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.

Shannon @ Some Fine Taters said...

Sassy! But they are all soooo cute! Love the mini-cakes!

December 4, 2008 04:26 AM
Katie said...

messy buttercream is so yummy! But your classy cake is just gorgeous!

December 4, 2008 04:27 AM
The Goodrich's said...

All three are great! They look yummy…I would probably go with the messy one.

December 4, 2008 04:27 AM
ConnieC said...

Classy would be beautiful on a Christmas dessert table. But I have to admit that the Messy would be the best in my house.

I totally love the mini cakes and I’m going to have to borrow the idea.

December 4, 2008 04:28 AM
Emily said...

How could I really choose just one? I think I like the sassy one, just because I would love to be able to re-create that, what tallent! I think I could re-create the messy one, but I can already hear my family mocking me for the amount of frosting on it, they just don’t get the power of buttercream!

December 4, 2008 04:28 AM
Nicki said...

Definitely messy. Because I don’t have the patience for the other types. :)

December 4, 2008 04:28 AM
Rita said...

Oh, wow. I love the classy look. I love the sassy look. I almost always turn out the messy look though.

December 4, 2008 04:28 AM
CB said...

I vote classy if I am not eating it. I am not a fan of the fondant taste but love the look! If I am eating, I say messy so I don’t feel guilty. ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

December 4, 2008 04:28 AM
Cakespy said...

Totally messy. Messy Jessie *needs* those little dudes, my kitchen is calling out for them!

December 4, 2008 04:30 AM
Meghan Justice said...

I have to agree with the majority! Messy for sure. It just looks so yummy, the other kinds are pretty but you never can tell if they will taste good or not. Although I am sure all of your cakes are yummy!!

December 4, 2008 04:31 AM
Hannah said...


December 4, 2008 04:31 AM
K said...

I’m good at making the messy, but I think my favourite is the sassy. The colour really pops…


December 4, 2008 04:31 AM
rsheedy said...

I absolutely love the classy cake. It’s so creative and unique; I love it!!

December 4, 2008 04:31 AM
Helen said...

Woo hoo! I love the Head Chefs! My favorite is the “classy” one. Gotta love Pottery Barn too. :)

December 4, 2008 04:31 AM
Ang said...

I like Messy AND Classy. This is such a great idea. I’m going to have to give it a shot sometime…

December 4, 2008 04:32 AM
Sarah said...

my vote is for messy…probably because it is the only one i can replicate! my decorating skills leave something to be desired.

December 4, 2008 04:32 AM
Meg said...

Classy. I love the design of those cut outs! Definitely what I would have done if I had the patience.

(ps my email addy is on the “Meg” page.)

December 4, 2008 04:32 AM
HannahNoel said...

I love the “messy” look! Pretty cakes are too pretty to eat and messy is something I can do myself with no help! Thanks for the fun contest.

December 4, 2008 04:33 AM
patsy said...

Classy is so gorgeous but let’s face it– messy always tastes better!


December 4, 2008 04:34 AM
Karen and Joseph said...

I cant decide between Sassy and Messy. I would Love to make something that looked like your sassy cake, but mine would probably end up looking Messy..
ALL your cakes are great looking!! I wish I had your talent!

December 4, 2008 04:34 AM
Jessica said...

All of the cakes are so tempting!!!! If I had to pick one it would probably be classy! Your designs are great.

December 4, 2008 04:35 AM
Candi said...

I’d choose all three. :) I mean seriously, aren’t we all somewhat messy, sassy, and classy every now and then. And, after all, they are ‘little’ cakes so I’d be hungry for more after just one! BUT, since I have to choose one, it would be Sassy…it’s just so pretty! Beautiful work!

December 4, 2008 04:35 AM
Maggie said...

I think sassy works for me

December 4, 2008 04:36 AM
Sandy said...

I love the sassy, which is alot like me. Teehee.

December 4, 2008 04:36 AM
Robyn said...

Definitely love the messy look!

December 4, 2008 04:36 AM
Chris and Shae said...

I’m a classy girl! But they’re all so fun and unique! You’ve got talent girl!

December 4, 2008 04:37 AM
Emmi said...

