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Apr 25, 2011


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Can you tell us how you did the piping? Mine never turn out.


Love chocolate and hazelnuts! Can't wait to try this, Amanda.

bridget {bake at 350}

Oh, yeah....I can handle it.

Not only does is sound *delicious*, but it is so, so pretty, Amanda!

And you are moving to Texas, when exactly?

Amanda Rettke

Oh gosh Kristen! I am sorry I didnt think of that. I will definitely try to get a tutorial for this frosting technique asap! :)

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

LOL. Love that you call the hubs a lightweight! I'm not sure I could handle it, but it sure does look good.

I have another word for you: The Brits call things "morish" - as in "That's so good, I want MORE!". Such a great word to describe things like Cheezits, popcorn.. Cadbury Mini Eggs...


Very pretty cake Amanda. It looks like more than two layers, just wondering how many of the 8" round pans were used in this recipe.

Lisa C.

I love how you take the simplest design and make it look like a work of art. I wanna be like you when I grow up...

Cookbook Queen

This is gorgeous!! You cakes are always so neat and pretty.


Oooh, you could also use Frangelico... of which I have a bottle gifted to me during Christmas that I've yet to make use of... WIN!

Jessica @ How Sweet

I love Fall too, but like you have been aching for Spring! Must have been all of the snow. This cake is beautiful Amanda!


So beautiful and I'm the same way... I love fall but I am so anxious for summer to get here this year!


I have to admit I'm just the teensiest bit sad not to see the middle. And since I could in no way do this justice, I'm hoping it won't be long til a repeat. Gorgeous and it looks toothsome. (Auto text didn't know that word til just now) ps...maybe hubby needs sugar bootcamp so he can keep up ;-)

lara ramos

yum! our wedding cake was chocolate hazelnut and now i'm craving it :)

marla {family fresh cooking}

I bet your family loved this Easter cake!! You know we all wanna see the inside. Guess you need to bake another cake to share. I'll keep my eyes peeled ;) xo
Love the pink & yellow stripes.


That looks marvelous and springy Amanda dear! :) As I read, and saw the word 'toothsome' I kinda figured the meaning,but I thought wow that would be a good word to search on Swagbucks to be sure of the meaning, because I wanted to know for sure, plus wanted a chance to win some swagbucks LOL. You must have read my mind though because the next line in your blog defined the word. Thanks :)

Robyn | Add a Pinch

This is such a gorgeous cake! I sure do wish you'd move down here near me. Oh no, that wouldn't be good. I'd be over at your house all the time hoping to be your taste tester. It's probably a really good thing you live far, far away. {But it would be a lot of fun, wouldn't it?}


I saw this recipe via a re-tweet on Twitter. (Full Disclosure: I work for LorAnn Oils). I read that the cake was very sweet and wanted to suggest trying LorAnn's Hazelnut Super-Strength Flavoring instead of the syrup. Our flavors are unsweetened and would require only 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon to flavor the cake. To make this adjustment, the liquid in the recipe would need to be increased (1-1/2 cups buttermilk) to replace the 1/2 cup of syrup. A few drops is all it would take to flavor the buttercream frosting too.
Happy Baking!


Very Pretty....would also like to see a tutorial on the piping:)


Oops, the flavor is actually called "Creamy Hazelnut". :)


Everytime I think it can't get better, it does. Do you ever sleep at night without designing beauties. Just stunning design. This is perfect for my granddaughters Birthday cake. All of her favorite colors can be used and still be appetizing.
Many thanks again for making me look good.


I am a confirmed Chocoholic....and coming in second to my addition to chocolate is Hazlenut. If I don't have my Hazelnut coffee with Hazlenut creamer each morning I am a MESS. Well I think this will be the PERFECT cake for me. If it is too sweet for others...well so be it. That leaves more for ME! I am anxious to see the turorial for the piping. GREAT JOB!!


