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.

dodi said...

messy indeed! It’s like a great messy haircut… fun! fun! fun!

Love your blog…so inspiring! I wish I had an eighth of your talent!


Happy Holidays to you and your family! :-)

December 4, 2008 03:18 PM
Mindy said...

BUTTERCREAM!!! um, I mean messy please. :)

December 4, 2008 03:18 PM
stalkermom said...

Sassy for me! What a great idea. Love it!

December 4, 2008 03:19 PM
Aynna banahna said...

I love the classy style for the prettiness, but the messy style for my own self. I love it, love it.

December 4, 2008 03:21 PM
Anna van Schurman said...

I like sassy but make messy! :)

December 4, 2008 03:21 PM
sara-lynn said...

I love the classy cake – I’ve always loved the look of fondant but have not been bold enough to try it out myself.

All are beautiful!

December 4, 2008 03:22 PM
Jenn said...

Not that fond of fondant, but I like the classy one…unless it’s just for me…then messy ;)

December 4, 2008 03:22 PM
Natalie... said...

Oooh i think i would have to choose sassy its great!!
Looove it! But then i bet they are all tasty so you know!!

December 4, 2008 03:24 PM
Billy and Teresa said...

Sassy all the way! Although I would never discriminate when it came to eating any of your goodies!

aaaand December 12 is my birthday, so let’s win this one for a present for the big ’24′! haha

December 4, 2008 03:25 PM
tk said...

I think the messy is just as cute as the other two. The classy is my fav though. Cute idea to make the little cakes. the3welshsatmsndotcom

December 4, 2008 03:25 PM
Judy said...

I love all three. It would depend on the occasion and who is doing it. If I have to make it then it will be Messy.

December 4, 2008 03:25 PM
Nancy said...

I would have to say messy because I don’t have the patience to do the classy. But I do love the colors!

December 4, 2008 03:25 PM
Dawn Nikol said...

It depends on my mood,really. Right now, I’d like to eat the messy one!! Probably on Saturday, I’d like the classy one, etc. =)

My husband saw those tools at the store the other day and wanted them so bad. It’s rare we both like something for the kitchen!

December 4, 2008 03:26 PM
Lauren said...

Messy! I love Classy too, but I don’t like fondant!

December 4, 2008 03:26 PM
tidymom said...

Oh can I be a mix of all 3?! I can’t choose just one! LOL I love them all for different reasons!!!
Messy might have a SMALL lead, just because I wouldn’t feel as guilty for eating it! LOL


December 4, 2008 03:26 PM
Tori said...

I would definitely have to say Classy for me. Probably because that’s the one that I’m still learning how to do so it’s a challenge. I normally make my cakes and they look Sassy but I’m striving for the Classy look! They all look Beautiful though and so delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe or incorporate this idea somehow! or

December 4, 2008 03:26 PM
amysflock said...

Messy all the way…especially if the mess is buttercream! Yum!

December 4, 2008 03:27 PM
kidaholic said...

I lovvvvveeeeeeee Sassy !!!!
I have you as a link on my blog, b/c I love trying your recipes and all of my friends love to bake as well. I’m thinking of taking a class at a local craft store so I can learn how to make cakes like your Sassy for birthdays. I just love homemade cakes way more than store bought. P.s. My family loves peanut butter icing cakes. I need to toss you the recipe. You’ll probably love it too. :)

December 4, 2008 03:27 PM
KarlandBethany said...

OOOooo… I like tham all; but classy is my favorite. :-)

December 4, 2008 03:28 PM
pam said...

I go for the Classy!

December 4, 2008 03:30 PM
Mooy oh Mooy! said...

Sassy! love buttercream over fondant and love the flirty fancy look too!! Yumm!!!!!

December 4, 2008 03:31 PM
Amelia said...

I like the classy look.

December 4, 2008 03:33 PM
Nicole said...

Wow they are all fabulous and i’m sure taste amazing. I love the colors and design of the Classy one though.

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December 4, 2008 03:33 PM
Kathy said...

