I got the general idea for this Topsy Turvey cake from various site such as www.pinkcakebox.com. This was actually for my own 30th birthday party. I loved the idea, and my husband priced out having a bakery make it, but it was going to be very expensive, so I decided to take it on myself.

I used 12″, 10″ and 8″ cakes stacked at an angle to create the topsy turvey effect. The bottom layer was chocolate chip pound cake with buttercream filling. The middle was chocolate cake with coconut buttercream filling and the top was lemon ginger cake with raspberry buttercream filling.

After the cakes were baked and iced with buttercream, I used store bought rolled fondant to cover each cake. I then made chocolate fondant by adding melted candy melts to the store bought fondant and added black gel coloring to get black fondant. To make the zebra stripes, I rolled the fondant to approximately 1/8″ thick and used an exacto knife to free hand the stripes. I rolled out long strips of fondant to make the “30” and allowed it to dry flat overnight.

I cut various size triangles and drops to decorate the top layer. I then rolled small balls of pink and black fondant to make the border. I used black buttercream to create the swirls on the middle layer. The bow was a store bought, paper clay bow. I followed package instructions to dye it pink. I mixed pink icing coloring with water and dipped the bow into the water until the desired color was achieved, allowing it to dry 30-45 minutes between dips.

Once dry, I used buttercream to secure the bow to the top of the cake.