Luau Themed Baby ShowerCake

I made this cake as requested by a friend for a luau themed baby shower. It is white cake with buttercream icing and marshmallow fondant. The flowers and leaves are fondant. 8″ and 10″ rounds 5″ high each tier.
This was the most difficult cake I’ve done so far.
I’ve learned a lot of lessons from making this cake. #1: I have grossly been undercharging for my cakes. I know for a fact that other bakers would have charged a lot more these cakes. It really hit me when my (wonderful) husband had to go to the store three different times to get more ingredients. I had really underestimated the ingredients, supplies, and hours I would spend making flowers, baking, leveling, making icing, icing the cake, making fondant, kneading and rolling out fondant, covering the cake, stacking the cake, and decorating the cake. #2: Cakes are really difficult to make. Big cakes are a lot more difficult. I’m not that skilled yet, and I need a lot more practice. #3: I could save a lot of time and energy if I just bought fondant instead of making it myself. Plus the consistency would be more reliable.
This cake was so mentally and physically exhausting, I considered giving up on cakes altogether. It didn’t help that I was really tired by Wednesday of this week from taking care of the baby. The tiredness continues to add up as the week continues. I already committed to making a baby shower cake at the end of July though.
I’m not going to take any more orders for now.
I have a lot of work to do for Cady’s party anyway.
I think taking a break from cakes will help.

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  1. I think you just need a little mental relaxation/re-charging period 🙂 AND i think you should charge an amount similar to what a bake shop would charge for their work!! Yours is JUST as awesome, if not better looking that a lot of cakes I've seen. You're a stud. Don't give up 🙂 That cake is beautiful, by the way 🙂

  2. If you dont want to make the cake in July you dont have too. Just let me know. I understand if you need a break!