I’d have to say messy. I love how the sassy one looks and I’d love to try making one myself but if I was just going to get busy and scarf one down, I’d go with messy.

December 4, 2008 03:34 PM
melissa said...

i am definitely messy – only because of the fact that I cannot physically decorate a cake any other way :)

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December 4, 2008 03:34 PM
Meg-D said...

I love the sassy! I do want to bite into the messy yummy.

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December 4, 2008 03:34 PM
EthidiumBromide said...

I am a classy girl!

December 4, 2008 03:35 PM
WishTrish said...

Oh, that is so hard to decide. Decisions, decisions. I’m breaking a sweat just thinking about it. They are all wonderful, how can I cope with this kind of pressure?!?!?! Okay, *wiping sweat droplets away from eyes* I can do this…

No! I can’t! They are all wonderful. I want to eat the messy one right now, serve the sassy one to my family, and just keep the classy one on hand to stare at until my hearts content!

December 4, 2008 03:35 PM
Brandy said...

Taste wise I’d say buttercream but as far as looks, I don’t think it gets any better than sassy.

I mean that is a gorgeous cake!

December 4, 2008 03:35 PM
tracy said...

When I really started to think about it, I realized my “style” depended on the occasion and kind of cake. Coconut cake should always be messy, important occasions should be classy, etc.

December 4, 2008 03:35 PM
carmela said...

Love the classy one… very pretty!

December 4, 2008 03:36 PM
Ambitious said...

My favorite is sassy… I can’t do too well with messy! haha. Those 3 cakes look SOOO YUMMY!!!!!!!

December 4, 2008 03:37 PM
bechtold clan said...

I love the classy – I guess its the fondant that is so nice to look at!

December 4, 2008 03:37 PM
Sadie said...

I love the sassy the best. All are adorable though…and look delicious!

December 4, 2008 03:37 PM
Courtney, Jeff, & Ayla said...

If we’re relying on my pregnant belly id def say messy all the way. But there is something about a fancy cake, like a man in a suit, that just looks fantastic. Gotta have them all (I guess that was my prego belly again).

December 4, 2008 03:38 PM
Genevieve said...


Because it’s the simplest and quickest, yet it still looks amazing and tastes great too!

Annnd I LOVE butercream icing! :)

December 4, 2008 03:38 PM
Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

I love the idea of little cakes…I’m going to have to try this. I am as basic a cake maker as it comes…I have tried making decorator cakes, have had a few good goes…but a simple cake will do me fine…if it’s coming out of my kitchen

December 4, 2008 03:39 PM
Amy said...

Wow! I love ALL THREE, but if I have to choose only one, I will pick “Messy!” I tend to prefer the style I can do! :-) I really love your mini-cake idea! So fun and extra-special!

December 4, 2008 03:39 PM
Jen said...

I’m more for that sassy look – pretty but it’s okay if a rosette is out of place.


December 4, 2008 03:39 PM
Kim and Cam said...

I love the Classy cake! I know it takes a lot of time and patience dealing with fondant, but when you have the skill, it is worth it! I just love your site!

December 4, 2008 03:40 PM
jenpete said...

I love the classy, would love to learn how to decorate sassy, but in reality I’m just messy. With 3 little ones I’m excited just to get the frosting on the cake, let alone it making it to the table without the kids licking it all off first (but not without its fair share of little finger holes in the sides where they’ve tried).
They’re beautiful!

December 4, 2008 03:41 PM
Anne said...

They’re all gorgeous! I love the idea of mini-cakes… you may have inspired a future weekend baking project!

But I think the messy is my favorite — it’s so unique, plus buttercream is so so delicious.

December 4, 2008 03:42 PM
Kate said...

I love the messy look just because I like buttercream THAT much!

December 4, 2008 03:43 PM
Linda C said...

Sassy is the way to go!

December 4, 2008 03:44 PM
Jess B said...

I love the look of the classy one, but like others I don’t enjoy the taste of fondant, I’d take the buttercream frosting anyday. All of them are beautiful, though!

December 4, 2008 03:44 PM
Karen said...

