Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday, Bakingdom! And a Gift for You! [Updated]

by Darla

**The giveaway has ended and a winner was chosen! Congratulations, Andrea!**

I can’t believe that today is Bakingdom’s first birthday! This has been one crazy fast year! I never thought, last January, that my decision to share my hobby with others would have grown so much! Of course, you know I had to celebrate with a cake! I knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted it to look.

I have been so excited to make this cake! I used my blog theme for inspiration and I absolutely adore it! It makes me very, very happy! Sweet pink stripes, a pretty mini tiered cake for a topper, and my adorable birdie for a whimsical final touch…everything about it makes this girly girl smile from ear to ear!

I wanted it to be pretty much fondant free, so I made my favorite ever vanilla buttercream, tinted it a soft pink, and spread a layer over the whole cake before piping the fun stripes up the sides, and across the top to the center. I love the look of these stripes, and I’m gonna practice the technique more, so that next time I can achieve straight lines. I also put a simple shell border around the base of the cake to look like the scalloped bottom of my banner.

For the topper, I drew inspiration from the little cake in my banner above. I’ve always loved the sweet tiered cake and I knew I wanted to try and recreate it. All I did was tint three different sized pieces of fondant to the colors I was going for, then I just shaped each one into the tiers of the cake. I used leftover frosting and a fine writing tip to add sweet swirls, tiny flowers, and fun polka dots to them.

My favorite part of the cake is my cute, pink birdie. I made my little bird for the blog myself, so I’m pretty proud of it and I couldn’t wait to put it on my cake. All I did was shape a piece of pink fondant into a teardrop shape, then I turned the pointed end up to create the birdie’s tail. I used a leaf tip and more buttercream to create the wings, a little yellow, diamond shaped sprinkle to make the beak, and I added eyes with a black food writer. Birdie was the perfect tip top to my lovely cake.

What’s a birthday cake without a candle?! I’m so happy to celebrate this milestone…I hope I get to celebrate many more! Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of me! I hope you continue to enjoy what I have to blog about! :)

Oh yeah, you’re probably wondering what kind of cake I made…or maybe not. Either way, I’ll tell you! I was craving a basic yellow cake for this for a long time. But I wanted chocolate too. I was really torn. I considered doing alternating layers like I did for my Halloween cake, but I decided I wanted yellow cake more than chocolate, so I chose to add a chocolate filling instead. I just made my favorite yellow cake recipe (just a basic homemade yellow cake), but you can make any cake recipe for this, or even use a box mix if you want to. On a whim, and because I wanted my cake to look as fun and festive on the inside as it does on the outside, I threw some fun confetti quins into the cake batter before baking it. I love the fun little touch of color they add, and the whimsy and happiness the give to my celebration cake. I told you…this cake makes me very, very happy!

This ended up being a perfect birthday cake…quintessential yellow cake with the delicious buttercream frosting (I love, love, love this frosting), and the chocolate adds the perfect amount of depth to this to keep it from being a super sweet overload. If you have a birthday or other celebration coming up, this is definitely a party cake! Enjoy!

But first…in honor of Bakingdom’s first birthday, and to thank you for supporting me and coming back again and again, I’d like to give away a little gift! It’s just a little something, but I’m pretty excited about it.

Bakingdom Birthday Giveaway!

Leave a comment on this post and you could win the very first Bakingdom t-shirt! There’s two slightly different designs and you can have either one printed onto a woman’s or a man’s shirt. The hubster is usually always the first to taste test all of the treats I make, so he inspired my design. I hope you like it!

But wait! There’s more!

In addition to showing blog love for Bakingdom, and for cupcakes, you get to make cupcakes…well, decorate them…because you’ll also receive Bake It Pretty’s Best-Ever Cupcake Icing Kit! I use this to decorate all of my cupcakes and it really is the best!!

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post by Sunday.

  • One entry per person, please.
  • No entries after 11:59pm Atlantic Time (10:59 pm Eastern time), Sunday (January 30).
  • Winner will be selected at random and announced Monday morning!

Be sure to subscribe to my RSS feed or follow me here, on Twitter, and on Facebook for all my new post updates, and other chances to win fun stuff! Good Luck!!

Confetti Cake with Chocolate Filling and Vanilla Buttercream
Makes 1 8-inch round 4- layer cake
Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE
Your favorite yellow cake recipe (enough to get 4 8-inch rounds)
2 tablespoons confetti quins or rainbow jimmies, optional

FOR THE FILLING
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

FOR THE (the best ever) FROSTING (this recipe has been increased by 50% in order to cover 4 layers of cake. Subtract 1/3 of the ingredients to get a regular serving for a double layer cake)
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 lbs. (24 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Food coloring (optional)

To make the cake: Prepare cake batter as normal, then stir in the confetti quins or sprinkles. Bake as normal. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

To make the filling: Fill a medium saucepan with a couple of inches of water and sit over medium heat (allow the water to barely come to a simmer). Sit a medium bowl over the saucepan and add the chocolate chips and the butter to melt. Stir until smooth and combined. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature before continuing.

Transfer the chocolate mixture to the bowl of a standing mixer (or use a hand mixer). Stir in the confectioners’ sugar until thoroughly combined. Beat in milk until the filling reaches a spreadable consistency. Stir in the vanilla.

To make the frosting: In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter for about 30 seconds. Beat in the sugar and salt until combined. Add 1 tablespoon heavy cream and whisk on high for 3 to 4 minutes, until light and fluffy. If the frosting is too thick, add more cream, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

Stir in the vanilla and food coloring.

Recipe by Darla

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1 Jan Ferguson January 25, 2011 at 8:09 am

Happy Birthday!! What an awesome looking cake. I’m going to have to try that one!

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2 Trista January 25, 2011 at 8:13 am

Beautiful Cake!!

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3 Missy January 25, 2011 at 8:19 am

Best cake I’ve ever seen! I would be afraid to eat it!

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4 Azlina January 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

The inside was festive indeed ! And the cake made me happy just by looking at your photos. So I’m sure you were ecstatic as you get to munch on this beautiful (and of course delicious) cake.

Happy birthday ! One and counting. ;D

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5 Gemma January 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

Happy Birthday Bakingdom!

I have to say, it’s always fantastic to see your cakes and other recipies on here, and although I only became aware of this site at Hallowe’en when a friend sent me the link for your amazingly awesome Hallowe’en cake, I’ve spent many of my free minutes going back and seeing what you’ve posted before. The toppers on this cake are just wonderful, and it makes me wonder why in all my experience of baking a cake and wishing that there was a super-awesome topper out there I never thought of creating something similar. But now I have insiration and I can’t wait to see what else you have yet to come!

Thanks!

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6 anastassia January 25, 2011 at 8:24 am

happy anniversary! i really want a slice of yellow cake now after reading this. yum!

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7 Sandra January 25, 2011 at 8:25 am

Fab cake, definately one to have a go at

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8 Jeanne ODonnell January 25, 2011 at 8:27 am

Happy birthday! Your cake is beautiful!

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9 Kristi January 25, 2011 at 8:29 am

I love this post! I just kept reading and wanting more pictures =o) Happy 1st!

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10 alethea January 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

Happy Birthday Bakingdom. OMG I just love this cake!! I love everything you make but this cake is just perfection!! I made one of your recipes for my son’s birthday recently – the choc chip cookie dough truffles and they were a huge hit!! Can’t wait to see what you create next!!

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11 Tiffany @ Conor & Bella January 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

Wow, your cake looks so nice! The mini tiered cake on top totally got me.

Happy blog birthday!!

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12 Alma January 25, 2011 at 8:45 am

Happy Birthday-Blog!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE THE CAKE!!!!!!!!

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13 Dori January 25, 2011 at 8:56 am

Most. adorable. cake. ever.

I can just imagine you giggling as you created the darling little topper…or am I the only one who does things like that? :)

Happy Birthday, Bakingdom!

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14 Etania Lie January 25, 2011 at 9:00 am

i totally love that what seems to be the bride of the twitter bird! lol ;p happy 1 year blog birthday! :D i love looking at all your pictures it’s so bedazzling (: i’ll def try some of ur recipes

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15 Blog is the New Black January 25, 2011 at 9:00 am

Happy birthday. I adore your blog! Love the t-shirts, too!

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16 Amber Atkins January 25, 2011 at 9:01 am

Happy 1st Birthday Bakingdom!!!

I can’t tell you how much you inspire myself and others to try to be a little more creative in the kitchen. I am even going to attempt a couple fondant cakes for my birthday!! I hope you continue to find success in your blog and have many more great years to come!

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17 Tori January 25, 2011 at 9:02 am

I love this site soo much, being on a diet its pretty much cake porn, but on special occasions I fly by and grab myself a big old cup of inspiration ^.^ Happy BlogBirthday and wishing you many many more….

