Huge 3 extended tier cake with fondant ruffles, hand rolled sugar pearl encrusted band and a royal icing cage for the top tier, topped off with a gum paste peony. Like the beads between the ruffle layer and plain layer.
Have you seen the real-looking roses and other designs on cakes these days? They are made from fondant. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create fondant rose buds. Beautiful, but too tedious for me!
Checkerboard Birthday Cake - Eat Healthy Stockphoto My mom had a set of cake pans with separators that made a checkerboard cake. The batter had to be extra thick to keep it from running, but it turned out pretty. This way, however, is foolproof.