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.

Kismet said...

Oh most def messy!
If I win may I also have a piece of cake please?


December 4, 2008 09:26 AM
Sandra Avital said...

Classy is beautiful but I never use fondant, don’t like it. So I would have to say: SASSY (because it’s so girly!!)

December 4, 2008 09:28 AM
Jodi said...

I like the Messy one best. I think the other two are just too pretty to eat!

December 4, 2008 09:30 AM
Kathryn said...

If it’s between Messy and Sassy … I’m definitely Sassy!

December 4, 2008 09:33 AM
Nanna said...

I love the sassy cake! Of course any one would be delicious…

December 4, 2008 09:42 AM
Kassy said...

I really like both the messy and classy, but if I have to choose only one I’d say the messy one!

December 4, 2008 09:53 AM
Bake-rellaa said...

Classy.. #3 its just such a good design!

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

ooh, i’m a sassy girl too— must be from the years of watching my mom decorate cakes professionally.

Plus, buttercream just tastes better.

LOVE your color palate!

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

i love the classy one, and i love your blog. In Norway we dont have caces like yours, and i think your caces are so cute.

December 4, 2008 10:09 AM
Samyii said...

I love the classy one….rich detailed and made with extreme love :)

December 4, 2008 10:15 AM
TropicGirl said...

It depends on what I want. Messy is gorgeous and fabulous for every day and some occasions. But I like the sassy just because it’s beautiful. The Classy isn’t my taste, but definitely beautiful too! So can I pick a favorite? NO!

December 4, 2008 10:22 AM
Shizuna said...

All of them are gorgeous !
but Classy is my favourite !

December 4, 2008 10:34 AM
katie culp said...

messy!! tasty and disastrous!

December 4, 2008 10:41 AM
Destini said...

I’m a classy cake kinda girl!! I just love the polished look.

December 4, 2008 10:42 AM
heidi62613 said...

I love your blog. The cakes and such look so yummy. I think I like the sassy the best, but would love to eat the messy!

December 4, 2008 10:44 AM
Amy said...

I love the messy, simple but elegant. All of them are gorgeous though!

December 4, 2008 10:49 AM
chrissy said...

I love messy because I think I could actually make it!!! The others are just gorgeous!

December 4, 2008 10:50 AM
Glenda said...

They are all beautiful,but I like Messy the best.

December 4, 2008 10:57 AM
bakingblonde said...

I love the messy one! I wouldn’t feel guilty about slicing into it and eating a slice!

December 4, 2008 10:57 AM
Chellie said...

I love the messy.. It’s so great.. takes less time.. leaving more time to enjoy!!

December 4, 2008 10:57 AM
nadibakes said...

i am definitely a Messy Girl! you always know how to come up with simple Great Ideas!

You are a inspiration to me!



December 4, 2008 10:59 AM
Bethany Bassett said...

Me, I’m more of the sassy type… but I would eat anything covered in frosting. Yum!!

December 4, 2008 11:02 AM
LeAnn said...

Messy is the best – homemade and lots of yummy, buttercream frosting. MMMMMM.

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

Although they are all beautiful, I admit to being a Sassy Chick!!

December 4, 2008 11:07 AM
Tamara said...

I love them all but my favorite is “sassy”, must have something to do with the fact my dad has nicknamed me “sassy girl” since I was just a baby, LOL!

December 4, 2008 11:08 AM
Kim said...

Classy is the prettiest, but I’d probably want to eat the messy one. (Fondant doesn’t look like it tastes that good. I could be wrong, cuz I’ve never eaten it.)

December 4, 2008 11:09 AM
lindsey said...

I loved Messy! But cake is cake and I’d eat any of them…and all of them!

Love your site!

December 4, 2008 11:09 AM
~liz said...

i love the messy white buttercream frosting one. and the thickness of the frosting is enough to make me go make a mini cake RIGHT NOW!!!