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18 Monica January 25, 2011 at 9:03 am

Happy birthday!

What a beautiful cake, and what a fun idea to add sprinkles to the batter!

Your blog is such an inspiration, please keep up the good work for many years to come,

M:)

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19 ashley January 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

Congrats to you and your wonderful blog. Love reading your stuff.

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20 Orli Degani January 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

Mazal Tov! (that’s happy birthday), your blog is lovely, and I enjoy reading it very much.
Have a great second year :)

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21 Lúlla January 25, 2011 at 9:13 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY :) The cake looks lovely

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22 Sarah January 25, 2011 at 9:13 am

Your cake is lovely! I’ve been wanting a new frosting recipe too, so I’ll definitely be trying yours.
Congratulations on your one year. Your blog is great!

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23 Heather January 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

Amazing and beautiful! I LOVE the topper and the cute birdie!!! :) So proud of you after a whole year, and the success you’ve had. I hope it only gets better for you!

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24 Julie January 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

Congratulations on one whole year! Your blog has brought me so much enjoyment and inspiration; it’s become one of my favorite sites to frequent. Please pardon the horrible and corny pun, but you take the cake! :P

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25 Mary January 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

How fun is this cake…and it doesn’t look TOO hard, and it certainly looks good enough to eat. Thanks for sharing.

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26 Tosca January 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

Happy Birthday Bakingdom
That cake, wowwie, looks really delicious

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27 katrien January 25, 2011 at 9:19 am

that looks amazing!!
and the teeny tiny bird looks way too cute to eat!

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28 Tree January 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

Happy blog birthday, Darla! That cake is super cute (and very yummy-looking!). :) Thank you for the awesome giveaway! But hey, aren’t we supposed to give YOU gifts on your birthday? ;)
-Tree

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29 rachel January 25, 2011 at 9:26 am

Congratulations on your first birthday!!! coincidently it is australia day tomorrow so we will be having a public holiday and i will be baking lamingtons which you should definatly try, they are very yummy! enjoy your day you definatly deserve it!!

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30 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots January 25, 2011 at 9:30 am

Happy birthday! That is such a beautiful cake…so professional! If you told me if it was from those fancy bakeries on tv, I would have believed you. So pretty! :-D

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31 Kristen Long January 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

Happy Happy Day! Thank you for starting this blog – you’ve been the source of information and inspiration for loads of cupcakes, cakes, and other treats over the course of the year. (My kiddies and hubby thank you profusely!)

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32 kita January 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

Those layers look amazing! I love the chocolate and yellow cake. It looks so perfect inside that beautiful pink! The birdy on top too! = Awesome!!

Happy blog-a-birthday! Kudos to you and thanks for sharing. Your pictures are always lovely and you recipes always look so yummy!

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33 jan January 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

Happy Birthday! what an adorable cake!

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34 Kim January 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

Happy blog birthday!!

Cake looks so girly and awesome!

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35 Sheri C. January 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

Happy First Birthday!! I just found this blog a few months ago, but I LOVE it. I have such a backlog of tasty treats I want to try from here!

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36 Lori Reaves January 25, 2011 at 9:52 am

Happy Birthday! I’m a newbie to your site. I really enjoy the results of your creativity.

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37 Liz A January 25, 2011 at 9:54 am

Looks like a very tasty birthday you have there.
Congratulations!

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38 Kerri January 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

Wow Darla! Happy Birthday Bakingdom!!! I have loved reading all of your posts the past year. Thank you for sharing your talents and passion with all of us.

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39 Julia Brasileiro January 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

Oh my god!!!
That little bird was so cute and so perfectly made!!
I would not have the courage to eat it..
and as always your pictures are amazing!
Happy birthday!

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40 Lorrinda January 25, 2011 at 10:05 am

Happy Birthday Bakingdom! I have you in my Google Reader so I never miss a post! You have inspired many yummy treats at my house. I love that you always make the insides of your cakes look as good as the outside. Your pictures always make me drool…Thanks for the chance to win some goodies.

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41 Moline January 25, 2011 at 10:08 am

LOVE the little birdie! HAPPPY HAPPY BRITHDAY!

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42 Sarah January 25, 2011 at 10:09 am

Happy Birthday Bakingdom! I love your website so much even if I didn’t start reading it until Halloween when your Halloween cake was featured on Cake Wreck’s Sunday Sweets. I have tried a few of your recipes, including those FABULOUS vanilla cupcakes with chocolate on the bottom, and I can’t wait for new ones! Yay!

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43 Julie Streeter January 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

I LOVE the look of this cake! I’ve been visiting your site for a couple of months, now, and have even printed some of the recipes to give them a try. Happy birthday, Bakingdom!!!

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44 Regina January 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

if only this recipe was posted a few days ago…! it was my own and my mother’s birthday and I looked everywhere for layered cakes. well, maybe next year I’ll try this, it looks soooooooo delicious =)

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45 Jey January 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

Happy birthday bakingdom! Love your website!

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46 Ladytink_534 January 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

Oh how cute! Happy Birthday Bakingdom, I love the little bird! The t-shirts are awesome too. Thanks for the great giveaway. :)

I’ve been reading your blog since your steampunk hats made of tootsie rolls and though I haven’t tried any of your recipes yet, I’ve saved a ton already. SUCH a great blog.

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47 Mary Anne January 25, 2011 at 10:30 am

Happy Birthday, Bakingdom!! I’m so glad I found you!
This cake is so pretty, and looks so very yummy, too!!

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48 Becky C. January 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

Happy Birthday. Beautiful cake.

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49 Debbie January 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

Love your blog! Love your photography! Love your goodies! Love this cake! Happy anniversary. I’m actually surprised that you’ve only been at this for a year.

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50 cantstopbaking January 25, 2011 at 10:35 am

Happy Birthday ! Wow, what an accomplishment, its amazing! Thanks for a great blog!

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51 Angela Martin January 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

Happy Birthday! Beautiful cake! You have mad photography skills!

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52 Maisyday January 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

Happy Birthday! I wish I could make a cake that looked half as cute and happy as yours! Love, love, LOVE the little bird!

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53 Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD! January 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

What a beautiful cake! It’s so whimsical it could also be a baby shower cake. LOVE IT! Always love what you come up with.

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54 Kay W January 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

Happy Birthday! I love checking in – the photography & artwork make me want to try decorating cakes again. Mine never looked as good as these!

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55 Laura January 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

Happy Birthday!! That little birdie is adorable!!

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56 Ali O'Brien January 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

Happy 1st Birthday, Bakingdom! What an adorable, perfect cake!

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57 Heather January 25, 2011 at 11:02 am

Happy Birthday! That cake is adorable. I know my little one would love it for her 3rd birthday on Sunday. Love your site – keep the awesome recipes and amazing pictures coming!

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58 Jessica January 25, 2011 at 11:15 am

Happy Birthday Bakingdom!!!

Your site has inspired me to look into taking classes on baking to learn more and be able to do what you do. I made my first cake for a bridal shower this past weekend!!

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59 Catherine January 25, 2011 at 11:16 am

I’m so glad I found your new link. Your cakes are so amazing! Wish I had the patience to put together a layer cake. I do need to paint some though. They are so pretty when cut.
Hugs,
Cathie

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60 Emily January 25, 2011 at 11:19 am

Such a pretty cake! I would wear the T-shirt proudly if I won! Happy blogiversary! :)

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61 Beth Rodkey January 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

Congratulations! And what a nice giveaway! I’ve wanted a frosting tip for a while now, these would be perfect.

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62 Kate! January 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

Mini makes everything cuter! That mini tier cake on top is so perfect. Happy birthday, Bakingdom!

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63 Catherine Vrettos January 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

Thank you for sharing the yummy recipes. YUM

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64 Meghan January 25, 2011 at 11:32 am

Happy Birthday! I just discovered your site a few months ago, but I am a dedicated reader! My favorite posts of yours are the cakes because they are all SO GORGEOUS! Especially that Egg Nog cake. Sheesh. It was almost too much to handle. Anyway, thanks for writing. I so enjoy it!

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65 Alex January 25, 2011 at 11:32 am

What a GORGEOUS cake!! I totally want to make one now :D I just want to mention I made your blueberry crumble tart on Sunday and it came out delicious AND beautiful! I took it to a benefit Pie Party and I’m happy to say it was devoured promptly :D Here’s some pics:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=93626&id=1071992187&l=30282874f1

Love your blog!

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66 Cheryl January 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

Beautiful cake!! Happy Birthday!!

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67 Jia January 25, 2011 at 11:47 am

Very pretty cake. Love the color ;)
Happy 1st birthday!

