MBalska: I'm not sure my willingness to stack is bravery...more naivete and an adventurous spirit. When I was a kid and wanted to start baking I went straight to yeast breads. When I took up knitting I made one washcloth, one hat, and then straight to socks. I'd rather do what's interesting than what's easy!
AZCouture: Your watercolor buttercream is gorgeous! I do challenge your assertion that it couldn't be done wrong though...I'll give it a go (eventually) and report back.
Shannonann: I'll look up that book, thanks! The only real decorated cake I've made was a firetruck cake for Thing 2's second birthday and it was from Family Fun. It was easy and a big hit but OMG the food coloring!!!
Now my challenge is keeping myself from diving in to a cake for Father's Day tomorrow. Both because I have no time and currently can't have dairy (the nursing infant is intolerant) and I only bake with butter.