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

**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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Comments

  1. says

    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

  2. Gemma says

    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!

  3. says

    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!!

  4. Dori says

    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!

  5. Etania Lie says

    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

  6. Amber Atkins says

    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!

  7. Tori says

    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….

  8. says

    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:)

  9. Heather says

    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!

  10. Julie says

    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

  11. says

    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

  12. rachel says

    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!!

  13. says

    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!)

  14. says

    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!

  15. Kerri says

    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.

  16. says

    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.

  17. Sarah says

    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!

  18. Julie Streeter says

    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!!!

  19. Regina says

    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 =)

  20. Ladytink_534 says

    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.

  21. Debbie says

    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.

  22. Heather says

    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!

  23. says

    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!!

  24. says

    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!

  25. Andrea says

    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!

  26. Lunarae says

    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.

  27. mandassassin says

    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! :)

  28. Lisa Y. says

    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. :)

  29. says

    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. :)

  30. Brenda says

    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!!

  31. says

    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.

  32. says

    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

  33. Alexandra says

    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!

  34. Elena Garcia says

    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 .

  35. Mikki says

    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!)

  36. Cindy says

    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 :)

  37. says

    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!

  38. says

    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.

  39. Amy says

    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.

  40. says

    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!

  41. Jo Le Prevost says

    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!

  42. Laurie says

    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.

  43. Sarah B says

    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!

  44. Kristen says

    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!

  45. says

    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!

  46. says

    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. :)

  47. Grace says

    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! :)

  48. Linda says

    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

  49. Monika says

    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 :)

  50. says

    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

  51. Pat says

    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!

  52. linda says

    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!

  53. Sera says

    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! :)

  54. says

    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.

  55. Mathilde says

    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!

  56. Krista Miller says

    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 :)

  57. Angela says

    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!

  58. Julia B. says

    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!

  59. Kristen says

    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! (:

  60. Amber Quoc says

    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!

  61. says

    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!

  62. Lisa says

    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!!

  63. Sheila Price says

    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!!!

  64. Samantha Wong says

    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 :)

  65. Kristina Kendall says

    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!!!!

  66. says

    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!

  67. Deb says

    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

  68. Marcie says

    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.

  69. MB says

    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!

  70. Jenny says

    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!

  71. Druston says

    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…

  72. Anna says

    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!

  73. Katiekoo says

    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

  74. Sara says

    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!

  75. Dan In NZ says

    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!

  76. rnyros says

    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!

  77. Jill says

    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!!

  78. Britney says

    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.

  79. Kait says

    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!

  80. carolyn murphy says

    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!

  81. NaomiKnight says

    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…

  82. says

    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!!!

  83. Hannah Hicks says

    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!

  84. Kirsten says

    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

  85. September says

    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 –

  86. April Dawn says

    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!

  87. Christine says

    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 :-)

  88. Lily says

    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!). :)

  89. Kea Vassallo says

    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!

  90. Amanda Davis says

    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.

  91. says

    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!

  92. A Cunningham says

    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!

  93. Melody says

    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

  94. ML says

    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.

  95. M says

    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! :)

  96. Lori L says

    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!

  97. says

    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!

  98. says

    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!!

  99. Diana says

    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!

    • says

      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.

      • Diana says

        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!

  100. Fiona says

    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

  101. Ela says

    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!

  102. says

    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..

    • says

      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! :)

  103. LilyM says

    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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