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68 Valerie January 25, 2011 at 11:50 am

This is the cutest cake I’ve ever seen! Great job, and happy birthday!

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69 Heather January 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

Yum! Looks great, I love the sprinkles with the chocolate and the soft pink icing.

Heather
http://www.iamadomesticengineer.blogspot.com

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70 Alanna S. January 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

Happy birthday!!!

This is on my list of things to make to impress the friends!

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71 Kelly January 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

Happy blog birthday! Love to see your creativity!

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72 bridget January 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

Happy Birthday!! …I love unbirthday presents!

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73 Susan January 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Wishing you a very happy 1st birthday! My family just finished off a batch of “brookies” – amazing! Thanks!

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74 Gabrial January 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom! Love the cake, gotta make that one for myself now. :{D

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75 katie January 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Happy birthday bakingdom! This is one of my favorite blogs! Keep up the awesome work!

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76 Lea January 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Happy birthday!!!
I’ve come across your blog pretty recently, but i loved it so much, i read all of your previous entries… Keep us dreaming!

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77 Abigail Neely January 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I will HAVE To try the frosting for sure!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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78 Jackie January 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Happy 1st Bday. The cake looks yummmmmy!

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79 brandi January 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Congratulations on your one year milestone! I’ve made many of your treats and look forward to many more.

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80 Ebonly January 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

This cake is almost too cute to eat <3
And the bird with the pink is sooo girly…love it!!

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81 Andrea January 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Happy Birthday! Love Love Love the cake! The bird is just too precious for words : ) This is my first time commenting sooo I just wanted to let you know how much I love the site! I’m planning on making the Brookies for my hubby’s b-day in a couple of weeks and my sister and I are *dying* to make your Butterbeer recipe! Looking forward to all of your future posts!

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82 Sarah January 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Love the use of REAL frosting! Bet it tastes even better than it looks!

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83 Suzi January 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Beautiful cake! Happy Birthday to your blog, love the recipes and gorgeous pictures.

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84 Bake4fun January 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm

This is beautiful, and has me craving cake :) Happy birthday! Thanks for sharing all of you amazing recipes and techniques!

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85 Kim January 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Congrats! The cake looks awesome.

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86 Pam January 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Happy Birthday!

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87 Cat W. January 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Hooray for mostly fondant-free! Nom nom nom.

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88 Heather Sheire January 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Gorgeous and amazing! Only one year old and already your blog is what I want my blog to be when it grows up. Congrats!

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89 Alexis January 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I just stumbled upon your blog today. It’s so cute! Congrats on a year. I”m looking forward to trying some of your recipes!

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90 Lunarae January 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Happy Birthday and many more! I always look to your site for inspiraton while the little grey cells go on holiday. Family members are now some of your greatest fans as a result of their taster status.

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91 mandassassin January 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Happy Blog-iversary! I don’t comment often, but I have been trying (and loving!) your recipes since I found your Halloween cake in October. Thank you, and keep up the fantastic work! :)

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92 Lisa Y. January 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Pink is my favorite color…I saw your cake and absolutely loved it! Your blog is just awesome…I stumbled across it months ago and have been hooked ever since. Happy 1st Birthday…time to celebrate!! Thank you for everything you do. :)

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93 Andrea January 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Happy Bakingdom Day!

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94 Melissa January 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Happy Birthday to Bakingdom! I feel so motivated to bake something beautiful now!

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95 jessielou January 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm

congratulations! i do love visiting here and swooning over your beautiful creations. i hope you stick around for many more blog birthdays!

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96 Courtney January 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm

That’s such a pretty cake! Happy Birthday Bakingdom!

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97 Molly January 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

What an adorable cake! I love the lines that continue into the center of the top

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98 Kim Adlesh January 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS CAKE!!! All your fine touches are simply amazing. I especially love the little birdie too. I am in awe of every entry to your blog. I visit your blog every day! I absolutely LOVE your recipes & photos. You are very talented!
This latest masterpiece is proof enough alone, that you love what you do. I am so thankful that you share your beautiful creations with the world. What a blessing!!

Happy 1st Birthday to Bakingdom! Here’s to many many more…and I will be a loyal visitor. :)

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99 Lisa January 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Great Cake! Love that you didn’t use fondant.

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100 Brenda January 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Absolutely LOVE the colors of your cake, inside and out. How do you get your slices to look so perfect? This is one of my favorite blogs – I love to bake and get alot of inspiration from you. Congrats on your success!!

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101 Maria January 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Congratulations on this milestone, Darla! Your blog is fantastic & I hope that this time next year I’ll be seeing a new Bakingdom Birthday cake :)

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102 Alvina January 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom!! What a cute cake! Especially love the sprinkles on the inside and the little cake on top! I also like how you moved the little birdie onto the edge of your cake for that last pic.

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103 Amber January 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm

happy birthday to bakingdom. i love your blog – everything is so pretty. i always get great inspiration when i stop by. :D

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104 Jessie W January 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Happy Birthday! Cute little birdie!

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105 Alessia January 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I have only now discovered the existence of this wonderful blog
and now I have added contacts in flickr
the cake is fabulous all really wonderful compliments!!
Alessia.
have good day

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106 amy h January 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Happy Blog-Birthday!
What a cute cake! I’m loving it and the sweet birdie on top!

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107 Melissa January 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Congratulations on your first year of blogging! You are a constant inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

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108 Jenn January 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Happy birthday! Also, confetti cake is awesome!

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109 Connie Parson January 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Happy Birthday! Love the cake, and love your blog.

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110 Michele R. January 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Happy Birthday! Such a beautiful cake!
I absolutely love your blog – keep it coming darling!
Cheers!

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111 TinaTse January 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Happy Birthday!!
Since I discovered your blog, I can’t stop baking!!! But you make them so much prettier!!! ooww I just love the icing kit <3
All the best!!

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112 aprila January 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Happy 1st Birthday Bakingdom!!

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113 Alexandra January 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Dang! give something away and people come out of the woodwork 0.0

I am so happy to have stumbled across your blog earlier this year. You have inspired me to practice my baking skills and for that I thank you and congratulate you on one year of happy bakingdom!

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114 Libbi January 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Congrats! you make such beautiful cakes.

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115 Marie January 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom. Congrats on a great year!! much success and many more!!
love it all!!!

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116 Elizabeth K. January 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Congrats on 1 year! I love your site!!!

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117 melissa daams January 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm

super cute cake — inspirational – adorable… and congratulations & happy birthday to you!

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118 Tanya January 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Happy 1st Birthday Bakingdom! I love your blog and your cake is super pretty…can’t wait to try out the recipe.

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119 MJ January 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Totally adorable cake!! Happy first blogiversary too!

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120 Elena Garcia January 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm

muchas felicidades!!!!congratulations,as usual a great job,and like always,i love the surprise in the inside of all your cakes.i hope you understand what i mean.my best wishes for you .

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121 Kathia January 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom!! So looking forward for more years full of yummy recipes and beautiful pictures

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122 Melanie January 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Happy Birthday !!!
I love your blog, it’s one of my favorite !

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123 Mikki January 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom!! I really love your blog and look forward to many more years of it! Congratulations on creating such a beautiful cake and t-shirts! Hope I am lucky for a change, would love to wear it! (the t-shirt, not the cake but I’m sure that would be fun too!)

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124 Kitti January 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Wow, happy birthday :)
And this cake… I’m speechless. Amazing and lovely :) Congrats!

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125 ©EpicureanPiranha January 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I love this cake! It’s so pretty and fun, and sounds good too! Happy Birthday and congratulations on your pretty blog :-)

~ marie, the ©EpicureanPiranha

PS I discovered your photo on Flickr & I’ve connected to you there

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126 Cindy January 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Just in time for a grandchild’s birthday ;) Love the frosting. I HATE store bought frosting and even though I went that way with the cake mix, I really wanted a nice frosting. so again.
I love your blog and follow it daily–except for those few days when it was too hard to see your yummy posts during my diet :)

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127 Cherie January 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Happy birthday!

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128 Lydia January 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Happy 1st Birthday Bakingdom!!! Love your website and all your recipes!!! Here’s to another successful year and many more to come!!!

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129 Meagan January 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Happy Birthday! I fell in love with your blog when I came across your Watermelon cupcake recipe in August. So far I’ve made a few of your treats (my fav being the pumpkin brittle) and they’ve all turned out awesome. As another military wife, thank you for taking the time to blog!

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130 Khol January 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Hooray! Happy blogging anniversary!
And that cake looks fantastic! :)

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131 Katherine January 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Gorgeous cake!!! Congrats on 1 year! :)

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132 Cathy January 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Happy 1st Birthday, Bakingdom! Your designs always look so amazing and beautiful!

