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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Sar Sar said...

My favorite is sassy for sure!

December 4, 2008 01:12 PM
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Chez said...

Love the classy look! Fondant all the way. Can’t wait for Christmas pops.

December 4, 2008 01:13 PM
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Carrie's Creations said...

I always knew I was a sassy girl ;)

These mini cakes are simply beautiful!!

December 4, 2008 01:13 PM
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Valerie in GA said...

Messy buttercream always gets my vote, besides, its the only one I can reasonably achieve!!

December 4, 2008 01:15 PM
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templarlady said...

I love the classy one- but would eat the messy one. Jane

December 4, 2008 01:17 PM
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Country Whispers said...

Messy would be first choice but I really like all three.
http://www.countrywhispers.blogspot.com/

December 4, 2008 01:17 PM
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Carrie said...

Classy to have and look at – but messy to eat! cviel21 at aol.com and http://newlywedgal.blogspot.com

December 4, 2008 01:18 PM
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Mary Michal said...

I love the sassy one. But they all look amazing!!

December 4, 2008 01:18 PM
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VeggieGirl said...

I like my cakes classy :-)

December 4, 2008 01:19 PM
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Casey said...

Definitely messy. The other two are way to perfect to cut into. It would be terrifying to watch. But I sure would love for you to cut the messy one and hand me a piece!!!

December 4, 2008 01:19 PM
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Jessica said...

Sassy! Just like me!

December 4, 2008 01:21 PM
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Cheryl said...

I love all three of your cakes! When I make cakes, they are messy. But I like to buy cakes that are sassy. I must admit I have never had a classy cake before. I have heard that fondant doesn’t taste very good so i don’t think I would ever buy a classy cake.

December 4, 2008 01:22 PM
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Lynn P said...

Love the classy, but I could never get it to look like yours!

December 4, 2008 01:22 PM
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Susan S. said...

Love the classy look. If I’m baking, though – it’ll turn out messy. Beautiful cakes!

December 4, 2008 01:22 PM
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Chez said...

Forgot to leave my e-mail (merolafamily@cox.net)

December 4, 2008 01:23 PM
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Jill said...

I love the fondant one! My cakes usually fall in the cover-them-with-frosting-and-add-some-sprinkles category. jillybean152 at hotmail dot com

December 4, 2008 01:25 PM
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Kingston's Mom said...

Messy! On a green milk glass cake stand. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

December 4, 2008 01:25 PM
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Brandy said...

Messy….with my daughter helping, it can’t turn out any other way.

December 4, 2008 01:27 PM
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kora said...

I like the classy one to look at – but the messy appeals more to me to dive right in and eat it

December 4, 2008 01:27 PM
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Kasey Hunt said...

I would have to say messy. If I was good at cake decorating then I would say classy. http://www.qkhunt.blogspot.com

December 4, 2008 01:27 PM
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Darla said...

All three are adorable, but I prefer the classy one myself.

December 4, 2008 01:29 PM
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Happy cook said...

I love classy. Only thing i wish i would make classy ones like yours.

December 4, 2008 01:29 PM
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Mary said...

I have to say classy. Most of my cakes probably look closer to messy but in my head it’s pretty classy. =)

December 4, 2008 01:30 PM
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Pam at Antique or Not said...

My vote is for classy…I’m SO impressed!

December 4, 2008 01:30 PM
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Suzanne said...

I definitely love the classy. I love love love it. I have wanted to learn how to make fondant just because I love how it looks but have just never taken the time.

December 4, 2008 01:30 PM
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Jen said...

These all look great! If I have to pick a favorite I would pick the sassy one.

December 4, 2008 01:31 PM
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The Cookie Girl said...

I am all 3. I love to decorate cakes. Not crazy about the taste of fondant though.
Your cakes look fantastic!

December 4, 2008 01:32 PM
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Bridget said...

Wow…ALL 3?!?! Classy is my favorite…that fondant work is incredible, but a close second is messy.

December 4, 2008 01:32 PM
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Liz said...

They are all pretty but I have to go with messy all the way :) Straight to the point…Cake and icing. Mmmmm

December 4, 2008 01:32 PM
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doahleigh said...

I don’t think the “classy” description is accurate for what I normally like, but I love the pattern on that cake!

