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Frosted to the Nines


While some people may go crazy for cupcakes, I can’t help but be drawn to layer cakes instead. A marvel of both architecture and artistry, they allow for so much creativity; even amateur attempts are often more impressive than a handful of sloppily frosted cupcakes. I’ve written about my love of these colossal confections before, but now, you can see me demonstrate my favorite ways of assembling, icing, and serving these desserts. That’s right, coming up on November 1st in Boston, I’ll be demonstrating how to decorate layer cakes at this year’s VegFest. I’ll be there to sign copies of my cookbook, My Sweet Vegan, and perhaps sell some felt sweets all day, and then if you can stand to listen to me babble for 50 minutes while I smear some frosting on a cake, you get to eat a slice of it, too! Sound like a good deal? Good, I’ll see you there!

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

38 thoughts on “Frosted to the Nines

  1. I’m with you – I LOVE layer cakes! I think they’re so fun to make, too, once you get the hang of layering. I wish I could be at VegFest – sounds like an awesome time!

  2. Oh, wish I could be in Boston for this! I know you will be GREAT and do a fabulous job. Would love to hear you speak for more than 50 minutes given the chance! :) I love layer cakes, too (better than cupcakes–so much more frosting to enjoy!) ;)

  3. That cake looks really good, what kind is it? Good luck at VegFest and have fun!

  4. That looks fantastic! TGH and I are going to try and make the Veg Fest again (depending on weather that day). I was going to email you but am in a rush. It was so funny though that you will be doing this demo as I have started taking cake decorating classes a couple of weeks ago. So, of course, I would love to learn anything I could from you! :) If you know the times you will be demo-ing, please let me know! Hugs to you!

  5. what fun! I wish I could be there. I must say, I am 99% in the layer cake camp. Only my big toe is in the cupcake camp. Cakes are fun and impressive and beautiful…

    you oughta come out to california, hannah!

  6. That sounds like it will be a blast! Have fun… wish I could be there!!!

  7. You’ll do great! This is the day before my birthday, I wonder if I can convince someone to drive me to Boston for a birthday gift!!

  8. Hannah, that is so cool! Have fun with all those lucky people who will get to see you live. :)

  9. Oh my, I see a birthday cake request coming from me, when that time comes….. ;0)

    Good luck at the event!!

  10. Hi Hannah, I will be there!!!!! It’s been on my calender since I found out about it! Where exactly are you going to be set up? What time is the food demo? I can’t wait! : )

  11. I have always felt that a layer cake is way more impressive looking than cupcakes. A lot harder, too, but I really enjoy the process.

  12. VegFest sounds fun – good luck with your demo! I prefer the frosting to cake ratio of layer cakes, personally. With cupcakes, I always end up eating the bottom half of the cake part first to get the right proportion of the two. ;-)

  13. I wish I could come! VegFest sounds like so much fun :o
    I love layer cakes but they always seemed far too difficult for me to do ^^”

  14. i love a good layer cake, too! mmmmmmmmmmm! you’re going to have so much fun @ VegFest! wahoooooooooooooo!

  15. Your cake is so beautifully presented!

  16. That looks so yummy!! Have fun at VegFest :D

  17. that cake looks amazing! i’m not sure i have the guts to try that out yet…

  18. I agree. We can enjoy the contrast of flavors so much more with the layer cake.

    Nice pic!

  19. I agree with you, layere cakes are gorgeous. But honestly…I’ve never seen any as gorgeous as yours. Seriously. My favorite was the one with the musical note on top, that was breathtaking. =)

  20. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing you at vegfest and picking up a book as well – I’ll try to say hello if you aren’t too inundated!

  21. This is great news! I’m definitely going to try and be there! : )

  22. Wish I could be there to see you in action, Hannah! Have a blast. Your cake is truly gorgeous.

  23. Sounds fun! I would love to have a piece of the felt cake.

  24. Too bad I don’t live anywhere near Boston!

  25. you are very right, lol!! I am now preparing a collection of layered cakes!

  26. Gosh darn it – I wish I could be there! Go layer cakes!

  27. I love layer cakes, too Hannah, and what a beautiful slice this is!

  28. Yay!!! I cannot wait for Boston Veg Fest now that I know we get to eat CAKE!

  29. Layer cakes are the best! Wish I could be in Boston to see your demonstration!

  30. I am such a sucker for layer cakes…I think it’s because of my unhealthy love of frosting! You’re going to rock the house, woman! Boston will never be the same (er, in a good way…)

  31. So wishing I was going to be in Boston that weekend! I would definitely listen to you for at least 50 minutes…. Hope you have fun!

  32. That would be so much FUN!
    I wish I could be there!

  33. Mmmm what a gorgeous cake. I prefer layered cakes to cupcakes too. Have fun teaching people how to make awesome cakes like you. =)

  34. Your right about layer cake, a sloppy layer cake looks way more impressive than a sloppily iced cupcake…not that your cake is sloppy ;)
    Pity I’m not in Boston the 1st…

  35. i’m totally with you on this!

    i mean, i will make you a delicious cupcake, but they are NOTHING like a layer cake. It is the perfect balance of cake and frosting, or cake and filling and frosting. i never take pictures of the insides of my cakes…because they are always for other people! kind of sad.

    i love this photo though. your cake looks delicious!

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