Saturday, April 21, 2012

Butterfly Cake

Here's the dill, pickle.  Cake decorating is not one of my gifts.  Case in point, this R2D2 cake.

So, when I had the chance to try the Cricut Cake Mini, I jumped at it.  If you've never seen or heard of a Cricut Cake, it's a cool little machine that cuts designs, patterns, scallops, borders, letters into gum paste or fondant so that they can easily be applied to cakes, cupcakes or cookies.

Pretty darn cool.

First, though, you'll need a delicious cake.  I am not above begging, so I'm going to BEG to to make this cake...with or without the ombre butterflies.  I took some really beautiful pictures of the cake with one slice missing, so that you could see the inside. Except, I took them without my memory card in my camera, so you'll have to imagine. 
The cake is a vanilla bean yellow layer cake and is SERIOUSLY one of the best cakes I've ever had.  It's moist without being Tres Leches moist.
(Does Tres Leches give anyone else the heebie jeebies?)

The layers are filled with lemon curd....you can make your own, but I used this one.
 
I love it...no preservatives and tastes tart and wonderful.  The whole thing is topped off with a lemon buttercream.  It's so good that my "I-don't-really-like-cake" husband immediately asked for a second piece.

Back to the Cricut Cake Mini...the machines take cartridges with all sorts of options for different designs.  I chose one of the Martha cartridges.  I {heart} me some Martha.

{It was about midnight when I was doing this; please excuse the pictures.}
Now, I did have a little bit of a learning curve with this.  One, I learned I was rolling my gum paste too thick.  My advice is to roll it thinner than you think you need it, then roll it thinner again.  Two, I live where it's very humid and on top of that, it was storming when I tried this.  What helped was rolling out the gum paste very thin and letting it dry at room temperature on the mat for about 10 minutes.  Once I learned those little tricks, cutting was a breeze.

After I cut out those butterflies, I propped them up in some mini muffin tins so the wings would dry "in flight."

Once the cake was assembled, I frosted it with the lemon buttercream and just pressed the butterflies right on.
Easy peasy.

{{PS...this is what my kitchen table looked like for 18 hours.}}

Would you like a Cricut Cake Mini?!?  I bet you would.  I already have a few more projects in mind for mine.

To enter, leave a comment here on the blog answering the following question:

"what is you favorite cake flavor?" 

For an extra entry, follow Cricut on Pinterest and leave a SEPARATE comment letting me know you did.

{Giveaway runs though April 28th at midnight.  Good luck!}
***giveaway closed. Congrats, Jennie P.! Have fun with your Cricut Cake!*** 

Here's the recipe (make it!)...the cake is adapted from the lovely book Cake Ladies and the frosting is adapted from the lovely Shelly of Cookies and Cups.


Lemon-Vanilla Bean Layer Cake

 ingredients:

for the cake:

Crisco for greasing pans
3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, separated and at room temperature
3/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 TBSP vanilla bean paste

for the filling & frosting:

12 ounces lemon curd
3 sticks (1 & 1/2 cups) salted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
2 pounds powdered sugar
1/4 - 1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons pure lemon extract

 instructions:

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease the cake pans with Crisco, line the bottoms with parchment and grease the parchment. (I used 2-6" pans, and 2-4" pans, and had enough leftover for 8 cupcakes.  This will also be enough batter for 3-9" round pans.)

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until very light and fluffy.  Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl as needed.

Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl after each addition.  Once all yolks have been added, beat for 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, stir together the milk, buttermilk and vanilla bean paste.

On low speed, add the flour and milk mixtures to the butter mixture, alternating between each beginning and ending with the flour. You'll add the flour in four additions and the milk in three.  Mix just until incorporated.

In a separate bowl, use the whisk attachment to beat the egg whites until they form a stiff peak.  In three additions, gently fold the egg whites into the batter until incorporated.

