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. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!!!

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

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


    I like ’em all.

  12. Love the messy one. It looks so yummy.

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

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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.

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

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

  22. 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.

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

  24. Classy of course!

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

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

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  27. MESSY! But I love them all!

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

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

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

  31. 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

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

  33. 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.

  34. Classy all the way.

    Thanks for sharing!

  35. 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.

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

  37. I’m a sassy kind of girl =)

  38. 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.

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

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

  41. Sassy for me. Thanks for the chance.

  42. I can’t decide! Messy or Classy….

  43. 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.

  44. 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)

  45. To look at: Classy

    To eat: Messy!

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

    I can be reached at!

  47. 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.

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

  49. 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!!

  50. 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

  51. 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)

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

    Love your cakes!

  53. Classy for sure! All of them are fantastic though!

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

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

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

  57. I like my cake classy, decorated pretty….

  58. 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! :)

  59. 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!

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

  61. 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!

  62. 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?!

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

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  64. I’m sassy!!

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

  66. I LOVE the Classy, although they are all beautiful!

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

  68. 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.

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

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

  71. 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! :)

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

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

  74. 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!

  75. 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!

  76. *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!
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  77. it all depends on my mood…if im feeling creative i love to play with fondant! so classy…but usually its messy for me :)

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

  79. 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 :)

  80. 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.

  81. I think I like classy!

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

  83. Oh Messy, for sure!

  84. Messy! It looks like it tastes better:)

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

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

  87. 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!

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

  89. 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.

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

  91. 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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  92. 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.

  93. 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.

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  94. Definitely messy!

  95. Sassy..Tanya in Louisiana

  96. Sassy……..!!

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

  98. 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.

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

  100. 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!

  101. Me – MESSY

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

  102. 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!

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

    Sassy is pretty but classy takes the cake!

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

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

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

  107. Messy! The others are gorgeous, though!

  108. 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 =)


  109. 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.

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

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

  112. 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!

  113. sassy is the best for sure!

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

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

  116. 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 (

  117. 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…

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

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  119. 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!

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

  121. 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!

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

    Have a wonderful Thursday!

  123. 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!

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

  125. 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.

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

  127. Definitely classy~ I love it!

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

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

  130. I love Messy!

  131. love love love the classy

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

  133. 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!

  134. 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.

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

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

  137. Messy! Just right to dive right into!

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

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

    Website is

    You do such beautiful work!!!

  140. HI!!!


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

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

  143. 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.

  144. 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.

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  145. 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!


  146. I like the messy one too!

  147. 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!)

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

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

  150. 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;)

  151. 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!

  152. 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.

  153. Definitely classy! But I’m better at messy!

  154. Messy for sure! The tools are adorable!

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

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

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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

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

  159. I’m totally with the classy! LOVE IT!

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

    Love your site.

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

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

  163. 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

  164. 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.

  165. 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:

    Thanks, Bakerella!

  166. 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.

  167. 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!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  174. 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.

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

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

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

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

  179. I would have to say messy. If I was good at cake decorating then I would say classy.

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

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

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

  183. 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

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

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

  187. 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.

  188. Sassy! Just like me!

  189. 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!!!

  190. I like my cakes classy :-)

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

  192. Classy to have and look at – but messy to eat! cviel21 at and

  193. Messy would be first choice but I really like all three.

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

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

  196. I always knew I was a sassy girl ;)

    These mini cakes are simply beautiful!!

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

  198. My favorite is sassy for sure!

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