Those cakes are beautiful!!! My favorite has to be the ‘Classy’ one though, gorgeous detail, and I love how small they are.


December 4, 2008 04:37 AM
LadyBoyd said...

Im definitely on the classy side. Love the clean look of fondant! When it comes to eating, however… I’m quite the opposite. Messy, all the way!

December 4, 2008 04:37 AM
Julia said...

I love the look of the Classy…but baby…you just can’t beat mounds of messy buttercream. Mmm mm mmm

December 4, 2008 04:38 AM
doreent88 said...

I am messy but love to learn to be sassy and classy. All three are unique!

December 4, 2008 04:38 AM
southern daze said...

Definitely messy! Although, all three look amazing and I wouldn’t have trouble eating any of them!

December 4, 2008 04:39 AM
xsenia said...

I would have to say classy! I’m not a huge fan of rolled fondant covered cakes, but I do love the rolled out shapes for contrast. Never been a huge fan of either RF or buttercream flowers. Messy is good too, but for my taste I would have to say classy! That is a beautiful cake. I bet people are going to print out that picture and bring it to their local bakery. :)

December 4, 2008 04:39 AM
Jenna and Mosin Haider said...

YAY!!!! I am in LOVE with these!!! :) Crossing my fingers! Can I say I like all 3? Honestly I think they look the best in the last picture with all the different ones together! I’m almost always undecided!

December 4, 2008 04:40 AM
Amanda said...

I am all over the classy one. Love it!!!!

December 4, 2008 04:40 AM
Anonymous said...

Messy!! I would chose one of the other but if it were me decorating it would still end up messy.

December 4, 2008 04:40 AM
Michelle Ramsay said...

Messy is the way I know how, but I love all three.

I just love reading your blog. You seem to make your cakes come alive!!

December 4, 2008 04:40 AM
Jennifer said...


December 4, 2008 04:41 AM
Kimberlyn said...

Loving the Messy look, maybe it’s just because that’s how my life is right now.

December 4, 2008 04:41 AM
The Slaughter Family said...

If it is for me – messy.

If I am making for someone else – sassy.

I tried fondant once and only once!

December 4, 2008 04:41 AM
Julie said...

I guess MY style is Messy, but I prefer all 3 actually. I think they all look perfect together, but I could eat anyone of those. Beautiful!

December 4, 2008 04:41 AM
The Lemieux Family said...

They’re so adorably delicious! I’m definitely lovin’ the messy. Simple and still gets your attention. See what you did, now I have to go make a mini cake:)

December 4, 2008 04:42 AM
Allison said...

I just have to say that those little guys are absolutely adorable. Now, to answer your question: definitely messy. It’s got that cozy homemade comfort- plus, it’s the easiest way to decorate!

No website, so: allisonq at gmail dot com

December 4, 2008 04:44 AM
Julie I. said...

I love the classic style. I especially like the color theme.


December 4, 2008 04:44 AM
Heather said...

i’m a messy person myself. my blog is and im at heather dot rascona at gmail dot com

December 4, 2008 04:44 AM
Sarah said...

I love these adorable little cakes. I’m going to have to use this idea. my cake style is sassy.

Hope I win! :)

December 4, 2008 04:45 AM
Talia said...

Oh wow. I think it depends on my mood. That fondant cake is beautiful, but I want to gobble up the messy one.

December 4, 2008 04:46 AM
Heidi said...

I would have to go with messy. That just fits me best. It’s kinda like walking around bare foot. I like it. But all of them are amazing!

December 4, 2008 04:47 AM
Linda said...

The other two are beautiful, but I’m drawn to the buttercream.

Thank you for sharing!

December 4, 2008 04:47 AM
Tricia said...

I’m a Messy kind of gal. Patience is not my strong suit!


December 4, 2008 04:47 AM
shirley elizabeth said...

SO. The sassy one is fun to make, the fondant one what I want to learn to do, but the messy one is by far the most delicious to eat! so that’s where my vote goes!

And those kitchen utensils are so cute!

December 4, 2008 04:47 AM
Jen said...

I like the messy one best. Although I do love them all

December 4, 2008 04:48 AM
sunsweet_void said...