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133 The Cilantropist January 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

This is my first time visiting your blog but what an amazing first post to see! This cake is INCREDIBLE, I saw it over on FG and had to take a closer look. :) Congrats on 1 year of blogging, and I will be following along to see what you come up with in the next year.

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134 Susie D. January 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Your cake looks SO good! So much nicer than the mess of a cake I made yesterday! Wahhhh.

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135 Kat January 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom! That cake is amazing!

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136 My Barbarian Table January 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm

i love the piped lines! if they’re not straight enough you could’ve fooled me. absolutely stunning cake, one of the most beautiful I’ve seen!
congrats & happy birthday!!!
Leila

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137 Breanne Jorgensen January 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I adore your blog!
This little cake is SO cute!

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138 Amy January 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Happy Birthday, Bakingdom! ♪♫♪!! I love your blog. I check it every day and have ever since I happened onto the Halloween cake. The frog cupcakes inspired me to try making your marshmallow fondant. Someday I will actually have time! Thanks for all the great ideas.

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139 Celine January 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Happy happy birthday!! Your cake is absolutely gorgeous! And it looks delicious too!

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140 Ashlee January 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Love this cake design!

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141 Jenny January 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Ohh, I love the little stripes down the side of the cake. Lovely!

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142 Victoria January 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom!! The tshirts are soo cute! And I’ve always wanted icing tips. Have a good one~!

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143 Tawny January 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Happy birthday! I really love your blog! It inspires me to no end!

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144 Kristin January 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Congratulations on your first anniversary! I love your blog.

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145 Rebekah January 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Gorgeous! My young daughters would positively swoon!

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146 Amanda January 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Happy birthday! Here’s to another year of inspiring recipes for all of us :)

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147 Amy (Sing For Your Supper) January 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Happy Blogiversary!!! What an adorable cake! I have a thing for birds so I LOVE the topper!!

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148 Karin January 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Happy 1st Birthday! I adore reading your site!

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149 Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen January 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Happy birthday Bakingdom! Your birthday cake looks amazing, inside and out! Here’s to many more birthdays :)

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150 Jan January 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm

This is a gorgeous cake. I love the birdie and the color

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151 Kari L. January 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Congrats on making it through your first year! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

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152 Fia January 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I love your blog and it’s a wonderful inspiration :) The cake looks amazing!!! :)

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153 Donna January 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Happy 1st Birthday!! Beautiful cake! I love your blog and am looking forward to the future of Bakingdom!!

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154 Amy Brooks January 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Love this cake!! Happy 1 year!!!!
You are a true inspiration and a great topic of conversation. I have found a friend whom I have not a lot in common with but this blog. We both love it and love to talk about all the yummy things you post. Now to try them!

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155 Nuclear Girl January 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Delightful cake! Wishing you a wonderful 2011 for “Year 2.”
Love your stories, recipes and photos.
Keep ‘em coming.

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156 Jordan Spooner January 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom!!

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157 Jaime January 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Love your blog! It’s so light and cheerful. Happy blog birthday! :)

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158 Jo Le Prevost January 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom!!

I absolutely love all of your recipes and fun exciting cakes! You have inspired me to bake and decorate more delicious treats! We don’t have many fun or exciting bakeries over here in the little isle of Guernsey so versions of your fun creations are going down a treat!

Can’t wait to see more of your scrummy treats! Yay!

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159 Morgan Helland January 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm

The cake is so beautiful!! Happy 1st Birthday Bakingdom and we are wishing you many many more!!

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160 Carrie January 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm

ah what a cute cake! Congratulations.

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161 Susan January 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm

YUM! That cake looks amazing! Love the confetti yellow cake :) Happy Birthday!

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162 madeline January 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm

What a beautiful cake! I just love the little birdy!

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163 Laurie January 25, 2011 at 6:14 pm

not only are your creations beautiful and inspiring, but your enthusiasm is contagious!! and your photography is beautiful as well…congratulations on this wonderful milestone.

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164 Sarah B January 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I adore your site and can’t wait to see what the next year of blogging brings for you. Thanks for all the inspiring ideas! Ever since I started reading your blog my stand mixer rarely gets a day off!

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165 Sara January 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Love the cake-hope it tastes as wonderful as it looks!! Happy birthday!

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166 Helen Ng January 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Happy birthday! The cake looks gorgeous and delicious!

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167 Amy A. January 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Happy Birthday!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful talent and recipes :D

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168 Jenna Z January 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Oh gosh, that cake sounds absolutely fantastic! Yum to the chocolate filling! My husband’s favorite cake is yellow cake with chocolate frosting.

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169 Sue January 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I’ve tried several of your recipes and really appreciate all the extra info and pictures that you add to them.
Happy Birthday!

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170 Kayla January 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Happy Birthday! The cake is beautiful, I thought it was fondant when I first looked at the picture!

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171 Jessica Coghill January 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Happy birthday! Beautiful Cake!

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172 Megan Campbell January 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm

This Cake is Bea-utiful :)
Congrats on the blog-iversary!

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173 Rochel January 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Happy Birthday! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next.

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174 Kristen January 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Happy Bday Darla! Very cool! Umm can you move back here please so you can bake for me?? I want it! I want it! SO having a sweet tooth right now!! Looks delish!! Congrats!

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175 NOTyourrunofthemill January 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Mmm! Upon looking at your last photo, I recalled my Grandmother’s birthday cakes she made for each and everyone of her grandchildren. I can taste it by just thinking about them. She also used the confetti sprinkles . Thank you for the memories!

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176 Lauren W January 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Wow! Happy Birthday and congrats! The cake is adorable and I’m sure delish too!!

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177 Lisa January 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Oh my! That is such a lovely and festive birthday cake. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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178 Casey B. January 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Oh, this is wonderful! I just got married and I’m starting to venture out on baking on my own. I was just pleading with my husband the other day to get piping bags and decorating supplies! This would be so wonderful!

Thanks for all of your great ideas. :)

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179 Grace January 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!I love your website! It’s one of the prettiest blogs I’ve seen :) That cake just made me smile when i saw it and the little birdie was definitely the icing on the cake! :)

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180 Kelly January 25, 2011 at 7:06 pm

YAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Such a beautiful cake for such a beautiful blog! <3

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181 Alex January 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Happy Birthday!

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182 Karen January 25, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom!! Hooray! What a fun cake too :) Congrats Darla! And you KNOW I’m dying for that shirt…. I’m in LOVE!!! <3

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183 Linda January 25, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Congratulations!!!! I love the cake and everything else you do on your site! I love seeing the step-by-step instructions which make it so easy to follow the recipes. Thank you for your dedication and sharing your talent with the rest of us! I look forward to another year of yummy treats :D

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184 Holly January 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Happy Birthday! What a fun cake to celebrate the big day!

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185 soroya January 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Happy Birthday! I love your blog!

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186 Trish Mac January 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Awesome cake! I want some.

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187 Monika January 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Found your blog via Foodgawker! I just spent 15 minutes browsing through all the different recipes and pictures you’ve put up and it looks all so fabulous! I can’t wait to try these recipes out :)

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188 Allison January 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm

That cake is beautiful! Happy number one!

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189 Beth January 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Congrats, and Happy Birthday! Your blog is one of my favorite to follow, and I send people here all the time (about a gazillion of my friends have made your butterbeer recipe by now). I hope you continue posting your fabulous creations for a long time! :D

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190 Killian January 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

That cake is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love your adorable little bird on top! Congratulations on one year :]

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191 Rose January 25, 2011 at 7:43 pm

yay! Happy birthday!

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192 ThatsHowIRoll January 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Awesome cake! I love the decoration, do pink and colorful inside! Happy Birthday and many more to come! Cheers!

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193 MelodyJ January 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

That cake looks so good. I want to attempt to make it.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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194 Gina January 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Beautiful cake! How do you get the layers so even? – when I bake my cakes they get a big dome in the middle.

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195 vivian January 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm

happy birthday bakingdom! (:
this is a really cute cake~
and the bird topper is adorable! ^^

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196 Pat January 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Those shirts are seriously too cute!!!!

So I’ll be trying your confetti cake for my son’s 3rd birthday, it looks so much better then the boxed type of mixes!

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197 Amber January 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Fabulous looking cake.

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198 bridget {bake at 350} January 25, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Happy Birthday!!! That cake is adorable!

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199 Fiona January 25, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Found your website via another RSS. Following!!! Love your cake!!!

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200 Leigh January 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Your cake makes me happy too :) I bet it tastes just as good as it looks!

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201 Constance January 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Happy 1st Birthday!!!! May you have 149 more!!!!

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202 Trooppetrie January 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I make 150 cupcakes a week for church and could so use this help

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203 Laura January 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm

A wonderful birthday cake for a wonderful blog! Here’s to another sweets-filled year.

