A friend of mine would like to make her daughters birthday cake in september, so we've been practicing. Here's some pics of the process and the end product. We got the idea for a sort of garden themed cake from a few cake websites, one cake in paricular had all the insects we tried to replicate. The bottom layer is not pictured as it completely fell apart shortly after applying the fondant.
The middle layer is chocolate chocolate chip and the others are vanilla. We had a lot on our plate so we didn't make the icing ourselves.
Each cake was split in half and filled with chocolate or vanilla frosting and cherry pie filling.
My buddy made the insects and the mushrooms and I made the bee's and the flowers. All done by hand out of fondant. All the cakes were covered with blue and white fondant to resemble sky and clouds.
We were stoked with the end results (although we had a LOT of structural problems and a lot of blemishes on the fondant) especially the insects.
Next time we'll need to add some support throughout the layers of cake. It crumbled under the weight of the other layers and the fondant was far too thick to be appetizing. I didn't like the cake recipe all together. It was very dry cake and that didn't help with the overall structure. Any tips would be appreciated.