December 4, 2008 11:09 AM
knittinandnoodlin said...

I love the classy one…but I have a feeling I wouldn’t be able to make myself eat it because it is so pretty! Cakes that looks like fabric has a special place in my heart.

December 4, 2008 11:09 AM
Melody said...

I absolutely love the classy. The pattern and colors are beautiful.

December 4, 2008 11:13 AM
chucky said...

Messy and casual. Love your blog!

December 4, 2008 11:14 AM
dotkar said...


December 4, 2008 11:20 AM
Lisa said...

I’m a messy kinda girl when it comes to decorating….that classy looks awfully good tho!

December 4, 2008 11:27 AM
Dream Cake said...

Girl you know I love me some cake messy, sassy or classy. I just LOVE CAKE! But if you were making my birthday cake for next week I would go for the messy for sure. You know I am going to spend the night on my computer Saturday night b’cause Sunday is my birthday and my friend Bakerella comes out with some new pops. Thank you!

December 4, 2008 11:30 AM
Anonymous said...

How do I like my cakes decorated?….ALL THREE!!!!
Any cake is wonderful, and sometimes I like it classy, and other days sassy and then when I’m feeling a little wild – Messy! (hee-hee)


December 4, 2008 11:32 AM
Charlie P said...

Classy! It’s so different and the colours are beautiful. I love your ideo of making mini cakes so you can try out different frosting and icing styles- will definitely be doing than in future (and using the scraps for cake pops!)
…but my absolute favourite cake style is ‘tasty’. As long as it tastes amazing, I don’t care what it looks like!

December 4, 2008 11:33 AM
KeL said...

I would be the messy for sure…I like to do everything quick and easy!! Love the other ones too by the way!

December 4, 2008 11:33 AM
Jenn's New Camera said...

Definitely messy!

December 4, 2008 11:39 AM
Charlotte said...

I LUV, LUV, LUV them all but my very favor is CLASSY. That one is a work of art!!!

December 4, 2008 11:39 AM
ina said...

I like sassy cakes. Why? Because it’s so… me!

December 4, 2008 11:41 AM
baesedays said...

I would say the sassy one! :)

December 4, 2008 11:42 AM
cncgirl00 said...

I’m in the middle-sassy.

December 4, 2008 11:42 AM
niki Z said...

I am a sassy girl through and through. Messy is nice but classy is too much for me.

December 4, 2008 11:43 AM
Amanda said...

I’m a messy! ;) Love the way these look, so beautiful. I’ve never messed with fondant, just like scrapbooking. I’d probably get addicted and I have too much to do already! LOL

December 4, 2008 11:53 AM
Maria said...

Messy for sure. That way I don’t feel guilty when I cut into it. :)

December 4, 2008 11:54 AM
Damjana Ž. said...

I’m allways fascinated how great you can make things look like. All three are great, but messy is what I like best :)

December 4, 2008 11:59 AM
natalie said...

oh wow, your classy cake is gorgeous!! i wish i knew/had the patience for that kind of cake decorating! mine always look more like the messy cake! oh well, doesn’t matter, it all goes in my belly anyways!!

December 4, 2008 12:06 PM
The Tyson Family said...

Your mini cakes are beautiful! I especially love the sassy cake although I’m totally a “messy” cake girl at heart. I love rustic, natural-state kinda things.

Ooooh… and I can’t wait for Christmas pops!!!!!

December 4, 2008 12:08 PM
Jenn said...

I like to think of my self as sassy that strives for classy, but really I’m messy!

December 4, 2008 12:10 PM
hannahbanana said...

Can we choose all three?
Alright then, sassy!

December 4, 2008 12:10 PM
sharon said...

I like sassy. It shows you cared, but you didn’t have to kill yourself

December 4, 2008 12:11 PM
Pam said...

I love the classy, but I’m not that talented so my cakes end up being a much less sassy looking sassy. :)

December 4, 2008 12:11 PM
Rachael said...

