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.

Megan said...

I’m more of the sassy but your messy cake looks beautiful!

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

I would have to say, if I were restricted to one “style” for myself, it would be the Messy one. BUT, if I were choosing a cake from the three that you present to us here, I would go for Sassy, only because there’s more icing-y goodness for my mouth and tummy to enjoy.

December 4, 2008 02:20 PM
plutosangel said...

Wow I just lurve your blog!! Sassy was a masterpiece!

December 4, 2008 02:21 PM
Anonymous said...


December 4, 2008 02:23 PM
Anonymous said...

Sassy..Tanya in Louisiana

December 4, 2008 02:24 PM
kwhit9tl said...

Definitely messy!

December 4, 2008 02:24 PM
Arya said...

I am defiantly Sassy but a bit messy too and possibly a tad classy also but mostly sassy.

I am going to have to try making these – just too cute and the perfect size, too.

Thank you again for sharing these w/us.

arya_wiese AT yahoo DOT com

December 4, 2008 02:25 PM
Sandy said...

Wow you have a lot of comments! I don’t think you can respond individually to this one! I love the classy cake. It is great.

December 4, 2008 02:26 PM
Erica said...

Your cakes are lovely. My style is definitely classy, but I’m not a big fan of fondant. My limited ability in cake decorating usually means I wind up with the “messy” style. :)
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December 4, 2008 02:27 PM
Zoe said...

I love the messy style, all the way! They look so yummy, I may have to make some. Cheers!

December 4, 2008 02:29 PM
Debbie said...

I like them allll!! LOL But I like the messy. I can just picture it with some coconut…ummmm

I can’t wait to make this one.

December 4, 2008 02:30 PM
dnsvm said...

I am partial to the sassy cakes although mine end up looking like the first one. In the end—-they all taste fabulous!

December 4, 2008 02:30 PM
Jessica said...

I definitely like the sassy…usually it would be classy, but the other is so PERFECT! They’re adorable! Definitely a cute cake to try!

December 4, 2008 02:30 PM
Karly said...

I love the sassy one, but more often than not when I decorate it’s definitely messy!! Love all three, they are so pretty :)

December 4, 2008 02:30 PM
adventure knitter said...

I like the messy one! That looks super yummy!!

December 4, 2008 02:31 PM
Katie said...

Messy! It looks like it tastes better:)

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December 4, 2008 02:31 PM
rebekah at ead living said...

Oh Messy, for sure!

December 4, 2008 02:31 PM
suburban prep said...

I love messy. Not a fondant girl but a buttercream topping girl.

December 4, 2008 02:32 PM
Rosanne said...

I think I like classy!

December 4, 2008 02:32 PM
Tori said...

I am definately a classy clean look kind of girl, but I would go with the others also. I love this blog by the way.

December 4, 2008 02:32 PM
MrsEAM said...

Well, it depends on who is making it. If I am, messy. If someone talented is, classy! Maybe one day I’ll try to make my own classy cake :)

December 4, 2008 02:33 PM
Megan said...

Definitely sassy. All 3 of those cakes are adorable though!

December 4, 2008 02:33 PM
Nichole said...

it all depends on my mood…if im feeling creative i love to play with fondant! so classy…but usually its messy for me :)

December 4, 2008 02:33 PM
supergirl5 said...

*I looove the classy look. I’ve never tasted or even tried to work with fondant….but i’ve heard it doesnt taste very good… So classy to look, and messy to eat!
Plus, the idea of mini-cakes is great! Bigger than a cupcake….yummy!
shopping_girl5 AT (hotmail)dot com

December 4, 2008 02:34 PM
Mary Helen said...

I like Messy and/or Classy! My taste buds love messy because of all that yummy buttercream icing, but I also love the classy, finished look of the fondant. All three of your mini cakes are beautiful!

December 4, 2008 02:36 PM
Andrea said...

I agree with a lot of the other comments. Visually, I love the classy. But if I’m going to eat it I want the messy!

December 4, 2008 02:36 PM
Tara said...

i would be the messy… should see my house…haha

December 4, 2008 02:37 PM
snbjork said...

They’re all fabulous, but I think I’m a little on the SASSY side! =)

December 4, 2008 02:37 PM
Jade said...

I’m torn between messy and classy. In the end, I’d have to say messy. It seems more inviting…like: eat me, you know you want to! Or at least swip your figer across the frosting for a taste! :)

December 4, 2008 02:37 PM
Megan's Mommy said...

I love your Sassy Style!
I love the idea of mini-cakes — now, my next project!

December 4, 2008 02:38 PM
Bridget =) said...

Just call me MESSY!!! LOL! But all are LOVELY!!! =)
Bridget =)

December 4, 2008 02:39 PM
onyah said...

They’re all gorgeous, but I love the sassy cake! Fondant is beautiful, but it just *looks* so inedible that I shy away from it.

December 4, 2008 02:39 PM
k.j.h said...

I’m all for classy. It looks so fancy I almost can’t eat it. I said almost.