Scoop the batter into the cake pans.  If using 9" (or 8"), divide the batter evenly.  If using the smaller pans, put 2 cups batter in the 6" pans and a heaping 3/4 cup batter in the 4" pans.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
9": 25-30 minutes
6": 22-28
4": 18-20 minutes
cupcakes: 15-18 minutes

Let the cakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack.  Remove from pans, wrap in plastic wrap while still warm.  Place in refrigerator to cool, up to overnight.

Make the lemon buttercream:
With the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and shortening until fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the sifted powdered sugar in four additions, beating on low speed until combined.  Once all of the sugar has been added, beat for another 2 minutes.  Add in the milk and extract, starting with only 1/4 cup milk.  If the frosting is too stiff, add the remaining milk and beat until combined.

Assemble the cake:

Place one cooled cake layer, top down on a cake stand, spread with 1/3 cup lemon curd (for a 6" layer).  Top with the remaining 6" layer and cover with buttercream.  Place a 4" layer, top down, on the frosted 6" cake.  Spread with 1/4 cup lemon curd.  Top with the remaining 4" layer.  Cover with buttercream.

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1,643 comments:

  1. My favorite has always been plain old chocolate :) Great looking lemon cake !

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  2. OMG... Would I like a Cricut mini? Yeah, a little bit, I guess - or maybe more than I can describe! I've been drooling over the ig ones, knowing full well I wouldn't even have a spot for it. The little guy is too perfect! My favorite cake flavor is a small price to pay for a shot. There was a time my answer would have been anything but this, but I really love a good white cake! Fingers tossed, and thanks so much for the opportunity! My email is kekrue at gmail dot com

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  3. My favourite is lemon and poppyseed, so I have a feeling I would love this recipe!! Those butterfly's look amazing!

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  4. This thing looks awesome! I would have to say that my favorite cake flavor is good ol' boring white cake. I prefer a plain flavor for the cake, so that it can play back up for some delicious filling and/or icing. I prefer those flavors to be citrus or berry. They go sooo well together...

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  5. Work of art!!!

    Bridget it's so beautiful...I am speechless!!!

    My fave cake flavor...it's not a flavor but a texture. Must be moist! Chocolate or yellow or vanilla..they're all my faves.

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  6. I love my grandma's cinnamon chocolate cake. The frosting is like fudge! YUM!

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  7. My favorite cake flavor is a nice, light orange... which I've had exactly ONCE in my life!

    The ombre butterflies are beeee-autiful, but I was SO HAPPY to see you using the new little yellow gingham spatula I know you just picked up. FUN! ;-)

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  8. My favorite cake flavor is lemon. I will have to ask my daughter to make this cake for me! She decorates cakes as a hobby (hoping to make it a business someday) so I would give the Cricut to her if I am lucky enough to win it.

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  9. my favourite cake flavor is definitely chocolate, being austrian I kind of HAVE to love the Sacher-Cake =)
    I would love to own the Cricut mini!

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  10. My favorite cake flavor is vanilla, sweet and simple. :)

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  11. I follow Cricut on Pinterest! :)

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  12. ...and I just started following Cricut on Pinterest

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  13. Gorgeous cake!

    I am a sucker for a nice slice of red velvet with cream cheese frosting!

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  14. Carrot and Lemon cake are my favorite.. love the look of this cake :))

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  15. I love a choclate cake, but your post reminded me of a cake my great aunt used to make years ago. It was white with a lemon filling and some type of lemon icing. It was wonderful. Speaking of cakes....I decorated a cake today for a tea tomorrow! I would love to win the Cricut Mini and put it to good use. I used to answer to "The Cake Lady."

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  16. I followed Cricut on Pinterest :))

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  17. It looks like a great cake!
    I LOVE just a regular old chocolate cake! :)

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  18. Triple Chocolate Cake with Banilla buttercream... And by banilla I mean banana and vanilla mixed together! Yumm

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  19. My favorite cake has always been either white cake or yellow cake

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  20. Chocolate cake is my fave but it must be moist and can't be one note.

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  21. This looks AWESOME!
    I love chocolate cake :) YUMMY!

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  22. I follow Cricut on Pinterest!

