I made this Dots and Flowers Birthday Cake for my granddaughter's second birthday, and it is the 5th cake I have tried my hand at decorating. I used all Betty Crocker brand cake mixes, homemade high humidity buttercream icing from the Wilton website, and homemade marshmallow fondant from a recipe I found on the internet (just 2 tablespoons water, 16 ounce bag of marshmallows, and 2 pounds of powdered sugar).
The bottom tier is two 10 inch layers of chocolate fudge (3 mixes), the middle tier is three 8 inch layers of yellow cake (2 mixes), and the top tier is two 6 inch layers of rainbow chip (1 mix). All layers were filled and iced with the buttercream and then covered in the marshmallow fondant, which was tinted with Wilton gel colorings.
Dowel rods were used to support the upper tiers, then a long dowel rod is placed in the center of the completed cake to make sure it stays in place. The coordinating cookies were also made from a Wilton recipe for Vanilla Sugar Cookies and then covered in fondant and individually wrapped.
I made 5 recipes of the fondant, and didn't have all that much left, and also made several recipes of the buttercream icing. I worked for two solid days baking the cakes and putting it and the cookies all together, and I had already pre-made the icing, fondant, and cookies days before, so make sure you have plenty of time if attempting something this ambitious! Most of all have fun with it!
My design was not set in stone and changed as the cake went together, mainly because the fondant on the middle tier went on with lots of wrinkles and the design covered them up!
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