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.

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1,848 comments on “Cake… Three Ways!”

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

  2. 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!

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

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

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

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

  7. 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!

  8. Classy!!! That cake is beautiful!

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

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

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

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

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

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

  19. 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!

  20. All three are gorgeous!

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

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

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

    Beautiful work, as always.


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

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

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

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

  26. I love love love the classy!


  27. I love the Classy Cake! So pretty!

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

  29. 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. ;)

  30. I love the messy!!!!

  31. 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.

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

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

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

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

  36. 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!

  37. 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)

  38. The messier the better!

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

  40. 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.

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

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

  43. messy, less guilt when I devour!

  44. 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

  45. Bakerella!
    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!

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

  47. 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!

  48. 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:-)

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

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

  51. Can we choose all three?
    Alright then, sassy!

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

  53. 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!!!!!

  54. 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!!

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

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

  57. 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

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

  59. I’m in the middle-sassy.

  60. I would say the sassy one! :)

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

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

  63. Definitely messy!

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

  65. 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!

  66. 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)


  67. 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!

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

  69. Messy and casual. Love your blog!

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

  71. 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.

  72. 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!!!

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

    Love your site!

  74. 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.)

  75. 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!

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

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

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

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

    You are a inspiration to me!



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

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

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

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

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

  85. 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!

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

  87. messy!! tasty and disastrous!

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

  89. 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!

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

  91. 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.

  92. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  100. Definitely messy!
    It’s messy with style. And it actually looks like a design.

    Sassy is very pretty and classy looks more like a piece of art.

    Those pretty pictures make me really hungry and wanna lick my computer screen :P

  101. I would love just the cake! But, I also love the messy one. The one that would be so much fun to eat.

  102. I am torn between the messy and the classy. I’d rather eat the Messy because the classy is too nice to spoil, but I do love some fondant icing! I recently made my husband a birthday cake out of all fondant since we didn’t have an oven at the time!

  103. Ha I really can t decide which one I prefer. They all look nice in their own way. Nice cakes I love the mini too. :)

  104. I love sassy! Little flowers and oh so cute ‘lacy’ bits!

  105. the fondant covered cake… all sassy and nice, wins hand-down!

  106. I love the sassy cake. It’s just so cute! But not very cute that I would not want to eat it.


  107. Wow!!! Imposible, I can't decide, I love the three cakes. This is just as asking me "who do you love more, your daddy or your mom?" It's not just…

    I was anxiously waiting to see your christmas pops and now I will need tons of lime (blossom) tea just to avoid crazyness till sunday. I've been working in some christmas cake-x too and they are so funny to make…

    Not as good as yours, I'm sure, but just a little example:

    I'll never be grateful enough to you for showing me (and others) how to work "bizcobolas way". xoxoxo

  108. definitely messy!

  109. i choose messy! it doesn’t look messy to me…it looks beautifully and wonderfully made!

  110. I love all of them, but I think I will choose Messy but only because it is the way I do at home….
    Congratulations for everything you do and you show.
    Thanks from Spain

  111. sassy for me!! they’re all incredible though!!

  112. I really love the look of the classy. I just need someone to help me create it. If I don’t have any help I would just go with the messy look.


  113. Messy.. I havent worked out that fondant thing.. and I am not sure I like the flavour as much.. even though it makes a smooth looking cake

  114. Love seeing all the variations side by side! My favorite has to be the messy one — mounds of yummy buttercream and it’s ready soonest, so it can be enjoyed soonest!

  115. I am, honestly, a combination of all three.

    But the most aesthetically pleasing one to me? MESSY!

  116. Messy all that way, but aspire to be sassy :)

  117. I would love the classy one. But I’m more apt to make the messy one!

  118. All your cakes are gougeous and thats kind of weird to say because they are small cakes. i mean even the messy one is cute but i have to say that the sassy one is my favorite.
    keep up the great work
    <3 delia

  119. I’m really hungry now…thanks.

  120. I’m a totally “sassy” cake type girl!!

  121. I’m a sassy, with messy coming in close second…

  122. i love the messy…but can go classy too. but messy is defiantly more tasty to me!!

  123. Messy…who can resist buttercream? And I LOVE that these cakes are little! I can eat a whole one and not share!

    klfrye AT nc DOT rr DOT com

  124. As long as I am not expected to make it, I like the classic :)


  125. I love them all so much, but I would have to say the classy! The design is just too cute!

  126. As much as I love clean lines and modern looking cakes, my favorite is the messy. I never feel quite as guilty cutting into it as I do something that’s perfect.

  127. I’m loving the messy one the most!

  128. Hmmm, hard to decide! I’m torn between messy and classy. If I’m just looking at them, classy could easily win. But since I hate to eat fondant, and decorating is a challenge for me, I would probably eat/make the messy version!

  129. I vote for messy too! Less time on the frosting, more time on the eating.

  130. I love them all but I love the Classy one best!

  131. These are all beautiful but my favorite is the “classy” I just love the look of fondant – too bad it taste nasty and is impossible for the amateur to work with.

  132. The classy caught my eye right away. Love it.

  133. I like my cakes messy, so that if I decide to stick my finger into the icing and have a taste, I can just smooth it over and no one will know. HAHA!

    Yours are all beautiful!

  134. Messy! All the way…I love how simple and classic the white on white is. Andrea J 8781 at hotmail dot com…

  135. Absolutely messy for me. That is how our wedding cake looked – I called it The Homemade Look. Anyway, it was beautiful and delicious (lemon butter cream frosting) with coconut sprinkles.

    Thanks for the give-away!

  136. sassy–most def.

  137. I love the messy look–home made just like mom used to do.

  138. I like both the Sassy and Messy cake styles.

  139. sassy! and the red is totally perfect, too!

