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.

Chelsea said...

All about the classy for me! :) paceblog(at)aol(dot)com

December 4, 2008 05:27 AM
John and Marissa said...

I *heart* the CLASSY one! So intricate, yet so simple! Beautiful.

December 4, 2008 05:28 AM
Farah said...

I always loved piped icing decorations. So I am definitely sassy.

Btw…I loved all of your creations. They are super cute!

December 4, 2008 05:29 AM
Patti said...

Messy. It looks terrific!

December 4, 2008 05:29 AM
Natalie said...


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I like the sassy one! I tend to be a sassy girl — but honey, I would bite into any one of your cakes anytime, your blog is beautiful!

December 4, 2008 05:31 AM
daurenet said...

Wow, your work is just the greatest.My style is Sassy, but I could take messy. Good buttercream frosting is what makes the cake…

December 4, 2008 05:32 AM
Ainsley said...

I like the classy cake. Although I don’t really prefer the taste/texture of fondant, I love the look of it… and the pattern you used is incredible! I also love the colours. I am getting married next November and that is what I pictured for our cake!!!

December 4, 2008 05:35 AM
Katie said...

i love the messy look because it screams homemade…and everything tastes better homemade.

December 4, 2008 05:35 AM
Patti said...

I absolutely LOVE the one inspired by the pottery barn catalog. My friends and I took a cake decorating class last year. I was so excited then I found out how much hard work it is!

You are impressive.

December 4, 2008 05:36 AM
gracia said...


but in tis case i’m liking the messy one with buttercream slapped all over. :P


December 4, 2008 05:39 AM
life is a blessing said...

I am Sassy! I love beautiful cakes!

December 4, 2008 05:40 AM
Sharon said...


December 4, 2008 05:41 AM
Susan said...

I am a classy cake person. That cake is gorgeous!

December 4, 2008 05:42 AM
Rox said...

I love the classy one (partly because I love fondant, partly because I love the design :)) and Christmas pop sound great :) I might even have time to try making them.

December 4, 2008 05:43 AM
Nancy Holley said...

i am going with classy!

December 4, 2008 05:43 AM
Britta said...

Messy with an emphasis on yummy. I wish I could be classy with an emphasis on yummy but I wasn’t blessed with the cake decorating gene.

December 4, 2008 05:44 AM
tervar said...

classy! for sure… only cause i can’t make a cake look like that.

December 4, 2008 05:46 AM
Melonie said...

Love the Sassy look! meloniew a t g m a i l d o t c o m

December 4, 2008 05:47 AM
Hannah Nicole said...

I’m in love with the messy because it seems so effortlessly beautiful and isn’t that how a girl should always be?


Hannah Hicks

December 4, 2008 05:48 AM
Jess said...

Sassy is perfect for me as long as it is slatered in buttercream!

December 4, 2008 05:50 AM
Kitten said...

Sassy for sure, though that messy looks delicious.

December 4, 2008 05:51 AM
KT said...

I would like to eat messy…but my all time favorite has got to be classy! (:

December 4, 2008 05:53 AM
jmariemi said...

Classy all the way! If you’re going to do it, do it right. Your cakes are stunning by the way. Thanks for posting all that you do!

December 4, 2008 05:55 AM
the W* family said...

Messy… it’s all about how it tastes, anyways. :) Your cakes are adorable!

December 4, 2008 05:56 AM
logans mom said...

Messy. I loved how your’s turned out! Next time I make some I need to use more frosting.

December 4, 2008 05:57 AM
Kim said...

I will have to go with Classy, but only while admitting to being incredibly envious of your fondant skills!


December 4, 2008 06:00 AM
alison said...

Sassy is my fave! Those cakes are adorable!!

December 4, 2008 06:03 AM
Ash said...

Classy for looks and Messy for eating!

December 4, 2008 06:04 AM
Allison Holmes said...

Wow I am a little bit of all three combined…is that an acceptable answer? I love the unique quirkiness of sassy – the decor on the classy is fun and colorful and messiness is closest to godliness…right??
Wow who thought cake could bring out ones inner self expression

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

I like Messy, it looks easy, but I’m sure it takes skill to make messy look so pretty.

December 4, 2008 06:06 AM
maybe strawberry said...

i like the messy one

December 4, 2008 06:08 AM
nikki said...

I like classy. It so pretty and colorful! i think i might try to make one. emphasis on TRY! haha

December 4, 2008 06:12 AM
Charloe said...

It depends on the occasion as to which cake I like better! My only real criteria is how they TASTE! As long as they’re good, I’m good. But I do really like the way the messy one looks!

December 4, 2008 06:14 AM
adriana said...

Oh man. They all look amazing but I think I like “messy” best! YUMMY!

December 4, 2008 06:14 AM
Dawn said...

It depends on the occasion, classy calls to me, sassy reminds me of the ones mom made and messy, well, messy I’m not afraid to dig in and eat.

December 4, 2008 06:20 AM
Penelope said...