December 4, 2008 01:33 PM
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Angie P said...

WOW! – I love the messy style for everyday stuff like this. Great idea to make those lil cake!

December 4, 2008 01:33 PM
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Jen said...

Hmmm… It’s such a tough choice. Why? Because they’re all so beautiful. Personally though, when I’m making a cake I usually go with messy. It’s fast. It’s easy and I get to eat it sooner. :o)
Have a great day!!

December 4, 2008 01:33 PM
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Momma Bear said...

I love them all, but I have to say I liked the messy one the best. It reminds me of a snowy morning and looks so tasty.

December 4, 2008 01:33 PM
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Ben and Sarah said...

I LOVE MESSY! But with a classy element of sass. Check out Martha’s classy messy cake, so simple and beautiful, this is my latest inspiration: http://www.marthastewart.com:80/recipe/chocolate-cake-with-snowy-meringue?xsc=stf_MSLO-RECIPE

Thanks, Bakerella!

December 4, 2008 01:34 PM
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Christine said...

I think all three look great, but if I absolutely had to pick one, I would pick classy for looks and pick off the fondant.

December 4, 2008 01:36 PM
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Off The Vine said...

Awesome..I love the classy look, but it looks so hard to do! So I am voting for messy! Less imtidating..but some how i think to get the perfect messy look is probably not easy! Brooke

December 4, 2008 01:36 PM
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Kelly said...

I like them all, but if I had to chose one to have for myself it would be the messy one.

December 4, 2008 01:36 PM
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Anonymous said...

I love all of them, but especially the messy one!

December 4, 2008 01:36 PM
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jkay85 said...

I like the classy the best. However if it was me decorating the cakes they would all be messy!

Love your site.

December 4, 2008 01:36 PM
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breedwoman said...

I’m totally with the classy! LOVE IT!
http://breedwoman-getinmybelly.blogspot.com/

December 4, 2008 01:37 PM
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Christine McNeme said...

I like all three, but my favorite is the Classy, even though I am mostly likely to make a the Messy cake!

December 4, 2008 01:38 PM
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jlk said...

Well, I make them Messy because I can’t do anything else. But I love classy. Love it!

December 4, 2008 01:38 PM
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Susie said...

I have to go with messy! My cakes always look that way.

Thank you for the giveaway!

December 4, 2008 01:38 PM
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Julie B said...

I’m more of the messy style, I love the homemade look.

December 4, 2008 01:40 PM
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Deanna said...

Messy for sure! The tools are adorable!

December 4, 2008 01:41 PM
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Beth said...

Definitely classy! But I’m better at messy!

linsey7@hotmail.com

December 4, 2008 01:41 PM
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Juli Herman said...

Mine is sassy…but I love the classic too! For lazy and hungry days though, I’d vote for messy :) Most of the time when I decorate cakes, I tend not to eat them because by the end of it,I’m usually too exhausted by all the clean up, so cake decorating actually helps me lose weight.
Baking by itself however, does not :) so when I’m in my baking mood, it’d be messy.

Cake decor mood – sassy :D

btw, my food blog is a group blog.

December 4, 2008 01:41 PM
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Katherine said...

Well, I have a Classically Sassy desire to decorate cakes but I usually wind up with a Messy finished product. LOL!! I love all 3 cakes but I have never used fondant (gasp!) and so I would have to say that is my favorite look of these 3. The Messy is calling my name, though…

Love your work/designs! Can’t wait to see the new CakePop designs!You inspire me to try new things with cakes! Thanks a bunch!
csmoferret.blogspot.com
csmoferret@gmail.com

December 4, 2008 01:42 PM
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Jasmine said...

Definitely sassy!!!

sp1229jasmine@yahoo.com

December 4, 2008 01:43 PM
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N Mohler said...

I’m going to have to go with messy…it just looks like a kick back-on-the-couch-in-your-pj’s-and-love-on-you-some-cake…kinda cake;)

December 4, 2008 01:43 PM
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Mary said...

I love the messy one!!! It’s just fun and I’m not that into structure.:)
runningthehalls.blogspot.com

December 4, 2008 01:45 PM
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Casserlys said...

ok, my favorite is the classy, with sassy coming in a close second! Beautiful work!

kl.irish5@gmail.com

December 4, 2008 01:45 PM
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QL girl said...