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204 Jaime Q. January 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

That looks delish! Happy Birthday, Bakingdom!

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205 linda January 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

this cake make me smile…i LOVE the design & i am sure the taste is fabulous!!
happy b.day dear bakingdom…so happy to share in your celebration!!
h a p p y, j o y f i l l e d, d e l i c i o u s & s w e e t anniversary!

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206 Jenny January 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm

What a beautiful cake! A perfect way to celebrate :)

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207 katie January 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm

adorable! congrats on such a milestone!

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208 Breanna Cole January 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Yum, looks delicious!

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209 Catharine January 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Oooo!! Looks awesome!!

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210 Sera January 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Happy Birthday!!!! You’re cake just cheered me up after a hard day. I love the sweet little bird! Congrats once again…can’t wait to see what you have in store for this year! :)

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211 Jaime January 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Congratulations on one year! I look forward to reading your posts and try to apply your advice in my own kitchen. Thanks for sharing your insight!

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212 farah January 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Happ Birthday!!

I must say that the cake you made is awesome and that the cake innards looks absolutely scrumptious!!

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213 Danielle January 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm

A big happy birthday to Bakingdom! Your cake is beautiful!

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214 jo January 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Happy 1st blog birthday and many more to come. I absolutely love this cake and it is so in tune with your blog theme. Love the pretty colours and how you have decorated it as well.

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215 Courtney January 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Adorable blog and a beautiful cake. Happy 1 year!

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216 Elizabeth Rongo January 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom! I love love love this pink cake, the mini tiered cake is the best! Looking forward to many more!!

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217 Michelle January 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Happy Birthday! That cake looks wonderful. I love the decorations and it suits your site wonderfully! Awesome job!

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218 Jenny January 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm

The cake looks awesome – and what a great giveaway.

Happy Blog-irthday.

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219 Mathilde January 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Happy birthday! :)
Your blog is one of my favorites, I baked your Halloween cake and while it wasn’t nearly as pretty as yours, it was delicious! Please please please keep writing.. Your advice, your pictures and the level of precision in your recipes are priceless. Thank you for all your hard work, and here’s to many more years of happy baking!

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220 Krista Miller January 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Gorgeous Cake girly! Happy Blog B-day. Congratulations to all that you have accomplished in a year. We’re all proud of you, our sweet tooths as well :)

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221 Jess January 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Congrats on your first year of blogging! Here’s to many more! :)

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222 Patricia January 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Happy Birthday! Your cake is so Cute!

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223 Dana January 25, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Congratulations on one year of blogging – what a beautiful cake to celebrate with!

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224 Judy R January 25, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Happy Blog Birthday!!!!
Here’s to many, many more – love those recipes.

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225 Courtney Sampson January 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Happy birthday and thank you for the great recipes!

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226 Lorri January 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Happy Birthday…and thank you for giving us all the gift of your beautiful cakes!

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227 Anne January 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Happy Birthday!! very pretty cake :)

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228 Nicole January 25, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Happy Birthday! The cake is just amazing!

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229 SusanV January 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm

happy birthday! love your blog!

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230 zeevee January 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Love the cake and love your blog! My birthday is coming up, and I’ve been planning my own pretty pink cake for that occasion!

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231 pietra January 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I’m so making this beautiful cake!

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232 Renae January 25, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Happy First Year! The cake is beautiful, so professional looking. Great blog.

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233 Lindsey at Burn Me Not January 25, 2011 at 10:36 pm

This cake is absolutely perfect! What a fantastic way to celebrate your blogs first birthday… looks amazingly delicious!

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234 Angelina January 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Love your blog, and love the t-shirt!

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235 Renee D January 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I’m so glad I found your blog! You make such yummy looking desserts!! Can’t wait to try them!

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236 Christina of Form V Artisan January 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm

A cake on top of a cake! Love.

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237 Karen January 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Your cake is simply gorgeous!
Happy Birthday Bakingdom!

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238 Lindsay January 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom! The pictures are all awesome, and I can almost taste the cake from here…

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239 thefuturechef January 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm

congrats one this milestone!! what a wonderful way to celebrate! i love the pictures and LOVE the cake, it looks so tasty and beautiful!

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240 Stephanie January 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Happy Blog birthday! This cake is stunning!

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241 Megan January 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Oooh! That cake looks wonderful! I tried a version of your chai cupcakes the other day (have to be gluten-free for my hubby) and they were amazing!

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242 Cecilia January 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Gorgeous cake!

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243 Angela January 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Congratulations on such a big milestone! Your blog is amazing and I enjoy being inspired by you with each and every post. Happy birthday and cheers to many more!

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244 Amy C January 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm

your cake is SO ADORABLE!

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245 georgette January 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm

LOVE, LOVE your cake!!! happy birthday!!!

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246 Julia B. January 25, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Happy first birthday! You keep inspiring me day after day! I wonder if you could do the bird with molding chocolate? How yummy would that be!? But then…everything is better with chocolate, as your b-day cake recipe shows! Congratulations!

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247 Crikklekay January 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Happy Birthday!!! I would have never thought to use chocolate filling with vanilla frosting. I’ll have to try that sometime! o3o

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248 Kristen January 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I love the cake. I think I’ll try making one for my daughters birthday.

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249 Tanya January 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm

how fun!! the cake looks amazing!!! may have to make cupcake versions this weekend!

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250 Amy S January 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Love the cake! It’s so cute and delicious looking!

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251 Tea January 25, 2011 at 11:56 pm

What a delectable and cute cake! It looks so delicious…I’m wiping off my drool from my keyboard. =D

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252 Sprinkled with Flour January 25, 2011 at 11:56 pm

What a great looking cake! Perfect for celebrating your blogiversary:) I love it:)

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253 Kristen January 26, 2011 at 12:24 am

I love that this cake looks pretty but still takes the taste factor into heavy consideration! I love the way fondant looks but I’m not a fan of the way it tastes, so I really liked how you iced the cake in buttercream but used fondant for the adorable cake topper and birdie on top. Thanks for the inspiration! (:

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254 julia January 26, 2011 at 12:43 am

Happy birthday! Gret website!

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255 foodies at home January 26, 2011 at 12:44 am

Gorgeous cake!! I hope you had people to help you eat it! hehe…Happy 1st Birthday mybakingom.com!

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256 jess January 26, 2011 at 1:14 am

since the frosting has heavy cream do you have to refrigerate it? I cant find a good frosting recipe that doesn’t need to be refrigerated …. any tips?

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257 Renee January 26, 2011 at 1:16 am

What a beautiful cake! You SHOULD be proud! Congratulations!

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258 Kristen January 26, 2011 at 1:26 am

Happy 1st Birthday, Bakingdom! =)

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259 Rosa January 26, 2011 at 1:38 am

What a pretty cake! Congratulations and happy birthday, Bakingdom!

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260 Roxanne January 26, 2011 at 1:42 am

I’ve been trying to eat healthier starting this semester, so I’ve been living vicariously through your blog! Happy blogaversabirthday!

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261 Amber Quoc January 26, 2011 at 1:44 am

You are so cute and creative with your baked goods! I just wanted to say Happy birthday to your blog, and may there be many more fun and creative posts to come! Also, congrats on attempting the daunting task of piping so many straight lines. It is difficult to do on a flat surface, let a lone a vertical one!

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262 Annie January 26, 2011 at 1:47 am

Aww.. Sweet birdie! Happy 1st Birthday!! :)

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263 Stephanie January 26, 2011 at 1:51 am

Happy one year birthday!!!!! That cake is so beautiful!

Here’s to many more years of baking and blogging

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264 Brittany D January 26, 2011 at 2:13 am

I LOVE this icing technique! It’s so sweet and I have to try it soon!

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265 Jenna January 26, 2011 at 2:13 am

Cute shirts…and cake, of course. I love the inside; so pretty :)

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266 Katrina January 26, 2011 at 2:49 am

Happy Birthday! I just found your site and am going to have to go exploring!

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267 Shaelin January 26, 2011 at 3:02 am

Super cute cake! I usually make cheesecakes…but I really want to make a cake from scratch like this! I’m really excited to try it!

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268 Stephanie Sonksen January 26, 2011 at 3:14 am

Happy Birthday! Thanks for making the whole baking thing less intimidating for me. :)

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269 val January 26, 2011 at 3:36 am

i like the dash of sprinkles on the cake! :)

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270 Adriana from Baking Powders January 26, 2011 at 4:00 am

happy birthday! that cake is so ridiculously pretty! i love how the cake layers have tiny bits of color, delicious!