I am “messy” for sure. That looks DELICIOUS!

December 4, 2008 03:45 PM
Linda C said...

Sassy is the way to go!

December 4, 2008 03:45 PM
Heather said...

I love classy, but only have the time to make messy! They all look so cute ^.^

December 4, 2008 03:45 PM
mrs. d said...

i’m a combo of messy and sassy – i guess that either makes me sessy or massy.

i’ll take sessy – that way i’m bringin’ sessy back. ;)

December 4, 2008 03:46 PM
Melanie said...

Classy! I am too much of a perfectionist I hate to admit. But I am currently trying to seek help for this addiction…

December 4, 2008 03:46 PM
Emily said...

I love the classy look, but I am also liking your messy one.

December 4, 2008 03:47 PM
Mrs. Cupcake said...

I’m loving the Classy look. I can see you’ve been practicing your skills. All three are beautiful!

December 4, 2008 03:47 PM
elizabeth. said...


So cute – will be making these!

December 4, 2008 03:48 PM
Cheryl said...

I love your cakes. Hard to pick just one.


December 4, 2008 03:49 PM
Melissa said...

Messy, or Classy. I know fondant tastes like shizz, but I’m all about the design aesthetic. You eat with your eyes first, right? :)

December 4, 2008 03:52 PM
The Cascio Whirlwind said...

Classy definitely! So cute. I love making stuff off your site. I have a daughter with a Christmas Eve b-day, so this is just the right amount of cake for that big day.

December 4, 2008 03:53 PM
Jennifer said...

Hard choice between classy and sassy, but I think I decided to go with classy. Love the pattern!

December 4, 2008 03:53 PM
Juanita said...

I Love the classy!

Small cakes are lovely!!

I adore your blog!

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December 4, 2008 03:53 PM
Anonymous said...

I would have to say sassy although the fondant would be sooooo good
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December 4, 2008 03:54 PM
Dawn said...

I think I have to go with Messy. Even though the Classy looks gorgeous, it’s that frosting that I love to eat!

Dawn (bisidster AT gmail DOT com)

December 4, 2008 03:55 PM
Shayla's Mom said...

I would have to say, in this case, definitely MESSY! Yum!

Bakerella, you are a baking goddess!!1

Lisa (Shayla’s mom)

December 4, 2008 03:55 PM
MM said...

Messy! but all three are great!

December 4, 2008 03:56 PM
Bridget said...

I’m a classy lover! I’m not much of a cake fan but I LOVE cupcakes. Kind of like the muffin top thing. An entire cake tastes different than a cupcake ;o).

December 4, 2008 03:56 PM
Esther said...

I’m all about the messy…the others are fun to look at…so pretty, but if i had a fork in hand…there wouldn’t be any messy left.

December 4, 2008 03:56 PM
puglyfeet said...

You’re a baking goddess. Dayum!!

December 4, 2008 03:57 PM
stampwithclara said...

Definitely sassy for me! So pretty.

December 4, 2008 03:57 PM
goldygates said...

I’m a sassy I have to say….

December 4, 2008 03:58 PM
kelly said...

Classy! Just found your blog a few days ago, and I love it. :)

December 4, 2008 03:58 PM
Dave and Catherine said...

Sassy! All about the buttercream, & lots of it. But all of them are awesome.

December 4, 2008 03:58 PM
Lynette said...

I definitely like the look of classy best but I don’t have enough skill to do it. So, if I were making one of these on my own, it would do the sassy.

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December 4, 2008 03:59 PM
puglyfeet said...

Oh. Forgot to leave my favorite style: Messy all the way, please.

December 4, 2008 03:59 PM
foodiechickie said...

I love classy.

December 4, 2008 03:59 PM
Abby said...

it’s a tie between sassy or classy, but I dont think you can go wrong either way!

December 4, 2008 04:00 PM
Annie Nielson said...

I love the classy cake. It’s so beautiful!

December 4, 2008 04:00 PM
Anita said...

I like Messy. The others are almost too pretty to cut into!

December 4, 2008 04:00 PM
Kate said...