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  23. My favorite cake flavor is a rich yellow butter cake. But this lemon sounds delicious.
    laurenb at mindspring dot com

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  24. I have been wanting a cricut cake machine!! I use my cricut machine to make templates now.

    My favorite cake flavor would have to be a vanilla bean cake with a lemon curd and strawberry filling or a chocolate cake with a raspberry preserve and Choco ganache filling.

    Email : amandaleak3 at yahoo dot com

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  25. My favorite cake flavor is red velvet. marielopez@excite.com

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  26. Oh, mini! I wonder the differences between the standard model and this little one. It's sad where I live it's soooo expensive!

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  27. my favorite cake flavor is vanilla (with funfetti coming in as a close second)
    email: kara.sharkey@gmail.com

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  28. Actually, vanilla cake with lemon curd, funny enough! It's my go-to cake, though I usually make plain vanilla frosting with it - I'll have to try lemon buttercream now! :)

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  29. I have always loved Chocolate Cake. plain and Simple :) Lemon and Chocolate taste great together, did you know?

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  30. following cricut on pinterest! thanks
    kara.sharkey@gmail.com

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  31. My favorite cake is a basic vanilla cake with buttercream icing…yum! What a great giveaway :)

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  32. Spice has always been my favorite!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

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  33. If I'm making it I love my plain white cake which has strong almond flavor. If I'm buying it from a bakery I love Red Velvet, especially if it has chocolate chips in it!

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  34. My favorite is white cake with raspberry filling!

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  35. My favorite cake is "crazy cake" which is a deep, moist, magical chocolate cake ... even more magical because it has NO eggs and NO dairy.

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  36. Wedding cake! I love the flavor of a bakery white wedding cake.

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  37. I also went to pinterest to follow Cricut ... :-)

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  38. My favorite is definitely plain old white cake with buttercream frosting. Can't beat it!

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  39. red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting!!! (recipe from martha, of course :))

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  40. Following Cricut on Facebook & Pinterest.
    Brooke358604@aol.com

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  41. I love lemon with raspberry filling!! darlabeck@yahoo.com

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  42. also following cricut on pinterest!! darlabeck@yahoo.com

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  43. My favorite cake flavor is chocolate.

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  44. My favorite cake flavor is carrot cake. It is super delicious!

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  45. Trying this again so i'm not unknown :) white cake with raspberry filling!

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  46. My favorite is lemon. Lemon lemon lemon.

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  47. I typically go for chocolate and whipped cream but latelty I love white cake with vanilla bean buttercream :o)

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  48. Chocolate followed close behind by rosewater. My Mom went through a period where she made a different cake every day - oh too bad I had to be the cake tester LOL! I would love to give this to my Mom, maybe we could even share it ;)

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  49. Holycrudthisthingisawesome. My favorite cake flavor is cupcake. Oh, that's not a flavor? Well then, I suppose chocolate with cream cheese frosting is my favorite but I'm a pretty equal opportunity cake lover.

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  50. Elizabeth HigginbothamApril 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Chocolate has got to be my favorite, but I don't discriminate.

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  51. I am also following Crichton on Pinterest :)

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  52. I love Champagne cake! So moist and yummy! And there's also the bonus of getting to drink the leftover champagne after the cake goes in the oven ;-)

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  53. Well.. I am a chocolate girl at heart...but just this week (for my daughter's First Holy Communion) I made a very similar cake to your recipe... I made an almond/vanilla flavored white cake (4 layers), with Martha Stewart's recipe for Lemon Curd and I concocted a lemonish cream cheese frosting.....and YUM. But your recipe looks amazing.... I can't wait to try it!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  54. Elizabeth HigginbothamApril 21, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Just started folowing Cricut on Pinterest.

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  55. I followed Cricut in Pinterest

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  56. I now follow Cricut on Pinterest!

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  57. depends on the time of year. Dark chocolate in the winter, cinnamon and apple in the fall, lemon and vanilla in spring and angelfood in summer! This cake is spectacular, if I won this machine I would make the exact same cake :-)

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  58. My favorite is chocolate. Yummmmm!