I have to admit that I am a messy cake girl! This is only because I am not as talented as you are in making beautiful cakes:-)

December 4, 2008 12:15 PM
Jen said...

I love the look of all three — some very different ideas, but all look delicious! I would say I love the look of classy, the feel of messy and identify with the sassy the most ;)

Great job!

December 4, 2008 12:15 PM
Lora said...

I like Sassy!!! But Classy isn’t too bad either. ;)
I make messy though. LOL

December 4, 2008 12:18 PM
rkdalton said...

How to choose . . . how to choose???

I think they are all wonderful – but the MESSY one probably has my name all over it. I made your frosting recipe for my scratch devil’s food cake and it was a hit!

Love your posts!

December 4, 2008 12:19 PM
Deanne said...

wowwee, and its my birthday today, i’ll pretend its my cake – most certainly the ‘messy’ one :)

must get around to making that moist yellow cake :) xxx

December 4, 2008 12:21 PM
Rosey said...

messy, less guilt when I devour!

December 4, 2008 12:21 PM
bethasd said...

I want to look at Classy but definitely want to eat Messy. Bakerella, you’re my inspiration!

December 4, 2008 12:24 PM
Rebecca said...

I love the messy one!
Your goodies always look so delicious!

December 4, 2008 12:28 PM
Granny Robin said...

My favorite is the sassy. I love all 3 and I have taken classes to make Classy and Sassy but I usually end up with Messy. I sincerely admire you for your talents to make the Sassy and Classy. I will use your buttercream icing today for my 5 year old grandaughter’s “Kitty” cake.

December 4, 2008 12:28 PM
Karen said...

Classy…I LOVE IT! I don’t think I could even stand to bite into it and ruin its perfection – you’re amazing!

December 4, 2008 12:28 PM
Teresa said...

The messier the better!

December 4, 2008 12:28 PM
Fairly Odd Mother said...

The amount of frosting in between the two layers on the messy cake has me drooling. And, that is my favorite ‘look’ too—in fact, it’s how I asked my wedding cake to be decorated. I just put some fresh flowers on top and it was done.

(your other cakes are gorgeous as well, and if you had cut into them, perhaps I could’ve been swayed)

December 4, 2008 12:30 PM
JT said...

Messy takes the blue ribbon for me!!! Perhaps it’s because how overwhelmed I am when I think of the time and effort put into the other two?! LOL!

Keep doing what you’re doing – LOVE IT!

December 4, 2008 12:34 PM
Michelleigh said...

I love them all! But my favorite is Sassy. :)

December 4, 2008 12:34 PM
Rebecca said...

I’m definately a Sassy girl! They all look beautiful!!!

December 4, 2008 12:35 PM
sicookie said...

I love the classy–Love all the beautiful colors and swirls

December 4, 2008 12:36 PM
Angela V. said...

I love them all, but I would choose the Classy one. I love the colors and the neat lines!

December 4, 2008 12:37 PM
Kristen said...

If I’m making it sassy is how I roll…if I didn’t make it then classy…bottom line as long as it taste good I can get over the looks.

December 4, 2008 12:38 PM
cheriez said...

I love the messy!!!!

December 4, 2008 12:45 PM
Gina said...

I would say that the sassy one looks more classy, and the classy more sassy…. regardless, I think I like the fondant classy look because I can never do it myself. ;)

December 4, 2008 12:45 PM
annemarie said...

I am afraid I would be messy – not by choice though – just ends up that way!1

December 4, 2008 12:47 PM
torinem said...

I love the Classy Cake! So pretty!

December 4, 2008 12:48 PM
Julie K said...

I love love love the classy!


December 4, 2008 12:49 PM
Loydene said...

For me … it is probably messy (or sassy) — I don’t care for fondant and I LOVE buttercream!

December 4, 2008 12:54 PM
mccoy5 said...