Oooh – hard to pick . . . I think Sassy.

December 4, 2008 04:00 PM
Stevie said...

Wow, you are nice! My style is mixed. If I’m going to eat it, I’d go messy. Mmm… If I’m going for effect, I’d go classy. So cute! (Although I’m not sure I could make one that cute!)

December 4, 2008 04:01 PM
Thee Sweet Boutique said...

I love all 3 styles. I guess it depends on the occasion. I must admit that I am totally a CLASSY kindda decorator. I love the look of fondant on cakes and your little fondant creation is amazing!!!! Have I mentioned that you inspired me to start a blog!!!! Still working on perfecting those pops!!! Raquel

December 4, 2008 04:02 PM
Felicia McB said...

I think they all look wonderful. if I was making a cake though it would be the messy one, I just don’t have the skills to make the others. I’d be reluctant to cut into them either, they’re just too pretty, especially the fondant one. so very classy.

December 4, 2008 04:03 PM
Sue said...

Messy for me too!!!! They look so yummy- I will be making these for dessert tonight!!! Thanks for the tip~

December 4, 2008 04:04 PM
Ang said...

I love looking at and admiring sassy and classy but I really want to cram messy right into my mouth! Plus it looks like the cakes my grandma used to make me for my birthday.

December 4, 2008 04:05 PM
Anonymous said...

Mais le Classy bien sur ! (Yep, I’m French).
I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and I’ve been putting aside all you marvelous receipes to try them out during my month long winter vacation .. that starts tomorrow ! Can’t wait to get baking again. The only problem I have is that so much of your fabulous decorating requires bits and bobs I don’t have … I have a ton of questions. Like for example, what is “Fondant” ?? In France a fondant is one of those tiny chocolate gateau’s with a gooey runny heart of melted chocolate … I fondant processes icing? Or is there a reciepe somewhere?
If you have time to respond my email is

Merci !!!

December 4, 2008 04:06 PM
vfernandez said...

I love the Sassy! But I bet the Messy one is good! They all look great

December 4, 2008 04:06 PM
Karin said...

I definitely love them messy! I think the Classy and the Sassy are absolutely beautiful, but really – nothing tastes better than thick, haphazard buttercream!!

December 4, 2008 04:09 PM
jenny said...

sassy =)

December 4, 2008 04:09 PM
patrice said...

They all look great! I don’t think I can choose a favorite. I would choose each one for a different occassion.

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December 4, 2008 04:09 PM
Andrea said...

I love the look of the classy- and one day aspire to be able to make one. But usually my cakes turn out a little messy- but always yummy

December 4, 2008 04:09 PM
Emma C said...

I’m definitely sassy! Your classic cake is really gorgeous, though. Nice work!

December 4, 2008 04:10 PM
Lauriebelle said...

Messy Messy Messy!!! LOVE IT!

December 4, 2008 04:11 PM
Rogue Cook said...

Definitely classy!! But love them all.

December 4, 2008 04:12 PM
Bea said...

Could not make my mind up!!! Sorry, I love all three, hahaha. Regards. B

December 4, 2008 04:13 PM
Anonymous said...

buttahcream baby!

December 4, 2008 04:14 PM
clrickey said...

Messy, that’s ME!

December 4, 2008 04:14 PM
Christina H. said...

While I think that all 3 are beautiful…I personally like messy the best. It is messy, but in a sassy and classy sort of way. :)

December 4, 2008 04:15 PM
Pattty Treviño said...

I am so sassy, sassy, sassy

December 4, 2008 04:17 PM
Mindy said...

Messy all the way because that’s the only one I could do but it looks great!

December 4, 2008 04:19 PM
Karen said...

I love them all! Its too hard to choose.

December 4, 2008 04:19 PM
Anonymous said...

The classy one is my favorite. But, I like the other ones, too.

December 4, 2008 04:20 PM
Temperance said...

messy but I wish I was classy. oh well.

December 4, 2008 04:21 PM
Betsy said...

I like it classy! If only I had the time to do it myself!

December 4, 2008 04:21 PM
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