Sassy all the way!!! Mind you I’m having a love affair with buttercream at the moment (my newborn does not tolerate chocolate so I’ve had to find a way to satisfy my sweet tooth…cupcakes are it) so maybe that one instead…

December 4, 2008 06:23 AM
Mrs. F said...

I like the look of the classy cake, but I love the flavorings of the messy cake!

December 4, 2008 06:23 AM
maryclaireb said...

Love them all but have to go with sassy.

December 4, 2008 06:25 AM
AngelaBeth said...

Although I LOVE the classy one… I have absolutely no patience for fondant whatsoever. I would probably go with the sassy one if I had time.. which is pretty classy itself. :) You’re absolutely, wonderful, and creative! :)

December 4, 2008 06:25 AM
Michaelynn said...

I love the look of a classy Pottery Barn inspired masterpiece, but I love eating a messy work of mouth-watering genius!

December 4, 2008 06:28 AM
Jacqueline said...

i love the classy one!!! the fondant is beautiful-i love checking your blog, it makes me with my 4 month old would give me more time to bake!

December 4, 2008 06:29 AM
julie desmeules said...

Messy when I cook for me or my family, classy when I cook for others.


December 4, 2008 06:33 AM
Linda said...

I love the classy one…how can you bear to eat it?


December 4, 2008 06:33 AM
Irene said...

I definitely like classy.

December 4, 2008 06:36 AM
Kara said...

Classy! It’s beautiful!

December 4, 2008 06:36 AM
Kathi said...

Definitely classy, but that has nothing to do with my own style, just the style of cake I like, however mine look more like messy and classy is just a dream.

December 4, 2008 06:40 AM
Angie said...

Seriously — I love them all! But, I like the Sassy one the best.

Love, love, love this mini cake idea! You are SO SMART!

December 4, 2008 06:42 AM
Andrea said...

Your messy looks wonderful! My messy just looks, well, messy. Love your site!!!

December 4, 2008 06:43 AM
Robin and Stephen said...

I love the Classy!!! They all look great though! You are sooo talented!

December 4, 2008 06:44 AM
Stephanie said...

I love the sassy look as long as it doesnt get too flowery.

December 4, 2008 06:44 AM
Petra said...

I love all of them. The classy one is the prettiest, but the messy one looks the yummiest and most tempting. :)

December 4, 2008 06:45 AM
Carly said...

Mine is definitely the messy, but I’ve never thought of it that way. To me it’s simple yet elegant, fun, carefree and even slightly adventurous!

December 4, 2008 06:51 AM
Stampmouse said...

ohhhh christmas pops are coming. yeah. cute little cakes how very clever.

I am messy I don’t have your “style” as of yet but maybe someday.

December 4, 2008 06:53 AM
Anonymous said...

Messy i suppose but i really like classy also :-(

December 4, 2008 06:55 AM
Melissa and James Atkinson said...

I love the messy look, there is just something about the presentation that’s amazing. However, I think there is a time, place and/or event that fits each type. Great job on all three and such great ideas!

December 4, 2008 06:57 AM
LindsayB said...

i’m a sassy gal in general, but i’m in love with the classy! but if i’m baking, it would be messy whether it was meant to be or not!

December 4, 2008 07:00 AM
Myrnie said...

Oh the messy one is fantastic- makes you want to just find a fork *now*.

December 4, 2008 07:01 AM
Jodi said...

SASSY! Love it! :)

Thanks for the fun giveaway!

December 4, 2008 07:02 AM
Annie said...

Sassy. Though I love the classy one too.

December 4, 2008 07:07 AM
MomToTwo said...

I want to be “classy,” but I’m usually “messy.” LOL!

December 4, 2008 07:07 AM
Strawberry said...

sassy! and the red is totally perfect, too!

December 4, 2008 07:08 AM
Jen said...

I like both the Sassy and Messy cake styles.

December 4, 2008 07:12 AM
Louise said...

I love the messy look–home made just like mom used to do.

December 4, 2008 07:14 AM
Laura Lou said...

sassy–most def.

December 4, 2008 07:17 AM
katy said...

Absolutely messy for me. That is how our wedding cake looked – I called it The Homemade Look. Anyway, it was beautiful and delicious (lemon butter cream frosting) with coconut sprinkles.

Thanks for the give-away!

December 4, 2008 07:20 AM
Andrea said...

Messy! All the way…I love how simple and classic the white on white is. Andrea J 8781 at hotmail dot com…

December 4, 2008 07:26 AM
Merav said...

I like my cakes messy, so that if I decide to stick my finger into the icing and have a taste, I can just smooth it over and no one will know. HAHA!

Yours are all beautiful!

December 4, 2008 07:26 AM
Christina said...

The classy caught my eye right away. Love it.

December 4, 2008 07:35 AM
Emily Weaver Brown said...

These are all beautiful but my favorite is the “classy” I just love the look of fondant – too bad it taste nasty and is impossible for the amateur to work with.

December 4, 2008 07:36 AM
Monica C. said...