I like all three…depending on the mood. But, considering my lack of artistry, I’d say I prefer the messy style…mostly because it would end up that way regardless. =]

I LOVE your classy one though!!

(ohh…I hope I win, those are adorable!)

December 4, 2008 01:45 PM
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Cherie said...

I like the messy one too!

December 4, 2008 01:45 PM
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Anonymous said...

Though my cake would just end up looking plain old messy, I’m definitely going with the Classy Look. I love the pattern on the cake -so stylish!

Nadia
nadia.deluce@yahoo.it

December 4, 2008 01:47 PM
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foxy frenzy said...

I love them collectively, but for the sake of the contest I will say that I love the messy one-it’s the one making me hungry right now.

thefoxybebe at gmail dot com

December 4, 2008 01:47 PM
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Julielewis said...

These are too cute for words! I love the sassy, but if I made them, I would do the messy because I can’t decorate a cake….looking for classes, though.

julieklewis@comcast.net

December 4, 2008 01:47 PM
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Tina said...

I like the sassy one best! And, I have a question…how do you get your cake tops flat???

December 4, 2008 01:48 PM
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mb said...

i love the look of classy, but i love to eat the messy…nothing like the sweet taste of buttercream frosting!

December 4, 2008 01:49 PM
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Fernanda said...

HI!!!
I LOVE YOUR BLOG, YOU ARE SO TALENTED!! I COME HERE OFTEN LOOKING FOR NEWS.
I THINK THAT MY STYLE IS CLASSY!

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

December 4, 2008 01:50 PM
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frostingfantasies said...

For looks I would have to say the classy one. It looks awesome!!

Website is http://www.frostingfantasies.com.

You do such beautiful work!!!

December 4, 2008 01:51 PM
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Rhonda said...

Right now I only do messy, but I also like doing classy and sassy.

December 4, 2008 01:51 PM
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mymosk said...

Messy! Just right to dive right into!

December 4, 2008 01:53 PM
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carey said...

I LOVE the classy!! And definitely more my style. If I was making it, it would end up resembling messy though!!

December 4, 2008 01:55 PM
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Anonymous said...

Messy, definitely. I love the look of the decorated cakes but haven’t got the patience. Looking forward to Christmas cake pops!!!
thegodwins@alltel.net

December 4, 2008 01:56 PM
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Becky said...

I think the Classy looks the best, but I’m more fond of eating a cake than looking at it, for long. So I’d have to choose messy. I really love buttercream, and not so much fondant.

December 4, 2008 01:56 PM
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drk said...

I’ve gotta say, I love the sassy. It reminds me of going out to the bar with the girls – you’ve still got the basic blue jeans (frosting) on, but then you add a fancy top and heels.

love your blog!

December 4, 2008 01:56 PM
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Mitzy said...

Wow, adorable mini cakes! I love the classy one :-)

December 4, 2008 01:58 PM
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FunkyFrum said...

love love love the classy

December 4, 2008 01:58 PM
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Kristen said...

I love Messy!

December 4, 2008 01:59 PM
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Jan said...

Its hard to choose but if I must…. SASSY. They are all super cute and fun.

December 4, 2008 02:00 PM
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Caleb's Family said...

I love the classy. I think that you are so talented. Keep up the good work!

December 4, 2008 02:00 PM
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Lily said...

Definitely classy~ I love it!

December 4, 2008 02:01 PM
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susie339 said...

I love the messy! If you make a mistake nobody will notice! And nothing better then butter cream!

December 4, 2008 02:01 PM
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The Chancey's of Braselton said...

Classy, I think I still have wedding cake envy (the local bakery in the little town we were married in didn’t do fondant) so I love the look of fondant.

December 4, 2008 02:01 PM
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Prairie Girl said...

I am totally Messy girl. The picture of the cake was making me drool! YUM!

December 4, 2008 02:01 PM
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sarah @ Sweet Endeavors said...

Sassy. It reminds me of a flirty, twirly cotton skirt! I love the colors on the sassy cake. They are my wedding colors (ok, I’m not engaged, or dating right now…but my wedding is planned. I just need my Prince Charming!!!) Pink and Orange!!! I like the depth of the colors too. Nice work!

