I'm a hobby baker, doing it for fun, but someday would like to become professional. I've mostly been baking cakes for friends and family, work, etc. I have little experience with carving or stacking, although I took a carving class a few weeks ago. Anyway, Husband asked for a cake for a work friend's birthday, and requested a very specific design. He wanted a sheet cake, carved to look like a pet bed, with a cat inside the bed. I know this is quite a bit for my skills, but was eager to take on the challenge. I baked and decorated the cat portion first, then carved out the sheet cakes, and set the cat inside the sheet cake. Board and all. Husband is just livid that I left the board in the cake. Every stacked cake tutorial I've ever seen uses boards and dowels, so I thought that was how it was done. Did I do something wrong? I was so disappointed in his reaction that I didn't take any pictures of the cake. Here's a diagram I drew afterwards. There's a 12x18 sheet, a layer of buttercream, another 12x18 sheet which is carved to create the edges of the pet bed, and the cat cake with board is in the middle of the carved cake. Should I not have put the board in? It seemed right at the time.
Thanks everyone for your advice. I'm just so frustrated right now.