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

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

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

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

  4. Messy. It looks terrific!

  5. Me!!!

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    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!

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

  7. 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!!!

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

  9. 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.

  10. Casual!!

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


  11. I am Sassy! I love beautiful cakes!

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

  13. 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.

  14. i am going with classy!

  15. 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.

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

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

  18. 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

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

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

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

  22. 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!

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

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

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


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

  27. Classy for looks and Messy for eating!

  28. 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

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

  30. i like the messy one

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

  32. 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!

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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…

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

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

  38. 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! :)

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

  40. 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!

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


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


  43. I definitely like classy.

  44. Classy! It’s beautiful!

  45. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  51. 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!

  52. 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.

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

  54. 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!

  55. 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!

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

  57. SASSY! Love it! :)

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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

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

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

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

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

  63. sassy–most def.

  64. 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!

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

  66. 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!

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

  68. 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.

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

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

  71. 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!

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

  73. 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.

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

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


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

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

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

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

  80. I’m really hungry now…thanks.

  81. 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

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

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

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

    But the most aesthetically pleasing one to me? MESSY!

  85. 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!

  86. 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

  87. 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.


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

  89. 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

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

  91. definitely messy!

  92. 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

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


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

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

  96. 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. :)

  97. 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!

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

  99. 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

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