Fall Inspired Cake Challenge

Fall Inspired Cake Challenge

Fall is officially in full swing and Thanksgiving is just two short weeks away. Fall boards are popping up everywhere on Pinterest with holiday treat ideas for family and friends. Kathia, from Pink Little Cake and I started conspiring about a fall inspired cake challenge back in August. August? It seemed like there was so much time to prepare, and now it is already here! One of the things I love best about a challenge is getting to know other bloggers. I knew some cake makers and Kathia knew some other bakers and we all pulled together to bring you some ideas that you can use for a fall inspired cake.

Fall Inspired Cake

I am big fan of finding easy ideas that can dress up a cake. One of my favorite tools to use is the Fall Piecrust Cutters from William Sonoma.  I love to use them as cookie cutters. They are super easy to use.  Look at how it dressed up my caramel apple cake and without a lot of work. 

Fall Inspired Cake

All you have to do is make some of your favorite roll out sugar cookie dough.

Fall Inspired Cake


Simply press down on the outer edges of the cutter.

Fall Inspired Cake

Then press down on the button thingy! {My family loves my grasp on the English language}

You know, go get the doohickie. Can you grab the whatcha call it?

Back to cookies.

This adds the dimension and grooves to the cookie.

Place on a cookie sheet a bake for 6-8 minutes.

I cook mine a little longer because I like my mini cookies crunchy.

See, how hard was that?

Fall Inspired Cake

Now I am a big fan of leaving these little cookies naked. {gasp!}

But if you want to dress them up feel free.

One idea is to brush a little food coloring on them in fall colors.

Or if you have an airbrush lightly dust them with reds, oranges, browns and yellows.

Then all you have to do is just add them to the sides of your cake or a little cluster on top.

See, how painless that was?

But for those of you who would like to make the Caramel Apple Cake too, here is link to the recipe.

If you go to the link, I did the blog post a year ago. Look at the difference between the cake I just did dressed up with

the mini cookies vs. the plain cake in the recipe blog post. What difference?

Fall Inspired Cake

 I don’t know what I would do without bloggers. Some of my favorite recipes and ideas come from amazing posts and tutorials on blogs! So take time to go visit each one of these ladies creations.

Let us know which one’s you decided try

Pop over to each of the blogs and read about their fall inspired cake that they created.
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Thank you so much for stopping by the blog! I hope you and your family have a wonderful fall season! Happy Baking!


25 comments on “Fall Inspired Cake Challenge

  1. I love your cake! It is so beautiful! You already know how I feel about your styling. It makes my heart swoon. Gorgeous!

  2. stephanie says:

    What a fun cake challenge. I love the cutters too!

    1. melissa says:

      Thanks so much Stephanie

  3. Karma says:

    You cake looks so delicious! And the cookie cutters are so cute! Nice to meet you!

  4. Paula says:

    This cake is gorgeous! While it looked great in your original post, these photos are over the top delicious. I think the un-iced cookies are perfect. Great idea.

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much, Paula!

  5. Hani says:

    What cute cookie cutters! I need to get them. Love the way cookies look. I also like to re-purpose pie cutters.
    Cake sounds delicious, I love apple and caramel together.

    I’m a bit jealous, I missed the whole Cookie Con thing at the same time I’m glad you had a great time, sounds like wonderful experience.And I’m sure your “explosive” cupcakes were enjoyed to the last crumb, hey it makes for a funny story, though I know it probably wasn’t all that funny at the moment.

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much, Haniela! I so wish you could have gone to CookieCon! Next time? 2014? It was pretty amazing to be with so many wonderful women in one place. Getting to watch all these different cookiers decorate in person was really inspiring!

  6. Wow, that cake looks too good to eat! Dressing up the cake with those tiny cookies adds so much to your cake. Simple, yet very effective! I’m definitely going to remember that tip.

    1. melissa says:

      Thanks so much, Mike!

  7. Thanks to you and Kathia for coming up with this cake challenge! Your cake is gorgeous, I’ll definitely be trying the caramel apple cake recipe, Yum!! I love the cookies and the idea of brushing with food colour is simple but genius!!

    1. melissa says:

      You are most welcome Kara! Thank you so much for doing it with us.

  8. Chineka says:

    I love this cake. The cookie cutters are great and Williams Sonoma is one of my favorite stores. 😎 I also love the too of the cake,

    Chineka – Savor the Baking

    1. melissa says:

      I think Williams Sonoma is the Nordstroms for bakers! Love that place. Thank you so much for doing this with us.

  9. Chineka says:

    I am going to have to check out these cutters from Williams and Sonoma, which is one of my favorite stores. 😎 You did a beautiful job on this cake and I love the top.

    Chineka – Savor the Baking

  10. Oh wow – that is a gorgeous looking cake – I bet it is delish! Love those cutters! Thanks for putting together the cake project!!!

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much!

  11. I have those same W.S. cutters and it’s definitely time to get them out! Your cake is gorgeous and sounds delicious! Thanks for the inspiration and for including me in this fun cake project!

  12. I love those WS cutters – I have several sets…. and I love the idea of adding the color directly to the dough too – I’ve brushed it on the cutouts in the past. It’ nice to meet you and I have fun participating in this challenge with you. Take care, Patricia

  13. This is such a beautiful cake Melissa! Thank you for creating such a fun challenge for all of us!

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much for doing this with us! I know this is a crazy time of year for everyone! We appreciate it.

  14. Kathia says:

    Ahhh Melissa, we made it after weeks and weeks of planning. Thanks for putting together this project with me.
    I love your cake and the little cookies decorating it are such a special touch. Besides the cake looks so yummy!!

  15. TRISHA says:

    I’m not sure my last comment posted but this is just a gorgeous cake and wonderful flavors!! I love the concept of the little designs too – a fun way to get the kids involved to help out which is awesome. Thanks for including me on this project

  16. TRISHA says:

    Melissa – so fabulously gorgeous – there isn’t enough WONDERFUL adjectives!!! The design and flavor combo looks stunning. I just really appreciate being included!

  17. So fabulous, Melissa! I love the idea of using small cookies to decorate a cake – it does add so much pizzazz! I clicked over for the recipe too; it sounds absolutely delicious! Plus, it’s not fall until you combine caramel and apple and stuff it in your mouth 🙂

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