Thank you for your help.
I have been doing research all day today. I can't even count the amount of YouTubes I've watched.
I was going to use the Satin Ice fondant, I figured I would need about 10lbs to do a 12", 10" & 8". She is only expecting 100 guests, there won't be any other desert. Is this way to much cake? I was going to do 2 layers per tier. Or do I have to do 3? The pans are 2" deep, after leveling will you still have a 2" tall cake?
She wants a red velvet cake, I'm thinking of just using boxed mixes. I'm going to use a cream cheese filling in between each layer. I'm also going to make the cakes ahead of time and freeze them.
I have a shopping cart full of stuff on globalsugarart.com I have a set of magic line square pans, 10lbs of Satin Ice fondant, a 20" rolling pin, a deluxe wilton cake torte/leveler, 2 fondant smoothers, 1/2" plastic dowels, all of the correct sized cardboard cake squares, a 1/2" foam board for the bottom layer, a 16"x16" masonite board that I will cover with foil for the base, a fat daddio turntable, some large white gum paste roses, several different shades of pink petal dust and luster dust. I'm also ordering all the stuff to actually make gum paste flowers. If mine look like crap I will have the pre made ones as back up.
We don't have a Walmart or big craft store, but our local "variety" store carries Wilton fondant. Tomorrow I am going to bake a square cake, crumb coat it and try out the fondant. If I can't make it look ok I will go with a round cake. The bride said she would prefer a square cake, but would be ok with round. I'm going to hold off on ordering the cake pans until I'm SURE I can put fondant on something square.
The reception is outside, they don't have a topper yet but want a "w" to sit on top - any suggestions on where to find one?
I don't want to use a knife to level, I'm not good at doing that. I'm going to use a leveler. How necessary is the SPS versus using 1/2" plastic dowels? I watched the video, it looks like it is a good system, but I have decided to make the cake at the venue - thus I will only be moving it a few hundred feet.
What is the bench scraper for? I have a nice stainless one I use for cooking.
And aren't trolls mythical creatures? Pretty sure I'm not mythical. I am a busy mom of two boys, ages 1 and 3. I do not have time invent stories and post them on cake sites. Who does that?