December 4, 2008 02:02 PM
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Carole said...

Oh Classy all the way!!! BUT I make messsy every time.

youngestof3sisters.blogspot.com

Have a wonderful Thursday!

December 4, 2008 02:02 PM
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HannaBanana4511 said...

They are all so yummy looking!! I definitely love the messy one, i could imagine gobbling that one up so quickly, but for something a little more fancy i really like the sassy one!

H11M01W88@hotmail.com

December 4, 2008 02:03 PM
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Jen S. said...

CLASSY! Although, I must say that I like them all. Thanks for being an inspiration!

December 4, 2008 02:03 PM
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ucellucciasara said...

Sassy for me: if it’s all fondant-y elegance I feel like I can’t eat it, and I am just a smidge too controlling to enjoy a messily frosted cake, so Sassy is a happy medium!

December 4, 2008 02:05 PM
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Laura P. said...

I’d have to go with the classic one…my blog isn’t half as good as yours but it’s http://laurashomecookin.wordpress.
com/

you can reach me at biogrrll@animail.net : )

December 4, 2008 02:05 PM
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Eternal Sunshine said...

I like the Classy to look at, but it’s too pretty to eat, and I wouldn’t have the patience to make all those little designs.

So, for me, it’s the Messy – LOTS of frosting, I noticed, and easier to put together. And it look s SUPER yummy!

And my word verification was “pieness” which seems fitting for a blog named Bakerella…

December 4, 2008 02:05 PM
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Julie said...

I love the classy one! but it’s so pretty to see them all together. I LOVE your blog. I’m the owner of a small bakery and my website is http://www.uppercrustcakes.com. (julie@uppercrustcakes.com)

December 4, 2008 02:05 PM
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Angela said...

So Sassy!! They are all great but I love the sassy!!!

December 4, 2008 02:06 PM
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Courtney said...

Personally, I’m sassy, but cakewise, I’m messy!

December 4, 2008 02:07 PM
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helentastic said...

sassy is the best for sure!

December 4, 2008 02:08 PM
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kk said...

I am a combination of messy and sassy. I wouldn’t want it to take too long to decorate, because I would want to eat it!
kkholland@centurytel.net

December 4, 2008 02:09 PM
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Elizabeth said...

I like them all, but would like to eat the buttercream messy one the most!

December 4, 2008 02:12 PM
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Véronika said...

im going to do some minicakes today!
im going to do the sassy one! so cute!

December 4, 2008 02:12 PM
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Erica said...

I like the classy kind. I’ve got a great marshmallow fondant recipe that I use ’cause the almond flavored stuff kind of tastes weird to me.

December 4, 2008 02:13 PM
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Jennifer said...

I’d have to say CLASSY. but then again, I like the sassy too! oh I can’t decide! Anyways, they all look great and delicious =)

Jenn!

http://www.inawalnutshell.blogsppot.com

December 4, 2008 02:13 PM
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Becky said...

Messy! The others are gorgeous, though!

December 4, 2008 02:14 PM
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Carrie said...

They all look beautiful, but messy looks like it would taste the best!

http://www.cccinnyc.blogspot.com

December 4, 2008 02:15 PM
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BBro said...

I Love the fondant one. It’s so neat and clean, but colorful at the same time.

December 4, 2008 02:16 PM
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Nichole said...

They’re all lovely, but I think I’ll vote for sassy. Although messy is definitely my decorating style.

December 4, 2008 02:17 PM
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Nicole said...

Classy! Sooo pretty! And I love fondant. I’m just weird like that. :-P

Sassy is pretty but classy takes the cake!

elocin.oco at gmail dot com

December 4, 2008 02:18 PM
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Christy said...

i love the sassy one! it’s best of both worlds, a little bit of messy, but the flowers and decorations make it look a little bit classy. those cakes look soooo yummy! great job!

December 4, 2008 02:19 PM
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Kristine McKowen said...

Me – MESSY

I don’t have time for anything else – although I’d love to learn

December 4, 2008 02:19 PM
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gina said...

I like the Messy…and it fits me. But I could possibly be convinced to pick Sassy, except I’m not wild about fondant. Okay, they’re all beautiful!

December 4, 2008 02:19 PM
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