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  59. My favorite cake has always been chocolate with a vanilla frosting. :)
    I hope I win!!
    Lacey Buck
    laceybuck@hotmail.com

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  60. Amazing! I kept looking at the big ones, but a mini would be the perfect size!
    Favorite cake is a hard question, I love cake! German chocolate with classic frosting (partly because I don't get it very often because my child is allergic to nuts.)!

    My email is squirtblossom2 at hotmail.

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  61. I am following cricut on pinterest now!

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  62. I'm a chocolate kinda gal, but a cake with lemon curd like this one is a very close second!

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  63. Didn't even know that Cricut was on Pinterest. I am in even more trouble now!! Please let me win!!!

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  64. That's the neatest thing I've ever seen! Maybe even I could decorate a cake with a cricut!

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  65. my favorite flavor is chocolate <3!!!

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  66. My favorite cake is chocolate (not too dense but not to crumbly) with white cooked icing.

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  67. I love white cake, easy and simple!

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  68. And I'm following Cricut on pinterest!

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  69. This is beautiful! I love the colors too!

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  70. I'm a fan of vanilla with vanilla frosting!

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  71. A good, buttery yellow cake with chocolate frosting has always been my favorite, even as a kid. That Cricut is fantastic!!

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  72. Such a beautiful cake! I love heaven and hell cake, layers of chocolate cake and vanilla angel food cake layered with peanut butter mousse, what's not to like?

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  73. I'm totally boring but I love plain white cake with traditional buttercream...oh, it makes me want a piece right now just thinking of it.

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  74. My favorite cake flavor is red velvet. This is so cool!

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  75. lemon - mmm mmm good!

    c_mcmullan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  76. My favorite cake is Tres Leches with strawberries inside :)

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  77. There's nothing like a good, fudgy chocolate layer cake, but lately I've really been jonesing for something citrusy - must be the weather!

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  78. My favorite cake is German Chocolate, yummy!!!!!!

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  79. My favorite cake....hmm....is it a cop-out to say all of them??

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  80. Followed Cricut on Pinterest

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  81. I followed Cricut on Pinterest

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  82. I love all things lemon! Can't wait to try this recipe!!

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  83. What a wonderful giveaway! My favorite is a chocolate fudge cake with a chocolate espresso buttercream, yum!

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  84. My favorite cake is a Tiramisu cake that Whole Foods use to make. It was sooo good! Your cake came out beautifully! Can't wait to see what else you use the mini Cricut for!

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  85. You are so talented! I love carrot cake.

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  87. I'm still a plain old chocolate gal at heart. But that lemon cake looks amazing!

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  88. my absolute most fav yummy cake is a french vanilla cake with french vanilla buttercream icing. i get tons of compliments on this cake. i sometimes switch it up and make it with a lemon filling or a raspberry filling. simply delicious!!

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  89. I love a good vanilla cake. This post makes me super excited. I will have to try it out!

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  90. I would LOVE this!!! My favourite cake is a classic vanilla cake with frosting, not buttercream!
    -Far :)

    far bat @ live (dot) ca

    ^ no spaces!

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  91. Plain white cake with white buttercream icing, especially at a wedding!
    jlammers002@woh.rr.com

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  92. Key lime cake with key lime curd filling and key lime (of course) buttercream!

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  93. I'm following circuit on interest!
    -Far :)

    far bat @ live (dot) ca

    ^ no spaces!

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  94. followed cricut on pinterest. thanks

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  95. Plain wedding (white) cake with strawberry filling!

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  96. YUMM-O! I can't wait to try this recipe. This machine looks incredible. I really hope I win (along with a million other people, I know). Good luck to everyone!

    My favorite cake flavor is the vanilla moistened with a rum flavored simple syrup. In fact, that's how they made my wedding cake and it was DELICIOUS! Thanks for this amazing chance to win. Hugs, Snoopy :D

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  97. my favorite kind of cake is lemon poppyseed! yum!!!

