I think the cake is wonderful. We are definitely our own worst critics.
I wanted to add that you can make cake dummies out of styrofoam to practice designs on. I have a few that I use when I want to practice a particular design element. I have also baked and frozen left over batter into small pans to pull out for practice---you know, to see how a cake would react (vs. the styrofoam).
Thanks eveyone for the wonderful comments! Sorry I didnt respond sooner my pc blew up! hahaha
You guys are so nice! Lemme see if I can answer a few questions..About the blue, I love blue its my favorite color but I think I use it a little too much. You should see my countertop. lol
Leftover cake, well I usually make one cake a week just to practice and after I take a picture I cut the whole thing in half and give it away to my neighbors. I also have two sons. Sometime I do end up throwing some of it away though. I think I need a good cake dummy to practice on.