  140. I want to be “classy,” but I’m usually “messy.” LOL!

  141. Sassy. Though I love the classy one too.

  142. SASSY! Love it! :)

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  143. Oh the messy one is fantastic- makes you want to just find a fork *now*.

  144. i’m a sassy gal in general, but i’m in love with the classy! but if i’m baking, it would be messy whether it was meant to be or not!

  145. I love the messy look, there is just something about the presentation that’s amazing. However, I think there is a time, place and/or event that fits each type. Great job on all three and such great ideas!

  146. Messy i suppose but i really like classy also :-(

  147. ohhhh christmas pops are coming. yeah. cute little cakes how very clever.

    I am messy I don’t have your “style” as of yet but maybe someday.

  148. Mine is definitely the messy, but I’ve never thought of it that way. To me it’s simple yet elegant, fun, carefree and even slightly adventurous!

  149. I love all of them. The classy one is the prettiest, but the messy one looks the yummiest and most tempting. :)

  150. I love the sassy look as long as it doesnt get too flowery.

  151. I love the Classy!!! They all look great though! You are sooo talented!

  152. Your messy looks wonderful! My messy just looks, well, messy. Love your site!!!

  153. Seriously — I love them all! But, I like the Sassy one the best.

    Love, love, love this mini cake idea! You are SO SMART!

  154. Definitely classy, but that has nothing to do with my own style, just the style of cake I like, however mine look more like messy and classy is just a dream.

  155. Classy! It’s beautiful!

  156. I definitely like classy.

  157. I love the classy one…how can you bear to eat it?


  158. Messy when I cook for me or my family, classy when I cook for others.


  159. i love the classy one!!! the fondant is beautiful-i love checking your blog, it makes me with my 4 month old would give me more time to bake!

  160. I love the look of a classy Pottery Barn inspired masterpiece, but I love eating a messy work of mouth-watering genius!

  161. Although I LOVE the classy one… I have absolutely no patience for fondant whatsoever. I would probably go with the sassy one if I had time.. which is pretty classy itself. :) You’re absolutely, wonderful, and creative! :)

  162. Love them all but have to go with sassy.

  163. I like the look of the classy cake, but I love the flavorings of the messy cake!

  164. Sassy all the way!!! Mind you I’m having a love affair with buttercream at the moment (my newborn does not tolerate chocolate so I’ve had to find a way to satisfy my sweet tooth…cupcakes are it) so maybe that one instead…

  165. It depends on the occasion, classy calls to me, sassy reminds me of the ones mom made and messy, well, messy I’m not afraid to dig in and eat.

  166. Oh man. They all look amazing but I think I like “messy” best! YUMMY!

  167. It depends on the occasion as to which cake I like better! My only real criteria is how they TASTE! As long as they’re good, I’m good. But I do really like the way the messy one looks!

  168. I like classy. It so pretty and colorful! i think i might try to make one. emphasis on TRY! haha

  169. i like the messy one

  170. I like Messy, it looks easy, but I’m sure it takes skill to make messy look so pretty.

  171. Wow I am a little bit of all three combined…is that an acceptable answer? I love the unique quirkiness of sassy – the decor on the classy is fun and colorful and messiness is closest to godliness…right??
    Wow who thought cake could bring out ones inner self expression

  172. Classy for looks and Messy for eating!

  173. Sassy is my fave! Those cakes are adorable!!

  174. I will have to go with Classy, but only while admitting to being incredibly envious of your fondant skills!


  175. Messy. I loved how your’s turned out! Next time I make some I need to use more frosting.

  176. Messy… it’s all about how it tastes, anyways. :) Your cakes are adorable!

  177. Classy all the way! If you’re going to do it, do it right. Your cakes are stunning by the way. Thanks for posting all that you do!

  178. I would like to eat messy…but my all time favorite has got to be classy! (:

  179. Sassy for sure, though that messy looks delicious.

  180. Sassy is perfect for me as long as it is slatered in buttercream!

  181. I’m in love with the messy because it seems so effortlessly beautiful and isn’t that how a girl should always be?


    Hannah Hicks

  182. Love the Sassy look! meloniew a t g m a i l d o t c o m

  183. classy! for sure… only cause i can’t make a cake look like that.

  184. Messy with an emphasis on yummy. I wish I could be classy with an emphasis on yummy but I wasn’t blessed with the cake decorating gene.

  185. i am going with classy!

  186. I love the classy one (partly because I love fondant, partly because I love the design :)) and Christmas pop sound great :) I might even have time to try making them.

  187. I am a classy cake person. That cake is gorgeous!

  188. I am Sassy! I love beautiful cakes!

  189. Casual!!

    but in tis case i’m liking the messy one with buttercream slapped all over. :P


  190. I absolutely LOVE the one inspired by the pottery barn catalog. My friends and I took a cake decorating class last year. I was so excited then I found out how much hard work it is!

    You are impressive.

  191. i love the messy look because it screams homemade…and everything tastes better homemade.

  192. I like the classy cake. Although I don’t really prefer the taste/texture of fondant, I love the look of it… and the pattern you used is incredible! I also love the colours. I am getting married next November and that is what I pictured for our cake!!!

  193. Wow, your work is just the greatest.My style is Sassy, but I could take messy. Good buttercream frosting is what makes the cake…

  194. Me!!!

    You can reach me at

    I like the sassy one! I tend to be a sassy girl — but honey, I would bite into any one of your cakes anytime, your blog is beautiful!

  195. Messy. It looks terrific!

  196. I always loved piped icing decorations. So I am definitely sassy.

    Btw…I loved all of your creations. They are super cute!

  197. I *heart* the CLASSY one! So intricate, yet so simple! Beautiful.

  198. All about the classy for me! :) paceblog(at)aol(dot)com

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