December 4, 2008 02:39 PM
prettytoya said...

I LOVE the Classy, although they are all beautiful!

December 4, 2008 02:42 PM
Carly said...

I love the classy! But I have to admit the messy usually tastes better.

December 4, 2008 02:42 PM
Daisy Duke said...

I’m sassy!!

December 4, 2008 02:43 PM
Nadia said...

messy, definitely messy! there’s that endearing quality to messily frosted cakes that i love

*nadia /

December 4, 2008 02:43 PM
Sam said...

While I love the classy, with my skills I’d have to say Messy! Either way it’s the yum factor that really counts right?!

December 4, 2008 02:43 PM
Jenna Lewis Cox said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE LITTLE MINI’s!! I think i shall try one myself.

My favorite is the classy although i like to think that i am sassy! :) And i love that you got some inspiration from Pottery Barn!

My blog is

cute prize giveaways too! :) thanks for your daily inspiration!

December 4, 2008 02:44 PM
Claudia said...

I prefer my cakes classy but I never have the patience for it. So what I really mean is; I make them messy.

December 4, 2008 02:44 PM
Kelly said...

Classy! I love them all! My daughter is asking Santa for Bakerella to come to her house for christmas!lol She knows I cant create classy, sassy or messy! She loves to look at your site with me. We call her lil miss betty crocker! Thanks so much!

December 4, 2008 02:45 PM
Jena Lung said...

Well, i’d like to believe i would have the skill and patience for Classy….and maybe someday i shall, but for now I am most definitely a Messy Broad! :)

December 4, 2008 02:46 PM
Cindy said...

I like my cake classy, decorated pretty….

December 4, 2008 02:47 PM
Erin said...

i want to smash that messy cake all up in my face. for reals.

December 4, 2008 02:47 PM
VegasJilly said...

i love classy, but i usually end up messy!!

December 4, 2008 02:47 PM
Suzy said...

I love all the styles…You are becoming quite the decorator. Have you been practicing more…You are the best!

December 4, 2008 02:48 PM
Jennie said...

Classy for sure! All of them are fantastic though!

December 4, 2008 02:48 PM
ladymay507 said...

Messy! It looks easier to dig right in. :)

Love your cakes!

December 4, 2008 02:48 PM
angelabarton said...

Cakes are my thing! I’d love to win. I’m a “sassy” kinda girl!
(Check out my cakes: and click on Cakes By Angela)

December 4, 2008 02:48 PM
MichelleB said...

If I could, I would definitely go classy. If I could I might even go sassy. Alas, I can only go messy. But the cakes still get eaten! LOL

December 4, 2008 02:48 PM
Meredith said...

If I had to choose I guess the sassy one, but I think they are all lovely and if I was making it it would definately be the messy one!!

December 4, 2008 02:48 PM
afarrell said...

Sassy would be my first choice but because my skills are lacking messy is the way i go!!

December 4, 2008 02:49 PM
rlm_ok said...

Well if I have to make it than definitely the messy one.

But if you are doing the decorating – I LOVE your Classy Fondant one. I am a disaster with fondant.

Really though I’d be happy with any of them they look great.

December 4, 2008 02:49 PM
Renee said...

I love the classy! I aspire to learn how to work with fondant one day!

I can be reached at!

December 4, 2008 02:51 PM
Olivia Craig said...

To look at: Classy

To eat: Messy!

December 4, 2008 02:52 PM
Carrie said...

I really like the Classy one because it is very chic looking. What a clever girl you are!!

But I love the buttercream, so I love the sassy one!

Thanks for sharing :o)

December 4, 2008 02:52 PM
DK said...

I like the sassy one best to look at, but it’s been a long time since I’ve had the icing tips out to actually do anything like that.

December 4, 2008 02:52 PM
Kivett Studio said...

I can’t decide! Messy or Classy….

December 4, 2008 02:54 PM
Anya said...

Sassy for me. Thanks for the chance.

December 4, 2008 02:54 PM
Tara! said...

I love messy. Classy looks to good to eat, and sassy is very intimidating.

December 4, 2008 02:54 PM
Hun said...

They are all amazing, but I’d have to go with MESSY. I wouldn’t feel so guilty about cutting into it, LOL.

December 4, 2008 02:54 PM
Bethany said...

I love the messy one. I’m a cake baker, but not nearly like you are….I love looking at your site and learning new things so that I can improve upon my skills.

December 4, 2008 02:55 PM
Wendy said...

I’m a sassy kind of girl =)

December 4, 2008 02:57 PM
Holli said...

I’m with you; Messy is my style, with the mounds of buttercream…oh man! Get in my belly. Now.

December 4, 2008 02:57 PM
jen said...

all three are absolutely amazing.

messy and classy are by far my favorites, with messy squeaking by to take the lead. and that’s because buttercream icing tastes so much better (usually) than fondant.

December 4, 2008 02:58 PM
Sweet Designs Cakery said...

