This has been a nightmare! So fiddly and really quite difficult. However, it's now done and on the whole I'm pleased with the finished result. Hope the recipient will be. It's taken about 17 hours to make and is for our electician's grandson - he charges us about £20 an hour. Wonder what he'd say if I gave him a bill for £340!!!!! Whilst this is not a cheap cake, it's nowhere near that much!
It never ceases to amaze me though that people will pay so much for a child's birthday cake. Special occasion cakes fair enough, but this always seems a bit excessive to me. Not that I'm complaining of course!
I have now decided though that never again will I make a shaped cake. They are a pain in the bum to ice. Give me round or square any day of the week!