I really like the sassy cake – I’m a huge fan of all that frothy frilly stuff.

December 4, 2008 04:48 AM
Abby said...

Gonna have to go classy! I have a Pottery Barn inspired baby cake on my cake blog. I’m a big fan of them, too :)

December 4, 2008 04:48 AM
Jessica said...

Sassy is my style!!! Cute cakes!

December 4, 2008 04:49 AM
IzzyE said...

sassy, definitely!!

December 4, 2008 04:50 AM
Eva said...

classy. it is so beautiful!!!

December 4, 2008 04:50 AM
Mrs. J said...

I like the classy one coz it looks like a painting and very elegant too!

December 4, 2008 04:53 AM
trish said...

classy is pretty to look at, but when it comes to eatin’ cake give me messy any time!

December 4, 2008 04:54 AM
159 said...

I like all of them because I find all little things adorable too. But if I had to choose one it would probably be the fondant one because I love the cutouts.

December 4, 2008 04:55 AM
Anonymous said...

I am a messy kinda girl!! Thanks

December 4, 2008 04:56 AM
Mama Moose said...

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December 4, 2008 04:57 AM
Sommer said...

I’ve gotta go with Messy since buttercream is SOOOO yummy!!

December 4, 2008 04:57 AM
Sarah said...

Oh my gosh, all three are perfect, especially displayed together! No way I can pick a favorite, but I’ll admit Classy caught my eye…

December 4, 2008 04:57 AM
Brandy said...

Messy is much more my talent level.. I wish I could do the sassy look! As long as its smothered in frosting it doesn’t matter to me HOW it looks!

December 4, 2008 04:58 AM
Amanda Monzon said...

oh goodness, those cakes are both beautiful and adorable! :D they’ve all got such lovely and unique character…

for your def. of classy, I’d have to go with classy, just cuz I love the look of fondant. Though I probably would have otherwise said sassy just because I’m that type of gal. your beautiful “mess”, though, is making me think that messy can be fun, too! :D

December 4, 2008 04:58 AM
Alison said...

I love classy, but the messy is ususally more fun to eat….and I love buttercream more than the fondant….so I guess that makes me messy at heart!

December 4, 2008 04:59 AM
Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Oh my gosh…they’re all fabulous. I’m sure I’m more the messy type…but I LOVE all of them. If I was to try my hand at making them, I would have to try the classy one!

December 4, 2008 05:00 AM
Jenn said...

I love the messy–mostly because it’s what I could duplicate and I’m sure it’s yummy!

December 4, 2008 05:01 AM
Stina said...

I think I love the Messy one the best because, if I’m really honest, I just could never EVER make anything as beautiful as the other two. :) So choosing Messy is just in my comfort zone.

Beautiful cakes!! (my blog is private for the kids, sorry).

December 4, 2008 05:02 AM
Momza said...

Oh they all look so yummy—but I’m kind of a messy gal myself.

December 4, 2008 05:02 AM
seven said...

I love the Messy. I really love the Classy one too, and I’d love to learn how to do fondant someday, but for now, I like the Messy.

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

I think I have to say Messy… but mostly because thats all I’ve ever made! I’m feeling like I need to give the others a try though. I would love to make a lovely classy cake :)

December 4, 2008 05:05 AM
Allegra said...

Definitely classy. Love the pattern.

And I also love mini things.

December 4, 2008 05:05 AM
Jill Ann said...

My favorite to eat? Messy
My favorite to serve? Sassy

December 4, 2008 05:06 AM
Jon and Angela said...

Sassy or classy are my favorite ways to decorate. Any way is my favorite kind to eat!

December 4, 2008 05:06 AM
Leah said...

I love the classy one, but I definitely like the messy one, too. The messy one is more my style. I wish I could get it to turn out so cute :)

December 4, 2008 05:07 AM
Tamera said...

Like all three, but I keep eyeing the Classy!

December 4, 2008 05:07 AM
Katie said...

Messy. It’s a fantastic way of looking good, yet covering any problem areas – like cracked cheesecakes and sunken cakes. Not that that’s happened to me, of course…….


December 4, 2008 05:09 AM
Amy said...

Classy all the way! But I’m glad messy is cool because I can totally make messy! Love it!