BTW....I read that you might be moving to TX? Is it to late to try and get you to come to Missouri and be my neighbor? :-) I would be a gracious taste tester and also student of all things beautifully baked. LOL

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}

stunning spring cake! Let the sun wrap us in warmth after such a cold winter :) Beautiful icing!

Ana Powell

A master piece and so divine ♥

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

I seriously just want to sit and stare at your cakes - they're always SO amazingly beautiful.


Another beautiful and toothsome recipe Amanda!

Meghan @ Cupcakes with Sprinkles

It looks amazing! I guess I will have to make it to make sure the inside lives up to the beauty on the outside...

Rowaida Flayhan

Beautiful cake love the recipe.


salivating as I type!!!!!
Gotta say............either you have very quiet, well behaved kids, baby include, or you never sleep!!!!!!!!! Just the fact that you have time to get this newsletter out, let alone bake, and stay slim at the same time, amazes me!!!!!!!!!!!!
I gain 5 pounds, looking at every recipe, then another few making them!

Dulces Suspiros

Me encanta!!!! Es maravilloso.


My favorite season is fall too, but you're right, this year I've really been excited about spring and the warmer weather. What a lovely cake!!


i don't think i could ever pipe that beautifully and perfectly in a million years. lovely lovely cake you have here!

Amy's blah, blah, blogging

I'd definitely say that was toothsome. My mouth is literally watering from looking at it. I'm so not kidding. :)


Awww, and I came here just to see the inside of the cake! I'm not crazy about pink and floral colors, but the cake still looks nice!


Gorgeous cake, as usual! I had to laugh about your not getting a photo of the inside of the cake. Since I started blogging I am always thinking of the food photos I am going to take. It is all I can do to resist from pulling out my camera when I bring new dessert somewhere and it is served!!


I just had to comment - I made your hydrangea cupcakes this weekend, and they turned out beautifully! I made blue and lavender, green and white, pink and lavender, and pink and white. They made a stunning addition to our Easter table - thank you for the idea!


That is a gorgeous cake. I love the springy colours. My favorite season is summer but spring is something I definitely crave after a long winter(which we are still experiencing in Alberta)!


Annnnd now I need cake. Boy that sounds good, I might try pairing it with some pb buttercream though. Have you tried flavored coffees with that recipe? Our local grocery store carries about 20 different kinds, so far I've used the flavors hazelnut creme and caramel nut crunch, both very toothsome in a chocolate cake. The best part is that they come in these little 2 serving bags so when I go I stock up on every flavor I can get my hands on.

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

Darn you! Now I want to know what the inside of the cake looked like. Well regardless, it looks very "toothsome", lol. I like it, I'm going to work that into everyday conversation, see if it sticks.

Ally Lynn

This looks so good! I plan on trying it sometime soon!


Wow, this looks so bright and Springy. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe!


So beautiful! I can't imagine how delicious this cake must taste! Does your family realize how lucky they are to have you providing sweet treats?!?

By the way...how cool are you being tracked down by Creative Kidstuff toy store to be a guest local blogger?!?! We have a store just two blocks from our house and frequent the place way too often! Can I give my hair a little red and go as your impersonator? You're just too cool for school!

Evan @swEEts

I'm going to be on the search for that syrup! This sounds fabulous.. I have quite a sweet tooth so I think I could handle it :)


Such a pretty cake! I'm in love with the colours. I'd love to know how to do the piping on the sides like that too!

paddle attachment

Oh my gosh, could your simple cake designs be any more elegant and beautiful?! And I still can't believe that you have a newborn at home....

Lori @ RecipeGirl

So pretty. Wish I could do that!



Just looking at this cake evokes happiness in me. I can only imagine what a joy it must be to taste.

Rebecca Cash

Thanks for posting! I enjoy viewing your post and admire your talents!


Absolutely stunning! And I love hazelnut anything!

Joanna @ Southern Daisy

What a beautiful cake! I'm sure it tasted very toothsome!! :-)

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