Naked Cakes

One of my top selling cakes lately has been the “naked cake.” Naked because as you can see below, there is barely any frosting on the outside; basically a nice crumb coat just to seal in moisture and that’s about it! I love this cake because 1- it’s super simple to make and I don’t spend time stressing what the outside of it has to look like and 2- because you can literally dress it up any way you like! This is my naked chocolate and vanilla swirl cake with my yummy buttercream frosting. The client here was hosting a women’s only event at their house and made everything look so dang cute! I love the simplicity of the way the added decorations make the cake feel so warm and inviting to eat and then once you cut into it, those colors just swirl together so beautifully! Such a fun and flirty cake!

Where are you Christmas?

Christmas came and left so fast this year. This was the first year that we didn’t get Christmas cards done and by the time we went to get our tree they were already done selling. Ironic. My first year home and I got nothing done. I guess stay at home moms really aren’t just sitting around eating bon bons all day ๐Ÿ™‚

Actually, this year seemed busier than most. I have never baked so much in my life! ONE day alone I baked 200 oatmeal cookies, 24 brownie cookies, one GIANT cookie “pizza,” 4 dozen mini cupcakes, 4 dozen cake pops, 48 sugar cookies in fun shapes and still managed to watch two kids and keep them alive fed. Whew. That made me tired just typing all that.

One of my more popular cakes was my IGLOO CAKE.ย  ย To make the igloo appearance I used melting chocolate and sprinkled sugar on it before it hardened. Once it hardened, I broke up the chocolate and arranged it, in no apparent order, all over the cake. The one in the picture below was actually used for a winter themed baby GIRL shower, which is why the frosting is pink.ย igloo cake

What were some of your favorite goodies to eat this year???

Looks Can Be Deceiving


Most weddings that I do these days, the bride and groom only want a “cutting” cake and don’t actually want to serve the whole cake as a dessert at the wedding, but they still want to have a bigger cake for display at their wedding. A lot of the weddings that I have done, they literally just end up tossing the rest of the cake away (or dividing it up to different family members to take home) and they only end up cutting the top of the cake for pictures sake. This was the first bride where we actually made the bottom two tiers styrofoam instead of real cake! The only part of this cake that is actually cakeย is the top tier. The bottom two are styrofoam cake forms that are decorated with fondant and frosting to appear as “real” cake. It was a really fun experience because there were so many unknowns, like trying to frost a “cake” that weighs nothing and keeps trying to spin off my spin board.

I hope that more brides that only want a cutting cake choose to do styrofoam bases! It is much lighter to carry (and being seven months pregnant that made a huge difference) and it gave me more time to work on the bottom two layers because since I wasn’t actually working with a baked cake I could do it days before because I didn’t have to worry about my cake drying out.

Next time you are at a wedding and they only cut in the top cake, I’m sure you will wonder if the rest of the cake is in fact cake because now you see that looks can be deceiving! ๐Ÿ™‚

Snickerdoodle Heaven




  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Make the topping: toss 1/4 cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Make the cookies: In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed. Get it nice and smooth, then add the sugar on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed. Set aside.
  4. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 different parts. The dough can be quite thick and you may have to stir the rest by hand, although mine wasn’t, but the original creator of this recipe said hers was!
  5. Take 1.5 – 2 Tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. I used a cookie scoop for this part so I didn’t get my hands dirty, but to each their own! Roll the dough balls into the reserved cinnamon-sugar topping. Sprinkle extra cinnamon-sugar on top if desired. Bake cookies for 11-12 minutes, but just keep an eye on them. I like my cookies extra moist so I only baked mine for about 10 minutes or so. The cookies will be very puffy and soft. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


These are BY FAR the best snickerdoodle cookies I have ever tasted! They were sweet throughout the whole cookie, where sometimes I think only the outer layer of snickerdoodles are sweet and the actual cookie tastes more like a sugar cookie. I am so glad that I stumbled upon Sally’s Baking Addiction blog to find this gem of a recipe!