December 4, 2008 05:10 AM
Ramblings Of Life said...

Messy all the way! I love the looks of the other 2 cakes, fabulous job. And I would love to know how to make the sassy and classy cakes too. But the look of that frosting in the middle of the messy cake.. YUM!

December 4, 2008 05:10 AM
KATIE said...

Messy – I wish I could decorate my son’s 1st birthday cake like that. (it’s only a week and a half away!)

December 4, 2008 05:10 AM
Sarah said...

I love Messy. Its the best. And I really wish I had a few of them…mini cakes are fantastic. Forget about having a skinny slice…have a couple CAKES!

December 4, 2008 05:11 AM
Crystal890 said...

I would love to be classy but Im more of a Sassy Mess or is that a Messy Sas LOL
If I had to pick just one it would be the messy…that way I wouldnt feel bad eating it YUM

December 4, 2008 05:12 AM
gretam said...

Messy all the way for me. I just love frosting!

December 4, 2008 05:12 AM
Geneve said...

Wow! I love them all! I would only ever be able to figure out the messy one, but if someone else made it for me, I would definitely take the Classy one! :)

December 4, 2008 05:13 AM
Liane said...

Messy is my style! I love all of them though, your work is WONDERFUL.

December 4, 2008 05:13 AM
cptwentworth said...

I am sorry, but it is not possible to limit my taste buds. Cake is divine. And I really like all of them. Messy for everyday munching, sassy for birthdays, and classy to give as a gift so you get ooohs and ahhs, how about that?

December 4, 2008 05:15 AM
Shelia said...

I’m definitely classy and am all about doing fondant cakes rather than buttercream (which I load up on underneath the fondant!)… but I go more whimsical too.

So would that make me “whimsy?” Yep… I’m totally whimsy!

PS… made cake pops, candy cane oreo truffles (white chocolate with crushed candy cane sprinkles) and nutter butters in chocolate. Beyond Yummy! My girls had a blast doing it and we had a crazy sprinkle mess afterwards.. but so worth it!

Thanks for continuing to inspire us all! Hugs…Shelia

December 4, 2008 05:16 AM
Annie Traynor said...

Classy, all the way. And your example of classy has a bit of sass in the color scheme so that makes it even better! Excellent work on these cakes!

December 4, 2008 05:16 AM
Scrappin' Mamma said...


December 4, 2008 05:16 AM
Jennywenny said...

I think I like the middle one with the piping, I find it hard to like fondant although I love the look, but if it were for me its buttercream all the way.

December 4, 2008 05:17 AM
Red Wellie Farm said...

My favorite is the buttercream. The swirly icing can be beautiful by itself, and the taste—YUM.

December 4, 2008 05:18 AM
Barb said...

I am SO messy!

December 4, 2008 05:18 AM
Eunice @ dolce said...

I love the classy look, but it’s the messy cake I’m after! Gobble wobble!!

Beautiful as always! I can’t believe that with this comment I secure a chance to win a prize. Unbelievable. I love you! Just don’t tell my family they may get jealous LOL.

December 4, 2008 05:19 AM
Carrie said...

I love the Sassy baby! I’m not s fondant fan (pretty but hate the consistency when eating) but the messy looks tasty too.

December 4, 2008 05:23 AM
Cristine said...

All of the cakes are gorgeous!!! I think I would be more of a classy cake girl, though!

December 4, 2008 05:24 AM
noisy penguin said...

I’m a messy person. I love love love the look of the classy cake, I just don’t like eating fondant though. They’re all so pretty though!

December 4, 2008 05:24 AM
Melissapher said...

I always try to make the classy cake, but they only ever turn out messy. Not even the cute messy.

Your mini cakes are to die for. You’re so awesome.

December 4, 2008 05:24 AM
Bec said...

Sassy has caught my eye, but my stomach craves Messy.

December 4, 2008 05:25 AM
Brooke - in Oregon said...

Oh there is no way I can choose cause I love them all. Just depends on my mood! lol

I am starting my granddaughter in the kitchen with me YOUNG, she is only 2 and loves to help. She will watch and say ’round and round’ when she wants to stir! :)

December 4, 2008 05:26 AM
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