UPDATE! Winner declared! Eliza’s Bedecked Strawberry Donut Hole Cake dominated in the polls with just over 50% of the vote. Congrats, Eliza! See you in The Finals…

Brace yerselves! Here is the first grouping of cakes in the inaugural year of Bake My Cake. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed…

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fiona’s spring fling cake

Fiona’s cake was the first to hit my inbox. I did a victory lap and then high fived myself. Fiona has a lovely blog: Big Hungry Gnomes. Also, just so you know, Fiona lives in England, which means she watches cookery programmes, eats takeaway curry and fairy cakes, and is very sophisticated. She probably hangs with Jamie Oliver.

Fiona confessed that this cake was actually “… a spring themed birthday cake for my Granny’s 84th birthday.” And dudes? That’s totally fine by me. I mean, I bet Granny and I will be celebrating our birthdays in similar ways: spending a little time with the family, perhaps partaking of an aqua fit class, and then settling down with a cuppa to watch Coronation Street… good times.

Look at that cake! I’m in love with the daffodils – look how they come out from the sides of the cake like they’re bursting forth from the earth! And those little birds are rockin’ my world. I wanna bite one of their heads off. The colour scheme is just right. Did you see the little line of frosting beads at the bottom of the cake? FYI, Fiona has been going to sugar crafting classes. That means she takes sugar almost as seriously as I do. Just sayin’.

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dee’s dirty d&d cake

Our second entry comes from Dee over at Deelicious Sweets. She sent the following message with her entry:

Hey woman! I made you a cake. There’s no super fancy decorations because I just don’t have the patience to decorate a cake when I’m just going to stuff my face with it. To make up for the lack of decorations though I made it better than sex.

This is the cake that I served my DnD buddies when they came over Friday night. I asked them, “Well, what’s the verdict?  Is it better than SEX?” As you can imagine this conversation lasted quite a while. There was much contemplation, argumen-tation and consumption-tation. For some of us who like to indulge it took three pieces to come to a decision. There were the quickie decision makers who decided within minutes. And there were those who held out and made a decision after about a half hour or so. It was decided that this cake is better than SOME SEX. “It all depends on the partner” was the final verdict. You should make this cake and decide for yourself!

Dee’s cake theory is much like that of those who don’t make their beds in the morning: why bother when you’re just going to mess it up again? Also, did you pause when you read the phrase: DnD buddies? Because I did. I immediately went to her blog to confirm that she was indeed talking about Dungeons & Dragons. Confirmed, people. So, I guess this explains a little more about why Dee didn’t actually decorate her cake. She’s too busy leading a double life as Andraste, Eladrin superstar. Cripes. On the plus side, I didn’t think that people who play DnD knew anything about sex, which means there’s hope for geeks everywhere.

That being said, I’d actually like to bury my face in that cake. It’s drizzled with sweet, syrupy goodness. Plus, any true movita fan can tell you that I adore toasted coconut – and I spy some toasted coconut on the top of Dee’s creation. And also, there’s a layer of pudding on that cake! Sweet cheesus. That photo makes the cake look positively angelic. Except for the word sex scribbled across the bottom.

(If you’d like the recipe for this little number, head on over to Dee’s place by clicking here!)

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patty’s drool-worthy chocolicious cake

Next to hit my inbox was this decadent treat from Patty. She sent the following message along with her entry:

My name is Patty D., and I’m from the state of Wisconsin. I thought a long time about what to make for this contest. (Maybe a little too long….) But since I’m also turning 40 (maybe) this May, I finally went with something that just seemed perfect for this birthday. Something a little… decadent. A little rich. Something that says “I deserve every bit of wonderful that’s coming my way!” A chocolate-chocolate cake, with my own homemade chocolate buttercream and plenty of flowers, dusted with a little cocoa on top. Admit it – you’re drooling just a bit thinking about it, no? 

 Anyway – enjoy your virtual cake for your real birthday!  And may lots of wonderful come your way!

You’re right, Patty. We deserve this. You buttercreamed the crap outta this cake. Let’s punch 40 in the throat, shall we?

This cake is epic. Look at those buttercream flowers! People, those aren’t easy to make. (Trust me.) And look at the swirled details running along the top and bottom of the cake! That sucker looks like it is jam packed with chocolate. See that picture taken during the construction phase? Chocolate-chocolate! I’M STARTING TO YELL! This cake is old-school. It’s a classic. Who wouldn’t want a cake just like this on her birthday?