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  98. My favorite cake flavor is strawberry!

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  99. Oh my, so many to choose from but I think I would have to go with Texas Sheet Cake. OMG, that frosting is to die for!!

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  100. I have two favorites: A carrot cake with coconut and cream cheese frosting and a white cake with fresh sliced strawberries & whipped cream center and whipped cream frosting! Yummers!!

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  101. I am a sucker for carrot Cake or Coconut Cake

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  102. I am following Circut on pinterest!

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  103. That would be pretty fun to have a Cricut Cake Mini! Your cake is beautiful and sounds delish. Hmmmmmm, ya know I don't have a favorite CAKE flavor because I am all about the frosting. I can take vanilla, chocolate, lemon, even YELLOW that is NOT a flavor (but my dh's fave) as long as someone piles on the frosting!

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  104. My favorite cake flavor is vanilla with strawberry filling!

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  105. Ilove carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, but for our wedding we had some amazing lemon cake with buttercream icing. Yummy!

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  106. I am also following Circut on pinterest!

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  107. This cake is so pretty!! My favorite cake flavor is either red velvet or funfetti. :)

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  108. MY favorite cake flavor is strawberry cream!

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  109. I would have to say my favorite cake is a spice cake. I like the velvet spice cake recipe from Joy of Cooking. It goes well with just about any icing, but I also like it in a mini bundt pan and glazed with applejack sauce and sauteed apples.

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  110. I'd love to have a mini cricut! Then I would have so much more reason to make cakes! While your lemon buttercream sounds delicious, I'm a huge fan of black forest cake! Mmm, chocolate and cherries!

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  111. I love carrot cake, with pineapple and coconut. yum

    trevalynnf@hotmail.com

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  112. When I saw the cake in my igoogle directory, I almost didn't realize it was your blog! Great job! My favorite cake has got to be red velvet, all the way!

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  113. My favorite cake is the hummingbird cake with cream cheese icing!

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  114. Chocolate zucotto cake (chocolate and anise) with a choco ganache frosting - mmmmmm

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  115. My favorite is a pineapple walnut cake with cream cheese frosting that my grandma makes. I could eat it every day!

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  116. I also followed Cricut on Pinterest!

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  117. I like a simple vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. Oh and those butterflies are gorgeous!

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  118. My favorite cake would have to be chocolate! The more the better. Need to make it with some orange...like those chocolate oranges that you whack to open :)

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  119. Chocolate cake is my favorite...the fudgier, the better!

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  120. My favorite cake is carrot with cream cheese frosting. Mmmmmm

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  121. I love a Celebration Chocolate Cake...recipe from Taste of Home! Sour cream, melted chocolate..the works! YUM-O-Licious!

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  122. Oh, I am a red velvet cake girl. This Yankee born girl met a nice southern boy who taught her the deliciousness that is red velvet before it became über popular :)

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  123. I follow all your boards on Pinterest...love them!!

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  124. My favorite cake would have to be chocolate! The more the better. Need to make it with some orange...like those chocolate oranges that you whack to open :)

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  125. Chocolate filled with chocolate and topped with chocolate...with chocolate sprinkles. Yum!

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  126. Love a good chocolate cake-think tres leches is bizarre!

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  127. Love a good chocolate cake!
    Think tres leches is bizarre!

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  128. Up until a few days ago I'd have said that chocolate was my favorite, but after having a butter cake my mind is changed!

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  129. Also, I followed Cricut on Pintrest!

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  130. That is truly a beautiful cake. The butterflies give it a simple, elegant flair. Thanks for sharing.

    Oh, my favorite flavor ..... do I have to pick one???? :o)

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  131. Moist chocolate cake is my favorite. Love this cake cricut!

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  132. Vanilla is my favorite cake flavor - it's the finest of the flavors :)

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  133. Beautiful Butterflies! My favourite cake flavour is: Peanut Butter and Chocolate.

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  134. My favorite flavor is lemon, so I'm definitely going to try this recipe!

