This is my first major cake. It took about a month (plus school, work and sleep) to complete, and came out about as well as I could have hoped- (but of course not perfect.) Planned for 500 people, each tier was three layers. The largest was chocolate, the smaller two cakes were lemon cranberry, all covered in black fondant. All of the cupcakes were vanilla. The theme was "enchanted escapade", so everything was decorated with a forest in mind.