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271 Christine January 26, 2011 at 4:06 am

Happy birthday Bakingdom! That cake is adorable x

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272 Debbie January 26, 2011 at 4:47 am

Wow, that is some seriously awesome cake right there. Holy Moly. It’s my birthday next week – I need to be making myself a cake like that. I only just stumbled on your blog from Foodgawker and your food is very worthy of gawking – I’m going off to explore the site!

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273 Rachel January 26, 2011 at 5:45 am

I love the confetti on the inside. Creative as ever.

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274 Lisa January 26, 2011 at 6:44 am

Oh my, what an unbelieveable cake!!! I know what I want for my birthday cake!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! I’m sure you had plenty of people to help you celebrate! Your blog is amazing to look at, and your recipes always look devine. You should be proud that you’ve stuck at it for a year, you’ve made many people very happy!! Including me!! I soooo want this cake!!

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275 PJ January 26, 2011 at 6:58 am

I love all the fun things you make. And your photos are lovely. This is one of the places I look for inspiration when I’m out of ideas. Thanks!

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276 Whitney January 26, 2011 at 7:51 am

Simply adorable! Cute Cute Cute!

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277 Rita January 26, 2011 at 8:03 am

Happy Birthday Bakingdom!
Here’s to many more!
Absolutely loving the cake, I want one for my birthday!

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278 Amira January 26, 2011 at 8:18 am

Happy Birthday! That cake is spectacular!

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279 radioactive tori January 26, 2011 at 9:28 am

So beautiful!

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280 Angie January 26, 2011 at 10:13 am

What a cute cake! Happy Birthday Bakingdom!

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281 Gwendolyn January 26, 2011 at 10:35 am

Happy Birthday! The cake is super cute! I hope you continue posting recipes for a long time, I love them!

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282 Leslie Elsaifi January 26, 2011 at 10:37 am

Happy birthday Bakingdom! I want a piece of that cake!

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283 jessicaisbaking January 26, 2011 at 10:49 am

love this cake – gorgeous!!

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284 Ozlem January 26, 2011 at 10:54 am

Great site. Beatiful cake. Happy birthday.

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285 Vicki Rintz January 26, 2011 at 11:04 am

I just discovered you site about a month ago and I look at it every day now. Happy Birthday!

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286 Emily Totherow January 26, 2011 at 11:05 am

I love baking!

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287 amy January 26, 2011 at 11:09 am

Happy Bday!!!
the cake looks amazing! so beautiful~~

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288 Kate Hartman January 26, 2011 at 11:25 am

Oh my, I LOVE the bird and cake topper! How adorable! I’m going to have to try that..

Happy Birthday!

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289 mel January 26, 2011 at 11:43 am

happy birthday and congratulations on a great year! wishing you all the best…

p.s. your cake looks terrific!!!

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290 Stefanie January 26, 2011 at 11:47 am

I love you blog! This is a wonderful cake!

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291 claudia y January 26, 2011 at 11:51 am

Happy Birthday Bakingdom!

nom nom nom nom

<3 <3 <3

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292 Sheila Price January 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Happy Birthday!!! The cake looks super cute and very yummy!!! I’m defintely excited to throw some confetti quins or rainbow jimmies into my next cake!!!

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293 Samantha Wong January 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Greetings from Singapore! Happy 1st birthday, Bakingdom! Here’s to a great year ahead, with many more fantastic, whimsical creations to come. I’m an avid baker from Singapore, and I am very inspired by your creations :) It is my dream too, to create a baking blog to showcase my baking experience and be an inspiration to others as well. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to more recipes to come :)

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294 Kristina Kendall January 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Congrats on making it to a full year!! I just found your blog a couple of months ago and was so impressed that I went through every single post you had ever made. My friends love you too, but I’m pretty sure it’s because I take a bunch of your recipes and say pick some and they get tons of great food. To date, the Halloween cake and the soft pretzels have to be the favorites. Now if only I could take photos like yours I’d be set. Happy Birthday!!!!

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295 Doli January 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom! I came here through the Halloween cake that was posted at Cute things :) After that visit, I love this site. The cakes look so tasty and I’ve learnt a lot :D

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296 Dianne January 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Happy Birthday!! Love your cake.

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297 Laurel January 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Happy 1st B-day! What a beautiful cake to celebrate.

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298 Michelle January 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Happy Birthday! And yay! frosting tips!

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299 Tatiyana January 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Your cake is gorgeous! I love the girlie pinkness of it, and the funfetti on the inside is awesome. One day, I hope to be able to decorate a cake a little bit better than I do know (which usually consists of slapping a bunch of sprinkles on it to hide the uneven icing!). Congrats on your first year!

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300 Nadia January 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Thank you, Stumbleupon! This is a great blog and I’ll be bookmarking it. Congratulations on one year!

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301 Deb January 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Happy Birthday! What a wonderful site this is – everything is always so beautiful and yummy! I’ve been enjoying visiting for the past few months. I’m very glad I happened upon Bakingdom- Visiting here always makes me smile (& want to rush off to the kitchen to make something!). Best Wishes, Deb

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302 Sian January 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Such a pretty cake. Happy birthday!

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303 ML January 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Congrats! Love the cake…

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304 Rox January 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Happy Blogiversary!

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305 Callie January 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Happy Birthday! I love the cake it’s so cute and looks delicious!

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306 morgan January 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm

happy birthday!!!

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307 Marcie January 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I can’t wait to make this for my mom’s upcoming birthday! She’s a huge fan of buttercream – would probably eat it out of the bowl with a spoon if we didn’t discourage it – so I’ll have to go over the top with the frosting decorations, but you’ve definitely inspired me to go for something slightly simpler in tastes. The last birthday cake I made was for my grandma’s Christmas birthday. I wanted to go as far away from Christmasy as possible so I made an almond cake with raspberry filling and a lemon buttercream frosting. Fun, but I think your confetti, chocolate, and buttercream will be just the ticket this time.

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308 MB January 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Love the site. Made your eggnog cake as my first experiment from your site and it’s already been requested again for next Christmas. Thanks for the great ideas and beautiful work you do! Even if I don’t make it, the recipes always look amazing!

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309 Sana January 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Your cake is really cute!
I love your blog and Happy Birthday-Blog!

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310 Rachel January 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Congratulations and Happy Birthday.

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311 CurlyCupcake January 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm

That is truly a beautiful cake, and it really looks like it represents your blog theme! I love how the frosting is so smooth that it almost looks like fondant, that’s something I’m working on!

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312 Dani January 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Happy Birthday!!! Such a cute little bird to celebrate with :-D

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313 Laura Anderson January 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Love the cake and the pink color! I have a passion for cupcakes so I’m hoping I’ll win the giveaway! :)

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314 Amy van Liew January 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Happy birthday! I love your blog!

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315 sarah January 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm

such a pretty cake! :)

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316 Jenny January 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Your cake looks so beautiful! And, I love how your bird turned out! These pics inspire me to maybe try decorating a cake this fancy! Not sure how it will turn out…..certainly not as beautiful as yours!

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317 Courtney K January 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Love the little cakes on top. Looks delish! Congrats on your first birthday. Best wishes on many more to come.

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318 Denise January 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Congratulations and Happy Birthday :) And I am absolutely in LOVE with that cake … sooo beautiful!

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319 Jennifer January 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Such a pretty cake, very suiting for the site! Happy (belated) Birthday & i’m looking forward to another year of fabulous creations.

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320 Emily January 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Happy Birthday! I jsut finished a batch of birthday cupcakes and would LOVE the decorating kit.

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321 Druston January 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Happy First Birthday!

That cake looks absolutely amazing. And that mini tiered ‘cake’? LOVE it! My hand isn’t steady enough to pipe such small designs, sadly, but those are seriously beautiful.

Had I any luck with baking cakes (I even screw up simple cake mixes. -.-) I’d totally whip that up. Looks super yummy. Or an alternating white/red velvet cake, with a chocolate filling, for Valentine’s Day, with pink icing. Oh, only if my partner didn’t live in a different state… I’d make her do it. :] She’s the all-around baker; I can really only make yummy cookies from scratch. And a kickin’ batch of brownies, whether from box or scratch.

Anyhow! Congrats on the birthday/anniversary! :D I’ve only been readin’ the blog for a few months now (yes, I’m a lurker… Shhh.) but I definitely will keep coming back for more! Soooo many ideas…

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322 abigail January 26, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Those look like so much fun!!

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323 Anna January 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Happy Blogoversary! Or something like that. :) I love how nicely your cake coordinates with your blog theme. I just generally enjoy how pretty and inspiring your site is. I’m always trying to find an excuse to bake prettiness like this.

Thanks!

