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.

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1,848 comments on “Cake… Three Ways!”

  1. Me first?! Wow!

    I am definitely Messy. I love that home made look, refrigerated.

    Love your cakes!

  2. I like them all for different occasions/reasons…I love the look of fondant but I’m not all that fond of the taste of it. I llllllooooove buttercream!

  3. I love sassy and classy but mine always end up looking messy…..tho not your kind of cute messy …..still yummy tho!

  4. I think I am sassy! They are all beautiful though.

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  5. I have to say I LOVE the 3!!!!
    I will probably do the Messy one because that is the only one I know how to do :p
    But my FAVORITE one is the classy :D

  6. I am a messy, but mainly because I don’t have the patience most of the time for anything else!

  7. I like both the classy and messy!

  8. My vote is for the Messy look. The other 2 are pretty but I would hate cutting into it. The messy one I would be perfectly fine with tearing into it!!

  9. I’m definitely a classy kinda gal but they’re all gorgeous!

  10. I’m a SASSY! love your piping!!

  11. I love all three, but if I have to choose I would select classy.

  12. The sassy one is beeyooteeful… but messy is usually how I roll! :-D

  13. I love them all!-Messy would be my favorite since it is all I could do!

  14. what a cute little project! i love all three off them but i think i would pick MESSY…i have a short attention span :) i wouldnt make it through decorating the other two :) love your blog!

  15. You know, I would never have said classy, but your version of classy is so funky and fun. I have to go with classy :-). Thanks for sharing the goodies!!!

  16. I like all three- just like everyone else! I think the messy looks the most delicious! I am actually not much of a baker but always admire your creativity!


  17. Your cakes are beautiful! I love your website too :) My favorite is the SASSY cake but it was hard to choose…

  18. I’m all over the classy one!

  19. I like all three as well….but Sassy is my way!

  20. I love the looks of fondant, but love the taste of buttercream!

  21. oh my goodness they are all so cute but I think I like Sassy the best!

  22. I am messy…not by choice but because I am no good at decorating, LOL! I would love to be classy though :)

  23. I am messy all the way! I’m not a fan of how fondant tastes but buttercream, YUM! Besides, as a mother of 3, they immediately destroy my creations. Messy is a whole lot quicker!

  24. Sassy, definitely sassy… But every once in awhile a nice smooth finish sure is purdy! You HAVE to try Fondarific- it is THE best fondant around! it tastes just like candy and it sometimes doesn’t even make it to my cakes!

  25. While I love the artistry of the Classy and the Sassy, I always feel a bit bad eating something that took so long to create.

    But I can easily see myself eating the Messy one. Plus, for my limited (i.e., nonexistent) frosting skills could recreate that version for family and friends.

  26. Sassy is for me. It’s just the right fit.

  27. Definetley Sassy! THose are amazing! great job!

  28. I love the classy look but could never decorate that way.

  29. I’d like to be classy, but I usually end up somewhere in between messy and sassy!

  30. Looks Yummy! I love SASSY!!!

  31. If I could make my classy look like your classy I would be happy. I like my cakes…yummy. That makes up for any decorating disasters. :)

  32. I’m in love with the classy one! I love Pottery Barn and their designs as well
    ! If I were making them though…I have to say that I would make the messy one (although I’m sure I’d put too much effort into it and it wouldn’t look nearly as cute as yours)! You’re so very talented and have inspired me to bake a lot more!

  33. Hmm, tough choice. I like to eat the messy style cake but I like making the classy style cakes!

  34. I like the classy, the sassy is pretty and having never tasted fondant, it doesn’t sound appealing. But I know, I’d be lazy too and end up messy, lol.
    Those are darling little cakes, did they make you hands hurt from decorating such a small cake?

  35. I’m torn between Messy and Classy….But I think that Classy must win for me. I recently made my little girl’s first birthday cupcakes, and while messy would have been WAY easier, I went with the classy look and had to be a perfectionist!!

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  36. i love the fondant cake! so pretty!!

  37. Definitely Sassy! Usually by the time I get to decorating, I am too worn out to go all out so piping pretty colors is usually good enough, especially because my brother usually gobbles the entire thing up in a day or two anyway!

  38. SASSY! But love them all
    wish my cakes looked that cute

  39. Definitely like mine messy! Who doesn’t like a cake smothered in buttercream frosting…yum!

    Love the mini cakes…so cute!

  40. What adorable projects!! I’m going to decorate my computer right now!

  41. I would say it is a toss up between the classy & the sassy, they are both beautiful!

  42. Classy

  43. Well, I intend to do it Sassy, but it usually looks Messy. (I always admire the Classy and wish I could do it that way, but I’m not that patient for such perfection.)

  44. I think I like the classy! But they’re all pretty and probably delicious!

  45. I LOVE the classy, but if I have to make it, I might be better off going with the messy :)

  46. If I was decorating I would say Messy because I might be able to pull it off. But I love the Classy, it is my favorite.

