I was so disappointed in myself on icing the cake. I really need to take some classes. The top of the cake was fine but I ran out at the bottom and tried to spread it out. Well, it was too thin and the next day I tried to add more and all that did was pull up the original icing. GRRR! So you see the bush and sandbox? Those were cover-ups. Also, I thought I had done half chocolate and half white before but apparently I was dreaming because the white cake rose much higher than the chocolate. AS a matter of fact, the chocolate cake was perfectly level. I didn't have the heart to shave some off of the white cake so the left side was slightly higher than the right. Double grrr! Otherwise I was very pleased with the cake.
Why do cakes cost so much?
When you are ordering a cake for that special occassion, keep in mind the time that the cake decorator is going to put into your special cake. Most cakes take hours to decorate and then you have to consider the time the decorator takes to make the cakes and icing. Plus, don't forget about their costs for the ingredients, supplies, transportation materials like boxes, and clean-up.