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Jan 12, 2011


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Robyn | Add a Pinch

Such beautiful ideas for Valentine's Day cakes! Love these, Amanda.


how cute!!! love all the ideas. and they actually look like something I could do. You're amazing! as always!


Can you make the frosting using butter rather than shortening?


Awesome! Thanks for sharing those tips! Perhaps one will work for my daughter! My daughter wants a pink cake for her birthday. Can't wait to try out this frosting recipe!! Do you have any suggestions for a soon to be 5 year old who loves anything girly? She wants a pink cake! LOL I just don't know how to decorate!


All 3 are super cute! I never crumbcoat...seems like a waste of time :) Great ideas.

the urban baker

i adore you. i love everything you do! my sons bar mitzvah is sept 10 - i want cookies, lots and lots of cookies. start now! xx


I don't care if I had the best icing bag, most fantastic #5 tip or world famous nine inch offset spatula, there's nothing I have or could do that would have my cakes turn out as pretty as yours. Great tips and beautiful cakes Amanda. Love the shade of pink you used and envious of those who get to eat those three cakes ;)


We're snowed in here... maybe I will bake with the kids tomorrow before history group! Thanks for the ideas. You're amazing.


Simle, but elegant. Love, love!


*Simple, but elegant. Love, love!

Queen Mommy

Love your "squiggly lines" cake. I have tried before and haven't liked my technique. Maybe I'll try it again. BTW, I recently used lemon flavoring in my buttercream, and I absolutely adored it! Generally I prefer almond buttercream (coconut is good too though), but lemon is easily as good as almond.


Love these! I am totally going to try the one with the dots :)

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}


Lisa (With Style & Grace)

My goodness, those cakes are beautiful! You make it look so easy, I'm sure I'd butcher mine some how. Can I "job" shadow you like I did in grade school? :)


I looooove polka dots! In fact, I thought my mom had made our 3-tier wedding cake covered in dots--until our 10th anniversary when I looked at the pictures and realized it was 4-tier with squiggles! Guess my mind was elsewhere--and guess I can't keep wishing for polka dots after that fantastic tutorial! I'll go forth and bake and polka ...well, dots anyway. Happy Valentines Day! (and birthday first!)

A tablespoon of Liz

so cute and so simple!

Erin Ward

Polka dots are my favorite cake decorating fall back! I like to dip my finger in cornstarch and pat down all the dots, so they look really smooth. I've never tried dragging the spatula through the icing like that. I'll have to give it a try soon!


Love these! The polka dots are my favorite:) You make them all seem easy to do-thats nice!!

Jessica @ How Sweet

I love that first one. Maybe I will be brave and attempt this for Valentine's Day!


These are the sweetest!! They're all equally adorable! I love monochrome cakes with simple designs...sometimes I think they make so much more impact! Especially all three of these together! Love them! Thanks for the ideas!

Angie-- Bigbearswife

thank you so much for the frosting recipe!!!


Beautiful! Whether for V-Day or a girl's birthday party, these pink cakes would be perfect!


That's the recipe I use for my buttercream! Isn't it awesome? I have to make a whimsical pink birthday cake for someone soon, and you have given me some great ideas. I just have to decide if I want to do the swirlies or the dots.

Lisa Edwards

I'm gonna try it! How do you crumb coat a cake? Stick it in the freezer first?

That's a variation of the frosting I always use and get nothing but rave reviews on. I've found that 8 cups of powdered sugar is WAYYYYYYYYY to much and makes it much much MUCH too sweet (and I like sweet stuff). I tone it down to 6 cups, and it's perfect. I also do 1 cup shortening, and 1 cup of butter instead. Those tweaks make a great recipe even better :)



Amanda you and Kristan are inspiring me to try a cake......I see one in my very near future!

so what size pan(s) do I need for that smaller taller cake (like the first cake) and do you use one cake recipe for that? or is that size cake smaller? like 1/2 a recipe?......see lots of questions.

you teach me cake.......I'll teach you PIE!♥


All of your cakes are so pretty! Love them all!

meaghan (the decorated cookie)

Oh, these are just wonderful. I posted a link on ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com, of course, because you're too brilliant not to share.


Soooo pretty, Amanda! You make it look so easy:) You have amazing photography skills!!!


big ole happy sigh . . . this just makes me all dreamy and happy . . . fairies all around kinda happy . . . and no, i am not on drugs . . .


how easy to make a simple cake PERFECT, thank you


Adopt me please!

Amy | She Wears Many Hats

Well that's just pertiful! Will you be my valentine and give me one of those cakes?


So pretty, Amanda! I love the one with the dots.


Thanks for pointing us to your flickr page. I could spend all day looking at what you have created. My goodness, you have such adorable, photogenic children!


Gosh, I wish I had a bite right now. its beautiful, but looks even more tasty!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

Wow... Those cakes look fantastic! Sometimes simple and easy is the best. I especially love the squiggly design (I know there is a name for it, but can't for the life of me remember it at the moment)... Mine never turns out very well... But, I always just try to go top to bottom or something. Starting out with a random shape is a very good idea! Thanks :)

bridget {bake at 350}

I'm going to have to try that buttercream. I haven't found one that I love yet....and I trust you. :)

Very pretty decorating ideas!


All three look delicious! Thanks fo rthe ideas!


Ok silly question - does the cream mean that the icing always has to be refridgerated? Thanks!

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef

These are so beautiful and fun! Thanks for sharing!


Actually, baggies DO NOT WORK! Do not use them in place of a decorating bag. I have had horrible experiences with that... but, great job on the cakes. My buttercream recipe is quite adaptable and very simple as below. (it triples nicely)

1/3 cup butter

1-2 T milk

powdered sugar (you're supposed to measure, but I NEVER do)

1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients until smooth anf fluffy.

marla {family fresh cooking}

Awwww, so pretty in pink. Sweet cakes! Love all the technique wisdom you share with us girl. You cake goddess you ;) xo

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen

TOO adorable! Thank you for sharing!

Jamie | My Baking Addiction

Just beautiful! I am in love with the color of that frosting!

megan @ whatmegansmaking

You make me feel like I could actually do this! Maybe I will try a cake for Valentine's day. Or maybe I will practice with more cookies...whatever it is, thank you for the ideas!


Thank you for all the tips! One of my 2011 goals is to bake more and learn to do cakes. So this is great inspiration! Thanks!

Tiffany @ Conor & Bella

Thanks for the decorating tips! Beautiful cakes, too! :)


Lovely cakes, Amanda! And even more lovely designs - so simple yet so elegant!


always amazing posts!
thank you for these beautiful pink beauties!!


Pretty in pink or should it be beautiful in blue?

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