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eliza’s bedecked strawberry donut hole cake

Eliza sent the following note with her entry:

Dearest Movita,
(Here is my story.)  
I baked you a cake.  
Not just any cake, but a birthday cake, a birthday cake that is not just a cake, but donuts too; and not just a cake and donuts, but strawberry, oooh FRESH strawberries are everywhere in this cake, inside-outside-underside-upside (even on the flipside baby!) and last, but certainly not least, this cake sparkles–just like you!! 
 Oh–and it is delicious, to which every employee at the Starbucks in Shadyside will attest (they were very happy that you have a birthday!)
So, let me tell you what I made for you. I started with my favorite kind of cake, favorite because of its moist texture and rich flavor, the Burnt Sugar Cake. Then I filled that cake with vanilla pastry cream and fresh chopped strawberries. For the frosting I stuck with those deep caramelly flavors that are in the Burnt Sugar Cake and made a Brown Sugar Buttercream (lets just pause a moment here and give thanks for this delicious frosting!)…
Ok, so drizzled over these layers of strawberry cream filled cakes from heaven is a fresh strawberry milk glaze (blend up confectioners sugar, fresh strawberries and a bit of heavy cream–drizzle and let set) and then we adorned this wonderful cake with barrels of freshly made (straight from my deep fryer!–I love an excuse to use my deep fryer!) chocolate and buttermilk donut holes that have been bedecked in fresh strawberry glaze, strawberry milk glaze and sparkly pink sugar!  
If it had been closer to the 4th, I would have gotten sparklers and stuck them amongst the donuts to create a true sparkly firecracker of a cake just for you!  And oh how pretty that would have looked!
So I bequeath this cake to you, oh wondrous Birthday Girl, in hopes that it will make your day a bit brighter and a whole lot yummier!  
Enjoy and Happy Birthday!


Is there anything left to say? I think I’ve read Eliza’s description twenty times. It makes me salivate.

This cake sparkles. This cake shines. There are strawberries in there. And vanilla pastry cream! It has strawberry glaze dripping over the sides. It looks really, really tall. IT HAS DONUT HOLES ON IT. (Did you see the flower on top?) Mother of pearl: IT HAS DONUT HOLES ON IT. This woman gets me. And I loves her for it. Enough said.

(You can see more from Eliza on her blog: Pastries and Pairs!)

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There you have it! The Group 1 contenders. Get yer vote on…

Votes must be cast by 8 am Atlantic Standard Time (7 am EST), Monday, April 30. The winner from this heat will proceed to the final round of voting on Tuesday, May 1st. For more on how the voting is gunna go down, click here.

Hey! Don’t forget to cast your vote in the Group 2 heat! And then come back on Monday to vote for the competitors in Group 3 and Group 4.


  1. juanitascocina on April 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I want you to know how serious I, as a reader, take this competition. That is all. And this, is effing awesome.

  2. Paul aka the shoe dude on April 29, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I thought I’d drop by take peek, cast a vote. Holy crap. How to pick a favourite?
    Some serious cake love here.

  3. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef) on April 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Perhaps we should all be mailed a piece of each of the cakes so we can more fully decide.

    They are all so clever!

  4. thekalechronicles on April 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

    We have some work to do here. I have cast my vote, but I want to say that in this group I found three contenders. I went with the gorgeous chocolate roses, but the birds are awesome and the sparkly donut holes inspired. Such fun.

  5. kydel on April 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Now I’m hungry…

  6. Spring Fling Cake | Big Hungry Gnomes on April 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    […] With my little obsession with sugar craft, I felt compelled to enter. I opted for a spring theme and decorated a fruit cake (another recipe from the Grandmother’s cookbook) with white icing, gum paste daffodils and brush embroidery birds sitting on a branch covered in blossom. The birthday cake was actually for my Grandma, who absolutely loved the cake but refused to eat any of the decorations and had to be heavily convinced to cut into the cake. I’ve tried to explain a lot of the techniques I’ve used so if you feel inspired by my cake effort, feel free to take a look at my sugar craft posts, which you’ll be able to find by clicking on the tab on the right hand side of the page. If you’re really impressed and inspired by my work, then please vote for me in the competition […]

  7. Anonymous on April 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Fiona’s cake rocks! What’s not to love? The detail in the flowers and birds is awesome!!!!

  8. cravingsofalunatic on April 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Okay this is ridonkeylous. How the heck are we supposed to decide. I love them all. Fiona’s kicked some serious butt with the decorating. But the fact that Dee plays DnD and is still the coolest chick I know, besides you Miss Movita, gives her the edge for me. But are we sure those DnD’ers know what sex is. Are they going on health class standards are they more of Clinton’s idea of sex. This may play into my decision.

  9. Can't live without.... on April 30, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Tough choice!! Fiona’s cake gets my vote…I am floored by the flowers!!

  10. Debra Kapellakis on April 30, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Part of me is glad I missed this contest. It would have been almost impossible to choose.

  11. […] may have seen my Spring Fling entry on Movita Beaucoup’s Bake My Cake competition, and after receiving wonderful compliments for the cake I entered and placing a very […]

  12. movita beaucoup on December 1, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in April 2012. Happy baking!