I love them all but I love the Classy one best!

December 4, 2008 07:39 AM
fioNa said...

I vote for messy too! Less time on the frosting, more time on the eating.

December 4, 2008 07:40 AM
Michelle said...

Hmmm, hard to decide! I’m torn between messy and classy. If I’m just looking at them, classy could easily win. But since I hate to eat fondant, and decorating is a challenge for me, I would probably eat/make the messy version!

December 4, 2008 07:43 AM
Ashleigh said...

I’m loving the messy one the most!

December 4, 2008 07:44 AM
lexibot said...

As much as I love clean lines and modern looking cakes, my favorite is the messy. I never feel quite as guilty cutting into it as I do something that’s perfect.

December 4, 2008 07:45 AM
My Sweet & Saucy said...

I love them all so much, but I would have to say the classy! The design is just too cute!

December 4, 2008 07:46 AM
Kathy Eller said...

As long as I am not expected to make it, I like the classic :)


December 4, 2008 07:47 AM
K said...

Messy…who can resist buttercream? And I LOVE that these cakes are little! I can eat a whole one and not share!

klfrye AT nc DOT rr DOT com

December 4, 2008 07:48 AM
Noelani said...

i love the messy…but can go classy too. but messy is defiantly more tasty to me!!

December 4, 2008 07:50 AM
kari said...

I’m a sassy, with messy coming in close second…

December 4, 2008 07:56 AM
Wendy said...

I’m a totally “sassy” cake type girl!!

December 4, 2008 07:56 AM
Jeanneoli said...

I’m really hungry now…thanks.

December 4, 2008 07:56 AM
delia j. said...

All your cakes are gougeous and thats kind of weird to say because they are small cakes. i mean even the messy one is cute but i have to say that the sassy one is my favorite.
keep up the great work
<3 delia

December 4, 2008 07:57 AM
Nell said...

I would love the classy one. But I’m more apt to make the messy one!

December 4, 2008 07:58 AM
Allison said...

Messy all that way, but aspire to be sassy :)

December 4, 2008 07:58 AM
kate said...

I am, honestly, a combination of all three.

But the most aesthetically pleasing one to me? MESSY!

December 4, 2008 08:00 AM
SarahB said...

Love seeing all the variations side by side! My favorite has to be the messy one — mounds of yummy buttercream and it’s ready soonest, so it can be enjoyed soonest!

December 4, 2008 08:03 AM
This Girl loves to Talk said...

Messy.. I havent worked out that fondant thing.. and I am not sure I like the flavour as much.. even though it makes a smooth looking cake

December 4, 2008 08:14 AM
Tia said...

I really love the look of the classy. I just need someone to help me create it. If I don’t have any help I would just go with the messy look.


December 4, 2008 08:15 AM
arundati said...

sassy for me!! they’re all incredible though!!

December 4, 2008 08:18 AM
Marta said...

I love all of them, but I think I will choose Messy but only because it is the way I do at home….
Congratulations for everything you do and you show.
Thanks from Spain

December 4, 2008 08:23 AM
sarah hornacek said...

i choose messy! it doesn’t look messy to me…it looks beautifully and wonderfully made!

December 4, 2008 08:28 AM
Andrea said...

definitely messy!

December 4, 2008 08:31 AM
morgana said...

Wow!!! Imposible, I can't decide, I love the three cakes. This is just as asking me "who do you love more, your daddy or your mom?" It's not just…

I was anxiously waiting to see your christmas pops and now I will need tons of lime (blossom) tea just to avoid crazyness till sunday. I've been working in some christmas cake-x too and they are so funny to make…

Not as good as yours, I'm sure, but just a little example:

I'll never be grateful enough to you for showing me (and others) how to work "bizcobolas way". xoxoxo

December 4, 2008 08:33 AM
Marie said...

I love the sassy cake. It’s just so cute! But not very cute that I would not want to eat it.


December 4, 2008 08:34 AM
Baking Fiend said...

the fondant covered cake… all sassy and nice, wins hand-down!

December 4, 2008 08:43 AM
apparentlyjessy said...

I love sassy! Little flowers and oh so cute ‘lacy’ bits!

December 4, 2008 08:59 AM
Snooky doodle said...

Ha I really can t decide which one I prefer. They all look nice in their own way. Nice cakes I love the mini too. :)

December 4, 2008 09:14 AM
flurogoddess said...

I am torn between the messy and the classy. I’d rather eat the Messy because the classy is too nice to spoil, but I do love some fondant icing! I recently made my husband a birthday cake out of all fondant since we didn’t have an oven at the time!

December 4, 2008 09:15 AM
Kathy said...

I would love just the cake! But, I also love the messy one. The one that would be so much fun to eat.

December 4, 2008 09:22 AM
Huien said...

Definitely messy!
It’s messy with style. And it actually looks like a design.

Sassy is very pretty and classy looks more like a piece of art.

Those pretty pictures make me really hungry and wanna lick my computer screen :P

December 4, 2008 09:24 AM
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