Messy tastes the BEST and classy is my preferred look though.

Love your cakes – can’t wait to see Christmas pops.

December 4, 2008 12:54 PM
Sila Lumenn said...

I love all three, but I suppose I’m mostly a sassy girl. That one is my favorite! :-)

December 4, 2008 12:55 PM
Jennifer said...

I love Classy. I love them all actually, but the colors and the design on the Classy cake are fantastic.

Beautiful work, as always.


December 4, 2008 12:56 PM
Aleisha said...

I’m messy. With two little boys, it explains my house and my life. =o) Looks yummy. Love how small they are, great idea.

December 4, 2008 12:59 PM
Emily said...

All three are gorgeous!

I love Messy all the way though….I think it looks the most delicious and beautiful.

December 4, 2008 12:59 PM
Meg said...

I love the classy one the colors are just beautiful. So that is my vote if I was to buy the cake but messy is the way I would make it. hehe!

December 4, 2008 12:59 PM
crazydaisy said...

Yeah, I am a messy cake kinda girl (but I secretly and desperately want to be classy AND sassy!)!!!

December 4, 2008 12:59 PM
Dana said...

I like the messy! I am taking a cake decorating class now and not too sold on it! I have my last one tonight and I think I will make a Mini layer cake!

December 4, 2008 01:01 PM
Tami said...

I love them all, but I think Classy is my favorite as long as someone else is putting it together because I’m not sure I could pull it off! :)

Love your blog….makes me smile every time I look at it!

December 4, 2008 01:02 PM
Kelly said...

I think messy tastes the best but the fondant cakes look so pretty(but don’t taste so great). :^)

December 4, 2008 01:03 PM
kim said...

SINCE the messy one is all white on white, i choose that one! ALL are lovely of course!

December 4, 2008 01:03 PM
Mertgirl said...

Mmm… Messy… all the way! And–DANG it looks good.

December 4, 2008 01:05 PM
lisalyn said...

If I made the cake it would most likely be messy. But I LOVE the Classy one! They really are all beautiful though.

December 4, 2008 01:05 PM
Darling729 said...

CLASSY CLASSY CLASSY!! I think it is because I love the look of fondant so much but HATE to work with it!! I’m just too impatient!

Love your stuff!

December 4, 2008 01:05 PM
timeslidesby said...

I’m not one for fondant and eating red icing just gets messy. But really I just love the messy one. Especially since its winter times. Reminds me of a snowball.

December 4, 2008 01:07 PM
Jenny said...

Stunning!!! I can’t pick a favorite. They are all beautiful and so incredibly cute.

December 4, 2008 01:10 PM
missELAINEeous said...

Classy!!! That cake is beautiful!

December 4, 2008 01:10 PM
Rebecca said...

I love them all for different reasons. But as a busy mom of 3 kids all under 7, I would have to say I see myself making the messy one and everyone would be just as happy as if I spent the extra time doing the others. Plus think of all the dishes I would save washing!

December 4, 2008 01:10 PM
Jason and Rebekah said...

I love the sassy cake! How beautiful! Do you have any directions of how you decorated it? They all look yummy though!

December 4, 2008 01:10 PM
Amy Lynn said...

I LOVE classy. I would love to some day learn how do that! :) Love your cakes!

December 4, 2008 01:11 PM
Hautemama said...

I love the classy one! All of them look yummy though!!

December 4, 2008 01:11 PM
DawntoDuskMeals said...

I go for the Sassy! Love the colors too!!! It is really hard to choose! I guess Sassy, Messy then Classy!

December 4, 2008 01:11 PM
snarflemarfle said...

That classy one with the cut fondant is so beautiful! The my favorite decoration on a cake is a fork…headed straight to my mouth!

December 4, 2008 01:11 PM
Jen said...

Love the classic ClASSY! Stylish, simple and elegant ;-) Nice enough to leave as a home decor!

December 4, 2008 01:11 PM
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