This first one is a super simple cake, I get that. Normally I wouldn't have even taken a picture, but guess what? That bugger is BUTTERCREAM!
Yes, that is significant.
It was the first time I was able to get that dang blasted Viva paper towel method to work. After about a gazillion tries, I finally gave up on smoothing buttercream with paper towels. But then I moved into the bakery, and started using the uber-sweet, nearly nasty buttercream we buy in bulk. Turns out not only does it taste really good once you add some extracts or oils, but it also crusts like a dream! Who knew, right?!
These other two were for the same customer. I am honored to tell you that she chose me to make her first custom cake order. She was pretty cute - I could tell she had never ordered a custom cake before when she asked if I offered marshmallow flavored fondant. (I make a small, fresh batch of marshmallow fondant for every cake I make. I don't use Satin Ice or any of those pre-made versions). I'm guessing she tried marshmallow fondant at some point, and thought it was from a store.
I used glitter cardstock I found on Walmart's website to make the number and seaweed. The inspiration cake my customer sent me had these decorations made out of gum paste and disco dust. I know, I tracked down the original cake and read all about it. But ain't nobody got time for that. (You have to read that line in the right voice. If you don't know what I'm talking abount, you don't spend an unhealthy amount of time on Pinterest like I do. Good for you.)