This year was a BIG birthday for my dad. The whole family was in town (that doesn't happen often) so we had a big ol party for him. The organizers decided to go with a cowboy theme because my dad really likes old westerns.
My dad hates fondant- so his cake was my first ever fondant free cake with real live piping on it. I didn't have the tip size I would have preferred so the bandana detailing is a little large, and we knew the cake was going to be gobbled up right away so I didn't spend a lot of time making sure it was structurally sound- so don't look too closely at the pictures because there are cracks in it where it was starting to come apart a little. But it tasted awesome- and really, that's all that matters, right?
And then, just to make it interesting, I found this post on Pinterest and had a go at making it a polka dot cake (my sister said it looked like cow print- I'll take it!)