  47. so cute! i’m new to your blog, but am impressed. All are adorable, but i’m going to have to vote for classy. big pottery barn fan :)

  48. I would like to say I like a classy cake. But my attempts at decorating always seem to look messy to me, but always edible!! I love cake too!!!

  49. messy, cuz its easy peasy!

  50. Classy, Sassy, Messy.

  51. I am going to go for “messy” cause I think the other two are too pretty to eat.

    I love the color combo you chose, or Pottery Barn chose..whatever. It’s pretty.

  52. I’d go with messy. The picture of it all cut up was what got me. YUM!

  53. I love them all …why must you make me choose…your cruel, sigh but if I must I must. My eyes love classy most( my lips love messy more!!)

  54. I’m definately messy, unless I’m making it for someone else and then I’m on the sassy side. After seeing these, I’m ready to get out my pans and make a few “messy” cakes.

  55. \I love the look of classy but am not much on the taste of fondant, so I would probably pick messy.

  56. I like the Classy, it’s so pretty! And I love the color scheme of it too =)

  57. I like the classy, but the Messy looks much more fun to eat!

    Melissa P

  58. I’m definitely a messy cake gal – it makes it that much easier to dig in without the guilt of destroying the design!

  59. definitely the classy one. and btw… SO RANDOM. the hubby and I saw those for the first time at BBB tonight!!! lol.

  60. All the cakes look so gorgeous but my vote would have to be Sassy! That’s because my dress style is semi-casual!

  61. I’d have to go with Messy style. I love the look of fancy cakes but you just can’t beat the taste of a “messy” regular cake.

    I love your website and even made some of the Halloween cake pops. You’re very talented!!

  62. I say sassy. I like the taste of buttercream and love, love how it’s decorated.

  63. i’m definitely classy ;0)

  64. MESSY MESSY…I love messy cakes…like the pne you posted or like the coconut look….LOVE IT! :) MY FAV…YOU ROCK!!!! GREAT CAKES! GREAT GIVEAWAY!

  65. Mine would be messy, though Id like to strive for at least classy.

  66. I’m going with classy because I’m so visual, and because you did a stunning job with that fondant, but if it’s about making me hungry and wanting to eat the cake, I’d have to go with your luscious messy one!

  67. Wow…this would be a good birthday present for myself. :-) It depends on my mood as to whether or not I am messy, sassy, or classy. I would venture to say that I am more of a sassy sort of gal. :D

  68. I love them all, but I am really impressed with the look of the classy. I think i would like to eat the messy.

  69. Messy. Any attempt at either sassy or classy turns into a disaster.

    Beautiful, beautiful cakes! They’ve inspired me to attempt to make them as little Christmas gifts for friends!

  70. I would have to say messy or sassy. I am not sure I have ever even had fondant… it looks so uneatable.

  71. I LOVE the classy one! They’re all amazing though. I wish I knew how to do stuff like that.


  72. I start with classy and move to messy when things don’t go my way. I get impatient fast. Especially around cake. Mmm. Cake.

  73. messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

  74. Cake, cake, and more cake. Basically, anyway I can eat it. I guess you could say, “I like my cake and eat it, too.” ;-)

  75. messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

  76. messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

  77. messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

  78. messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

  79. messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

  80. messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

  81. messy. i too get way to tired by the time it comes to decorating. i dont have the bakers endurance yet. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:)

  82. i would definitely have to say messy…. then I don’t feel bad about destroying it when I eat it!

  83. I love the classy! I can’t believe how much detail you put into such little cakes. Amazing, as always!


  84. Sassy baby! Buttercream rocks, as does vanilla. It may be Plain Jane – or perhaps it is Insane Jane!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  85. I’m most definitely Messy!!

    I’m a recent convert to the Bakerella blog and I must say, I love it here!

    Thanks for the chance to win something!

    – meaghan (

  86. The classy cake is my favorite!

  87. The classy one is my fave. I love the cutouts and the color! But they all look delicious!

  88. Definitely classy!!

  89. Messy! It’s all about the taste, right?!

  90. Classy, by far! But all are adorable and scrumptious looking. Here’s to hoping I win!

  91. messy…the others are too pretty to eat

  92. I love the classy, although I doubt I could ever do it. It looks so amazing! They all look great though. Keep up the great work!

  93. Classy all the way! They must have taken ages to make:)

  94. Oops! Forgot to include my e-mail address. It’s angelahollick AT gmail DOT com.

  95. Definitely Messy, with a touch of classy.

  96. Wow! They all look SO yummy. If I had to choose just one (so hard!) I’d say classy.

    Thanks for the chance!

  97. Messy! It seems to be more enjoyable to eat if I am not thinking about how pretty it looked before I started!

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