So I looked around for a recipe for fondant, found one, made the fondant. Then I baked this little cake and decided to try. I was so pleased with the results. For a very first cake, it looked smooth enough.
The main reason for me wanting to start focusing a bit on decorating was my niece. For two years that I went to her birthdays and had to endure a Walmart sheet cake that taste like, well, like a cake bought at Walmart. After the second birthday enduring this crappy cake I told my sister-in-law that I'd bake my niece a cake for her next birthday, so I had the motivation to start practicing. After a few disasters (luckily, only a few) I felt confident enough to try and bake my niece her princess castle of a cake.
Looking back, I wish I had done a few things differently, like the towers, but I tried to make the most without going broke. Still, I feel proud of this cake. For a first effort of stacking, pipping and whatnot it wasn't too shabby. This cake was only my 5th or 6th effort at working with fondant.
I've put together a "Catalog" of sorts where you can see these and other cakes I've done. I'll try to update the catalog as often as I can. And I'll try to post other pics of older cakes here as well.