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  135. My favorite cake flavor...probably dark chocolate. If you want to get specific, dark chocolate iced with a dark chocolate icing topped with a bit of ganache...just to throw it into over load.

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  136. Oh my, what a beautiful cake for Spring...or Mother's day! I want a, no I NEED a Cricut Cake Mini. :) My favorite cake flavor is Meyer Lemon. Yum.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  137. Your cake is beautiful!!! I love butterflies. My favorite cake flavor is good ole chocolate....with chocolate buttercream. My husband would love your lemon cake...that's his favorite flavor.

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  138. following Cricut on Pinterest! Yay!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  139. Chocolate cake with cookies and cream filling and frosting!

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  140. Marble! Definitely marble! Best of both worlds

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  141. I am now following Cricut on Pinterest.

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  142. I love lemon cake as well!!!!

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  143. My favorite cake flavor is chocolate but this lemon cake sure does look amazing!!!

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  144. I prefer sponge cakes...so light and delicious with different fruits.

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  145. Definitely following Cricut on pinterest. How clever!

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  146. I love chocolate cake with raspberry filling. Mmm...

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  147. I like red velvet cake

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  148. and I'm following cricut on pinterest :)

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  149. Probably sounds boring but my favorite cake is german chocolate. I can't say no to a german chocolate cake (or cupcakes)!

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  150. I am following Cricut on Pinterest!

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  151. My fave type of cake would have to be Vanilla!

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  152. The cake looks amazing. I would love a cricut mini. My favorite cake is angel food, not the box mixes though all homemade. Thanks for sharing.
    Mary

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  153. Nothing beats a good chocolate cake! :)

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  154. Love the cake, it looks great! And my favorite cake flavor is italian cream cake

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  155. My favorite cake flavor is carrot cake..yummy!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  156. I followed Cricut on Pinterest, too.

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  157. Chocolate is definitely my all time favorite! Thank you sooo much for this great giveaway!!

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  158. I follow Cricket on Pinterest.

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  159. A chocolate fudge cake is soooo yummy!!!

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  160. I am torn between carrot and dark chocolate.
    What an amazing giveaway...thanks!!!

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  161. My favorite cake flavor has to be chocolate!

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  162. Following Cricut and all of their boards!

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  163. I follow Cricut on Pinterest!

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  164. What a great giveaway, can't wait to try it out.

    I love chocolate cake filled with nutella or Dulce de leche.

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  165. Following on Pinterest....!!!!!

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  166. My favorite cake flavor is chocolate!!

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  167. I follow Cricut on Pinterest.
    http://pinterest.com/bakerunlive/

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  168. My favorite it coconut, I could eat a whole cake! My mind is going wild thinking of all the cool things I could do with this cricut!

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  169. Gorgeous post. I wondered if those were the PME butterfly stamps but its the cricut...I have been eyeing one of those! :-)

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  170. Coconut cake. With lime curd filling. Or lemon with raspberry.

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  171. And I followed cricut on pinterest. :)

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  172. Devil's Food (with raspberries).
    However, I am soo gonna have to try to make a lemon cake!!! or cupcakes!

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  173. Coconut cake would be the fav...But, I would like to try this lemon cake sounds yummy...

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  174. I love chocolate cake. But this pregnancy has me craving lemon curd. I would probably eat it out of the jar! But on cake would probably be best. ;)

    Thanks!

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  175. That is beautiful! And the cake recipe looks yummy, too.

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  176. Michelle (MStocker1982@yahoo.com)April 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Black Forest Cake with whipped cream frosting is my favorite cake!

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  177. I love coffee chiffon cake with mocha whipped cream!

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  178. This is really funny, my mom just found a full sized cricut cake (brand new for $99!!) and gave it me for an early birthday present. I was playing with it today and sent my picture of butterflies I cut out. She promptly asked if I have gotten the idea from you! I immediately looked at your post and lo and behold... Totally in love with my cricut and I'm sure whoever wins this one will love it too. Beautiful cake, will have to try that recipe soon, it looks very light and good for summer.

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  179. I follow Cricut on Pinterest!

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