Another issue of course is that when I say I bake cakes, people like to see examples of cakes I have made, and it's hard for me to say - well, I've only made about 20 cakes, but I assure you I can do what you want from me.
In comes the wedding cake. People REALLY want to see some examples of wedding cakes. It is a very special day for people and I understand that they want it to be perfect, so they don't want to risk getting an ugly cake that tastes bad (my husband says he's been to his fair share of weddings where the cake looked amazing,but tasted horrible). This brought me to a conclusion.. I had to make a wedding cake to show a bit of what I can do. I'd done a tiered cake (2 tier) before (not this big though), so that wasn't new, but I'm using a new fondant and I was going to try the quilting technique along with my first gumpaste flower arrangement on the cake. This meant of course that the cake would NOT be safe (gumpaste has egg-whites) and I wasn't going to risk just cutting a piece from the side without the flowers, so something had to be made to make the girls happy (I wasn't going to give cake to one and not the other, so they both got cupcakes). Also I tried marble cake for the first time and was happy with the results.
So new things that I tried:
-Larger 2 tier (5" round on an 8" round, both 4" high - 30 regular servings)
-Beading (where the quilting meets)
Now the gumpaste flowers were FUN. Some people hate doing it, but I had a blast, I just put in a movie and went at it, doing roses, cherry blossoms and some random flower I made up (looked a touch like a poppy I guess, but white). The other fun thing about these was that they can be made WEEKS or even MONTHS in advance, as long as they are stored in a cool dry place in sealed containers. I obviously didn't do them that far in advance, because I needed a specific colour scheme..