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324 Katiekoo January 26, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Happy Birthday!!!

really love your blog, always inspires me to wnat to go bake something yummy, so you make me happy and make all my work collegues hapy when they get fed the outcomes of my kitchen antics

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325 Sara January 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Oh this cake is gorgeous and now I HAVE to have a piece of cake! Love your blog and happy blogiversary! Today is my 5th wedding anniversary so I guess I should have a piece of cake after all!

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326 Patricia January 26, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Happy Birthday to You!!! I have just started reading your blog and I love it. Look forward to another year of great advice.

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327 Gillian January 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Happy Birthday and congrats! I absolutely love your blog…you always make the most beautiful cakes!! I am always inspired by your work!

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328 Dan In NZ January 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Wow, Bakingdom’s birthday is the same as mine! Congratulations on the anniversary, and I have to say that the cake you made to celebrate it is stunning. It’s about a million times better than the store-bought rubbish I got for my Birthday. Sometimes it sucks to be the only baker in the family! I’m going to make up for it tonight and make your chocolate Brookie recipe that you posted last week. Can’t wait!

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329 Katie January 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Happy birthday!! I love your blog, it really has inspired me to take my love of baking & pastry to a whole new level! Thank you!

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330 julie January 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Simply beautiful

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331 Michelle January 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Happy 1st blog birthday! I really enjoy your witty writing style and I LOVE your pictures and recipes! Can’t wait to see what the next year brings for you!

Congratulations!!!!

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332 Sarah Tracy January 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm

What a cute cake! My favorite colors too :) I hope I win!

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333 Emily January 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Love it!

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334 rnyros January 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm

First of all, congratulations on a whole year of blogging with such amazing pictures and sumptuous recipes. Second, I cannot believe you hand-piped those stripes! I know you wanted them perfectly straight like fondant can be, but my goodness, they are so professional already, I am in awe. Third, LOVE the tiers and the birdie – so cute. Fourth,(oh I could go on all day), and more pointedly…please publish a book with your inspiring recipes and photos. I covet a signed copy! Hugs!

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335 ahnkadragon January 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Happy Birthday! What a lovely cake, it looks sooo delicious!!

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336 Lesley January 27, 2011 at 12:11 am

Happy birthday! Awesome cake!

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337 Jill January 27, 2011 at 12:14 am

Congrats, congrats from a fellow Coastie who stumbled on your blog a few months ago and has fallen in love! Thanks for the great inspiration, wonderful pictures, and fantastic advice. Happy 1 year!!

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338 Amanda January 27, 2011 at 1:22 am

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing all of your recipes, stories and photos with the world!

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339 Britney January 27, 2011 at 6:02 am

Hello there Darla. You are such an inspiration to me – : D I started reading your blog late last year when I stumbled upon your Harry Potter recipes. I used them for my Mums birthday on New years eve. Anyway. I’m seventeen and you are one of the people who have inspired me. You’re one of the people who have inspired me to start blogging. I’m still working on it but when I open it up I hope you will pop by : ) I could email you the link. I love your creative and ingenuity. And this cake is absolutely lovely. Happy Birthday Bakingdom. I’m sure glad you’re here :D Have a wonderful day. Britney.

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340 Cari January 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

I love your imagination and creativity! Happy 1st birthday!

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341 Kait January 27, 2011 at 10:23 am

Happy Birthday! In honor of you I made Cheesy Ham & Potato Soup & World Peace Waffles. I love your blog. The best part of my day is checking my reader and seeing that there is a new post up from you. I have a binder in my kitchen that is all recipes from your site. Using your recipes I have been able to make bread that actually tastes yummy and that rises- which is extremely exciting to me! You made me fall in love with cooking & baking. Keep the recipes & photos coming (ps I love the photos too, I’m an amateur photographer) Congrats on the year mark!

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342 Marnie January 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

Happy Birthday! Your cake looks great. Thanks for all the recipes and inspiration!

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343 carolyn murphy January 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

I’m so thrilled with your directions. I’m just learning, so I really appreciate the step by step, with photos. I always look at the pic and think, oh, I couldnt do that. And then I read and get inspired.
The pastry bag is still my hang up, but I hope to get more practice in during 2011.
Thanks a bunch for sharing!

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344 NaomiKnight January 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

Hey there! I was pointed to your blog by Bakerella recently and I am just loving it! Thank you for sharing these lovely recipes and decorating ideas.

Also, it is completely your fault that my husband and I will be spending our anniversary at WWOHP. Mmm, Butterbeer…

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345 Jessie January 27, 2011 at 11:32 am

Happy Birthday! What an impressive cake!

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346 Cooking With Sherry January 27, 2011 at 11:43 am

I love your blog! Wish I could bake as well as you do.

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347 kate January 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

What a fantastic accomplishment to reach one year! Thank you for great recipe ideas and always continuing to allow me to ogle your kitchen aid mixer – I’ll cave and buy one once we stop moving around like crazy people in July. Happy Blog Birthday!!!

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348 Kaylee Hisle January 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Happy blog birthday! I just found your blog and I love it!!

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349 Hannah Hicks January 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Happy blog birthday! I love your site, and, since I’m in college, and I LOVE baking, I really love that you’re recipes are easy for me to make inbetween studying and working! (Also, my study group loves what I bake for treats when we meet) So thank you for making studying and baking easily compinable!

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350 Hannah Hicks January 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

your*, combinable*… I got excited when writing and probably should have proof read! Sorry!

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351 Kirsten January 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

i ordered myself one of the cupcake kits because i just had to have one!! i put your blog down as why i knew about their site. your shirts are too cute :D

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352 Valesha January 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Love your blog! Thank you for sharing with us! :D

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353 CrystalPistol January 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Congrats on being one year old! I have to tell you, I just love your recipes as well as your photography! Thanks for sharing with us!!

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354 Harmony January 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Happy Birthday!! Thanks for all the inspiration and my family thanks you for all they yummy recipes. You are so very talented :)

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355 Meg January 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm

You are cute as a button and your blog is so fun!

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356 Shannon January 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Happy Birthday!! I absolutely adore your site… It fills me with so much inspiration!

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357 Val January 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I love your birthday cake. I don’t really like fondant, & your cake is beautiful without it. Well done!

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358 sarah a January 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm

wow, this post really makes me want to eat some cake right now! happy blog birthday!

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359 Carlie January 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom! I love your website and visit it everyday!!

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360 Kevin January 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Happy birthday! Your cake’s amazing!

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361 kassy January 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm

so so so cute. love your blog, it amazing!

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362 Jennifer January 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I love the birthday cake… now I just wish I had something with some buttercream on top!

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363 September January 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm

My daughter made some of your cupcakes at Christmastime, which is how I found you! They were delicious! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes for myself –

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364 Kathy January 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

What a beautiful cake! And looks delicious too! Happy blog-birthday! :)

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365 Debbie S. January 27, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I just stumbled across your blog today (thanks to foodgawker). How delightful!

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366 April Dawn January 27, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Oh good golly! Now I know how I’m going to decorate my banana cake for a Welcome Home party we’re having in about three weeks. This is so darling!! And love me some cupcake tools and t-shirts, too!

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367 Emily January 28, 2011 at 12:10 am

Happy Birthday Bakingdom! Beautiful cake!

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368 Christine January 28, 2011 at 12:36 am

Happy Birthday to you & your beautiful inspirations! I am so grateful to have stumbled across your blog — it amazes me (and your photography blows me away), and I *swear* someday I’m going to have the nerve to try one of your recipes (I already know which one I want to try — the autumn-themed layer cake with the owl on it)!

Enjoy, and continue to inspire … I will continue to read :-)

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369 Lily January 28, 2011 at 12:38 am

Happy birthday, Bakingdom! I only recently found this website, but I have already bookmarked and tried a few recipes. Thanks so much for blogging (and with such gorgeous pictures!). :)

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370 Stephanie January 28, 2011 at 12:45 am

Happy birthday to your blog:-)

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371 Brenda January 28, 2011 at 3:17 am

Happy birthday, Bakingdom!

Thank you for posting all these wonderful recipes!

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372 Meggan January 28, 2011 at 5:49 am

The cake is so simple and adorable. The colors make me think of spring.
Happy 1st birthday Bakingdom! I look forward to your next one :)

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373 Lucinda January 28, 2011 at 9:22 am

Happy Birthday!
I <3 Bakingdom!

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374 Rachel January 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

I am in awe of your skill. Many great recipes and lots of inspiration (even if I totally lack the skill). Happy Birthday, Bakingdom!

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375 yin January 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Happy birthday bankingdom!! you are truly an inspiration in my baking journey! :)

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376 tricia hammersberg January 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm

love the cake!

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377 Audrey Amaro January 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Oh my gosh, this looks amazing, congrats, congrats, !!!!!

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378 Megan Dingman January 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Love your site! Keep up the great baking!

