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Sarah Jaschob said...

It’s a tie between the sassy and classy for me. I couldn’t make either, but could eat them both… YUMMY!

December 5, 2009 06:39 PM
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kym patroni said...

With 4 girls, I need Head Chef products to show them that I am the Head Chef (and bottle washer)

December 18, 2009 08:02 PM
1771
HWolfman said...

I like the Sassy style. It looks good, tastes good, and takes talent on part of the baker

January 3, 2010 09:56 PM
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Kim said...

I think they all look fantastic and I’d be happy to eat some of each! I would actually love to the recipe of the white cake shown with the buttercream frosting. I have yet to find a scratch white cake that is fluffy and moist as this one looks.
Thanks, Kim

January 26, 2010 03:02 PM
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ummuabdullah said...

? like tham all.. theese are so beautiful. i think im sassy :) soo cute.. thanjs for sharing..

February 3, 2010 06:40 PM
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Toni said...

Classy! And I have to tell you that in high school… my nickname was TONELLA…. I patterned the name after Cinderella…because lol, I was SO “put out” having to do any chores around the house!! Love your site.

March 10, 2010 09:02 PM
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Laura said...

All three are lovely, but MESSY. Love how CLASSY looks but I want to eat MESSY.

April 11, 2010 02:15 PM
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Angel love GaGaxx said...

I love all of them… i like the classy one, but that doesn’t suit me. i am a very,very,very careless person so i dont care about how the cake looks, i care how it tastes. so… i go for messy.
Luuuuuuuuuurve u Bakerella
Angel xxx

April 20, 2010 06:18 AM
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Robin Harvey said...

All look really good but I would definetly say I am a classy style.

August 23, 2010 09:57 AM
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adventurous baker said...

I loved this idea, and we baked to our hearts content with the help of this inspiring website! With the extra cake pieces we make a trifle, and it turned out great! Just wanted to share the idea with everyone. Thanks for all your great recipies, Bakerella, you inspire me daily!

August 31, 2010 03:43 PM
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marlana said...

classy for sure ;)
it looks spectacular-spectacular

September 5, 2010 08:39 AM
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Sol Plante from Cake it easy said...

I am Messy and Classy. Love both styles!!!

September 9, 2010 01:54 AM
1781
Stephanie said...

CLASSY! I love the fondant work you’ve done..totally amazing! Your work inspires me to bake :)

September 16, 2010 09:47 AM
1782
shana said...

sassy because it has personality :)

September 18, 2010 06:43 PM
1783
Devon said...

I would totally choose classy b/c I like the clean, well shaped lines!! But the other two are awesome, too! Well done!

September 19, 2010 10:23 PM
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Brittany said...

I love the classy look! But I would be happy to take a bite into any of them!

September 20, 2010 04:27 PM
1785
helen said...

Messy all the way ! love your blog!

September 29, 2010 03:12 PM
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Megan Hash said...

CLASSY!!!

October 7, 2010 03:40 PM
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April Grantham said...

Messy for sure, or I like to call it RUSTIC and Natural:):)

October 13, 2010 01:51 PM
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Allison said...

CLASSY! :D

October 15, 2010 10:52 PM
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Sarah said...

I’d do sassy, it’s got the right attitude.

And can I just say- YUM!

Thank-you for bringing a little sweetness into our lives :)

October 30, 2010 04:56 AM
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Erin Dinneen said...

I’ll say classy, because it’s perfect for looking nice for a little while, but not so perfect that you feel guilty eating it. :) Bakerella, you are the best!

October 31, 2010 01:58 PM
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Sheyla said...

all gorgeous of course, but i lean more towards the fondant one, love the colors and clean cut flowers! just so pretty :)

sheylamadera at gmail dot com

November 3, 2010 11:13 PM
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Teresa said...

all three are beautiful.. but i’m taking a fondant class right now and it’s got me all amped up to design cakes like your CLASSY one!
This website has been a huge inspiration to starting my own cake business. Thank you!

November 7, 2010 12:47 AM
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Cami said...

I’m definitely messy but because I just love the all the frosting.

November 13, 2010 10:22 PM
1794
Gladis said...

I love the classy one!!

November 20, 2010 05:22 AM
1795
Debby Prince said...

All the cakes featured are amazing, however, the one that fits my style is Sassy.

Thanks for sharing your talents,
Debby

November 21, 2010 07:13 PM
1796
Jackie Hamad said...

I love them all,but sometimes I’m in the mood for a messy looking cake. It takes me back to my childhood.

November 30, 2010 04:38 PM
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Emily said...

I love them all..
I think I will make them all!!
I can’t decide which I love more, I love the messy, because its just so homemade looking, I love the sassy because its so flirty and pretty and I love the classy because of the details and colors…

December 3, 2010 02:42 AM
1798
Jason said...

I definitely love the classy! Awesome idea I will definitely use this for a dinner party this weekend!

December 9, 2010 08:54 AM
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Stephenie said...

My style is what I like to call “primitive”. While I love all the fancy piping and sugar work, I just can’t bring myself to do it!

December 12, 2010 12:27 PM
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Stacy said...

omg i love all your ideas this is great for a tired and lazy day

December 16, 2010 05:51 PM
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