Classy all the way.

Thanks for sharing!

December 4, 2008 02:58 PM
fourkidsmom said...

I love the sassy cake. It’s beautiful although I like the messy one too. I love your blog, I watch for new postings all the time.

December 4, 2008 02:59 PM
Chrince said...

I have to say sassy! But all three are lovely!

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

I love cake decorated anyway I can get it…as long as I am getting cake :). However, my cakes always look messy when I am finished.
Donna in AR

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

definitely sassy!

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

I make the messy one, but like the classy one the best.

December 4, 2008 03:02 PM
Rachel Jeremy said...

I really like the classy cake. I think that it has very modern look and feel.

December 4, 2008 03:03 PM
Jlynn said...

I’m loving all three, but think Messy looks like the best “eating” one…

December 4, 2008 03:05 PM
imuhwinner said...

MESSY! But I love them all!

December 4, 2008 03:05 PM
{the sugar bird} said...

They’re all so adorable, but I love the messy look the best.

Thanks for the chance to win!

the.sugar.bird at gmail dot com

December 4, 2008 03:06 PM
Shelley said...

The messy one looks like it would be the yummiest! But the classy one is beautiful!

December 4, 2008 03:07 PM
Jodie said...

Classy of course!

December 4, 2008 03:07 PM
Gina said...

I’m somewhere between Messy and Sassy. :) All three of your cakes are beautiful!!

December 4, 2008 03:08 PM
Stephanie said...

I love that classy one you have there, but have never worked with fondant. My cakes tend to be a cross between messy and classy.

December 4, 2008 03:08 PM
Christa said...

Well to eat, definitely the messy cake! I would take the Classy cake to an event to serve there! Love them!

December 4, 2008 03:08 PM
Christine said...

Sassy. Definitely. I loooove buttercream and decorated cakes. All of them are fantastic, but Sassy is my pick!

December 4, 2008 03:09 PM
MnkyMama said...

I love them all….but its really a tie for my fav between sassy and classy. I love the look of the classy but the sassy is just so cute….hard to pick between the two…you rock! *\o/*

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December 4, 2008 03:10 PM
Anna said...

hmmm, i love messy at home but I think if I paid someone for the cake I would like the classy for my husband and I. But I personally also love the sassy, great looking cakes, you just cant beat classic yellow cake.

December 4, 2008 03:11 PM
Kristen said...

Messy! I have to love that, that’s what it always looks like :)

December 4, 2008 03:13 PM
stefplus3 said...

I love the sassy look but with 3 kids running around over here I tend to go for messy when I bake :) It’s much faster!

cunninghamfamily at gmail dot com

December 4, 2008 03:13 PM
Kelley said...

I love them all, but my favorite is definately Messy! Love your blog, and can’t wait to make cake pops for my son to take to school!

December 4, 2008 03:13 PM
Erica said...

OO la la! I bet the messy tastes DIVINE but I absolutely LOVE the classy version. Gee wiz you’re talented!

December 4, 2008 03:13 PM
Lea Ann said...

OOh I love classy, but sassy is a close second.

December 4, 2008 03:14 PM
wendy peatross said...

Love the messy one. It looks so yummy.

December 4, 2008 03:15 PM
Candes said...

A-mazing work. I think I’d have to go with


I like ‘em all.

December 4, 2008 03:15 PM
Lea Ann said...

Ohh I love Classy, but sassy is a close second.

December 4, 2008 03:15 PM
592 said...

I LOVE LOVE THE MESSY ONE!!!! I know the others were more work but its just so simple. I love your site. I’m getting ready to attempt some cake pops. Wish me luck!!!

December 4, 2008 03:15 PM
Bridgit said...

I love the look of the Classy Cake, but I’m not a fan of fondant. I’d have to say that the Mesy Cake looks most yummy!

December 4, 2008 03:16 PM
Jordan said...

I think it’s definitely a toss up between messy and sassy!

December 4, 2008 03:16 PM
Nikki V said...

I love the classy! I really like the clean lines fondant can create. They are all wonderful though!

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December 4, 2008 03:16 PM
~Diana~ said...

Messy or Sassy….doesn’t really matter as long as there is A LOT of buttercream frosting!

December 4, 2008 03:16 PM
Katie! said...

I LOVE your CLASSY CAKE! EVEN THOUGH IM A SASSY GIRL, I love the vintage look to the classy, and the colors are FANTASTIC!

December 4, 2008 03:16 PM
Katie R said...

they are all awesome. I am probably messy b/c i don’t want to wait forever to eat it :)

December 4, 2008 03:17 PM
Mike and Brianna said...

If I’m making it…messy. If I could have it done…classy!

December 4, 2008 03:17 PM
Kristen said...

Those are beautiful little mini cakes. What a great idea.
I just like cake any cake… I prefer them to be pretty (and not looking like little kids have dipped their finger in the frosting) but I’ll eat them however they are decorated :) I’m not picky.

December 4, 2008 03:18 PM
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