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379 Kea Vassallo January 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Happy Blogaversary! I admit I haven’t been following for a full year, but since I found Bakingdom I have checked it out every day! All my friends love the recipes I have made of yours. Keep up the Fantabulous work!

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380 rachel January 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Congrats on your first year! That cake is gorgeous!

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381 Melinda January 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Such a pretty cake!! I love the birdie!

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382 Amanda Davis January 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Congrats on your 1 year milestone!!!! I recently stumbled across your blog and love it!! I bake to relieve stress (which believe me is a ton since I teach junior high students) and you have given me some new ideas and inspiration.

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383 Deb January 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I love your site!! I love that you also share your recipes, tips, photo tips….thank you!!!

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384 Elizabeth January 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm

i am so glad i stumbled upon your blog! I have enjoyed and the recipes and beautiful pictures. Happy Blogiversary!!

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385 cookienurse January 29, 2011 at 12:33 am

Happy 1st year! Love your blog and love the cake!!

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386 Karen January 29, 2011 at 1:32 am

Happy BD, Bakingdom! Thank you for such a wonderful site, and for offering vegan versions of so many recipes. You’re an inspiration!

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387 lynne January 29, 2011 at 3:47 am

happy blogiversary! I love your photos btw!

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388 Petra January 29, 2011 at 3:56 am

Happy birthday Bakingdom! Your pictures make my day :)

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389 brooke darling January 29, 2011 at 9:51 am

i feel like i already won just by finding this website a few weeks ago, but i’d love to wear one of your t-shirts or make some cupcakes with that cute little kit to help spread the word about your site even more. i’m so impressed with your delicious recipes, your easy, conversational style that makes everything seem approachable, the photography/presentation, and your creativity. what an inspiration to bake and create, thanks!

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390 Karen January 29, 2011 at 11:37 am

Oh, Yummy!!! This looks so fabulously tasty.

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391 Janet January 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

What a fabulous cake! Absolutely love it. Thanks so much for the great ideas and congratulations on your Anniversary!

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392 Angela January 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Happy Birthday!

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393 Milena January 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Pretty cake! The colours and stripes on the inside are awfully fun! Happy Birthday! :)

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394 J.G. January 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Happy Birthday Bakingdom! Your pictures look great and the overview you give in your directions really makes a difference!

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395 A Cunningham January 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Happy birthday! It has been a treat, pun intended, to watch this blog and see all of the lovely things that you’ve made. You should be very proud of yourself!

I hope this comming year is even more fun!

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396 Brandy January 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm

My family thanks you – because after reading this I inevitably feel the need to bake!

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397 Martha Aldridge January 29, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Happy Birthday to Bakingdom! That’s one gorgeous birthday cake! Congratulations, Darla, on your first year, and may there be many more to come!

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398 Melody January 29, 2011 at 11:34 pm

The few times I’ve tried baking cakes, I’ve failed miserably. I am going to try again, thanks to you! There are now many things on my “must make” list… I’m sure my family will thank you too! lol

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399 ML January 30, 2011 at 1:10 am

Thanks for a great year already! There are so many things I love about this blog: the ingredients, processes and equipment are readily accessible to a home cook, the photos cover all the little details that entrap the unwary, and the recipes are inventive, beautiful and delicious. I *Could Not* get recipes with caramelized sugar to work before I read this blog. Then I saw your photos showing how you made caramel sauce for the Salted Caramel cupcakes and I thought: “So THAT is what “Dark amber” means!” I’ve been liberated from my personal hell of scorched sugar, and these days everything I bake is caramel! All due to you!

I look forward to the year to come.

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400 Katie Lynne January 30, 2011 at 4:18 am

Happy 1st Birthday! Bakingdom. May there be many more in your future! I am looking forward to reading all about your yummy goodies!

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401 Lacy Myers January 30, 2011 at 4:26 am

Happy birthday!!! What a beautiful cake!

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402 Deborah January 30, 2011 at 10:39 am

Happy Birthday! What an adorable cake!

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403 Glenda January 30, 2011 at 11:12 am

Just found your site – and am so excited. So many fun things to try. Happy 1st b-day!

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404 carla January 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

Happy Birthday!! What yummy looking cupcakes.

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405 Sara January 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

Very pretty design for the topper! And the cake itself looks delish!

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406 Karen January 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Love the cake!

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407 M January 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Happy blog birthday! I first found your blog because of your Wizarding World of Harry Potter post. I haven’t tried your Butterbeer recipe yet, but I will soon! :)

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408 madeline January 30, 2011 at 2:06 pm

yay! yum! your blog rocks – it’s cute but accessible as well. congratulations!

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409 ms.boydstun January 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Adorable! Perfect colors and the little bird looks so squishable.

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410 Heba Al-Attas January 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I so loved the cake i’ll make sure to try it xD

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411 Lori L January 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Happy Blog Birthday!

Love the cake……….so much I’m going to have to make one! I’m sure my 14 yr old won’t mind helping me. Thank you for the opportunity to win this great prize!

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412 Heather January 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I always love stopping by your blog! You always have such cute ideas and always inspire me with your creativity! (I’ve even made your chai tea cupcakes!) Your cake is really lovely!

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413 Tara February 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

Happy Birthday!!! It’s only when we follow our bliss do we truly find our calling and live the life we are meant to live.

Congratulations for following your heart and inspiring those to do the same (or at least bake something beautiful) :D
Thank you for sharing your passion, photos and recipes w/ us.

Simply Beautiful!!

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414 lyndsay February 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm

happy belated blogbirthday! that is a freaking cute cake, and gorgeous photos! glad i found your blog!!

^__^

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415 Courtney February 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I ADORE this cake! How cute!!

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416 Diana February 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I HAVE to make this cake for my birthday in a couple of weeks, it is just simply ADORABLE!!!! I just have a question about the frosting, how well does it freeze if I have some left over? I am tempted to make it within the next week and just have it ready for the day I will make the cake. Thank you!

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417 Darla March 12, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Hi Diana, I am so sorry for the very late reply…your comment slipped right by me! :( It’s probably far too late to help you now, but just in case you still want to know, I have frozen this frosting for a few days and it was still wonderful after thawing. I gave it a good 1 or 2 minutes of beating in the mixing bowl to fluff it up a bit (after it was thoroughly thawed), and it was great. Again, sorry for the late response.

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418 Diana March 14, 2011 at 7:09 am

That is no problem! I ended up not making the cake as much as I wanted to, I have a newborn and there was just no way for me to make it! I DO plan on making the cake sometime soon anyway though, so the information is still very helpful! Thank you so much!

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419 Fiona March 25, 2011 at 10:32 am

Hi Darla, I just wanted to thank you again for sharing this recipe. I have made this cake 7 times in the past week & have another one cooling now in the kitchen. Yep, 7!!! For all sorts of things from Birthdays to baby showers & in all sorts of shapes from piano keyboard to octopus! Thank you so much.x

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420 Ela April 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Gorgeos cake! May I know how you piped and achieved the nice buttercream lines on your cake. Did you add anything on the icing? I tried to do it on my cake and I just couldn’t do it to look like yours. Thanks!

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421 Anna July 4, 2011 at 9:51 am

Darla I have a question… I’m planning on doing another of your cake recipes but with this frosting :) and I was wondering.. how do you make the too of your cake so smooth??! do you use any tool? Beacuse it looks so equal, you know? And I don’t want to spoil my cake :( thankyou very much..

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422 Darla July 4, 2011 at 9:57 am

Hi Anna, I just use an offset spatula to smooth it. I drag its edge in across the top of the cake towards the center from the edges. I just keep at it until the cake is smooth. Occasionally, I have to drop some extra frosting on top and spread it out to try again because I’ll take too much off or will have an air bubble or something. Nothing complicated though, just any tool with a straight edge, such as a spatula or bench scraper. I hope this is helpful! :)

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423 Anna July 4, 2011 at 9:52 am

Oh, I’m sorry, it was “the top of your cake so smooth”.. thanks

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424 LilyM November 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm

What a heart stopping, beauteous cake :) I’m curious, how do you get the layers so thin and even? Every time I try to do layer cakes, it looks like a mad man has been at it with a hacksaw! >.>

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425 Theresa Yiannakis December 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm
426 Darla December 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm

For this particular recipe, the cakes come out beautifully level on their own. It’s rare to find a recipe like that, but when you do, it’s wonderful! :)

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427 Theresa Yiannakis December 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Something new for me to try ;-) Happy Birthday!!! I enjoy your website.

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428 Elena Gondra August 6, 2012 at 5:40 am

Pls how many does it serve????

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429 Darla August 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

This cake will serve up to 12 people, possibly more, depending on how you slice it.

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